Fantasy focus: Foster or Johnson?

Fantasy guys have to work through the lockout too.

So the gang at ESPN.com's Fantasy Football headquarters has all kind of updated stuff up.

I expect the running back component to be the most interesting to AFC South people.

The Top 300 list has Arian Foster second and Chris Johnson third overall. Christopher Harris' opinion differs. He’s got Johnson and Foster second and third, with Maurice Jones-Drew, coming off knee surgery, tied for fourth and at the top of his second tier.

From Harris:

"Our ESPN panel of experts had no compunction rating Arian Foster No. 2 overall, and I guess I understand it. He was unbelievably dominant from start to finish last year, winning the rushing yardage and TD titles, and finishing tops in receiving yards by a RB. Clearly, though, there's a bit of a "one-year wonder" worry when it comes to Foster. While the other guys at the top of our list have done it over multiple seasons, Foster hasn't. He won't sneak up on anyone in '11, and opposing defenses may decide to change their focus from stopping Matt Schaub to stopping Foster. How have unexpectedly massive RB fantasy point producers typically fared in their follow-up seasons lately? Larry Johnson held up well from '05 to '06. DeAngelo Williams dropped off significantly from '08 to '09. And Chris Johnson was somewhere in-between from '09 to '10. Myself, I'd probably take CJ2K second overall, because I trust his track record a bit more. He's also still the game's premier home run hitter and produced well (No. 5 in RB fantasy points last year) despite a lingering thigh issue. But I understand if you prefer Foster. …"

It's going to be hard to go wrong if you have the choice between those two guys. I’d expect Johnson to get more action because the Texans have more weapons. But then there is the possibility that Johnson holds out, which would make Foster an easy choice.