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Running Back, Detroit Lions

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Draft: 2018 Round 2 (11)
College: Auburn
DOB: 1997-06-30 Age: 21
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#39 6 5.03

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 DET 10 118 641 5.4 3 39 32 213 6.7 1 109.4 10.9
2018 (Projected) DET   159 667 4.2 4   34 202 5.9 0 110.9  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
I'm going to go on record and state that Johnson is going to be the first Detroit running back to rush for 100 yards in a game since 2013. The ultra-productive (led the SEC in rushing last season) 2nd round pick from Auburn is an athletic (all-state basketball player in high school) and versatile addition to the Detroit backfield. He doesn't have elite quickness or speed, but he plays fast, hitting the hole and getting to the next level of the defense quickly. Some scouts have likened his running style to Le'Veon Bell, and he has shown the ability to be a three-down player at the pro level. Basically, he has everything coaches and scouts need from a productive starting NFL back. He can generate yardage in many ways, from sheer will, elusiveness and reading the defense. But how exactly does all this translate into fantasy relevance?

I'll put it simply, I really like Johnson's outlook this year. Now some scouts were turned off by his combination of frame and running style, being concerned that he might have trouble holding up to big workloads in the NFL. Well, I don't think that's a problem in Detroit. Even though he CAN play on all three downs, he won't HAVE to with Riddick and Blount to pick up some of the dirty work. What Johnson WILL do is have the opportunity to run behind a greatly improved offensive line and a defense that will be spread out trying to stop the pass. The offensive scheme will be a lot like his college offense, and he has the intangibles to get on and stay on the field. His 20 touchdowns last season prove he has a nose for the endzone, and his 55 receptions in three years at Auburn show he's a quality receiver as well. Riddick and Blount are complementary players in this backfield, and Johnson should lead this team in rushing by a significant margin if he stays healthy. Being the 6th back taken in the draft, and playing for a team that's been the worst at running the football for years means Johnson could be a steal in early drafts. I like him as an RB3 that has RB2 upside.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Kerryon Johnson
RB2RB2 Theo Riddick
RB3RB3 LeGarrette Blount
RB4FB1 Nick Bawden
RB5RB4 Zach Zenner
Lions Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Lions fine with Kerryon Johnson's puny workload
Patricia thinks rookie RB getting 20 of 55 snaps is a "good amount"
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Oct 2, 10:47 am

Detroit Lions
Kerryon Johnson played just 20 of 55 offensive snaps in the Lions' 26-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, five fewer than third-down back Theo Riddick and six more than veteran LeGarrette Blount, but the Lions HC isn't bothered. "I think we have a lot of really good running backs and I think we try to use them appropriately," Patricia said at his Monday news conference. "I think Kerryon played a significant amount of the game. He played 20 snaps of 55, that’s a good amount. Plus, we have two other running backs, plus we have two-minute drives and other two-minute personnel packages and things like that. There was quite a bit of reps in there for Kerryon." (Detroit Free Press)

FFToday's Take: Kerryon Johnson probably won't be a bell cow anytime soon, and based on Patricia's super "Belichick-ey" statement here it appears his upside will be limited to RB3/flex the remainder of the season. It's a shame, because he's been the team's most effective back through four games.

Kerryon Johnson heading up committee?
Lions will let rookie RB's role "develop" through early season pl
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 4, 8:20 am

Detroit Lions
The Lions are expected to use a running back by committee approach to their backfield. OC Jim Bob Cooter liked the "trajectory" of rookie Kerryon Johnson in the preseason, and will let Johnson’s role develop and define itself based off the rookie’s play early on in the season. (

FFToday's Take: LeGarrette Blount will serve as the goal line back and get some early down and short yardage carries, while Theo Riddick is almost exclusively reduced to a passing down role. The rookie is teh back to target as he projects the most upside.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NYJ L 17-48 5 17 3.4 0 3 3 20 6.7 0 3.7
2 at SF L 27-30 8 43 5.4 0 6 5 23 4.6 0 6.6
3 NE W 26-10 16 101 6.3 0 3 2 9 4.5 0 11.0
4 at DAL L 24-26 9 55 6.1 1 1 1 1 1.0 0 11.6
5 GB W 31-23 12 70 5.8 0 2 2 15 7.5 0 8.5
7 at MIA W 32-21 19 158 8.3 0 3 2 21 10.5 0 17.9
8 SEA L 14-28 8 22 2.8 0 8 6 69 11.5 0 9.1
9 at MIN L 9-24 12 37 3.1 0 5 3 7 2.3 0 4.4
10 at CHI L 22-34 14 51 3.6 1 6 6 38 6.3 1 20.9
11 CAR W 20-19 15 87 5.8 1 2 2 10 5.0 0 15.7

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