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Running Back, Detroit Lions

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Draft: 2018 Round 2 (11)
College: Auburn
DOB: 1997-06-30 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#13 3 3.02

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
2019 (Projected) DET   210 985 4.7 6   54 370 6.9 2 183.5  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Despite a knee injury that cost him seven games, Johnson did something not seen from a Lions player in 5 years. He rushed for 100 yards in a game, 101 in Week 3 to be exact! Johnson went on to repeat the feat in a dominant Week 7 performance against Miami and justify the draft capital Detroit spent on him.

Injury aside, Johnson had a solid first season in the NFL. His 10.9 standard points per game would have made him an easy RB2, and his 5.4 yards per carry, and 32 receptions lived up to his pre-draft scouting report of explosion and versatility. The one knock on his game did come to fruition, and that was the durability. The health of Johnson and the nature of the position lead straight to the biggest red flag for Johnson's 2019 value, and that's workload. The former Auburn Tiger has shown the ability to become a fantasy stud, but under Matt Patrcia and new coordinator Darrell Bevell, it's going to be a difficult reality. Patricia and Bevell have a history of using multiple guys in the backfield, and I just don't see them suddenly switching course and hitching their sled to one lead dog, despite how capable he might be. Patricia has already gone on record this offseason about his desire for a committee backfield, and any hope that Johnson will make up the loss of rushes with more receptions can just look back at the history of Bevell and how underused his backs in Seattle were in the passing game.

Watch tape from last year and you will see that Johnson plays the game with an effortless stride, and explosive first step. He's the best back the Lions have had in years, and in typical Detroit fashion, he will cede work to lesser talented players. Maybe he simply plays so well he becomes the alpha and the Lions can't take him off the field, but I'm afraid that while he'll have no problem leading this committee, there is no way he approaches 18-20 carries a game, and likely tops out as an RB2 with upside.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Kerryon Johnson
RB2RB2 C.J. Anderson
RB3RB3 Zach Zenner
RB4FB1 Nick Bawden
RB5RB4 Ty Johnson
Lions Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Lions cut RB Theo Riddick
Making way for DL Mike Daniels
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jul 27, 9:00 am

Detroit Lions
The Lions cut the seventh-year running back on Saturday to make room for the addition of Pro Bowl defensive lineman Mike Daniels. The move is somewhat surprising, given his stature as one of the most productive pass-catching running backs in the league, but also expected, when considering his declining production with his escalating cap number. Detroit clears $3.55 million in cap space by moving on. (

FFToday's Take: Theo Riddick has been a great option on third down for the Lions for years and a viable fantasy option in PPR leagues. The Lions feel comfortable with their top three running backs Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson and Zach Zenner. This move gives a slight boost to Johnson's fantasy value who should see a few more targets now that Riddick has been released.

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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