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News: 3 days agoJohnson rushed 10 times for 15 yards and caught three of five targets for another 20 in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.
Spin: Johnson's averaging a dreadful 2.8 YPC this season, which has capped his production despite three consecutive weeks of double-digit attempts as the lead back in David Johnson's (concussion) absence. David will have to miss at least one more game before he's eligible to come off IR, which should leave Duke with a hefty Thanksgiving workload against a Lions defense that has struggled to contain running backs. C.J. Prosise was the only other Houston running back to touch the ball in this one, and he finished with an uninspiring 12 scrimmage yards on three carries and two catches.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: After spending 2019 as a passing-down complement to Carlos Hyde, Johnson is expected to play a similar role behind newcomer David Johnson this season. Johnson has yet to convince a coaching staff that he's worthy of a three-down role, as he has managed only 76 carries per season since entering the league in 2015. Although his targets have dipped the past two seasons, Johnson has been in the upper two thirds in yards per target all five seasons, and his 4.1 OTD (expected TD total) paced the position last season. Johnson's role severely limits his ceiling, and it's possible that he will lose targets to David Johnson this season. Consider the 26-year-old a weak flex in PPR leagues.