• Duke Johnson
  • RB
  • , Houston Texans
  • 26
  • 207 lbs
  • 5' 9"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Johnson finally got his wish to be traded, and he landed in a pretty good spot behind a vulnerable RB1 (Lamar Miller) in what should be a high-scoring offense. In the last three seasons (48 games), Johnson has turned 195 carries into 907 yards for a 4.65 yards per carry. He has caught 174 passes for 1,636 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns. The resulting 10.3 points per game (PPR) put him at a high-end RB3/low-end RB2 pace in that format on just 7.7 touches per game. Alfred Blue saw 170 touches last year, so there's a sizable role for Johnson, though the Texans haven't utilized their running backs in the passing game very often. They'll need to change their approach if Johnson is going to continue to see 3.6 receptions per game. Johnson should have standalone value in half-PPR and PPR formats, but is also a threat to to win the RB1 job outright. He's capable of being a three-down back.

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

CLE RB Duke Johnson - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Duke Johnson was a stud in 2017 when he topped 1,000 scrimmage yards with seven touchdowns and 74 receptions. His play on the field wasn’t bad in 2018, but he didn’t see nearly as many opportunities as Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb were featured in the backfield. But when Johnson was on the field, he averaged five yards per carry and caught 47 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns. He was a great receiving threat out of the backfield, leading the Browns in YAC (385).

Fantasy Downside
Johnson has requested a trade and has made it known he doesn’t want to stay around in Cleveland. If he does remain on the Browns, there’s a very limited role for him once Kareem Hunt returns from his suspension. Chubb is solidly in place as the starting back, and we saw what happened to Johnson’s touches in 2018 when Chubb took over (he went from averaging 33 offensive snaps per game to 26).

2019 Bottom Line
Johnson offers little value on the Browns if he stays. At best he’d be a low-end RB3/flex play in deeper PPR leagues. Johnson’s value largely depends on whether he gets traded before the season. One rumored team was the Tampa Bay Bucs, and if he lands there then his value should go up as it’s a better opportunity than what he has in Cleveland. Johnson isn’t much more than a gamble play later on in fantasy drafts.

2019 Strength of Schedule - HOU
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
3
@NO
6
JAX
12
@LAC
7
CAR
25
ATL
31
@KC
9
@IND
19
OAK
6
@JAX
BYE2
@BAL
9
IND
24
NE
17
DEN
4
@TEN
27
@TB
4
TEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2018 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1PIT517003.4018068.002.53.541/8946.1%
2@NO33001.0027023.501.03.023/6237.1%
3NYJ29004.502240212.003.35.329/7737.7%
4@OAK211005.504450611.255.69.629/8235.4%
5BAL535007.0017017.004.25.241/8051.3%
6LAC2360018.004730518.2510.914.935/7447.3%
7@TB1-400-4.00423045.751.95.935/6851.5%
8@PIT20000.00216038.001.63.623/6435.9%
9KC18008.00978298.6720.629.635/7546.7%
10ATL315005.00431147.7510.614.617/5332.1%
11BYE--------------
12@CIN216008.001230223.003.94.918/6428.1%
13@HOU0000-212036.001.23.220/5735.1%
14CAR2-600-3.000000--0.6-0.618/5234.6%
15@DEN428007.00425056.255.39.326/6738.8%
16CIN212006.00654069.006.612.632/6946.4%
17@BAL421005.2513043.002.43.437/5962.7%
Per game2.5012.56005.032.9426.810.193.889.135.068.0028.69/68.2541.67%
Totals40201005.03474293629.1381128459/109241.67%