• Duke Johnson

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  • , Houston Texans
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  • 207 lbs
  • 5' 9"
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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Before leaving the Thursday night opener with a leg injury, Duke Johnson backed up David Johnson, receiving five carries for 14 yards. David Johnson will continue to be the featured back for Houston, with most of Duke Johnson’s productivity coming in the passing game. He should only be started if you’re already desperate early on in the fantasy season.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – Duke Johnson at Kansas City Chiefs
In his first season with the Texans, Duke Johnson received an average of just eight touches per game. Carlos Hyde has moved on and now Johnson will be splitting backfield time with David Johnson. While both RBs have good hands, it’ll likely be David Johnson receiving most of the early-down carries, with Duke Johnson coming in on passing situations. Even though a lot of points are expected for the Thursday night affair, Duke Johnson doesn’t make for a good fantasy option.

by Bob Harris

HOU RB Duke Johnson - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde are gone, but the news still isn't great for Duke Johnson due to the arrival of another Johnson. That would be David Johnson. So Duke's path to workload isn't clear assuming David remains healthy. In fact, Duke Johnson will take a back seat to the other Johnson, who arrives as the de facto starter after being acquired in the deal sending DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. Still, we have something to hang your hat on if you need a late-round pick at the position: According to Pro Football Focus, Duke Johnson ranked third in the NFL in terms of PPR points per touch last season, collecting three receiving touchdowns and two rushing scores in his first season with the Texans. This is noteworthy in that he finished in a tie with Christian McCaffrey by posting 1.2 PPR points per touch last year.

Fantasy Downside
Again, David Johnson's presence means Duke has a significant impediment to playing time above him on the depth chart.

2020 Bottom Line
As USA Today suggested, after catching 44 passes for 410 yards in 2019, Johnson would make for a decent waiver wire pickup capable of filling in when the starters could be on a bye week.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Tennessee Titans
After losing a fumble against the Bucs last Saturday Duke Johnson received limited action. He finished with just four yards on the ground and a 12-yard reception, compared to Carlos Hyde’s 18 touches. At Tennessee two weeks ago, Johnson totaled 23 yards and doesn’t make for a good fantasy option in the rematch.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At Tennessee last Sunday, Duke Johnson recorded just two rushes and two receptions, totaling 23 yards. Deshaun Watson came his way on a long pass to the end zone in the first quarter, but it was intercepted. On the season Johnson is averaging only eight touches and has been held to less than 50 total yards in four of the past five outings. His value on Saturday will likely come in the aerial attack against a poor Bucs pass defense, but he’s just not seeing enough action to warrant a fantasy start.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Tennessee Titans
Even though Deshaun Watson threw 50 times for nearly 300 yards in the loss to the Broncos last week Duke Johnson saw just seven total touches, with six of them coming in the passing game. The lone rush attempt was a season-low, while the six grabs were the most he’s registered in ’19. In four of the past six games, Johnson has totaled more yards receiving than on the ground. In this important time of your fantasy season, there have to be better options at running back.

by Scot Berggren

HOU RB Duke Johnson - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Denver Broncos
With Carlos Hyde struggling to get anywhere on the ground versus the Patriots last Sunday night, Duke Johnson led the team with 36 rushing yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 54 yards and his fourth TD of ’19 – all coming in the past seven games. The 90 total yards matched a season-high from Week 1 and the rushing attempts and receptions also tied season highs. Like New England, the Broncos have a good pass defense, which could lead to a good outing from Johnson in the check down game again, making him a sneaky start.

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