The Lions, of course, do not have D’Andre Swift due to injury, so AP is back in the lead, but the Lions won’t give up just yet on Johnson. If there’s a week for these backs to shine, it’s this week against a porous run defense of the Panthers. Peterson looks like a solid RB2 this week and Johnson could be considered in your flex spot.
DET RB Kerryon Johnson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 1 – Kerryon Johnson vs. Chicago Bears
With D’Andre Swift expected to miss the opener due to a leg injury, Kerryon Johnson will get a chance to prove he deserves to retain the Lions top RB position. The former second-round pick has shown positive signs when he’s been able to stay healthy - rushing for over 1,000 yards, snagging 54 passes and scoring eight total times in just 18 pro games. Even though Adrian Peterson was recently added to the roster, Johnson should be the featured back on Sunday, receiving around 15 touches. Play him as an RB2.