In 2018 Kerryon Johnson showed some flashes of brilliance playing on a bad offense in Detroit behind one of the worst running backs in the NFL in Legarrette Blount and Johnson was losing receptions to the inefficient Theo Riddick. When Johnson was on the field and getting touches he was incredible. Johnson finished as a running back 1 or 2, 60% of the time, and that’s without being the bellcow back.
The team has since cut Blount and Riddick leaving Johnson as the clear cut number one running back on the team. C.J. Anderson is the backup in Detroit. This is something that does not worry me. Anderson might take a couple of touches away a game but not enough to impact his overall fantasy value.
In 2018 Johnson on his 118 rushes racked up 641 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you give Johnson another 100 rushes on his pace last year he would give you 1,177.2 yards and and 6 touchdowns.
The Lions rushed the football 363 times in 2018 I truly think it is possible for Johnson to have close to 275 attempts which would put him securely in the top 10.
You also cannot forget how much he is involved in the passing game. Theo Riddick’s 283 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns plus his 53 receptions on 71 targets for 444 receiving yards and 2 more touchdowns are gone.
C.J. Anderson is not taking that work. That receiving work is going to Kerryon Johnson who already had 32 receptions for 213 yards and 1 touchdown. Kerryon Johnson is going to have a massive year in 2019. He is going to be a workhorse and is worth his 3rd round ADP. If you had two top five WR’s and Johnson as your number one RB I think you will be okay. You could also go with him as your number two RB and be happy as well. For example in our most recent draft, I was drafting 4th in a 12 team .5 ppr league. I took CMC, then Dalvin Cook in the second round and Johnson in the third and still came out with a quality team. It is much easier to get wide receivers later in drafts, it is much harder to get quality running backs later so scoop up johnson while you can.
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