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Bo Scarbrough Injury Update Boosts Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic Fantasy Outlook for Week 15

Jason Schandl
Bo Scarbrough in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears.
Bo Scarbrough in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

Bo Scarbrough has impressed since taking over as the Detroit Lions' lead back in Week 11, racking up 301 yards on 72 carries in those four games. He joins the list of banged-up Lions RBs now though, as a rib injury has him ruled out for a Week 15 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With no Scarbrough, we're back to the Detroit RB situation we were dealing with before he took over, with Ty Johnson and JD McKissic splitting work.

In the three games after Kerryon Johnson went down but before Scarbrough took over, neither Ty Johnson nor McKissic offered a ton of fantasy value, but the edge went to McKissic. Johnson averaged 7.0 rush attempts and 2.7 targets (which he turned into only 4.8 PPR fantasy points) per game in those three. McKissic Averaged 5.0 carries and 4.7 targets, earning a more serviceable 10.3 PPR points per game.

The way they match up against Tampa is in McKissic's favor as well. The Buccaneers come in at first in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings, but only 19th against the pass. McKissic's work in the receiving game should be a boon in this one.

If you're desperate for a fantasy RB in Detroit this week, McKissic is the guy. Ultimately this is a situation to avoid though, and none of the Lions RBs crack the top 36 at the position in our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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