Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift has been ruled out for the second straight week due to a concussion. The burgeoning star will be replaced Adrian Peterson, who should handle the early-down work, and Kerryon Johnson, who is more of a pass-catching back.
Both Peterson and Johnson check in as decent FLEX options in Week 12 due to a juicy matchup with the Houston Texans' defense.
Adrian Peterson Fantasy Outlook
Fantasy managers may be hesitant to rely on the 35-year-old as he's coming off a 7-carry, 18-yard performance without Swift in Week 11. However, Peterson should have little trouble dominating a Texans' defense that ranks No. 31 against the run in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics.
This matchup makes pretty much any running back worth a look in fantasy. He's not much of a pass-catcher, though, so AP should be more useful in standard-scoring formats than PPR leagues on Thanksgiving.
Kerryon Johnson Fantasy Outlook
Johnson is likely to handle the pass-catching duties in Week 12. He didn't do a great job in that regard last week, turning 5 targets into 2 catches for 21 receiving yards, but the volume he saw was encouraging.
The Texans' defense is allowing 30.7 PPR points per game to opposing RBs, which is the third-worst total in the league. With Detroit sitting as 3.5-point underdogs, per FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 12 odds, Johnson could be in line for a big workload as a pass-catcher.
Likely looking at some decent volume against a defense that can't defend running backs, Johnson is a really interesting FLEX option in PPR formats on Thanksgiving.
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