*Update Saturday, Nov 14, 2:30 p.m. EST*: David Johnson has been placed on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least three weeks. Duke Johnson can be considered a strong fantasy play for as long as Davis is on IR.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson took a big hit in the Week 9 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was diagnosed with a concussion, and he has not made enough progress to be active in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns. His absence opens the door for Duke Johnson's fantasy value to rise.
The workload in the Houston backfield has been split almost exclusively between these two running backs, which could be a sign that Duke is in line for a large role, with David out. We know Duke will have no shortage of motivation, playing on the road in Cleveland, which is the team he requested a trade from.
The Texans-Browns game calls for a lot of wind, which means the downfield passing game could be nearly non-existent. This could lead to a big helping of Duke Johnson for the Texans, whether it be with carries are short dump-offs.
He saw a season-high 16 carries last week, which he took for 41 yards and a touchdown. Duke Johnson added another four receptions for 32 yards. David Johnson was ranked at RB12 in our Week 10 PPR rankings, while Duke Johnson was RB31. With David Johnson out, you can split the difference between the two rankings, putting Duke Johnson around the top-20.
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