Duke Johnson Fantasy Outlook After Trade to Texans

Jason Schandl
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Just days after releasing backup running back D'Onta Foreman, the Houston Texans have shored up their backfield by trading for Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson.

Johnson has been the subject of trade rumors for a couple years now, as the Browns have routinely brought in additional running backs while limiting Duke's opportunities. Houston is the perfect landing spot to unleash his value.

The Texans have an incredibly consistent lead back in Lamar Miller, but he's also a fairly one-dimensional player. He was targeted 35 times in 2018, which was tied for 34th among running backs.

Johnson, on the other hand, has never seen fewer than 62 targets in a season, tallying 235 receptions on 301 targets across four years in the pros. That makes him one of only three backs with at least 300 targets since he entered the league.

Landing in Houston could also lead to some increased ground work for Johnson. The Texans also lost backup running back Alfred Blue to free agency, and even playing behind Miller, Blue racked up 150 carries in 2018 – a mark that Johnson has never hit.

The addition of Johnson could keep Miller off the field on third downs, which could be a big blow to Miller's fantasy value. His average draft position (ADP) had climbed to RB31 after Foreman was released, but with Johnson around his value could fall even lower than it was while Foreman was still in town.

Expect Johnson's ADP to climb quickly, but his current ranking of RB57 makes him an absolute steal in 2019 fantasy football drafts.


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