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Kerryon Johnson Fantasy Outlook Rises With Potential Return in Week 16

Jason Schandl
Kerryon Johnson runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.
Kerryon Johnson runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions placed Kerryon Johnson on IR after he suffered a knee injury in the first half of a Week 7 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings.

When Can Kerryon Johnson Return?

Johnson has been designated for return from IR, and he will first be eligible to suit up in Week 16 against the Denver Broncos. This could make him worth stashing on your bench in the fantasy football playoffs.

Through the first six weeks of the season, Johnson had turned 20.0 opportunities (17.4 carries plus 2.6 targets) into an average of 13.2 PPR fantasy points per game. Not elite production by any stretch, but 20 opportunities is nothing to scoff at, and that per-game production put him 24th among running backs.

The backfield has been a bit of a mess since he went down, though Bo Scarbrough has recently emerged as the leader, with 53 carries over the last three weeks. Scarbrough is already a player to sit in Week 14, and a late-season return from Johnson would completely destroy his value.

Returning to practice already is a good sign that Johnson will have a shot at suiting up when first eligible in Week 16, which is the championship week in most fantasy football leagues.

It will be incredibly risky to start a guy in his first game back from knee surgery, but the potential to reclaim his job as the Lions' lead back does give him huge upside.

He's a low-risk add too, because it's easy enough to just drop him if we get negative updates on his health, but positive reports over the next couple weeks could make him an even more enticing play in the championship. Go out and add Johnson to stash him on your bench now.

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