Kerryon Johnson Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Landscape in Lions' Backfield Moving Forward

Jason Schandl
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Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson had bloomed into a true workhorse back recently, with an average of 19.7 carries and 2.7 targets per game over his last three performances.

However, a knee injury forced Johnson to make an early exit from Week 7's game against the Minnesota Vikings, and the severity of that injury really cloud the fantasy football outlook of the Detroit Lions' backfield moving forward.

Jonson had played at least 70 percent of the Detroit Lions' offensive snaps in each of those last three contests, which was way up from 57 percent and 55 percent in his first two games of 2019, respectively.

J.D. McKissic had snap shares of 34 and 24 percent in the last two games, respectively, and he looks like the best bet to step up as the RB1 in Detroit if Johnson is forced to miss any extended time.

McKissic doesn't exactly profile as a bell-cow back though, and a committee approach should mean plenty of opportunities available for Ty Johnson as well.

We should have a better idea of Kerryon's status early in the week. The Lions get a great matchup against a poor New York Giants defense in Week 8, and whoever starts at RB in that one is going to offer some huge fantasy upside.

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