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Kerryon Johnson Injury Update Improves Ty Johnson Fantasy Outlook for Week 8

Zach Brunner
Detroit Lions v Miami Dolphins
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Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7, which kept him on the sidelines for 64 of the 75 offensive plays. While the injury is not considered severe, the Detroit Lions running back is expected to miss some time. That opens the door for backup Ty Johnson to offer some fantasy football value.

Johnson injured his knee in the first half and was later seen in a brace testing out the knee in the second quarter. Ultimately, he was not able to return to the game.

The second-year running back leads Detroit's backfield in carries (92), rushing yards (308) and rushing touchdowns (2) this season. He has also added nine catches for 126 yards and another touchdown through the air. His volume had really picked up after C.J. Anderson was released as well, averaging 19.7 carries and 2.7 targets per game from Weeks 3 to 6.

In his absence, rookie Ty Johnson is expected to pick up the majority of the carries, as he notched 29 yards on 10 rushes with Johnson sidelined against Minnesota. J.D. McKissic will also seen an increase of snaps, though the former college WR has mostly just been involved on passing downs.

Before the injury update, we had Kerryon Johnson ranked as RB10 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy rankings. Now that he's expected to sit, Ty Johnson comes into consideration as a FLEX play against a New York Giants defense that is allowing top-10 fantasy production to opposing RBs.

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