Ty Johnson Fantasy Outlook Makes Him Waiver Wire Must-Add With Kerryon Johnson on IR

Jason Schandl
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Just a few hours after the Detroit Lions said Kerryon Johnson would miss "some time" with a knee injury suffered in Week 7, they placed their starting running back on injured reserve. Kerryon is eligible to return later in the season, but for fantasy football purposes, this roster move all but destroys his value for the remainder of the regular season.

The next man up is Ty Johnson, who becomes a must-add off the waiver wire.

Detroit Lions RB Depth Chart

Ty Johnson is the No. 2 running back on the Lions' depth chart, while J.D. McKissick could also factor in on receiving downs. Tra Carson saw a few carries in Week 5, but he will likely remain buried on the Lions' depth chart.

Following the release of C.J. Anderson after Week 2, Kerryon had been a true workhorse for the Lions, handling an average of 19.7 carries and 2.7 targets per game before his injury-shortened Week 7 outing.

Ty Johnson stepped right into that lead back role with 10 carries and four targets against the Minnesota Vikings, despite Kerryon getting the first five rushes of the game.

Ty Johnson or JD McKissick

Kerryon landing on the injured reserve early in the day is important for fantasy football owners. Ty Johnson goes from a waiver wire sleeper to the most important target ahead of Week 8. Even if RB depth isn't an area of need, getting a workhorse back off the waiver wire isn't an opportunity that comes up often – it's one that every fantasy owner should be doing their best to take advantage of.

If you can't land Ty Johnson, McKissick is a decent consolation in PPR leagues. However, he's not worth burning a high waiver priority on, unless you're really thin at RB.

Ty Johnson will also have a chance to make an immediate impact in a favorable matchup with the New York Giants in Week 8, where he sits at RB30 in our PPR fantasy football rankings.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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