Ty Johnson Injury Update Improves Fantasy Outlook in Week 11 Against Cowboys

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When Kerryon Johnson went down in Week 7, Ty Johnson became one of the hottest names on the waiver wire. However, he hasn't produced like many thought he would initially, and a concussion suffered in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears only dropped his fantasy value further.

Even so, Johnson has apparently made a swift recovery, as he returned to practice on Thursday, which is a great sign for his availability in Week 11.

He'll return to a Detroit Lions' backfield that is sorely in need of depth, with Johnson, Paul Perkins and J.D. McKissic as the only healthy options on the team.

Johnson hasn't been getting consistent work though, as he's only recorded double-digit carries once over the last four weeks. He hasn't been particularly effective with those touches either, averaging 3.2 yards per carry during that span.

Johnson will also continue to cede work in the passing game to McKissic, who has seen 14 targets across the past three weeks, while Johnson has gotten 12 targets during that span.

It's going to be hard for any of these running backs to be fantasy viable in Week 11, as Matthew Stafford will likely be sidelined, and the Cowboys are the sixth-best scoring defense in the NFL.

Until Detroit establishes a more reliable hierarchy in the backfield, it's going to be tough to trust any of these RBs on a weekly basis, though Johnson clocks in at RB27 in our Week 11 fantasy football PPR rankings.

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