Would You Rather: Own Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic or Tra Carson in Fantasy for Rest of 2019 NFL Season

Dan Israeli
Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions' backfield suffered a big blow when Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury following Week 7. Many fantasy owners placed high bids on Ty Johnson off waiver wires, as the Maryland rookie was expected to take over as the team's primary back in Johnson's absence.

Instead, the Lions' backfield had the look of a full-blown committee in the team's Week 8 win over the New York Giants, as Johnson fizzled with just seven carries for 25 yards and a 13-yard reception.

Ty Johnson Fantasy Outlook

Johnson led the backfield in snaps in Week 9, but still had less carries than Tra Carson, a 2016 undrafted free agent the Lions claimed off waivers after getting cut by the Green Bay Packers. Carson received 12 carries, which he turned into 34 yards. Meanwhile, receiving back J.D. McKissic totaled one yard on three touches.

With Kerryon out of the picture, many had thought Ty Johnson would emerge as the team's new lead back, as Kerryon was finally starting to get the workload many had hoped for entering his second season. If one week is any indication, however, the Lions will employ a committee backfield going forward, as even Paul Perkins played a factor with three carries on six snaps.

Tra Carson Fantasy Outlook

As far as who to own going forward in fantasy, the answer is still Johnson. While his Week 9 workload was disappointing, Carson did nothing to earn a larger role going forward and failed to record a single target in the passing game.

J.D. McKissic Fantasy Outlook

McKissic has also been an underwhelming option so far this season, with just 10 receptions for 75 yards.

As the backfield is currently constructed, no running back is a must start in fantasy football. Johnson is a hold, however, just in case his role grows in the weeks ahead. He is the 30th-ranked RB in our Week 9 PPR rankings, going against an Oakland Raiders' defense giving up the 15th-fewest fantasy points to the running backs.

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