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Posted: 1/2/2019 7:17pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson was limited to 10 games this season because of the injury but finished with 641 yards and three touchdowns. He likely will compete for the starting running back job next season and could be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back if he wins the job.
Posted: 12/19/2018 7:04am ET
Huddle Up: Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount figure to share the work with Theo Riddick involved in the passing downs. All three have roster value, but any of the three could be featured in the final two weeks.
Posted: 12/14/2018 1:49pm ET
Huddle Up: LeGarrette Blount, Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick probably will all receive some work at running back this week. Riddick can be considered a flex option in point-per-receptions leagues because of his role in the passing game. It is not known if Blount or Zenner will receive more carries, so owners could consider avoiding both players.
Posted: 12/14/2018 9:29am ET
Huddle Up: Sadly, Johnson's strong rookie season is finishing with a string of DNPs as he hasn't practiced -- let alone played -- since injuring his knee Nov. 18 against the Carolina Panthers. LeGarrette Blount had 12 carries apiece in the Week 14 win over the Cardinals, with the latter scoring a TD, but neither is anything more than a deeper-league flex consideration for Sunday's game in Buffalo.
Posted: 12/13/2018 4:24pm ET
Huddle Up: The second-round draft pick hasn't played since Week 11, and based on his lack of practice time this week, it looks like Johnson is trending toward missing another bout. If that is indeed the case, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner would each get a boost, but it'd be tough to trust any of the three while working in a committee.
Posted: 12/12/2018 2:28pm ET
Huddle Up: Unless Johnson can practice at all this week it's likely that he'll be inactive for a fourth straight game. Neither LeGarrette Blount nor Theo Riddick can be trusted, but Riddick is worth a flier if you're desperate in PPR formats.
Posted: 12/7/2018 3:37pm ET
Huddle Up: LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will both receive playing time at running back with Johnson out again. Blount should receive most of the carries during the game and can be a flex option in standard leagues, while Riddick will be involved in the passing game and can be an option in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 12/7/2018 9:46am ET
Huddle Up: Even if Johnson does make it back this season, his fantasy owners are likely to going to have to advance a round or two in the postseason to have the option of using him.
Posted: 12/7/2018 9:27am ET
Huddle Up: The productive rookie's knee injury has come at the wrong time for his fantasy owners as it appears he'll miss his third straight game. Look for veterans LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick to once again pick up the slack.
Posted: 12/6/2018 10:41am ET
Huddle Up: At this point is appears that Johnson will be sidelined for another week, but make sure to check his status over the next couple days. If he is out then LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will man the backfield again. Both would be solid flex options versus a lousy Arizona Cardinals rush defense.
Posted: 12/5/2018 3:01pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson missed last week's game leaving LeGarrette Blount to handle the majority of the backfield touches and that could be the setup again in Week 14 if the rookie is unable to play. Circle back around on Friday and check to see Johnson's official status.
Posted: 11/30/2018 5:08pm ET
Huddle Up: LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will split playing time this week with Johnson sitting out another game. Blount should receive most of the carries and could be a flex option in standard leagues. Riddick can be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues since he will be involved in the passing game.
Posted: 11/29/2018 1:01pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson probably will not be able to play in Week 13 if he does not practice this week, so owners should look for other options this week. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will continue to split playing time if Johnson is ruled out and could be flex options in leagues.
Posted: 11/29/2018 9:53am ET
Huddle Up: Johnson is seemingly a longshot to return to the gridiron this week. If he is held out again then LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will split time in the backfield, although Riddick is the better PPR option.
Posted: 11/21/2018 11:29am ET
Huddle Up: A couple of games a year, you can bet on LeGarrette Blount to feast. This may not be the game against the Chicago Bears, but he figures to see more action. It's a tough matchup, but he's worth a flex look.
Posted: 11/19/2018 10:10am ET
Huddle Up: Johnson was giving the Lions a respectable running game, so his absence is going to hurt the offense. With the Lions hosting the Bears on in the early Thanksgiving Day game, it was going always going to be difficult for the rookie to play on such a quick turnaround unless the injury turned out to be minor. LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner will form an uninspiring committee versus Chicago. Only Riddick needs to be considered for fantasy purposes, and he'll be a low-end flex at that.
Posted: 11/18/2018 12:31pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson's status likely will be updated in the next day or two. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick would receive more playing time if Johnson is facing a multi-week injury and would be valuable in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 11/18/2018 12:09pm ET
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Johnson will miss any additional time because of the injury. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick would see more playing touches if Johnson misses time and could be at least flex options.
Posted: 11/11/2018 2:21pm ET
Huddle Up: It was Johnson's first-career multi-touchdown game. In fact, he had scored just one rushing touchdown total through his first eight outings. He'll try and keep up the scoring ways heading into Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. Keep treating him as a RB3 or flex fantasy option in most leagues despite the huge day.
Posted: 11/11/2018 6:04am ET
Huddle Up: Johnson was listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week. He should still be viewed as an RB2 in most formats even though Theo Riddick's presence means Johnson will be less involved in passing situations.
Posted: 11/8/2018 1:12pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson continues to be involved in the running and passing game but has been held in check over the last few weeks in terms of his rushing yards. He will be facing a tough Chicago Bears defense this week but can still be a No. 2 running back or flex option for owners.
Posted: 11/7/2018 2:45pm ET
Huddle Up: The rookie standout figures to suit up this weekend if he can avoid the dreaded setback. With Theo Riddick back, Johnson won't be as involved in the passing game, but his status as an RB2 doesn't waver.
Posted: 11/4/2018 1:16pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson snapped the team's ugly 100-yard rusher drought earlier in the season, but he has been very ordinary over the past two games. He has 20 rushes for 59 yards, or less than 3.0 yards per carry, while failing to find the end zone in four straight. He has devolved into an RB3 or flex fantasy play in leagues of 12 or more teams. The Lions travel to play in the Bears in Week 10.
Posted: 10/28/2018 5:49pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson has been a tremendous low-end RB2 or must-start RB3 in most fantasy leagues this season., and he showed he can do a good job catching the ball when there is nothing there in the run game. He'll try and get back on track in the run game next week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Posted: 10/21/2018 6:15pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson appears to be the answer to the running woes Detroit has dealt with for several years, but it's a shame that LeGarrette Blount continues to vulture touchdowns. Still, Johnson has RB2 upside heading into a Week 8 matchup against a Seattle defense that has been vulnerable against the run.
Posted: 10/18/2018 1:41pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson could see more usage this week with Theo Riddick looking doubtful. LeGarrette Blount will certainly be in the mix still, but Johnson is the most valuable Detroit running back and deserves to be started in a quality matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
Posted: 10/17/2018 1:34pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson is coming off a bye week and he was able to practice in full. He should be 100 percent healthy and ready to go for Sunday's game in Miami, but circle back around Friday when the official injury designations come out just to be safe. He is a decent RB3 or flex fantasy option in Week 7 if healthy.
Posted: 10/9/2018 12:36am ET
Huddle Up: Fortunately, Johnson and the Lions have the bye week coming up, so the former Auburn standout may escape this injury without missing any games. While Johnson has fared pretty well thus far in his first NFL campaign, he still has to deal with LeGarrette Blount taking a big chunk of his workload.
Posted: 10/7/2018 6:08pm ET
Huddle Up: The good news is that Johnson's injury seems minor, and he was once again Detroit's most productive back. LeGarrette Blount did vulture a couple of short scores, but Johnson remains the back your want to start in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 9/30/2018 2:35pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson is still sharing carries with LeGarrette Blount but likely will take over the starting job in the near future. He has a chance to be at least a flex option in standard leagues most weeks.
Posted: 9/29/2018 7:39pm ET
Huddle Up: Fresh off his first 100-yard game, Johnson is on his way to becoming Detroit's top back. He will likely be in a committee of some kind for a majority of the season, but he's already a flex candidate and a great long-term prospect in keeper leagues.
Posted: 9/24/2018 12:18am ET
Huddle Up: Johnson became the first Detroit running back to rush for over 100 yards since Reggie Bush did so in Week 13 of the 2013 season. Much as was the case at Auburn and over his first two games as a pro, the second-round pick looked light on his feet and is a smooth runner who doesn't turn in many negative runs. The Lions seem to want to keep him in a committee for now, but it is clear he is the best all-around back they have. He's very much in the flex discussion entering Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Posted: 9/23/2018 8:10pm ET
Huddle Up: The rookie was sharp, showing tremendous elusiveness, vision and speed against the defending AFC champs. Johnson is the first running back in Honolulu Blue and Silver to top the century mark in a single game since Reggie Bush turned the trick on Thanksgiving 2013. The rookie Johnson will try to make it two in a row when the Lions hit the road to meet the Cowboys in Week 4.
Posted: 9/10/2018 8:43pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson saw a total of eight touches, most among the Detroit backs. No running back was very efficient, with Theo Riddick leading the team with just 20 yards. The rookie Johnson could see more touches in Week 2 against the San Francisco if LeGarrette Blount, who left with an undisclosed injury, is limited or unavailable.
Posted: 8/17/2018 7:32pm ET
Huddle Up: Although Johnson didn't back up his huge performance from the first preseason game, he did play with the first-team. He should have a role on early downs immediately, and he could emerge as the lead back sooner rather than later. He is well worth the investment as a RB4, and he should be a first-round selection in rookie drafts.
Posted: 8/10/2018 11:42pm ET
Huddle Up: Despite the presence of steady vets LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick, Johnson is the best combination of rushing and receiving ability the team has in the backfield. He showed speed and toughness in his preseason debut and should push for a larger slice of the pie if he can keep it up. Consider Johnson an RB4/RB5 with some juice in the later rounds.
Posted: 8/1/2018 11:42pm ET
Huddle Up: Rothstein goes on to say that LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick will still get their touches, so it's not like Johnson is distancing himself from the competition, but the rookie is clearly the back with upside in Motown. Johnson has late-round appeal as a fourth or fifth RB.
Posted: 7/12/2018 7:36pm ET
Huddle Up: Even if Johnson enters the season as the starter, he won't be an every-down back just yet. LeGarrette Blount will likely earn some touches, and Theo Riddick is penciled in for passing downs. Johnson looks like a RB4 with upside in redraft leagues, and he could be worth a late first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Posted: 6/22/2018 8:45pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson has long-term upside, but he will have to deal with a crowded backfield as a rookie. Returning kicks won't help his fantasy stock much, but he is still worth grabbing as a RB4 in redraft leagues.
Posted: 6/1/2018 6:14pm ET
Huddle Up: With LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick also in the backfield, Johnson probably won't have the opportunity to be a workhorse this season. Still, he's an appealing RB4 with upside in redraft leagues and a great asset in keeper leagues.
Posted: 4/29/2018 6:27pm ET
Huddle Up: If Johnson can stay healthy, there is a chance he could emerge as the top option in Detroit's crowded backfield. He is worth a look as a RB4 in redraft leagues, but he should be drafted more aggressively in keeper formats.
Posted: 4/27/2018 4:53pm ET
Huddle Up: Johnson will be part of a committee with LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick in 2018. He probably will be a No. 4 or No. 5 running back in standard leagues as a rookie but will be valuable in keeper leagues since he has a chance to start in the near future.
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