Kerryon Johnson 2019 Fantasy Football Profile
This is the 2019 Fantasy Football profile for Kerryon Johnson. This profile was created on 06/02/2019 and reflects their current value and predicted 2019 fantasy football performance. This profile may be updated if significant changes occur during the pre-season that affects their 2019 fantasy football value. This profile also may be updated periodically throughout the 2019 season, to keep you updated.
Current ADP: 42nd Overall, 20th RB
Current Ranking: 14th RB
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Kerryon Johnson became the first Lions Running Back to rush for 100 yards in a game since Reggie Bush accomplished that feat in 2013. He played in the first 10 games of the season before being placed on Injured Reserve after week 10. During those first 10 games, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry and was becoming a solid member of the passing game. Averaging his 10 game pace over the course of a healthy season, KJ would have been the RB16 in half point PPR leagues. He would have rushed for 1025 yards, 51 receptions for 340 yards, and 6 overall touchdowns. Considering that he was not utilized as the lead back until week 3 and still shared the role throughout the season, he could realistically see RB1 stats after a healthy 2019 season.
It is believed by some that Kerryon Johnson was placed on IR only because the Lions had already been eliminated from playoff contention. His injury did not require surgery. Instead, the Lions protected their investment with the anticipation of returning strong for the 2019 campaign.
The Detroit Lions have made it clear that they intend to be a running team in 2019. They have made a handful of offseason moves to solidify those intentions. They added Oday Aboushi to their offensive line. He is a slight upgrade at the Right Guard position and a positive motion for the 2019 run game.
In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected TJ Hockenson with the 8th overall pick. Hockenson is a known blocker and massive offensive piece. Not only could he strengthen the run game through his blocking ability, but will also come in handy for RB dump offs; Kerryon Johnson looks to continue his decent production through the passing game. The Lions also added Tight End Isaac Nauta in the draft and signed free agent Jesse James from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
LaGarrette Blount is an unrestricted free agent after his one year contract in 2018. He will not be returning to the Lions. Instead, the Lions signed free agent C.J. Anderson after a rather impressive stint with the Los Angeles Rams as well as an unimpressive stint with the Carolina Panthers in 2018. Theo Riddick is in the final year of his contract and could, conceivably, be cut for very little dead cap. Zach Zenner has already been re-signed to a one year deal but will not be a threat to the lead role.
Between the Lions announcement that they will be a running team, the additions at the offensive line, not re-signing Blount, and avoiding surgery after the 2018 knee sprain, Kerryon Johnson looks to be the primary focus for running down work. His usage in the passing game last season only improves his outlook.
The addition of C.J. Anderson can, understandably, give some fantasy analysts pause. The use of Blount in 2018 when it didn’t make sense could lead you to believe that Anderson will eat into a large number of Kerryon’s carries. Let this be a reminder that Anderson will not take receptions away from Kerryon Johnson. He will largely be used to spell Kerryon as needed and as an insurance policy in case of injury. Anderson was formerly known for his pass blocking skills. This could help rest Kerryon Johnson and conceivably prevent risk of injury. Mark my words, Kerryon Johnson will not lose a large chunk of his touches to C.J. Anderson.
I’m realistic, as well. Kerryon Johnson could be in a bad situation if the Lions fall behind early in their games and they have to move away from the running game. His abilities in the passing game keep me from being too scared, though.
I’m excited to see his production in the coming year. If his current ADP in the middle of the fourth round stands, I can guarantee that he will be on many of my redraft teams when I reach at the end of the 3rd or the beginning of the fourth and reap the rewards of his talent and usage.