College: Miami (FL) | 5 years
Height: 5'9" | Weight: 210 lbs
Birth Date: 9/23/1993
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2019 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
The emergence of Nick Chubb found Johnson on the bench a little more than recent seasons. His numbers were down some, catching 47 passes after having 74 the previous season. He still got his work in the passing game but didn't get quite the overall targets as past seasons. His 62 targets was a career low. Johnson is one of the top pass-catching backs in the game, having at least 47 receptions four straight seasons. Johnson has top speed and can get downfield in a hurry. He lacks a little size for the position, though, and won't make many plays after contact. He is best suited as a pass-catching back, a role he serves very well. And a move to Houston should be a positive for him, getting a chance to serve as a pass-catching back in a very good offense.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Johnson has legit fantasy value because of his reception totals. He was 37th in running back scoring last year and 11th overall the previous season. He won't pile up the yards, though, and is more of a reception dependent fantasy back. Take him as a No. 3 or 4 and hope he gets a few more targets this year. You can expect around 55 receptions and 700 total yards with four or so scores.
Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson has established himself as one of the top pass-catching backs in the league over the first four years of his career. Last offseason, he was rewarded with a new contract extension for his excellent 2017 season in which he caught 74 passes. Then, the Browns went on to mostly ignore Johnson during the 2018 season, as he garnered a career-low 62 targets and 47 receptions. Johnson's name popped up in trade rumors throughout this offseason but it appears he will begin the season as a Cleveland Brown, barring a preseason trade. Johnson should offer some low-end flex appeal over the first half of the season but he could see his role greatly reduced, or eliminated once Kareem Hunt is finished serving his eight-game suspension. For the most part, Johnson is nothing more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts unless he is traded or an injury befalls either Nick Chubb or Hunt.
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Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson wasn't a huge factor in the run game last week, but he could see increased usage in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans allow the sixth-most receiving yards to opposing running backs, so there's a chance that we see him on the field at a rate closer to the 67 percent snap rate he had back in Week 13 against New England. His increased targets over the past two games are a good indicator of how the Texans can use him over the rest of the season, and in PPR leagues, Johnson has appeal as a flex option this week.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had just one carry on Sunday against the Broncos, a touch that gained five yards. He was targeted eight times in the passing game, catching six of those for 40 yards. Johnson's usage looked a lot more like most expected it would when he was traded to the Texans, and this is starting to look like a trend. That's good for Johnson owners in PPR leagues, who might finally be able to trust him in their lineups in 12-team or deeper leagues.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson saw his most targets and tied for his most carries of the season against the Patriots in Week 13 while playing a season-high 67 percent of offensive snaps, a sign that the pass-catching back might be moving towards a larger role in this offense. That gives him some intriguing upside in Week 14 against a Denver team that's done better against running backs on the ground than through the air. This could be a game that favors Johnson over teammate Carlos Hyde, though Johnson's still no more than a PPR RB3 because of the downside he presents, like the fact that in Weeks 11 and 12 he combined for just 12 receiving yards.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had five catches for 54 yards and a score in Sunday's win over the New England Patriots. He also had nine carries for a team-high 36 rushing yards. Houston couldn't find room on the ground, but moved the ball at will through the air, which benefited Johnson. He's still a low-floor fantasy option who quarterback Deshaun Watson hasn't looked to enough in the pass game, but Sunday showed why Houston needs to get Johnson more involved. Maybe this game is a sign of his future usage.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson carried nine times for 36 yards and hauled in five of his six targets for 54 more yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Deshaun Watson mentioned earlier in the week he wanted to get Johnson more involved in the passing game and, sure enough, it happened. It's unfortunate the Texans have underutilized him for the better part of the season and opted to pound the ball with Carlos Hyde instead, but Johnson is capable of production like this when he is a regular part of the offense. He should make for a decent flex option in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has been a non-factor over the past couple of games, and while the game script could favor him over starting running back Carlos Hyde in Week 13 against the Patriots, New England's defense is too good for you to trust Johnson in your fantasy lineup. He's had just 12 receiving yards over the past two games, and it looks like the Texans are shying away from targeting running backs in the passing game.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson finished with 22 yards on five carries to go along with one catch for eight yards during the win over the Colts on Thursday night. This was yet another disappointing performance from the 26-year-old, who has now recorded just three receptions over the last two games. While he may have a few more games where he catches four or five passes, his ability to get it done on the ground will continue to be relegated by Carlos Hyde, who is averaging 16 touches per outing on the year. For those who are desperate, Johnson does have the potential to score from a week-to-week basis but don't hold your breath waiting for consistent production.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson carried the ball five times for 22 yards against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, Nov. 21. He also had one reception for eight yards.
Fantasy Spin: Six touches represents the second-lowest mark of the season for Johnson, whose usage has been rather modest most weeks. He's done a solid job with limited opportunities, but without more of them he's not someone to rely on over the final weeks, even as a flex.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has seen some increased involvement in Houston's offense lately, including a five-catch game in Week 9, but that involvement isn't really translating into fantasy success. He continues to trail Carlos Hyde in rushing attempts and his impact in the pass game has been inconsistent all year. The last time Johnson faced the Colts, he had nine touches, producing 56 yards. Something around 50 total yards seems like a good bet based on Johnson's recent production, which means you're not getting much out of him for fantasy purposes unless he finds the end zone. He has done that in three of Houston's last five games, but somehow those touchdowns still feel like anomalies based on how the Texans are using him.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson played 59 percent of the offensive snaps against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Nov. 17. RB Carlos Hyde played just 34 percent of the snaps.
Fantasy Spin: It was the first time since Week 7 that Johnson led the timeshare. Week 7 was also the last time the Texans lost. Johnson is used more in the passing game and should be expected to see more work in the Texans' tougher matchups, while Hyde will continue to be used to run out the clock in victories.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson rushed six times for 40 yards and added just four receiving yards on two catches in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was another game where Johnson's usage didn't really reflect what his usage was projected to be heading into this year and another reminder that Johnson's an incredibly risky fantasy option. He has the talent, but the Texans aren't making the best use of Johnson's abilities, making him no more than an RB4 type player moving forward.
The Cleveland Browns will receive a 2020 third-round draft pick from the Houston Texans to complete an earlier trade involving RB Duke Johnson. The Browns would have received a fourth-round selection from the Texans instead if Johnson had played in fewer than 10 games this season.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson found the end zone in the two games before his bye, but will be a risky play in Week 11 at Baltimore. Johnson was ineffective as a runner in his last game totaling just 13 yards on seven carries while fellow back Carlos Hyde went off for 160 yards. Hyde has been the primary ballcarrier for Houston this season and while Johnson has relied on work in the passing game to be fantasy relevant, that could be tough this week. The Ravens have allowed just 36 catches to opposing running backs this season, the third-fewest in the NFL. Johnson is a flex play at best with significantly more value in PPR formats.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson rushed for 13 yards and one touchdown on seven carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. He also caught five passes for 68 yards during the game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson has been targeted at least five times in each of the last three games and has posted either a rushing or receiving touchdown in three of the last four games. He can be considered a flex option against most opponents.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had seven carries for just 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he did manage to find the end zone on one of those carries. Still, in classic Duke Johnson fashion, it was the receiving game where he made his impact, catching five passes for a team-high 68 yards. With Keke Coutee just seemingly removed from Houston's receiving rotation, there's more room for Johnson to make plays out of the slot after Houston's bye week.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had a season-low three carries in Houston's Week 8 win over the Oakland Raiders finishing with one rushing yard. While he added four catches for 33 yards and a score, it's hard to see Johnson getting enough touches against Jacksonville in Week 9 to consider him anything more than a touchdown-dependent flex option. While he has caught touchdowns in two of the last three games, the fact that his yardage totals have been so low all year remains a major cause for concern.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson was held to one yard on three carries but caught four of his five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 versus the Oakland Raiders.
Fantasy Spin: Given the fact that Houston appeared to bench slot receiver Keke Coutee this week, Johnson essentially served as the Texans' underneath option in this one. It's a shame he doesn't get more work as a runner, but Houston apparently prefers the physicality Carlos Hyde brings to the table - even if it comes with almost no big-play potential. Johnson will once again be a touchdown- and game-script dependent RB3 at best in Week 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had just three carries for one yard in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, but he made an impact in the passing game, catching four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Johnson's lack of rushing usage is concerning, and while he's got value in PPR leagues due to his usage in the passing game, it's hard to consider more than an RB4 at this point.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson hasn't been heavily featured in 2019. While that shouldn't change too much against the Oakland Raiders in Week 8, Johnson does have some fantasy appeal in deeper leagues, as Oakland has allowed the 12th-most receptions to opposing running backs this season. Maybe Johnson gets more involved in the passing game, though he's only seen five targets in a way twice this year, so expect another day of Houston handing the ball off to Carlos Hyde instead of tossing it to Johnson. But if you're desperate, this is a defense that Johnson could exploit and find pay dirt against.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson out-snapped RB Carlos Hyde 39-to-26 in the Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Oct. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson received a total of nine touches and racked up 56 yards. It was his first start of the season but Carlos Hyde still had more carries. Johnson has the higher ceiling in PPR formats, but Hyde is the safer option in standard leagues.