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College: Auburn | 2 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 211 lbs
Birth Date: 6/30/1997
2019 Bye Week: 5
On IR - knee

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB

2019 RTSports Outlook

Johnson suffered a knee injury about halfway through the season and missed the last six games, getting placed on Injured Reserve. His injury wasn't a major one, so he'll be fine for the start of offseason workouts and training camp. Johnson was having a solid rookie campaign, rushing for 641 yards in 10 games. He had 854 total yards and four touchdowns. Johnson will be the lead back for the Lions this year, looking to continue his momentum from last year. Johnson is more of a power back, doing his best work between the tackles. He runs with a lot of power but also is a good one-cut runner. He can make defenders miss. He does lack breakaway speed but that didn't slow him from averaging an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. Johnson is an improving pass catcher, showing he can make plays his rookie season. He had 32 receptions on 39 targets.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Johnson is a sneaky pick. His numbers were pretty solid in 10 games last year, so don't overlook him come draft day. There are other second-year players that will get more hype, but Johnson should be considered a legit fantasy threat as a No. 2 back. He can get around 1,300 total yards, double-digit scores and 45 receptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

After starting the 2018 season strong, Kerryon Johnsons season came to a screeching halt due to an injury after playing 10 games as a rookie. During this time, he was splitting touches with the aging, but coach favorite, LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, making it harder to show his total skill set. Coming back healthy in 2019 will be important. Blount is out of the picture and despite bringing in C.J. Anderson, the starting job should be Johnson's.Johnson averaged 5.4 yards per carry behind an offensive line which struggled all season in protection. The offense as a whole had its woes, which affected the run game. However, positive moves have been made in the previous offseason, which should return dividend for the run game.Before his injury, Johnson was on pace to have over 1,000 rush yards and over 60 receptions out of the backfield. Both of these numbers should be achieved this season as he demonstrates why he was the SEC offensive player of the year his final season at Auburn in 2017. Being taken in the early fourth round of drafts, Johnson is a perfect candidate to start off a running back group if you are going wide receiver heavy early, or using an early pick on Patrick Mahomes. He would also be a great RB2 if you are using a more balanced draft strategy. Either way, Kerryon Johnson is a true three-down back and on a Detroit, a team looking to run the ball he should finish as no worse than an RB2. However, he also has the potential to finish in the low-end RB1 range with the likes of Nick Chubb or LeVeon Bell. Those are players he is going a full two rounds later than.

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Player Notes
Oct 23 11:50am ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) underwent a procedure on Tuesday morning and will miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve. After many had hoped that the 22-year-old would be in store for a breakout season, Johnson disappointed by compiling just 308 yards and three total touchdowns while averaging a subpar 3.3 yards per carry throughout six games. With his season potentially over, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic will take over, with Johnson potentially getting the bulk of the carries on the ground and McKissic being involved catching passes out of the backfield. How exactly the time will be split is unknown at the moment in addition to the team also rumored to make a deal before the trade deadline.

From RotoBaller

Oct 22 9:53pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 22.

From TheHuddle

Oct 22 4:23pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) underwent a procedure on his injured knee Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Matt Patricia.

Fantasy Spin: Initial reports had Johnson missing "some time," but an IR designation would pretty much knock him out for the rest of the season. Sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson should handle the majority of snaps in his absence and should be added in all leagues, while J.D. McKissic figures to take the bulk of the work in the passing game. It's also entirely possible the Lions bring back C.J. Anderson to assume at least part of the early-down workload after cutting him earlier in the season.

From TheHuddle

Oct 21 7:33pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) likely will miss some time because of the knee injury he suffered in Week 7 and is considered week-to-week at this point, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson likely will miss at least one game because of the injury, so Ty Johnson probably will take over as the starting running back with J.D. McKissic also receiving some snaps. Ty Johnson can be considered a flex option in some leagues this week.

From TheHuddle

Oct 20 2:40pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (knee), cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (undisclosed) were all injured in Week 7 against the Vikings and are questionable to return. Johnson left in the second quarter and was later seen on the sidelines with a brace on his right knee, so his day is likely done. Detroit's defense takes an obvious hit with both Slay and Harrison out. Johnson had five carries for 23 yards in the game before suffering the knee injury. He missed his only target in the passing game. If Johnson's injury is serious enough to keep him out in Week 8, J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson would split the backfield duties for Detroit.

From RotoBaller

Oct 20 2:33pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 7 game and is considered questionable to return.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson's status is uncertain at this point, so fantasy players will need to monitor the situation. Ty Johnson probably would take over the starting job if Johnson misses time and could be a flex option in leagues.

From TheHuddle

Oct 17 4:10pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson was given the keys to the Lions backfield but has yet to impress fantasy owners who spent an early-round draft pick on the 22-year-old. Johnson is averaging a measly 3.3 YPC and has seen just 13 targets through the air over five games. Disappointing to say the least. Johnson was given just 13 touches in Week 6, and against a stout Vikings run defense that has allowed just one 100-yard rusher and one rushing touchdown this season, fantasy owners should prepare for a potentially disastrous week. Consider Johnson an RB2 in this matchup with hopes he finds the end zone.

From RotoBaller

Oct 15 8:20am ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts in the loss to the Packers on Monday. After accumulating at least 20 carries throughout his last two games, Johnson took a step in the wrong direction, and had he not scored, this performance would have been considered another failure. With just three total touchdowns on the year to go along with a subpar 3.3 yards per carry, Johnson's outlook doesn't look favorable against a tough Vikings Defense in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 11:53pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed 13 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Oct. 14.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson tumbled back to Earth after a 125-yard performance last time out, but at least he found the end zone in this one. That's two TDs in the past three games. He'll look to get back on track yardage-wise in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.

From TheHuddle

Oct 10 12:00am ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will look to take advantage of a weak Green Bay Packers run defense on Monday night in Week 6. The Packers overall defense has been very solid, but as evidenced by the 5.2 YPC they've allowed through the first five weeks of the season, their run defense has had some issues. Johnson has seen no fewer than 20 touches per game since C.J. Anderson was cut after Week 2, and has the chance to carry the Lions in what could end up as a low-scoring, ground-and-pound game. Fantasy owners can slot Johnson in as a solid RB2 option for this matchup.

From RotoBaller

Sep 29 8:53pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed 26 times for 125 yards in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs while adding two grabs for 32 yards on three targets.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson entered the day with 126 rushing yards over his first three games with just 2.6 yards per carry, so this was a much-needed performance for his fantasy owners. It wasn't all great, as he lost a fumble. Treat him as a low-end RB2 or flex fantasy option heading into Week 6 after the team's bye.

From TheHuddle

Sep 29 6:40pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson shouldered a heavy workload in Week 4 and delivered in a big way. He rushed the ball 26 times for a season-high 125 yards and added two catches for 32 yards. Johnson was averaging just 2.6 yards per carry entering the game, but was able to find much more running room against the Chiefs in Week 4. Johnson's the clear workhorse in the Detroit backfield, with his backups being J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson, neither of whom topped four carries in Week 4. Start Kerryon with confidence going forward as he'll be a solid RB2.

From RotoBaller

Sep 29 5:30pm ET

Lions' RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 125 yards on 26 carries but no touchdowns in Sunday's loss against the Chiefs.

Sep 26 11:40am ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson could be in line for a big Week 4 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson had a tough time running the ball against a solid Eagles run defense in Week 3 but should be able to find more room this week against a Chiefs Defense that allows 6.2 yards per carry. He will also likely have no problem getting involved when the Lions are inevitably forced to the air, making him a very attractive start this week. Johnson has every chance to establish himself as one of the top backs in the league given the volume he will likely see going forward, and the volume alone should keep him firmly in the high-end RB2 conversation. Start him with confidence this week.

From RotoBaller

Sep 22 10:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed 20 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for seven yards in a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson salvaged his day with a one-yard scoring plunge, but he has struggled with efficiency all year. The good news is he continues to see a heavy workload, and the volume should keep him in the flex conversation.

From TheHuddle

Sep 22 4:30pm ET

Detroit's RB Kerryon Johnson averaged a brutal 1.8 yards per carry on 20 attempts in Sunday's game in Philadelphia. He did score one touchdown in the win.

Sep 18 8:20pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson could be in line for a big Week 3 performance against an ailing Philadelphia Eagles squad. Johnson should be able to do some damage through the air against an Eagles Defense that has allowed 15 receptions to running backs through the first two weeks of the season, and with Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan sitting out this week, finding holes on the ground will be an easier task as well. Johnson has the chance to see an expanded workload after the recent release of C.J. Anderson and will slot in as a high-upside RB2 in what could be a shootout at the Linc.

From RotoBaller

Sep 15 7:20pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson delivered a decent performance for fantasy owners that started him in PPR leagues Sunday, but those who started him in non-PPR leagues are probably singing a different tune. Johnson accumulated 41 yards on 12 carries while adding two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, but he was unable to find any consistency with 30 of his 41 ground yards gained during the first half. On the bright side, Johnson did out-touch backfield mates C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson by a healthy margin, running the ball 12 times as opposed to five each for the backups. Fantasy owners are certainly hoping for more going forward, though. Johnson will be a middling RB2 option this week with a solid Philadelphia Eagles run defense on deck.

From RotoBaller

Sep 15 5:03pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. He also caught two passes for 47 yards and one touchdown during the game.

Fantasy Spin: Johnson has rushed for less than 50 yards in each of the first two games but will continue to be the starting running back moving forward. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 back or flex option next week.

From TheHuddle

Sep 11 9:20pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson will look to bounce back in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers after a disappointing 49-yard performance to kick off the season. Johnson was the No. 1 option in the Lions backfield Sunday but ceded a worrisome 11 touches to C.J. Anderson while drawing the same amount of targets as newcomer J.D. McKissic. It wasn't the split fantasy owners were hoping for, but as long as Johnson keeps getting 18-plus touches a game, he should remain firmly in the RB2 conversation. The Chargers run defense was just scorched by the Colts to the tune of 203 yards, and they present a solid bounce-back opportunity for Johnson. He will remain an RB2 this week, but as Week 1 showed, the boom-or-bust potential is very real.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 22-Oct-2019: DET - On IR - knee
  • 04-Feb-2019: DET - Off IR - knee
  • 19-Dec-2018: DET - On IR - knee
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