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: 20.5
Avg Pts: 6.83
Rank: 21 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 had just four touches in Houston's Week 3 win over the Chargers. Johnson's two carries went for just two yards and he added 22 receiving yards on two catches. Johnson's not having the 2019 season that fantasy owners expected when they drafted Johnson with a mid-round pick, and it's hard to justify starting Johnson in most formats at this point with his low usage.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has gone from being a solid flex option to a much riskier one over the past couple of weeks, as Houston's increasing usage of Carlos Hyde as the team's main rushing down back has cut back on Johnson's opportunity. The Chargers are an exploitable matchup on paper, but Johnson has to actually touch the ball to take advantage of that and with Houston juggling a lot of options in the short passing game as well, it's hard to see Johnson as anything but a boom-or-bust RB4.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson ended up seeing his role reduced in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Johnson had six carries for 31 yards and failed to bring in his only target. With so many receiving options for the Texans, Johnson's value as a receiver is reduced, which means he needs rushing touches to be fantasy relevant. Carlos Hyde outcarried him 20 to six though, and based on their usage in this game, it'll be hard to start Johnson in any leagues in Week 3.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson lost a few more touches to Carlos Hyde than fantasy owners would have liked in Week 1, but Johnson still has appeal as a flex option for Houston's Week 2 meeting with the Jaguars. Jacksonville gave up the 10th-most fantasy points to the running back position in Week 1, and Johnson's versatility allows him to get involved in multiple ways for this team. The threat of head coach Bill O'Brien turning the Johnson/Hyde platoon into a timeshare like he did with Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue last year is valid, but Johnson still has the most value of the two.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson put up a solid stat line in Houston's Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints, toting the ball nine times for 57 yards. He also added 33 receiving yards on four receptions. Johnson was second on the team in both targets and receptions, and while fantasy owners would have liked to see him carry the ball more than teammate Carlos Hyde did, the overall takeaway from this game is a positive one. Houston wants to get Johnson the ball. He's going to be near the team lead in touches. Johnson's a solid RB3 at this point with the upside to be more.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson rushed nine times for 57 yards in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Sept. 9. He also added four receptions for 33 yards on five targets.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson failed to find the end zone, but he had a pretty productive team debut. Carlos Hyde saw 11 total touches to Johnson's 13, and you can expect a rather even split with Bill O'Brien running with the hot hand. Plus, Johnson will see more snaps in passing situations, with Hyde being used as the hammer in running situations. Johnson is a solid low-end RB3 in PPR formats, with lesser value in standard play. The Texans host the Jaguars in Week 2.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson makes his living as a receiving back, which should allow him to perform well on Monday night against a Saints team that was susceptible to passing plays in 2018. Johnson's got some risk, though, because the Texans under Bill O'Brien haven't traditionally gotten their backs much pass-game usage, and because Carlos Hyde will take some early-down work. Johnson should have the upside to be worth a flex play against this defense, though we'll know a lot more about Johnson's usage after this contest.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson was primed to be a lead back for the first time in his career, but Saturday's trade for Carlos Hyde puts Johnson back in a secondary role. Expect Hyde to see most early-down work, with Johnson coming in as a receiving back and sprinkling in a little early down usage. Johnson's pretty clearly the better back and should make the most of his opportunities, but the Hyde trade and the team's addition of another potentially strong slot receiver, Kenny Stills, will cut too much into Johnson's usage for me to be as comfortable with him as I was before. His upside before was in the RB2 territory in PPR, but you can knock him back to the RB3 range in your rankings.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson is expected to be the starter, but the team is 'actively looking' to trade for a running back, according to league sources.
Fantasy Spin: Following the injury to Lamar Miller, Johnson looks poised for an every-down role, but that could change if the Texans add a big name to the backfield. If Houston simply adds some veteran depth, Johnson's upside won't change much.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has become the team's starter with Lamar Miller (knee) looking at missing the entire season. Johnson will get all the playing time he can handle in 2019 despite never functioning as a lead back in the NFL in his time with Cleveland. Mainly useful in PPR leagues as a pass-catcher in the past, Johnson will be a full-time player in Houston in Week 1, although the Texans will surely look for outside help to boost their depth. Houston's offensive line is a concern, but Johnson's increased role could put him in RB2 territory in a potent offense.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson will take over as the starting running back in the wake of RB Lamar Miller's (knee) knee injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, and McClain believes Johnson will 'get all the playing time he can handle.'
Fantasy Spin: Johnson has been a major weapon in the passing game in the past, and if given an every-down role, RB2 production seems like his floor, especially in PPR formats. Add him now if he is available in your league.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson is expected to make his Texans debut in Saturday's preseason meeting with the Dallas Cowboys. A hamstring issue had kept Johnson sidelined since being acquired by the Texans in a trade with Cleveland, but we'll finally get to see a hint of how the Texans will use him. Johnson's expected to see time as a both a third-down back and a slot option for the Texans, and he gives quarterback Deshaun Watson a weapon unlike one he's had before. Johnson's a sneaky mid-round pick in PPR leagues.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (hamstring) practiced for the first time with his new team on Tuesday. Johnson was traded to Houston from Cleveland almost two weeks ago, but he's been held out because of his injury until now. While he was set to serve as the pass-catching back behind Nick Chubb in Cleveland for at least half the season, his new landing spot should allow him to be a bigger part of the game plan for the Texans for the majority of the season behind Lamar Miller. Consider Johnson in the middle rounds of drafts in PPR leagues. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 43 back.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) practiced with his new team for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 20, after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Fantasy Spin: Good news for those fantasy GMs banking on Johnson's rebirth with the Texans. Value him as a low-end RB4 in standard and slightly higher in PPR leagues.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has yet to practice with his new team. Johnson missed the last few weeks of practice with the Browns before he was traded to Houston with a hamstring issue. Johnson is expected to see a significant role as a third-down back and a slot option for the Texans, but it would be good to see him on the field at some point so fantasy owners can feel more comfortable taking him at his current ADP. The Bill O'Brien-era Texans haven't made much use of receiving backs, so working Johnson into the offense won't be something that happens overnight.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is still sidelined because of his hamstring injury and will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson has a chance to earn a solid role in the offense but needs to recover from his injury. He can be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues since he should be involved in the passing game and will also have value in standard leagues.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (hamstring) won't play in Saturday's preseason meeting with the Lions. Johnson, who the Texans traded for last week, is expected to play a significant role as the team's third-down back and as a slot receiver at times, but even before the trade he was dealing with hamstring issues that had held him out of practice with the Browns. We'll likely see Johnson against the Cowboys on the 24th, since Houston will want to see how the offense looks with him before the regular season gets here. Johnson's worth a mid-to-late round in PPR leagues, depending on league size.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) didn't practice Monday, Aug. 12, and he's unlikely to play in the second preseason game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson has RB4 prowess in PPR and could slip into the RB3 range if he can get back quickly.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) was unable to practice Sunday, Aug. 11, due to a hamstring ailment.
Fantasy Spin: The severity of Johnson's ailment is uncertain, but it doesn't sound terribly serious. The team might simply be easing him into action after his mid-week trade from the Cleveland Browns. When healthy, Johnson will likely serve as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, serving as a RB4 in most PPR formats.
Updating previous reports, the Houston Texans will owe the Cleveland Browns a third-round draft pick in 2020 if RB Duke Johnson is active for at least 10 games in 2019. If not, the Browns will receive a fourth-round selection.