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RB Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns

5-9, 207Born: 9-23-1993College: MiamiDrafted: Round 3

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Johnson won't win your best ball league, but he might keep you from falling apart if you have a high risk running back group. He only fell below six PPR points twice through Week 16, and he added five double digit scoring weeks along the way. He's a good fit for best ball drafts that only take two running backs through the first 9-10 rounds.

Summary

While Isaiah Crowell improved in 2016, Johnson regressed. This was despite him having the better skill set for the passing game and the team being in negative game scripts for much of the season. Head Coach Hue Jackson and his preference for a power running game could be the main reason for Johnson's regression. With Jackson being retained and Crowell seemingly in the team's good graces, the team will have to find other ways to use Johnson. One of those ways could be as a slot receiver. His versatility allows for that role, and the team lacks a proven player in the slot with both starting receivers being better on the perimeter and plenty of youth behind them. Johnson is capable of at least three-to-five catches per game if he's given an opportunity to play at the same time as Crowell. (August 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 40, 32, 32, 34, 34, 34, 36, 37, 37, 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 45, 45, 45, 46, 50, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 38, 19, 22, 25, 26, 32, 32, 32, 32, 34, 36, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44, 45, 45, 45, 50, 50
Overall Redraft PPR - 89, 52, 57
RB Dynasty - 34, 26, 29, 30, 42, 47, 50
Overall Dynasty - 109, 72, 75

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 CLE 16 104 379 0 74 61 534 2
2016 CLE 16 73 358 1 74 53 514 0 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 83 * * 57 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 85 * * 60 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 100 * * 61 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 81 * * 51 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 110
RB: 40
Overall-PPR: 106
RB-PPR: 39

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2017 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Baltimore Ravens
3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Cincinnati Bengals
5vs New York Jets
6@ Houston Texans
7vs Tennessee Titans
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Los Angeles Chargers
14vs Green Bay Packers
15vs Baltimore Ravens
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers