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RB Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions

6-0, 212Born: 6-30-1997College: AuburnDrafted: Round 2, pick 0

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Summary

Kerryon Johnson was a hot commodity in the 2018 NFL Draft. Detroit traded up from 51 to 43 overall to leap ahead of other teams eyeing Johnson and made he clear he was a player they were targeting aggressively. Johnson was an extremely productive player at Auburn last season. He led the SEC in rushing (115.9 yards per game) and won the conference's Offensive Player of the Year award. Johnson is a patient runner, gliding until he sees a hole and then bursting forward--a style that has drawn some comparisons to Le'Veon Bell. While Johnson isn't a burner (ran a 4.54-forty yard dash at his pro day), he has enough speed to be a threat on the perimeter. He has also shown good hands and has potential to be an above-average receiver at the position. There are a few concerns with Johnson from a fantasy perspective, however. He has an upright running style and a long injury history, which makes his ability to hold up with a big workload in the NFL a major question mark. He also joins a Lions offense that ranked dead-last in the NFL in rushing yards last season. Plus, the backfield is crowded with solid veteran LeGarrette Blount likely to share early-down work and Theo Riddick playing the role of third-down back. Due to these factors, it is hard to get too excited about Johnson as more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues. However, if he can stay healthy and his game translates well to the NFL, it is certainly possible that he emerges as the go-to back for the Lions ahead of the 31-year old Blount and one-dimensional Riddick. (May 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 38, 32, 32, 33, 35, 35, 36, 36, 36, 39, 40, 40, 42, 44, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 39, 27, 31, 33, 35, 35, 37, 37, 39, 40, 40, 40, 41, 42, 45, 52, 57, 58
Overall Redraft PPR - 94, 54
RB Dynasty - 33, 22, 23, 27, 31, 34, 39, 40, 45
Overall Dynasty - 69, 56, 58, 68
Overall Rookie - 11, 5, 6, 6, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 17, 21

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.1 155.0 * * 24.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.0 160.0 * * 30.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 160.0 * * 31.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 112.0 * * 24.5 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 81
RB: 34
Overall-PPR: 89
RB-PPR: 38

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2018 Schedule

1vs New York Jets
2@ San Francisco 49ers
3vs New England Patriots
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Green Bay Packers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10@ Chicago Bears
11vs Carolina Panthers
12vs Chicago Bears
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ Buffalo Bills
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17@ Green Bay Packers