RB Ty Johnson - Detroit Lions

5-10, 208Born: 9-17-1997College: MarylandDrafted: Round 6, pick 2019

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Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Detroit's 2019 campaign has been filled with injuries across the board, and in a lost season, one of the few bright spots was the emergence of Bo Scarbrough as a potential option to spell Kerryon Johnson in the backfield in years to come. Unfortunately, Scarbrough went down with an injury last week, and his status ahead of this weekend's game against Tampa Bay is in doubt. Scarbrough was only playing about 50-percent of the team's offensive snaps, but he absorbed a significant majority of the team's carries. In his absence, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic are poised to step up and split action for the Lions at running back. Running behind a mediocre offensive line that ranks 19th in the NFL, according to Matt Bitonti, and in a low-volume rushing attack, the spot atop Detroit's depth chart at running back is not a particularly enviable role. If Scarbrough misses out on this weekend's game, neither Ty Johnson nor J.D. McKissic can be relied upon to shoulder a significant enough workload on the ground to warrant serious fantasy consideration. Tampa Bay's defense is predicated around shutting down opposing rushing attacks. While they grade as one of the NFL's weakest pass-defending units, they grade as one of the league's best run-defending units. This defensive profile leads to very little rushing volume on a weekly basis, as they have faced the third-fewest rushing attempts of any team in the NFL this season, and their defensive personnel aligns perfectly with that of a top-end run defense. In the trenches, Vita Vea, Carl Nassib, and Shaquil Barrett headline one of the best run-stopping defensive lines. Then, at linebacker, Lavonte David has emerged as one of the best all-around linebackers in football this season. David's 62 total tackles on the season are good for 22nd in the NFL, and his football IQ and tackling ability make him one of the premier run-stoppers at the linebacker position. On the season, the Buccaneers have only allowed 1 100-yard rusher, which came in a 74-point shootout when Chris Carson totaled over 50-percent of his rushing production on a single 59-yard rush. Overall, this is one of the best run defenses in the league, and Detroit's patchwork backfield projects to be entirely overmatched on the ground this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs DAL 19 2 6 0 1 1.0 0 0 0 0.6
12 at WAS 27 4 11 0 2 2.0 10 0 0 2.1
13 vs CHI 25 3 12 0 3 3.0 17 0 0 2.9
14 at MIN 21 2 3 0 1 1.0 7 0 0 1
15 vs TB 2 3 0 5 4.0 17 0 1 1
15 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1.8 * * * *
15 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 11 * * 1.7 * * * *
15 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Ty Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs CHI (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson drew the start in the backfield for the Detroit Lions against the Bears, but left in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return. Johnson did some good work as a runner before his exit, with a good interior run and physical finishes on his runs. He also caught a ball in the flat and looked like an integral part of the game plan without Matthew Stafford before exiting. He will be in the concussion protocol and is a player to monitor during the week before the Lions face Dallas next week.

2019 Week 9 vs OAK (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson was the primary ball carrier early in the game for the Lions before J.D. McKissic saw extensive playing time in the second half. Johnson was good running on the interior and saw a goal-line opportunity but was held scoreless. He also had three receptions but was stopped right at the catch on two receptions in the flat. On a positive note, both receptions were well covered and Johnson did a good job holding onto both balls. He projects for committee usage next week against a tough Bears defense.

2019 Week 8 vs NYG (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson entered the week as a popular projection to replaced injured Kerryon Johnson, but he worked behind Tra Carson early in the game against the Giants. Johnson entered the game on the second drive and saw his first carry after Carson had five touches. Johnson had the best run of the day where he displayed his speed by burning the perimeter containment to the edge. Despite finishing behind Carson in touches, Johnson had the opportunity to salvage his day, but dropped a target on a wheel route and had a near miss later in the game on a ball off his fingertips that was just overthrown. Johnson likely would have scored on the play, but it would have taken a remarkable one-handed catch to haul in the throw. He also added a good physical interior run that was called back by penalty. Johnson projects for a committee role next week against the Raiders.

2019 Week 7 vs MIN (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson was the beneficiary of Kerryon Johnson missing extended time during the game against the Vikings. Ty Johnson struggled to get interior running room in the game, but out carried J.D. McKissic 10 to 5, while working in the more traditional running back role. Johnson worked as receiver and got two carries inside the ten yard line. Johnson is a capable two-way player who has had limited usage behind Kerryon Johnson in the offense but showed enough for Detroit to cut C.J. Anderson earlier in the season. The status of Kerryon Johnson will be critical as Ty Johnson is a viable option next week against the Detroit Lions who were shredded by Arizona backup running back Chase Edmonds.

2019 Week 4 vs KC (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson was the clear second back behind Kerryon Johnson in a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson worked as a reserve behind Kerryon Johnson with only four touches on the day. He projects as a pure backup without standalone value against Green Bay in week six after a week five bye.

2019 Week 3 vs PHI (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ty Johnson was the backup to Kerryon Johnson against the Eagles after C.J. Anderson was cut during earlier in the week. Johnson had a small role, rotating in with Kerryon Johnson with extended work on a series in the third quarter. He was also split out for a screen that was well defended. Johnson's value is more of a hedge against a Kerryon Johnson injury than any standalone weekly value. He faces the Chiefs next week.


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