RB Duke Johnson Jr - Houston Texans

5-9, 207Born: 9-23-1993College: MiamiDrafted: Round 3, pick 2015

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Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens - $4000

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Texans running back Carlos Hyde had a full extra week to bask in what was one of the top games of his career as he ran for 160 yards on 19 carries against Jacksonville in Week 9. Hyde has been receiving a very steady workload all season long as the lead running back for Houston, averaging 16.6 carries per game with a season average of 4.7 yards per attempt. Duke Johnson has been the clear secondary running back in terms of rushing usage, averaging fewer than six carries per game with just three games in which he has rushed for more than 50 yards--none of which have come within his last four outings. The Texans offensive line certainly needed a bye week as they had both starting tackles banged up leading into Week 10. Right tackle Tytus Howard looked healthy in his Week 9 return, while left tackle Laremy Tunsil missed Week 9 but expects to suit up in this one. Tackle is the strength of what has been an evolving offensive line trending in the right direction prior to these injuries. With all five starters back and rested, this should at least be an average unit. While the Ravens defense allowed Joe Mixon to run for 114 yards last week, it came on the heels of 30 carries (just 3.8 yards per attempt) and during a blowout Baltimore win in which some of this defense saw some rest. Overall, the Ravens have been very strong against the run for most of the season outside of Week 4 against the Browns. They have allowed just one rushing touchdown to running backs in their last four games and given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position over that span--which includes the big game from Mixon last week. They have a solid defensive interior anchored by spectacular play from nose tackle Brandon Williams. Right tackle Michael Pierce has also been having a great season, but he suffered an ankle injury that has him day-to-day coming into Sunday. While the absence of Pierce would be concerning, the Ravens have solid depth behind him. Linebacker Josh Bynes has also been a big reason for this unit's success against the run while this secondary has chipped in well to limit big plays. The Texans offensive line has certainly been improving, but their rushing offense should certainly be at a disadvantage in this one based on how well this Ravens defense has been playing.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at IND 39 7 34 0 5 2.0 22 0 0 4100 7.60 1.85
8 vs OAK 37 3 1 0 5 4.0 33 1 0 3800 13.40 3.53
9 at JAX 33 7 13 1 5 5.0 68 0 0 3900 19.10 4.90
11 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 2.8 * * * * * *
11 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 2.6 * * * * * *
11 at BAL PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 4.0 * * * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs JAX (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec - 19.1 points, $3900)

It was the first time in a while that a running back led the Texans offense in receiving, and that is what Duke Johnson did on Sunday. Johnson made some strong catches downfield, and his longest reception was for 21 yards. Johnson was also able to get into the endzone on a one-yard run, where he trucked a cornerback to get the touchdown. Johnson continues to lead the Texans in touches per game outside of Hyde. The production remains steady with Johnson in the offense.

2019 Week 8 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec - 13.4 points, $3800)

The touches keep coming for Duke Johnson, and he started the scoring off for the Texans when he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Watson beating a linebacker out of the backfield inside the red zone. Johnson had a similar play earlier in the year that Watson missed him on but was able to hit him at this time. Johnson also rushed the ball for 46 yards with his longest run being 12 yards, and he also had 33 yards in the passing game. Johnson is being used much more as the season goes on, and part of it is that O'Brien is becoming comfortable with Johnson's skill set.

2019 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec - 7.6 points, $4100)

With the Colts defense causing all types of issues for the Texans offense, O'Brien opted to use and give Duke Johnson more touches in the offense. He was able to rush for 34 yards and catch two passes fro 22 yards. Johnson's usage and touches went up this week but part of that was due to the Colts scheming to shut down the run and Carlos Hyde at all costs.

2019 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec - 13.4 points, $4100)

The Texans continued to find a way to get Johnson involved in the offense and were able to get him his first touchdown of the season. Watson hit Johnson on an 11-yard touchdown reception versus a linebacker. The Texans tried to exploit Johnson against the Chiefs linebacker all game, and he almost had another touchdown reception but was stopped short on a 9-yard reception. Johnson has been positive in the running game and had 34-yards rushing with his longest being 15-yards.

2019 Week 5 vs ATL (9 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec - 7.7 points, $4200)

The Texans are still finding ways to work in Duke Johnson not the offense. Johnson had a 24-yard rush and was able to get 59 total yards on the ground. Johnson only had one catch the entire game for 8 yards but his presence on the field opens up so much for the passing game with defenses having to account for him. The touches for Johnson have not been there but part of the issue is due to others in the offense getting touches at a higher rate.

2019 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec - 9.8 points, $4200)

The Texans are trying to find ways to get Duke Johnson the football and right now he is their best back on the field. He had a season-long rush of 40-yards where he beat one defender and was off to the races to get the offense into the red zone. Johnson also had two receptions with his longest being 12-yards. The one thing that Johnson has going for him is his ability to make defenders miss when he has the football in his hands.

2019 Week 3 vs LAC (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec - 4.4 points, $4300)

The Texans are still trying to find ways to get Duke Johnson involved in the offense but with so many skill players around him, his touches will be limited. Johnson had two carries for only two yards and two receptions for 22 yards. His best catch of the day came when Watson saw the blitz and hit Johnson in the flats allowing him to make defenders miss for a 15 yard gain.

2019 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 3.1 points, $5000)

It was a slow day for Duke Johnson, and he was only targeted one time in the passing game. His best run came on a 3rd and long call where Johnson had a 19-yard run that saw him use a spin move and break a tackle. Outside of that run, Johnson was a non-factor for the offense.

2019 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 57 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec - 13 points, $5100)

It was also a productive day for Duke Johnson who put up 13 total touches for the offense and 90 total yards. His longest play was a 32-yard rush that saw him break a tackle in open field to go get more yards. His pass catching ability remains his best assist and he was second on the offense in targets only behind Deandre Hopkins.


Latest News

Texans | Duke Johnson reaches end zone (Sun Nov 3, 01:00 PM) - Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson rushed for 13 yards and one touchdown on seven carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. He also caught five passes for 68 yards during the game.

Our View: Johnson gobbled up yards on a few catches when the Texans had a long ways to go for a first down and won a collision at the goal line to score in his best game of the season. He's an emergency play with upside worth rostering through the bye in PPR leagues.
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