RB Ty Johnson - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 208||Born: 9-17-1997||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2019|
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Bad matchup. Since their number-one running back, Kerryon Johnson, made his way to the Injured Reserve earlier this season, the Detroit Lions have been in search of another running back to shoulder the load on the ground for them. It appears that Bo Scarbrough is that man after his last three outings. Although Scarbrough plays only about 50-percent of the team's offensive snaps, he has accounted for the hefty majority of the team's rushing attempts over this span, tallying 14, 18, and 21 carries across his 3 games, respectively. All three games have been losses, proving Scarbrough's workload to be somewhat-matchup-proof. However, his mediocre snap-share numbers limit his upside, as Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic frequently steal valuable red zone snaps from him. Overall, Scarbrough leads the Lions' mediocre rushing attack, as their offensive line grades as a perfectly average unit this season, supporting the 22nd-most efficient rushing attack in the NFL. Minnesota's run defense is one of the toughest in the NFL to mount a strong rushing performance against, as they have allowed only 2 100-yard rushing days this season. Through the first 12 games of the season, the Vikings have allowed the 8th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs in the NFL, and their impressive run-stopping personnel supports these numbers. Minnesota's defensive line features three above-average run stoppers, with Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter setting the edge and Linval Joseph clogging up the interior. Then, at linebacker, Eric Kendricks has grown into his role as one of the NFL's most well-rounded linebackers. Not only is Kendricks and elite pass-defender, but he also ranks 17th in the NFL with 59 total tackles to his name thus far in the season. Lastly, in the secondary, Anthony Harris has also emerged in recent seasons as one of the NFL's best safeties, both against the run and the pass. Harris has only missed two tackles this season, and his nose for the football is vital to his run-stuffing efforts from the defensive backfield. Overall, Bo Scarbrough and Detroit's committee of running backs are in for a long day at the office on the ground against Minnesota. Expect a low-volume and low-efficiency rushing day for the Lions' running backs here in Week 14.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
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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