2019 Fantasy Football Kerryon Johnson Player Profile

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As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated players in standard scoring and PPR leagues.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but most of the guys at the top are no longer in the league anymore.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best running back value lies.

Kerryon Johnson ADP and AAV

Standard: 20th among RBs, 38th overall

PPR: 18th among RBs, 36th overall

Kerryon Johnson Average Auction Value (AAV) $200 Budget: $24



Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2018 33th 107.4 19th 10.7
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A


Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2018 34th 139.4 28th 13.9
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A


Carries Carries Per Game Targets Targets Per Game
2018 118 11.8 39 3.9
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Overview: Kerryon had a decent season before missing the last 6 games with a sprained knee. What’s criminal is his underuse: Despite averaging over 5 yards per carry, he only got less than a dozen carries per game. If the Lions lean on him more in 2018, which they could due to lack of receiving weapons, Johnson has a reasonable chance of breaking out.

Strategy: Our Kerryon Johnson Auction Value ($200 Budget): $49

[UPDATE: August 20] THEO RIDDICK HAS BEEN THEO RID FROM THE ROSTER, AND THAT’S THEO RIDDICK-ULOUS FOR KERRYON JOHNSON. Just redistributing 50% of Riddick’s projected targets to Kerryon boost Kerryon to RB1 status. Go get him everywhere, he’s the best bet to be this year’s Christian McCaffrey

He had a spotty injury history in college. That combined with the Lions’ mysterious reluctance to give him more carries tempers our expectations. That said, he’s definitely worth a low-end RB2 spot on your roster. Johnson is in that group of running backs where we will just wait to see who falls below ADP and AAV and grab them.

Best Case Scenario: Johnson breaks out and is a high-end RB2.

Worst Case Scenario: The Lions limited his carries because there’s something wrong with him, something that didn’t get fixed, and he ends up outside the top 24.


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