Round 10: RB Duke Johnson, Houston Texans
After ending the 2017 season as a high-end RB2, running back Duke Johnson, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, was a fantasy football afterthought last season, ending the season with an average of just seven fantasy points per game.
A change of scenery will benefit the dual-threat running back, who was traded to the Houston Texans last week. The move comes just days after Houston parted ways with 2017 third-round draft pick D’Onta Foreman.
The Texans have Lamar Miller as their unquestioned No. 1 running back, with Johnson immediately slotted in as the team’s backup RB on base downs, and potential third-down back. Miller hasn’t recorded a 1,000-yard season since 2016, and has averaged just 4.1 yards-per-carry — despite his big-play ability — since arriving in Houston, so don’t be surprised if Johnson sees increased carries as the season progresses.
Johnson appears to be a perfect fit in Houston’s backfield on passing downs, given his skill as a receiving back and quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s scrambling ability. Johnson won’t be a strong fantasy force to begin the season, but he has a chance to return to RB2 status by the end of the year.
As we enter the back third of our 2019 ideal fantasy football draft, we still haven’t selected a player from either of the “onesie” positions: quarterback and tight end. Here’s how our roster stands after the 10th round of the draft:
Round 1: RB Christian McCaffery
Round 2: RB Kerryon Johnson
Round 3: WR Keenan Allen
Round 4: WR Chris Godwin
Round 5: WR Tyler Lockett
Round 6: RB Kenyan Drake
Round 7: RB Latavius Murray
Round 8: WR Sammy Watkins
Round 9: WR Corey Davis
Round 10: RB Duke Johnson