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Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson

Running Back #29
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 7
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 207 lb.
Born:September 23, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 3 (77)
Draft Team:CLE

Duke Johnson: Eight targets in playoff loss

Johnson caught five of eight targets for 23 yards and had 11 yards rushing on one carry in Sunday's 51-31 loss to Kansas City in an AFC divisional-round playoff game.

Analysis: The game turned into a wild affair with quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing 52 times. It was the type of game that could favor a receiving threat like Johnson, who tied his season high in targets, but it didn't materialize into an impact fantasy day. Johnson finished the regular season with 410 rushing yards (4.9 YPC) and 44 catches for 410 yards. When Lamar Miller (knee) went down with an injury during preseason, it looked like Johnson would become the Texans' lead back, but Houston added Carlos Hyde who assumed that role. Heading into the offseason, Johnson and special teamer Buddy Howell are the only running backs under contact.

January 12, 2020 8:24 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Makes impact in limited role

Johnson carried the ball three times for 38 yards and caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills.

Analysis: While Carlos Hyde struggled in the lead role out of the backfield against a stout Bills front seven, averaging only 3.0 yards a carry and having his longest run go for only eight yards, Johnson was able to break free for a couple of splash plays in the second half and ended up out-gaining Hyde on the day despite being out-touched 17-6. Next Sunday's trip to Kansas City for the AFC divisional round figures to be more favorable for Hyde, as the Chiefs ranked in the bottom seven in the league in yards per carry allowed and rushing yards per game allowed during the regular season, so Johnson -- who hasn't seen double-digit touches in a game since Week 13 -- is likely to have a secondary role in the offense once again.

January 5, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Finds end zone

Johnson carried the ball four times for 12 yards in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He also added five catches for 45 yards.

Analysis: Johnson played a key role in the Texans' first scoring drive, rushing for nine yards and a touchdown while also chipping in a 14-yard reception. He went on to continue as a contributor in the passing game, recording receptions of seven, eight and 13 yards. Though he managed only 127 touches on the season, Johnson set a new career-high with 410 yards on the ground in his first season in Houston. Though it's unlikely the team wouldn't add depth to the backfield, Johnson may have the chance for an increased role in the 2020 season if Hyde is not re-signed as a free agent. For now, however, Johnson's focus will remain on the playoffs, as the Texans are set to square off against Buffalo in the first round.

December 29, 2019 6:37 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Season-low output in win

Johnson gained four yards on two carries and caught one of four targets for 12 yards in Saturday's 23-20 win over the Buccaneers in Week 16.

Analysis: The three touches and 16 yards from scrimmage were a season low for Johnson, who's gained just 39 yards the last two weeks. With starter Carlos Hyde nursing an ankle injury, there was potential for Johnson to have an elevated role, but that never materialized. The bright note is that Johnson was targeted twice inside the red zone.

December 22, 2019 4:43 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Could have larger role Week 16

With Carlos Hyde (ankle) listed as questionable, Johnson could see more playing time Week 16 against the Buccaneers on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Analysis: Johnson had a low-wattage 23 yards from scrimmage last week, but could be in a good spot against Tampa Bay's 30th-ranked passing defense. The Bucs are also first in passing offense and third in scoring offense, so this has potential to be a wide open affair, requiring a receiving element out of the backfield.

December 20, 2019 5:14 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Season-low yards in win

Johnson carried twice for four yards and caught two of three targets for 19 receiving yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Titans in Week 15.

Analysis: The combined 23 yards from scrimmage is a season low for Johnson, and the four touches were the fewest since Week 3. Johnson entered the game with 14 targets the previous two weeks, but this wasn't a game when the receiving threat was needed. Starting running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 104 yards and 26 carries, and quarterback Deshaun Watson attempted a 27 passes, the second fewest this season. There could be a different result next week when the Texans face the Buccaneers, who rank first in rushing defense but 30th against the pass.

December 16, 2019 5:55 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Season-high targets in loss

Johnson caught six of a season-high eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos in Week 14. He added five yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: The Texans fell behind by a lot early, forcing quarterback Deshaun Watson to attempt a season-high 50 throws. Circumstances like that favor a receiving threat like Johnson, who has caught 11 of 14 targets the last two weeks. Carlos Hyde gets more touches than Johnson, but each has played more than 70 percent of the offensive snaps, and they are tied with four touchdowns.

December 9, 2019 6:23 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Strong fantasy total

Johnson rushed nine times for 36 yards and caught five passes (six targets) for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-22 win over New England.

Analysis: Johnson serves as the Texans' change-of-pace and receiving back, but he outclassed starter Carlos Hyde (10 carries for 17 yards) both on the ground and through the air. The 26-year-old is averaging a healthy 5.2 yards per carry this season, but he doesn't receive enough volume (6.2 carries per game) in order to make a fantasy impact in standard formats. Despite the season high total in fantasy points, Johnson is best left for deep PPR leagues heading into a Week 14 matchup with Denver.

December 1, 2019 11:08 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Quiet night in win

Johnson had five carries for 22 yards and caught his lone target for eight yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts.

Analysis: The 30 combined yards were the fewest for Johnson since Week 3, and this was the third time in 11 games with only one target. He remains a very capable alternate to starter Carlos Hyde and a receiving threat, but Johnson has not been targeted nearly as much as his days with Cleveland.

November 22, 2019 4:29 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Eight touches in loss

Johnson rushed six times for 40 yards and caught both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 11.

Analysis: Houston abandoned its running game early as the Ravens started pulling away. That would appear to be an opportunity for a receiving back like Johnson, but he had a very pedestrian eight combined carries and targets, fewer than his per-game average in 2019. He had averaged a shade under five targets in the previous four games.

November 17, 2019 7:57 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Makes touchdown catch vs. Cheifs

Johnson carried five times for 34 yards while adding 20 yards and a touchdown on two catches during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Johnson averaged a strong 6.8 yards per carry on his handful of rushes while scoring his team's first touchdown of the day on an 11-yard reception in the second quarter. He watched on as Carlos Hyde dominated the touches out of the backfield, generating 130 scrimmage yards and a touchdown of his own. Johnson is a nice complementary piece of the offense, but he seems unlikely to make a big impact in next Sunday's matchup with the Colts if the rest of the team's weapons are active for the contest.

October 13, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Duke Johnson: More combined yards than Hyde

Johnson rushed for 59 yards on nine carries and added another eight yards on one catch in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Johnson had more combined yards from scrimmage than Carlos Hyde for the second straight week, but was on the losing end of touches in both games. Hyde also leads Johnson in the most important category: touchdowns. Johnson has yet to score while Hyde scored his second touchdown of the season Sunday. While Johnson has produced more yards per touch, Hyde has done nothing to warrant losing his touches.

October 6, 2019 7:10 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Logs 78 scrimmage yards

Johnson carried six times for 56 yards and caught two of three targets for 22 yard during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: After managing just two yards on the ground last week, Johnson bounced back with a more impactful performance, thanks in large part to a long gain of 40 yards. He also made his typical contributions as a pass-catcher in what amounted to a useful shift for the inconsistent Texans offense. Despite this effort, Johnson still saw Carlos Hyde double him in terms of touches and seems unlikely to play a major role in next Sunday's home matchup against the Falcons.

September 29, 2019 3:21 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Meager Week 3 production

Johnson gained two yards on two carries and added 22 receiving yards while catching two of three targets in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.

Analysis: The optimist will see that Johnson's share of backfield playing time increased relative to Week 2 -- from 39 percent to 48 percent -- and that he had more total yards than Carlos Hyde (24 yards to 19). But it's all about the touches, and he's losing out to Hyde, who managed to add a red-zone touchdown plunge. Johnson remains part of the mix, particularly as a receiver, but he's been a non-factor for two straight games.

September 23, 2019 3:52 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Small role in Week 2 win

Johnson gained 31 yards on six carries and was targeted once in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.

Analysis: For the second consecutive week, Johnson played a secondary role to Carlos Hyde (20 carries, 90 yards) in the running game. Unlike Week 1, Johnson was barely perceptible in the passing game while Hyde was listed as the starting running back. Johnson will still have a role as a receiver, but Hyde has more touches after two games. Johnson has 15 carries and six targets while Hyde has 30 rushing attempts and one target.

September 16, 2019 3:40 AM EST

Duke Johnson: Totals 90 yards

Johnson rushed nine times for 57 yards and caught four of five targets for 33 yards in Monday night's 30-28 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Johnson's rushing total was supported by a game-long gain of 32 yards during the fourth quarter, marking Johnson's best run since his 2015 rookie season. Despite that uncharacteristic effort, Johnson still trailed newly acquired teammate Carlos Hyde, who finished with 10 carries for 81 yards. Per usual, though, Johnson made an impact through the air, which should keep him regularly involved in the Texans' backfield going forward, particularly on later downs.

September 9, 2019 8:52 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Picking up offense well

Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he has "no doubt" Johnson will have a strong knowledge of the Texans' offensive system by Week 1, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson appears primed for a key role in Houston's offense with Lamar Miller (knee) having suffered a season-ending ACL tear. Regardless of Miller's status Johnson's pass-catching chops would have ensured him a number of weekly touches, but the door now opens for him to carve out work on early downs as well. Fellow running backs Buddy Howell, Josh Ferguson, Damarea Crockett, Karan Higdon and Taiwan Jones will compete to carve out roles as well, and the Texans are a candidate to add tailback depth following roster cut-downs.

August 26, 2019 4:38 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Added work on tap following Miller injury

With Lamar Miller having suffered a torn ACL, Johnson is in line to head the Texans' backfield to start the coming season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Johnson's skills as a pass-catching back ensured him a share of touches in any case, but with Miller no longer in the mix, Johnson will now see added early-down responsibilities, at least in the short term. With that in mind, when asked how the Texans would handle backfield work after losing Miller, coach Bill O'Brien noted, "I think it's a package deal. It's kind of early to talk about that, to nail that down right now, but, obviously, Duke would be in there." For the time being, the team's depth options behind Johnson include Damarea Crockett, Taiwan Jones, Karan Higdon, Josh Ferguson and Buddy Howell, but with NFL cut-downs looming, it's not hard to imagine Houston scooping up an experienced back soon, via the waiver wire or trade route.

August 25, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Becomes No. 1 in Houston

Johnson will become the Texans starter at running back following the knee injury suffered by Lamar Miller during Saturday's preseason loss to the Cowboys, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Miller suffered what the Texans fear is a torn ACL and will likely be lost for the season. Houston could look into acquiring another back, but as of right now, Johnson the leading man in the backfield.

August 24, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Duke Johnson: Will have familiar role

Johnson's role for the Texans will be similar to what he did with Cleveland, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Houston head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Johnson's role following Wednesday's practice. That means we should see him in the game on most passing downs and heavily involved in the aerial attack. Johnson, who was acquired two weeks ago, practiced for a second straight day Wednesday as he tries to assimilate a new offense as quickly as he can.

August 22, 2019 7:14 AM EST

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