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January 13, 2020 02:52 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Eight targets in playoff loss
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Johnson caught five of eight targets for 23 yards and had 11 yards rushing on one carry in Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round playoff loss to Kansas City.

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 for that role. Heading into the offseason, Johnson and special teamer Buddy Howell are the only running backs under contract.

January 6, 2020 02:48 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Makes impact in limited role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 wild-card win over the Bills.

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 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.

December 30, 2019 01:20 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Finds end zone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 contribute 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 won't add depth to the backfield, Johnson may have a 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 22, 2019 08:16 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Season-low output in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 20, 2019 02:28 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Could have larger role Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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

December 16, 2019 09:52 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Season-low yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson gained four yards on two carries and caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Titans.

The combined 23 yards from scrimmage are a season low for Johnson, and the four touches his fewest since Week 3. He entered the game with 14 targets the previous two weeks, but this contest wasn't one in which his pass-catching skills were needed. Starting running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries, while quarterback Deshaun Watson attempted 27 passes, his second fewest this season. Things could be different for Johnson next week when the Texans face a Buccaneers defense that ranks first against the run but 30th against the pass.

December 9, 2019 09:24 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Season-high targets in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 2, 2019 06:16 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Strong fantasy total
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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. He does, however, get 3.4 targets per game in his current role, which has has turned into 2.5 receptions and 24.5 receiving yards per game this season. Despite the season-high total in fantasy points, Johnson is best left for deep PPR leagues heading into a Week 14 matchup with Denver.

November 22, 2019 08:04 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Quiet night in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson had five carries for 22 yards and caught his lone target for eight yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts in Week 12.

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 18, 2019 07:00 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Eight touches in loss
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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.

Houston abandoned its running game early as the Ravens started pulling away. That would appear to be a potentially productive scenario 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 entered the game having averaged a shade under five targets in the previous four games.

November 3, 2019 10:48 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Best game as a Texan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown while catching all five of his targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Jaguars in London.

Johnson converted his first rushing touchdown in a Texans uniform from one yard out in the third quarter, but he was soundly outplayed on the ground by Carlos Hyde, who had 160 rushing yards to Johnson's 13. Where Duke really shines is catching the ball out of the backfield, and his five receptions and 68 receiving yards both marked season highs. Did the Texans finally discover how to get their offseason acquisition more involved in the offense, or will Johnson's production dry up when the team resumes play stateside? We won't find out until after Houston's Week 10 bye.

October 28, 2019 12:04 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Scores receiving touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson carried three times for one yard and caught four of five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Raiders.

Johnson finished third on the team in receptions and tied for third in targets while getting his team on board with a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He did next to nothing on the ground, but his productivity as a pass-catcher lifted him to a respectable effort from a fantasy perspective. Johnson's role remains that of a change-of-pace back, making him a risky fantasy play for next Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars in London.

October 28, 2019 11:52 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Catches touchdown in Week 8 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson had three carries for one yard and caught four of five targets for 33 yards and a 12-yard touchdown reception in Week 8's 27-24 win over the Raiders.

Johnson was once again marginalized in the running game as starter Carlos Hyde lugged the football 19 times, but Johnson did catch his second touchdown in three weeks. Despite his status as a second-string running back, Johnson is second on the team in red-zone opportunities with seven runs and six targets.

October 21, 2019 12:40 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Leads backs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed for 34 yards on seven carries and caught two of five targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Colts in Week 7.

Johnson's 56 yards from scrimmage bested starter Carlos Hyde (35 yards) for the fourth time in the last five games. That can be the case when the Texans are playing catch-up and the passing game becomes the focus as it was Sunday. Johnson was on the field for 39 snaps while Hyde played 26. But opportunities are what matter most, and Hyde as the lead back is the better fantasy option. Johnson has 48 total touches compared to Hyde's 105.

October 13, 2019 11:12 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Makes touchdown catch vs. Chiefs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 7, 2019 03:20 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: More combined yards than Hyde
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson rushed for 59 yards on nine carries and added eight yards on one catch in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.

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

September 30, 2019 07:52 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Logs 78 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 23, 2019 08:48 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Meager Week 3 production
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 on passing downs, but he's been a relative non-factor as a fantasy asset for two straight games.

September 16, 2019 01:28 PM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Small role in Week 2 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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. Johnson still will 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 10, 2019 09:04 AM
Texans' Duke Johnson: Totals 90 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Johnson's rushing total was supported by a long gain of 32 yards during the fourth quarter, marking his 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 and/or in passing situations.

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