Kerryon Johnson Fantasy Football News 2021

RB Jamaal Williams has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Lions worth "up to" $7.5 million, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Williams saw regular usage in both the run and passing game with the Packers, averaging 125 carries and 30.5 receptions across 4 seasons. His contract terms don't suggest he'll threaten D'Andre Swift's expected lead role in the backfield. We'll see about Williams vs. Kerryon Johnson, though, under new HC Dan Campbell and his staff. Williams turns 26 in April.

Lions RB D’Andre Swift (illness) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol this week but missed the final 2 practices with an illness. We’ll see if he can make it back for Week 14. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will share backfield duties again today.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He cleared the concussion protocol during the week but has been dealing with an illness. So it looks like it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson leading Detroit's backfield again. With Swift out the past 2 weeks, Peterson has handled 22 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 17 carries and 9 targets. Neither guy is an exciting fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

Lions interim HC Darrell Bevell said Friday that RB D'Andre Swift will "have a smaller, game-plan specific role" if he plays against the Bears this weekend. Swift was still in the concussion protocol and limited in practice on Wednesday -- then missed Thursday and Friday's practices with an illness. He also didn't practice much the previous 2 weeks. We don't know exactly how limited Swift will be if he ends up active, but this obviously makes him tough to trust in fantasy lineups. RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson are seemingly in for bigger role on Sunday, although neither is a great fantasy play vs. Chicago's 4th-ranked RB defense.

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Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is officially inactive for today's game against the Texans. RB Adrian Peterson is the favorite to lead Detroit in carries, but RB Kerryon Johnson will also be involved on the ground and should handle most of the passing-down work.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is "unlikely" to play against the Texans today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie wasn't quite able to pass through the protocol but is trending toward a Week 13 return. Swift's absence again leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Last week, Peterson tallied 7 carries and 1 target to Johnson's 6 carries and 5 targets. We're expecting a similar workload split today. Check out the updated projections for the Lions backfield.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Texans. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday but has more work to do to clear the concussion protocol. We'll see if he can get there before tomorrow's game. We'll get Swift's status by 11 am ET. If he remains out, it'll again be Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson in Detroit's backfield.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift put in a limited practice Wednesday, his 1st participation since suffering a concussion last week. That indicates he's not yet through the league protocol but is at least making progress. We'll see whether Swift can gain clearance ahead of Thursday's upside matchup with Houston. If he can't, then it'll be Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson splitting the backfield again.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions RBs Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson will split carries against the Panthers today. Peterson has played well ahead of Johnson all season, but Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey said earlier this week that Johnson "will fill [D'Andre Swift's role] as much as possible." This situation might just evolve throughout today's game. We lean toward Peterson as the play in non-PPR leagues; Johnson in PPR.

With RB D'Andre Swift out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Lions RBs coach Kyle Caskey says Adrian Peterson will "lead it off" but that Kerryon Johnson "will fill [Swift's role] as much as possible." That makes Johnson sounds like the better fantasy player here -- at least in PPR formats. Of course, we'll all just be guessing at the workload split heading into the game. Fortunately, Carolina brings the league's 4th-best RB scoring matchup, so it's a spot capable of supporting fantasy value in both Detroit RBs.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. We'll see if he can get cleared for Week 12. The rookie's absence this weekend leaves Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Over the season's first 4 games, before Swift's role grew, Peterson tallied 54 carries and 6 targets to Johnson's 21 carries and 3 targets.

Lions RB D'Andre Swift was held out of Thursday's practice and listed on the injury report with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of it. With Lions-Panthers less than 3 days away, Swift is looking very iffy. Fantasy owners should start lining up alternatives. The rookie's absence would leave Detroit's backfield to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson

Adrian Peterson easily led the Detroit backfield in the opening loss to Chicago, doubling up #2 Kerryon Johnson in carries, rushing for 71 more yards than the combined total for Johnson and D'Andre Swift and even leading the trio in receiving yards (21 on 3 catches). But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the lead back going forward. “Obviously you start getting the guy with the hot hand, and Adrian was running really well in that last game, so he got a few more carries in there as well," OC Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press. "So we’ll kind of continue to go in that area. We really like all three of those guys, but we’re going to try to — I always say, we’re going to try to put them in the best spots to help them be successful. They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle. There was some situational football in there that elevated some guys’ snaps — so just the way we’re using them. I think we can continue to see that rotation a little bit.” This could be a frustrating fantasy situation as we continue to see which situations favor which of the 3 Detroit backs -- as well as who might be the "hot hand" on a given day. For Week 2, we have to treat Peterson as the likeliest carry/touch leader.

Lions D’Andre Swift (hip) isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The rookie will make his NFL debut against the Bears this weekend — but it’s completely uncertain how much work he’ll get alongside Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

RB Adrian Peterson is joining the Lions on a 1-year deal, according to multiple reports. "I know coach [Darell] Bevell from my days in Minnesota," Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better." Peterson further complicates an already crowded backfield. He looks like the best bet for goal-line work, which would sap fantasy upside from D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. We're not interested in drafting Peterson. Frankly, we already weren't chasing too hard after Swift or Johnson either. This looks like a frustrating fantasy backfield for 2020.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is still wearing a brace on his knee and has been getting "maintenance" days off early in training camp. He missed 8 games last season with a right knee injury that required surgery -- although he did return for the final 2 games. He also missed 6 games as a rookie with a left knee injury. Durability remains a concern here. And if Johnson isn't at 100%, it'll only be tougher to hold off rookie RB D'Andre Swift.

The Lions selected Georgia RB D’Andre Swift with the 35th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Swift earned playing time as a true freshman in 2017 in a backfield that included NFLers Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, averaging a big 7.6 yards per carry on 81 attempts and actually leading the backfield with 17 catches. He took over as Georgia’s lead back the past 2 seasons, totaling 2,267 yards and 17 TDs on 6.3 yards per carry. He also posted receiving lines of 32-297-3 and 24-216-1. Swift is on the smaller side at 5’8 and 212 pounds, never reached 200 carries in a college season and dealt with leg, foot and shoulder injuries at Georgia. So he doesn’t project as a workhorse ball-carrier in the NFL. But Swift looks like a lead back with ready-made ability in the passing game. We’ve heard multiple scouts compare him to Dalvin Cook. In Detroit, Swift will duke it out with Kerryon Johnson for 2020 snaps. Considering the draft capital invested in Swift here, we’d consider him the favorite to lead the backfield in touches.

Lions RBs Kerryon Johnson (knee) and Bo Scarbrough (ribs) are active for today’s game against the Broncos. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport gave us a convoluted report on this backfield this morning that didn’t help much. Try to avoid the situation — but if you’re forced to invest, Johnson is your best bet.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to play today against the Broncos, which would be his first action since landing on IR after Week 7. So how many carries can we expect? Here's the goofy way NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated it Sunday morning: "Johnson may not come out as the starter today, but he's expected to get his full share of carries along with Bo Scarbrough." When last we saw Johnson, he topped 70% playing time in 3 straight games and was dominating Detroit's backfield work. He has since missed 8 games with a knee injury, and Scarbrough has played well in his absence. Here's what HC Matt Patricia told reporters Friday when asked if Johnson would be limited, according to SI.com: “I would say that, I don’t know if you want to use the word ‘limit’ or just try to be smart, probably a better way to put it. From that standpoint of just being very aware, but certainly when you get in to the game some things change from that aspect of it, and you see how it goes. But again, he hasn’t played football in a while, so that’s definitely a factor.” It sounds like Scarbrough is expected to play through his questionable tag today, and it sounds like Detroit coaches will go in not planning to overwork Johnson. Combine the murky outlook with a negative matchup at Denver, and you get a fantasy backfield best avoided for Week 16.

The Lions have activated RB Kerryon Johnson from IR. HC Matt Patrcia said earlier in the week that the team would be "smart" with Johnson if he returned from his knee injury. The smart thing to do with your fantasy football lineup seems to be avoiding the Detroit backfield altogether in Sunday's negative matchup with the Broncos.

 
 
 

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