Kerryon Johnson, RB
Once Johnson was given regular touches in 2018, he looked like the future running back for the Lions that the team has lacked for seasons prior. He averaged 5.4 yards a carry with a total of 641 yards and three touchdowns. He also contributed to 213 yards in the passing attack.
In his second year in the league, he regressed as he averaged 3.6 yards a run for a total of 403 yards with the same amount of rushing touchdowns as his rookie year.
Like Stafford, Johnson only played in eight games and was hampered by injuries. Johnson returning to full health could go a long way in getting him back on track to being a useful contributor in the Lions backfield. A revamped offensive line should also contribute to helping Johnson putting up relevant numbers.
With Johnson expected to start off the season sharing touches with Swift and also uncertainty regarding the latter’s leg, he may be a player to take a chance on in the early stages. If he struggles again or Swift emerges as the primary running back, he can easily be let go of.
Johnson is a low risk, high reward player you could target and take at the end of your draft. If he doesn’t pan out, you have nothing to lose but if he does well, you’ll reap the rewards of taking him.
Basically, all the Lions offensive starters are worth taking in your fantasy draft. The Lions should have one of the better offenses in the league. Obviously don’t take all of them as the point of fantasy is to have the best players from different teams but having one of the six mentioned in the article would be a big boost to your team.