Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions @ Miami Dolphins
DK Price: $4,500
Kerryon Johnson enjoyed a mini breakout back in Week 3 going for over 100 yards on the ground but volume still eludes him in this confusing backfield. Johnson has clearly been the best running back on the team as evidenced by his incredible 5.7 yards per attempt this season. For whatever reason, however, Johnson has only been given 3 more carries than LeGarrette Blount this season despite Blount plodding for only 2.5 yards per attempt.
This week we could finally see Johnson realize his ceiling. The Lions are coming fresh off a bye where hopefully they realized they need to get the ball in Johnson’s hands more to even out this offense. They are also going up against a Dolphins defense that has surrendered the fifth most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Another thing that could swing a bigger game Johnson’s way is the fact that pass catching specialist Theo Riddick came out of the bye week only to miss practice with a knee injury in preparation for Sunday’s contest. If Riddick were at all limited or even misses the game entirely, Johnson could shoulder a larger workload than normal.
The talent is there, all we need is opportunity. Johnson is worth a dice roll as a cap friendly RB2 that will help even out the cost of one of the elite RB’s this week.