Dennis Johnson's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 12 Performance

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 24, 2013

Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Dennis Johnson (28) runs with the ball as Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Geno Hayes (55) attempts to make a tackle during the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

On a day when nothing went right for the abysmal Houston Texans (2-9), running back Dennis Johnson provided a sorely needed bright spot.

Although, this is probably more interesting to fantasy owners than Texans fans. Seriously, the Texans just lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 10-6, to pull even for being tied for the worst record in the league. 

At any rate, the 23-year-old running back carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards. He also added two catches off of two targets for 13 yards. All while not getting any touches in the fourth quarter. 

What fantasy owners should view as a good sign about these numbers is that Johnson has picked up those yards without posting a run greater than 29 yards. The consistent dose of positive carries speaks to his potential.

What really speaks to his potential, though, are the conditions of his playing time. After picking up just 14 carries for the entire season heading into this game, the Houston Chronicle's Texans aficionado John McClain alludes to the reason his carries likely spiked: 

If an owner is looking for running back depth, Johnson is a solid play with an exciting upside. However, this move is not without its risks. 

Not only is Johnson's role on the team a concern, but the Texans are having a hard time scoring any touchdowns. 

Still, there is no denying the potential for this tweet to become a reality: 

Texans' Remaining Schedule
Week 13Patriots27
Week 14at Jaguars32
Week 15at Colts28
Week 16Broncos4
Week 17at Titans20
Rankings via prior to completion of Week 12

I wouldn't hesitate to add Johnson to a fantasy roster, but do so knowing his production is far from guaranteed.