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.
Which back has more fantasy value for the remainder of the seaosn?
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:
Ben Tate has 1 yard on 7 carries. No wonder Dennis Johnson is playing.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 24, 2013
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:
Dennis Johnson's gonna be that random running back who has a huge fantasy game in Week 15 and 16 this year isn't he?— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 24, 2013
|Week 14||at Jaguars||32|
|Week 15||at Colts||28|
|Week 17||at Titans||20|
Rankings via NFL.com 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.