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Considering Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic with waiver wire priority

The Lions have a new starting running back for the next two months. We break down the fantasy football implications of Kerryon Johnson’s injury, and what it means for Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic.

Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson in action during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions stunned the NFL world on Tuesday when they announced running back Kerryon Johnson would be placed on injured reserve. He suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and did not return to the game. The Lions said he had a procedure on Tuesday and they are hoping he can come back by the end of the year after he sits out the minimum two months.

When Johnson got hurt, the Lions split snaps between Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. Ty played 64 percent of offensive snaps and had ten rushes for 29 yards and four receptions for 28 yards the rest of the day. McKissic played 25 percent of offensive snaps and had five carries for 29 yards and two receptions for 31 yards.

Fantasy football waiver wire analysis

Ty will become an extremely popular waiver wire pick in Week 8. He is owned by 1.6 percent of ESPN fantasy owners. McKissic is owned by 0.6 percent of ESPN fantasy owners, and he will likely be a speculative waiver addition where possible.

The Lions host the New York Giants in Week 8 and then travel to face the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. The Giants have given up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs and the Raiders have given up the 14th most. Both are solid matchups if you can grab Johnson.

One thing to keep in mind is the Lions could elect to make a trade for another running back. The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday, so if Ty and McKissic struggle against the Giants, they could make a deadline deal. If Ty has a strong game, even against a bad team like the Giants, maybe Detroit rolls the dice with their two guys. Regardless, a trade possibility needs to be on your radar.