Have you any idea of how many running backs have donned Lions colors this season? Eight. Eight! And we’re only finishing the second third of the season. Kerryon Johnson was always going to be the go-to guy of these Lions on the running game, but an injury ended his season in Week 7, and this backfield has been a mess ever since. All of the snaps that Johnson vacated had to go somewhere, and they were spread all over the place. But let’s focus on the present. It has been mostly a Johnson/McKissic backfield since Week 10 until, for some reason, Detroit decided to sign second-year rookie Bo Scarbrough and all of a sudden, he became the Lions leading rusher if you don’t understand, me either.
Ty Johnson has been awful in his last three games. He has rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries, and his fantasy production had dropped from 6.6 to 2.9 to 1.6 points last weekend. JD McKissic looked much better in comparison to his previous three: 81 yards rushing on 17 carries to go with 99 extra yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions—translated to points: 16.2 to 11.5 to 8.3. That Week 11 drop in points from both tailbacks was mostly due to the presence of Scarbrough on the team: he rushed for 55 yards on 14 attempts and scored a touchdown in his first professional game since he entered the NFL in 2018. What is going to happen next, nobody knows.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Detroit Lions RBs Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson, JD McKissic
This team is one of those you don’t want to touch with a stick. Not only is the backfield a mess, but the Lions have also lost starting QB Matthew Stafford to injury. They are bare-bones all around the roster and filling gaps in the best or at least the most creative ways they can. That is a shame because this weekend matchup looks as good as it can. Washington is giving up more than 27 fantasy points per game to opposing backfields and is also sixth in yards surrendered on the ground to RBs. On top of that, Detroit is the favorite and should have no problem leading and running the clock against a hapless team like Washington.
But who are you going to start from those three with the confidence of him winning you the weekend, or at the very least contribute some fantasy points to your team? There is no way you can trust any of these rushers. There is no rhyme nor reason to how they’re used. One day it’s Bo, the other is Ty, the other is JD. Don’t overthink this and sit all of them. You can’t do worse by starting any other NFL running back this weekend, and you’ll save yourself a headache.