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What to do with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson in Divisional round fantasy football

The Texans need more from their running backs in the Divisional Round. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde runs for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans will face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in the Divisional Round and will look to get more of a contribution from their running backs than they did in the Wild Card round. Both Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson were stagnant against the Buffalo Bills last week.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson led Houston in rushing yards (55) against the Bills and scored his team’s only rushing touchdown. He has a 1,000-yard rusher in Hyde at his disposal though, and Johnson is more than capable of making his mark on games as well.

Fantasy football analysis: Texans RBs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson

Hyde rushed for a career-high 1,070 yards this year and has rushed for six touchdowns in his first season with Houston. He’s reached double-digits in DKFP in three of his last four contests, but numbers in his latest performance were fueled by a late-game, five-yard touchdown reception. He had fewer carries than Watson last week, and he has to be more productive to give a Texans a shot at winning.

Johnson rushed for 448 yards with Houston this year after being traded by the Cleveland Browns and his more of a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. He’s received at least three target in each of his last six appearances and can make big plays if he gets out in space. If the Texans fall behind, he could hold some additional value.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Hyde, decide on Johnson based on how you see the game script playing out.