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What to do with Duke Johnson Jr. in Week 12 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Duke Johnson Jr. ahead of the Texans Week 12 matchup against the Lions.

Duke Johnson #25 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a 14 yard touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first quarter in the game at NRG Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Houston Texans running game hasn’t had a whole lot to be excited about this season. Duke Johnson Jr. continues to be given all the carries, but he hasn’t been all that effective for fantasy owners. If you’re holding on to him, let’s take a look at his prospects for Thanksgiving Day.

Fantasy Football analysis: Texans RB Duke Johnson Jr.

Johnson received 10 of the 13 carries among Houston running backs during Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots, and he finished with just 15 yards. He added 20 yards on the receiving game with three catches on five targets.

Johnson isn’t finding a whole lot of room to run, and the Houston offensive line isn’t all that impressive especially without Laremy Tunsil, who was out with an injury on Sunday.

The Texans want to focus on their running game, there’s a chance they will find success against this Lions defense that ranks 30th in the NFL, allowing 139 yards per game on the ground. In its last game, Detroit was fairly effective at stopping the run, allowing just 3.4 yards per carry to Carolina Panthers running backs led by Mike Davis.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

With David Johnson still out for Thursday’s game, Duke Johnson Jr. is worth considering as a low-ceiling running back No. 2 because he should get a decent volume of carries against a poor run defense in a game that could see quite a few points.