Posted: 8/12/2019 3:08 pm UTC
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) didn't practice Monday, Aug. 12, and he's unlikely to play in the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: Johnson has RB4 prowess in PPR and could slip into the RB3 range if he can get back quickly.
Posted: 8/08/2019 2:08 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson was acquired by the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 8, in exchange for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.
Huddle Up: Johnson was blocked in Cleveland and has new fantasy life in Houston. He'll slot in behind Lamar Miller and be an RB4 in PPR with potential for more.
Posted: 7/27/2019 6:07 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Saturday, July 27, because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Johnson has asked for a trade, but it appears like he will stay with the Browns for the time being. He likely will be used as a receiver out of the backfield if he stays with Cleveland and could be a decent option in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 7/25/2019 8:07 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is going to have a 'significant' role in the offense, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Huddle Up: Kitchens continues to beat the drum for Johnson having a big role in the offense, but it's hard to take the coach at his word when Johnson saw 18 carries and 33 targets over eight games with him in control of the offense while Nick Chubb had 140 and 23, respectively. Perhaps an offseason to evaluate everything has opened Kitchens' eyes to getting more touches for Johnson, but he should be viewed a low-end flex until further notice in an offense that suddenly have a lot of mouths to feed.
Posted: 7/24/2019 1:07 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson, who has requested a trade, will report to training camp Wednesday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Johnson has significant PPR ability, but he isn't expected to have a big role behind Nick Chubb. The team could use him as insurance to cover Kareem Hunt's eight-game suspension. Johnson is worth rostering as one of your final backs, but he has booming upside if an injury occurred or he lands on another team.
Posted: 7/23/2019 4:07 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is in Cleveland Tuesday, July 23, meeting with the team concerning Johnson's future with the Browns following his offseason trade demand. The Browns kick off training camp Wednesday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been under-utilized by the Browns and that looks to continue with Nick Chubb and (after eight games) Kareem Hunt also in the backfield. He's a high-end RB5 if he remains in Cleveland.
Posted: 7/12/2019 2:07 am UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson could be a player of interest for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Johnson recently switched agents and hasn't been shy about the fact that he wants out of Cleveland. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay owns one of the worst backfields in the NFL, so pursuing a versatile back like Johnson would make sense. If he lands with the Buccaneers, he'd be worth an immediate add in PPR formats.
Posted: 7/09/2019 10:07 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson has parted with his agent, Kristin Campbell of 40 Sports & Entertainment Group, amid a trade request.
Huddle Up: Johnson received criticism from QB Baker Mayfield following his public request. The 25-year-old was slated to share the backfield once again with Nick Chubb, prior to the signing of Kareem Hunt. Hunt will miss the first eight games of the season due to suspension, but Johnson should remain off the fantasy radar unless dealt to a new team.
Posted: 7/02/2019 5:07 am UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson shrugged off comments made by QB Baker Mayfield this offseason about Johnson's desire to be traded. 'I don't really concern myself with that,' Johnson said at a charity event for teammate WR Rashard Higgins. Johnson said he would address the issue at training camp if asked.
Huddle Up: Johnson might want to stick around. He should serve as the primary backup to Nick Chubb while Kareem Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the season. Johnson would have some nice PPR fantasy appeal, at least through Week 9, if he remains with the Browns.
Posted: 6/05/2019 2:06 am UTC
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is expected to play a 'significant' role in 2019, according to comments made by head coach Freddie Kitchens to Andrew Gribble of the team's website.
Huddle Up: It's not hard imagining Johnson playing roughly 30 percent of the snaps during the first half of the season when Nick Chubb is the only other notable back around, but it's going to be hard for him to contribute in a significant way once Kareem Hunt returns. The most likely outcome will be Cleveland dealing Johnson to a team around the trade deadline that either needs a running back or just lost one to injury. The odds are very high that he will not be on the Browns' roster next spring.