|Date of Birth:||09/23/1993|
|Drafted:||2015 | Round 3 | Pick 77|
|Depth Chart:||3rd string|
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Duke Johnson has been elevated to the active roster.
Miami is hoping to spark the running game somehow, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the veteran has a decent role in a great spot versus the Jets. That said, he'd likely be a ding to Myles Gaskin's RB2 value more than anything else.
The Dolphins are signing Duke Johnson to the practice squad.
Malcolm Brown (quad) was placed on injured reserve for Miami and will miss at least three games, so Johnson will help fill a veteran presence in the running back room—albeit in a different style as more of a receiving back than north-south grinder. Johnson played his college football at the University of Miami, so this is a homecoming for him.
The Jaguars released Duke Johnson from the practice squad.
There was some hope that Johnson could emerge as a passing down back for Jacksonville, but the veteran runner will now become a free agent again. Johnson is off the fantasy radar in most leagues at the moment.
The Jaguars are signing Duke Johnson Jr. to the practice squad.
With the Jaguars losing first-round rookie Travis Etienne to a season-ending foot injury during the preseason, this is an interesting landing spot for Johnson. We'd think the veteran running back will likely work his way up to the active roster at some point this season.
The Texans have released Duke Johnson, according to multiple reports.
Houston could be making a ton of moves in the coming weeks and months as general manager Nick Caserio looks to mold the roster, and Johnson will now get a chance to sign elsewhere ahead of the new league year. Turning 28 at the end of September, Johnson rushed 160 times for 645 yards and three touchdowns with a 72/659/4 receiving line in two seasons with the Texans. He is unlikely to open 2021 with much more than decent PPR FLEX value.
Duke Johnson (neck) has been ruled out for Week 15.
Johnson is not making the trip to Indianapolis for tomorrow's game, so the Texans are ruling him out before takeoff. David Johnson will carry the load in the Houston backfield tomorrow.
Duke Johnson Jr. (ankle) is officially active for Week 4.
After missing the past three games with his leg injury, Johnson is back in the lineup for the Texans. The versatile running back will complement starter David Johnson today versus the Vikings.
Duke Johnson (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 3.
Johnson's leg injury from the season opener will keep him out for a second consecutive game. Consider the versatile running back week-to-week still.
Duke Johnson (knee) is officially inactive for Week 2.
Despite making a push to play by practicing all week and getting a questionable tag on Friday, it’s not surprising that Johnson isn’t ready to play while dealing with a knee sprain suffered just ten days ago. He’s week-to-week but probably has a shot to play in Week 3.
Duke Johnson (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.
Despite suffering a sprained knee in the season opener just over a week ago, Johnson was able to practice on a limited basis all week and has a shot to play in Week 2. David Johnson will be the preferred fantasy option in Houston’s backfield.
Duke Johnson is dealing with an ankle sprain, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
This is probably good news all things considered, as it could have been worse when it was termed a leg injury last night. Johnson will have over a week to get ready for a Week 2 matchup against the Ravens, but he shouldn’t miss an extended period of time if he’s not ready for Houston’s next game.
Duke Johnson (leg) has officially been ruled out for the rest of tonight's game.
It was a quick glimpse via the television broadcast, but Johnson looked like he might have been emotional while walking to the locker room. Hopefully it's not thought of as a serious injury after initial tests, but more information should become available in the next day or so. Johnson had five carries for 14 yards before leaving the season opener.
Duke Johnson (leg) is questionable to return for the Texans.
It's unclear when Johnson was hurt, but teammate David Johnson also looked banged up on the sideline, so hopefully both players are OK. The Texans are down 17 with the third quarter soon coming to an end.
Duke Johnson operates in timeshare in Week 1.
Carlos Hyde started the Monday night matchup with the Saints, but Johnson worked about an even split and ended up with 13 touches compared to Hyde's 11. Overall, Johnson had nine carries for 57 yards along with four receptions for 33 yards. Johnson did have a couple of apparent miscommunications as he gets acclimated to Houston's offense, but he played well other than that. While there was some hope that Johnson would be close to a workhorse for the Texans, that doesn't look like it's going to happen with Hyde (83 rushing yards) carrying the ball effectively. Johnson is a better PPR option than standard/0.5, but he's a FLEX option in both formats nonetheless.
The Texans have acquired Duke Johnson from the Browns.
The Browns have maintained all offseason and summer that they wanted to keep Johnson as a valuable member of their backfield, but it was pretty clearly just them posturing to get the best deal possible in a trade. Johnson wanted out of Cleveland, and he'll get his wish as he goes to a team that was looking to add another running back to complement starter Lamar Miller. The Texans are trading a 2020 fourth-round draft pick that can become a third-rounder in exchange for Johnson, so they clearly anticipate the fifth-year running back being a big part of their offense this season. Johnson's fantasy value gets a boost going to Houston, while Nick Chubb's stock also goes up in Cleveland, as he'll undoubtedly be a three-down player for the first eight games of the season while Kareem Hunt is suspended.
The Browns indicate they do not want to trade Duke Johnson.
Browns GM John Dorsey said that Johnson is "a member of this organization moving forward" while also adding that the coaching staff sees him as a vital part of their offense. After the addition of Kareem Hunt, who is suspended the first eight games of the season, it's tough to blame Johnson for requesting a trade as the third running back behind Nick Chubb and Hunt; but Cleveland doesn't want to trade him, probably because they don't feel they are getting good enough trade offers to make dealing the versatile running back worth it. For now, expect Johnson to fill an important role as the No. 2 running back behind Chubb for the first half of the season, but there's still a chance he's traded at some point before September—or potentially during the regular season before the trade deadline.
Duke Johnson Jr. has requested a trade, according to cleveland.com.
This felt like an inevitability from the moment Kareem Hunt signed in Cleveland, as the Browns are completely stacked at the position with Hunt and Nick Chubb alone. Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com says the Jets, Texans, and Eagles have all been interested in Johnson "since the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt." However, since the Browns added Hunt, the Jets signed Le'Veon Bell and the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard to solidify their running back groups, so those two teams might be out for Johnson's services. Johnson did not report to the first day of the Browns offseason program, and it's likely only a matter of time before he's traded after defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was already dealt to the Chiefs earlier today. It is worth noting that new Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens says the team wants to keep Johnson, so we'll see what happens. Johnson's dynasty value would be higher elsewhere.
Duke Johnson handles five touches in Week 17 loss.
Johnson rushed four times for 21 yards and caught a three-yard pass. Despite a contract extension before the season, Cleveland's receiving back basically saw his touches cut in half this year, rushing 40 times for 201 yards (5.0 YPC) and catching 47 passes for 429 yards and three scores. Johnson probably needs a new coaching staff that will implement a complete spread attack to rebuild his fantasy value, but even then, it will be tough to keep Nick Chubb off the field.
Duke Johnson handles eight touches in win over the Bengals.
Johnson caught six-of-six targets for 54 yards, also adding two carries for 12 yards. The Browns got their receiving back more involved this week despite playing with a lead all day, so we'll see if that continues next week against the Ravens. Johnson is just a PPR FLEX option.
Duke Johnson handles eight touches in win over the Broncos.
Johnson rushed four times for 28 yards and caught four passes for 25 yards. Cleveland's receiving back hasn't been a huge factor this year, but he was able to get more involved against a stingy Denver defense. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for Week 16 when Cincinnati comes to town.
Duke Johnson sees just two touches in win over the Panthers.
Johnson rushed twice for negative-six yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game. Nick Chubb has clearly taken over as the all-around workhorse with at least three receptions in each of the past four games, and the closest Johnson came to making an impact on Sunday was being in the game for Jarvis Landry's three-yard touchdown run. Look elsewhere in Week 15.
Duke Johnson Jr. is officially active for Week 14.
Johnson has a heavy heart dealing with the death of his grandmother, but he’s ready to go against the Panthers. Johnson is a solid option in PPR leagues for the first week of fantasy playoffs.
Duke Johnson Jr. may not play in Week 14.
NFL Network's Mike Silver says Johnson has been away from the team due to the death of his grandmother and might not be back for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Fantasy football really doesn't matter in a situation like this, but Nick Chubb would get a boost as someone that might play nearly every snap if Johnson is out. We'll update you when the Browns release their final Week 14 status report later today.
Duke Johnson held in check as Browns fall to 4-7-1.
Johnson caught just two-of-three targets for 12 yards in a 29-13 loss to the Texans. It was certainly a disappointment considering Cleveland trails throughout (including 23-0 at halftime), but Nick Chubb (three receptions for 41 yards) and Dontrell Hilliard (four receptions for 40 yards) both ended up outproducing Johnson, who didn't even receive a carry. The biggest concern for the Miami product is Chubb's effectiveness as a pass-catcher, so fantasy owners would probably be wise to look elsewhere down the stretch.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets three touches in Week 12.
Johnson carried two times for 16 yards and caught one pass for 23 yards in the Browns' win. This was a disappointing performance after three combined receiving touchdowns his last two games, but Johnson will look to bounce back next week against the Texans. Johnson is just a FLEX option.
Duke Johnson scores in Week 10 win.
Johnson rushed three times for 15 yards, also adding four receptions for 31 yards in a 28-16 victory over the Falcons. New offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has done a great job getting the dynamic receiving back involved, and Johnson should be an every-week FLEX option in PPR leagues when Cleveland returns from their Week 11 bye.
The Browns hope to get Duke Johnson more involved moving forward.
In Gregg Williams' first game as the team's interim head coach and Freddie Kitchen's first game as the team's new offensive coordinator, Johnson caught nine passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Williams said of Johnson's performance: "I think he can do more and he will." Browns GM John Dorsey signed Johnson to an extension this offseason, but he caught just 20 passes through the first eight games of the season, and it looks like this new coaching staff is going get the versatile running back more involved. If Johnson is available in your league, he appears worth a pickup, particularly in PPR scoring.
Duke Johnson Jr. scores twice in Browns' loss.
Johnson was an efficient receiver for Baker Mayfield and Cleveland's offense, catching nine passes (on nine targets) for 78 yards and two touchdowns along with one carry for eight yards. The first score was a 19-yarder on a pass to the flat, where Johnson broke a tackle and then walked into the end zone. And the second score was a short pass over the middle late in the game. New offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens might want to get Johnson more involved moving forward after there was a lot of talk but inconsistent results of that happening under previous head coach Hue Jackson. Johnson could be entering the FLEX conversation in standard leagues and a stronger option in PPR leagues, but there's some risk in immediately trusting him.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets four touches against the Steelers.
Johnson carried twice for zero yards and caught two passes for 16 yards in the Browns' Week 8 loss. Through eight games, Johnson is on pace for 44 carries, 214 rushing yards, 40 receptions, and 406 receiving yards. He's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups despite there seemingly always being talk of the Browns wanting to get him more involved on offense.
Duke Johnson handles five touches in Week 7 loss.
Johnson rushed once for negative-four yards and caught four passes (on four targets) for 23 yards. The receiving back was listed as the starter for Sunday's game, but his role didn't change much, as Nick Chubb (18 carries) was rightfully featured after the team traded Carlos Hyde. Johnson won't be anything more than a decent FLEX option in PPR leagues when the Browns take on the Steelers next week.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets six touches in Week 6.
Johnson carried two times for 36 yards and caught four passes for 73 yards against the Chargers. Johnson was more involved as a receiver with the team battling injuries at the position, and Cleveland's wide receivers haven't been able to form a great connection with Baker Mayfield lately. Thus, Johnson is on the FLEX radar for PPR leagues.
Duke Johnson Jr. could get more time at receiver with Rashard Higgins out.
The Browns coaches like Johnson, but they've haven't used him a ton with just 27 touches (ten receptions) this season. This knee injury to Higgins, which could keep him out multiple weeks, gives the Browns the chance to use Johnson more as a receiver. Johnson has upside in PPR leagues and could become a solid FLEX option there the next few games.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets six touches in Browns' win.
Johnson had five carries for 35 yards and one reception for seven yards against the Ravens, and he had a key run in overtime to help Cleveland get in position for a field goal attempt. Johnson simply isn't getting enough work to be a reliable fantasy option even in PPR leagues, but perhaps he'll be more involved after running the ball well against Baltimore.
Duke Johnson handles six touches in Week 4 loss.
Johnson rushed twice for 11 yards and caught four passes for 45 yards, also adding a two-point conversion. Despite being signed to an extension earlier this year, Johnson didn't get a ton of work over the first month of the season, and he's on pace for just 84 total touches and 496 total yards through four games. More snaps at receiver would probably help his fantasy value and Cleveland's offense so Nick Chubb can get more snaps in the backfield.
Duke Jonson Jr. gets five touches in Browns' loss.
Johnson had three carries for three rushing yards and two receptions for seven receiving yards against the Saints. Johnson simply hasn't been very involved in the offense to this point, catching just three passes in two games. He's just a weaker FLEX in PPR leagues at the moment.
Duke Johnson handled just six touches in Week 1 tie.
Johnson rushed five times for 17 yards and caught an eight-yard pass. If you want to look at the game with an optimistic outlook as a Johnson owner, weather could have played a factor in the limited usage, but we think the Browns might just be committed to Carlos Hyde as the clear featured back. Cleveland's receiving back doesn't need to be owned in 10-team leagues.
The Browns and running back Duke Johnson have agreed to terms on a long-term extension, according to NFL Network.
According to Ian Rapoport, it's a three-year extension worth $15.6 million, including a $5 million signing bonus. It's starter's money for Johnson (top ten in annual salary at the position), who figures to remain a big part of the offense as the main receiving option out of the backfield. He could also contribute from the slot like he did in 2017, but that's less likely with Jarvis Landry in the fold. Although Carlos Hyde should be a factor in 2018, Cleveland's backfield future will likely be Nick Chubb as the early-down pounder with Johnson handling the receiving work. Dynasty owners should be happy with this news, as the Browns probably didn't sign Johnson for significant money to not utilize him often.
The Browns and running back Duke Johnson are close to a contract extension, according to NFL Network.
Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie deal and coming off a season where he caught 74 passes for 693 yards and three scores. He also rushed 82 times for 348 yards and four touchdowns in 2017, but the 24-year-old's main value comes as a receiver. Despite the team adding Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb through free agency and the draft, Johnson should have a similar role this season on what will almost certainly be an improved offense, making him a solid FLEX in PPR leagues.
Duke Johnson scores in Week 17 loss.
Johnson rushed six times for 20 yards and a touchdown, also adding six receptions for 75 yards. He also lost a fumble. In zero 2016 starts, Johnson rushed just 82 times for 348 yards and four touchdowns, but he did do damage as a receiver with a 74/693/4 line. The Browns should attack the running back position this offseason with new blood (perhaps Saquon Barkley), but hopefully they would choose to promote Johnson rather than re-sign Isaiah Crowell if they decide to stay in-house. It's too early to peg Johnson's 2018 fantasy value, but he probably won't be worth a pick earlier than the 13th or 14th round in standard leagues.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets 11 touches in Week 16.
Johnson was by far the most productive receiver for the Browns against the Bears, as he caught all seven targets for 81 yards, and he also added four carries for 20 yards. Johnson has been the most productive member of the backfield for Cleveland this year, and he's probably a better option than Isaiah Crowell for Week 17.
Duke Johnson handles 12 touches in loss to the Ravens.
Johnson rushed seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown, adding five receptions for 40 yards. The score was a 12-yard run in the second quarter, which was one of the only highlights of the game for the now 0-14 Browns. Johnson is nothing more than a weak FLEX option in PPR leagues for the fantasy championship. Cleveland faces Chicago on Christmas Eve.
Duke Johnson Jr. scores against Green Bay.
Johnson had six carries for eight yards and caught all four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 loss. Next week, Johnson faces a Ravens team he had 80 total yards against in Week 2. He's a FLEX option, with a boost in PPR leagues.
Duke Johnson Jr. gets nine touches in Week 13.
Johnson couldn't get much going against the Chargers, carrying seven times for two yards, along with two receptions (on four targets) for ten yards. He'll look to do more damage next week against the Packers, and he'll be a FLEX option against them—with a boost to RB2/FLEX status in PPR leagues.
Duke Johnson handles 10 touches in Week 12 loss.
Johnson rushed six times for 35 yards and caught four passes for 32 yards. The third-year back is averaging over 7.0 yards per touch this season, but Cleveland continues to limit his role for whatever reason. He is just a PPR FLEX option next week against the Chargers.
Duke Johnson Jr. scores in Week 11.
Johnson carried twice for ten yards and caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. The score came on a seam route from the slot where Johnson made a nice catch and got into the end zone. He did injure his shoulder again in the loss, but he'll remain a FLEX option if he's healthy enough for Week 12 against the Bengals.
Duke Johnson handles 16 touches in loss to Detroit.
Johnson rushed 10 times f0r 54 yards and caught six passes for 34 yards. It's probably no coincidence that Johnson had a nice workload in Cleveland's best offensive game of the season, but Isaiah Crowell was also good, rushing 16 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. We would consider Johnson the superior play in PPR leagues next week against Jacksonville as the Browns look to avoid 0-10.
Duke Johnson Jr. has cleared concussion protocol.
He doesn't have a concussion, which is great to hear. Johnson will be good to go in Week 10 against the Lions.
Duke Johnson Jr. leaves Week 8 game.
It's late in the fourth quarter and Johnson is headed for the locker room with an independent neurologist, so his day is probably done. Before leaving, Johnson had six carries for 33 yards and four receptions for ten yards, as the stingy Vikings defense did a good job of limiting him when he got the ball in space. The Browns have a bye in Week 9, so we'd fully expect him to be 100% and ready to go against the Lions in a couple Sundays from now.
Duke Johnson handles 13 touches in Week 7 loss.
Johnson rushed seven times for 26 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards. We don't want to be overly critical of an NFL coach's decision-making, but the Browns might have been able to pick up their first win of the season if Johnson received more touches. For whatever reason, Hue Jackson remains committed to Isaiah Crowell, making Johnson nothing more than a PPR FLEX option in Week 8 against Minnesota.
Duke Johnson sees just eight touches in blowout loss,
Johnson rushed five times for 40 yards and caught three passes for negative-one yard. The biggest takeaway is that Johnson looked a lot better than Isaiah Crowell (again), but the Browns are hesitant to commit to the former third-round pick for whatever reason. He should be better as a receiver next week against Tennessee, but Johnson is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups. He's just a decent FLEX option until he gets more carries, which may never happen.
Duke Johnson Jr. scores in Week 4.
Johnson racked up nine receptions on ten targets, gaining 47 yards through the air while adding four carries for 13 yards and a touchdown late in the game to avoid a shutout against Cincinnati. Johnson, who is on pace for 80 receptions through four games, will be a PPR FLEX option in Week 5 against the Jets.
Duke Johnson Jr. totals 94 yards in Week 3.
Johnson had two carries for 23 yards and a touchdown, while leading the Browns in both receptions (six) and receiving yards (81) against Indy. The versatile running back/receiver is in the FLEX discussion for PPR leagues next week against Cincinnati.
Duke Johnson operates primarily in the slot for Week 1.
Johnson only caught two passes for 20 yards, and did not receive a carry. Cleveland will try to pound the ball with Isaiah Crowell with the passing game centered around Corey Coleman, so Johnson doesn't have much fantasy value right now. Eventually getting dual eligibility at RB and WR would obviously be a plus, though, particularly in PPR leagues. Keep him out of your lineup against the Ravens in Week 2.
Duke Johnson breaks 37-yard run in third preseason game.
Johnson rushed three times for 43 yards, but did not catch a pass and also lost a fumble. The dynamic back will be a change-of-pace behind Isaiah Crowell and should get playing time in the slot, but we would love to see what he could do as a full-time starting running back. He's an intriguing pick in the late rounds.
Duke Johnson Jr. works as top back in Week 2 of the preseason.
Starter Isaiah Crowell was out with a groin injury, and Johnson started the game and got almost all of the first-team work. Johnson carries nine times for 28 yards and also had one reception for three yards. He had been working as the lead slot receiver for Cleveland, so we'll have to see how Johnson is used when Crowell is hopefully back for the third preseason game. Either way, Johnson will be a better option in PPR leagues than standard leagues.
Duke Johnson plays the slot with first-team offense in preseason opener.
The explosive back played the slot in Cleveland's team scrimmage, and it looks to be something that will continue when real games begin after he did so again last night. Johnson caught a nine-yard pass and also rushed once for five yards. Everyone will get a chance to watch Duke and the Browns offense in two Mondays from now, as the Cleveland plays the New York Giants on MNF.
Duke Johnson worked primarily in the slot in the Browns' team scrimmage tonight.
Johnson got a handful snaps (at most) in the backfield, instead working a lot of the scrimmage in the slot. It's certainly looking like the slot will be Johnson's primary position this season as he also mixes in the backfield in passing situations and for the occasional traditional carry. In PPR leagues, Johnson could end up being a nice option as a running back playing receiver; and he should get dual eligibility (as a RB and WR) in most fantasy leagues quickly after the regular season begins (as long as he's still playing in the slot).
Browns head coach Hue Jackson talks up Duke Johnson.
The Browns running back is lining up all over the place for Cleveland, including a lot as a slot receiver. Hue Jackson said Jackson "is doing sensationally. We ask a lot of Duke. Duke is doing a lot of things for us. He is a terrific football player. Glad he is a part of our organization and team. He is very valuable to what we do." Jackson also said Johnson "is going to do everything" for them, and it sounds like the head coach has grown very fond of his young running back. Johnson looks like he'll get more than the 126 touches (53 receptions) he had last season.
Duke Johnson Jr. could be the Browns' slot receiver this season, according to Mary Kay Cabot.
Mary Kay Cabot says Johnson worked as a slot receiver throughout the offseason, and she thinks there's a "good chance" he's the team's primary slot receiver this season. Johnson is a running back and averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season (which is excellent), but he also excels as a receiver. The Browns have only given Johnson 177 carries through two seasons, using him more as a receiver out of the backfield while also splitting him out more than most backs in the league. Johnson has at least 50 receptions and 500 yards in each of his seasons, and he should blow that away if he stays healthy and really does have a role as the primary slot receiver. He could be someone that gets dual eligibility at two different positions for fantasy lineups, and he could become among the best assets in PPR leagues this year.
Duke Johnson gets nine touches versus San Diego.
Johnson had seven carries for 28 yards and two catches for 21 yards in the Cleveland win. He's not an advisable fantasy option as the number two back in the Browns' offense.
Duke Johnson leads Browns in receiving.
Johnson had five carries for 31 yards and five catches for 62 yards against the Bills. It's good to see Johnson get more involved this week, but he's hard to trust as a fantasy option.
Duke Johnson Jr. sees just five touches in loss.
He rushed four times for 24 yards and caught one pass for 21 yards. It's unclear why Johnson won't get more work to see what the Browns have in him, but oh well. Duke has been efficient, but isn't a fantasy option with his limited touches.
Duke Johnson sees only eight Week 12 touches.
Johnson had five carries for 14 yards and three catches for 26 yards. Johnson and Crowell both averaged 2.8 yards per carry, but Johnson has outperformed him on the season so he may get more carries when the Browns return in Week 14 from their bye week. Keep him rostered in case he gets more work.
Duke Johnson Jr. sees just five touches in the Browns’ 24-9 loss.
He rushed twice for 10 yards and caught three passes for 46 yards. Flat out better than Isaiah Crowell, Johnson needs to see more work if the Browns want to get a win this season; Johnson is averaging 5.0 yards per carry. It’s impossible to tell if he’ll get more touches, so Johnson is just a weak FLEX option for Week 12 against the Giants.
Duke Johnson Jr. does nothing of note against Baltimore.
He had two carries for six yards and three catches for 25 yards. It wasn't a good night for the Browns offense, including Johnson. He shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup at this point.