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Johnson had 10 carries at halftime, but yielded most of the carries to Deji Karim in the second half. Johnson may have been injured in the third quarter, but reporters didn't make any note of it during the game or immediately after.
The Texans face the Titans in Week 17. With Karim limping off the field in the fourth quarter, it's unclear who will start for the Texans in their season finale.
This will be the first week Johnson gets a shot at being the starter. While he was disappointing after his big game, it was mainly due to his usage, not some lessening of skill. Week 16 should allow Johnson to carry the ball 15-20 times, against a Denver defense that has allowed 15 rushing touchdowns this season. Over the last four games, the Broncos have allowed two backs to run for 90 or more yards, while giving up six touchdowns to the position. The Broncos have also allowed an average of 37.3 receiving yards per game to opposing backs.
Barring some crazy Edwin Baker-style surprise, Johnson should be the starter for the Texans this Sunday. And the matchup is good enough to give him consideration in some formats. But chasing after Johnson and plugging him in just because he's a starter could backfire, especially if the Texans are forced to pass a lot in a catch-up in-game strategy.
Johnson is a nice add, if for no other reason than to block your opponent from grabbing him, but his matchup is risky enough to keep him on the bench in favor of better options.
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