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.
Johnson -- the most notable of the three -- spelled starter Ben Tate throughout the contest, finishing with four carries for 12 yards and one catch for 3. Karim came in later, when the outcome was already decided, finishing with four carries 21 yards.
Martin, who scored a touchdown on four catches last week, had one catch for 13 yards. He's up to 17 catches for the season.
Johnson has totaled just 23 yards in two games since his breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 12. The Texans' next game is set for Week 15 against the Colts.
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