Denver hasn't been able to contain opposing running backs, allowing them to score 18.33 Fantasy points per game. Given the explosiveness of the Denver's offense, most teams have had to abandon the running game early against the Broncos. But when teams have stuck with the run, it has led to scores. Denver has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns through 12 games this season. The Broncos have allowed a rushing touchdown in all but one game this season, so the scoring has been consistent.
Johnson has been a little more bust than boom this season, averaging over four yards per carry in just four games this year. He's been able to compensate by providing those big plays in the receiving game. The Broncos have also been below-average guarding running backs in the passing game, so Johnson may still see some action if his team is playing from behind. It's dangerous to predict anything from Johnson given his boom and bust style, but this does seem like a favorable matchup.
The hot streak appeared to be over for
Johnson had a mere 21 yards on eight carries at halftime, but he got the ball often and proved effective after intermission. By the middle of the third quarter he had 39 yards rushing and four catches for 28 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick that gave his team a short-lived lead. He finished with 69 yards on 18 carries and six receptions for 32 yards.
He now has at least 69 yards rushing in four of his last five games and has scored five touchdowns during that stretch. Johnson will attempt to maintain his momentum next Sunday at Denver.
The last time
Johnson had 17 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in the first meeting. He is one of nine running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points against Indianapolis, including three in a row. Only the Jaguars in Week 4 and the Texans in Week 9 have failed to have a running back reach double digits in Fantasy points.
Johnson has been up and down of late. In Week 9 and 11 he scored at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league, but in Week 10 and 12 he scored seven points or less.
We hope this pattern holds up because then Johnson is due for a big week in this matchup. He should be considered a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues, and I like him as a Top 10 running back this week.
Johnson broke for a 12-yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter for his longest gain of the day. He finished the game with 20 carries for 73 yards (3.7 yards per carry) on the ground and three catches for eight yards. He was targeted five times in a 23-19 victory.
Johnson has 159 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries over his last two games played. He will look to get back on track in Week 13 at Indianapolis.
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