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  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
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Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
 
 
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB vs. CHI
Week 2 at IND at GB
Week 3 vs. TEN at ARI
Week 4 at HOU vs. NO
Week 5 at SEABYE WEEK
Week 6 vs. ATL at JAC
Week 7BYE WEEK at ATL
Week 8 at GB vs. IND
Week 9 vs. DET at MIN
Week 10 at CHI vs. WAS
Week 11 vs. DAL at CAR
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. HOU
Week 13 vs. JAC at CHI
Week 14 at TB vs. GB
Week 15 vs. CHI at TEN
Week 16 at NO vs. TB
Week 17 at DET vs. MIN
Player Projections Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts259.2136.1
Rush Yards1,138.1603.1
Rush TDs9.84.4
   
Receiving
   
Receptions59.726.0
Rec Yards526.2216.2
Rec TDs1.81.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points231.4111.8
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
2019 Points 
Week 124.06.2
Week 225.114.8
Week 320.310.3
Week 413.013.7
Week 519.8
Week 611.412.1
Week 726.92.3
Week 823.1
Week 911.6
Week 1024.3
Week 1111.7
Week 12
Week 1310.4
Week 1413.5
Week 154.3
Week 164.3
Week 1711.3
Total239.475.0
Average17.19.4
Player Targets Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
2019 Targets 
Week 122
Week 233
Week 351
Week 483
Week 56
Week 624
Week 721
Week 86
Week 97
Week 107
Week 116
Week 12
Week 134
Week 142
Week 153
Week 161
Week 170
Notes for Player Combination
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Kerryon JohnsonK. Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
Dalvin Cook is yet another running back who has been working on an extension this offseason. While the star back hasn't reached an agreement with the Vikings yet, I expect him to be on the field in Week 1 as he's maintained will be the case. The offense could look a little different without Stefon Diggs and Kevin Stefanski, but Mike Zimmer is a smart coach and he knows the team's best chance to win is by running early and often. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Dalvin Cook is the centerpiece of his offense, which is something that very few players in the NFL get to claim. At the time of writing, we're seeing him threaten to holdout if he doesn't get the contract extension he's looking for from the Minnesota Vikings. While Cook has the leverage in terms of his involvement in the offense, he still has yet to play a full 16-game season. This holdout may extend into the regular season and that's worrisome for fantasy owners. We'll have to take a wait-and-see approach right now, but he's a solid first-round pick if he does end his holdout.Johnson has seen his fantasy stock take a huge hit since April. The Lions have now added AP and D'Andre Swift to this backfield, which screams that they plan on utilizing a full-on committee approach. It's hard to see how Johnson is fantasy relevant at any point this season, unless D'Andre Swift were to miss the first couple games of the season. This may just be a backfield that you want to avoid altogether.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Cook caused some waves early in the offseason with discussions of a potential holdout, but the new CBA essentially makes holding out a no-win situation for a player, and Cook reported when camp opened. There's no doubting Cook's value when healthy. Gary Kubiak will likely continue to employ the run-blocking scheme that fit Cook so well last year, and Cook is one of perhaps five players or so who has a legitimate chance to finish as the No. 1 running back in fantasy. The key, of course, is the "when healthy" part, as Cook has played in just 29 of 48 games in his young career. And, despite the futility of a holdout, Cook's unhappiness with his contract could potentially lead him to protect himself more than he otherwise would with minor injuries. But all of that is just window dressing given Cook's talent. His nearly limitless ceiling dictates that he be taken as a top-5 or 6 back, though drafters would be wise to lock up Alexander Mattison in the later rounds.Poor Johnson cannot catch a break. After battling injuries throughout his young career, the Lions drafted D'Andre Swift this offseason, which put Johnson as only borderline relevant in fantasy circles. With Swift battling injury as the Lions approached the season, however, it looked like Johnson would at least have an impact role early in the year, with the chance to carve out a larger role even when Swift was healthy. But now, with the Lions signing Adrian Peterson, Johnson again has impediments to fantasy-relevance. Johnson is talented and could succeed in the right situation, but given all the roadblocks in front of him, he's best left as a bench stash in deeper leagues.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It turns out Gary Kubiak is very good for a run-game. Cook took his game to another level in 2019, finishing as the No. 5 running back despite missing two games. Not only did he total 18-plus carries in eight games, but he also ranked third in yards per route run among running backs. With Stefon Diggs gone, we could see him highlighted even more in the passing game, though Justin Jefferson will eat some of them. Cook also led the league with 21 carries inside the five-yard-line. Health has always been a question mark with Cook, but when healthy, he's easily a top-10 back.We all know Johnson's struggled to stay on the field over his first two seasons, and it led the Lions to draft D'Andre Swift at the top of the second round. You don't draft a running back at the top of the second round to not use him. Johnson's skillset clashes with that of Swift, so it's unlikely he sees more than 8-10 touches per game, especially now that Adrian Peterson's in the mix.
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
Although Cook returned for the 2018 season opener after tearing his ACL the previous October, he didn't look fully healthy while averaging 2.7 yards per carry over three September games. He finished '18 strong, then posted the best numbers of his career in 2019.With Johnson having missed 14 of 32 games with multiple knee injuries over his two NFL seasons, he's a poor bet to get a heavy workload in 2020. Detroit's preference to rotate backs will likely result in Johnson being part of a committee in 2020.
Rob Wilson
The Fantasy Footballers
Contract discussion will be an offseason issue. If he stays healthy, Cook should have no issue finishing as a top three back in that Minnesota rushing attack. 
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
*Prays "Please stay healthy, please don't holdout" 
Dalton Kates
APEX Fantasy Leagues
Was the RB2 in PPG last year. Stefanski moves on, but still plenty of opportunity for him to thrive in the passing game again with Diggs gone. Elite RBStill only 23 years old and coming of an inefficient season. Was wildly efficient as a 21 y/o rookie. A good player who has three down potential, but the biggest obstacle is stud RB prospect and 35th overall pick D'Andre Swift who should end up becoming the lead guy here.
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Dalvin Cook has massive league winning upside! (If he can say healthy.) That's the argument I'm hearing a lot of and it always comes with that little caveat in brackets, whispered in the hope you won't notice. Sadly with Cook it's hard not to notice him breaking down towards the end of every season and surely the Vikings must be as well. When you add in the awkward contract situation and things look very iffy when it comes to taking the Viking in the first five picks. That brings me to a major problem, Alexander Mattison. Mattison isn't a special back but he's shown he can do the job absolutely fine and that means a smart coach will use him to spell Cook a lot more. That's not what you want as the Cook owner as it really caps his upside. Feel free to take Cook somewhere in the Top 5 this draft season but know you're risking your season on a very shaky foundation.Kerryon Johnson came into 2019 with a massive amount of hype and disappointed a lot of fantasy owners. With just one game over 50 yards rushing, he injured himself in Week 7 and only returned in the last couple of weeks to do very little. He now shares the backfield with the far-more-talented D'Andre Swift and will likely fall into a backup role alongside Bo Scarborough, Ty Johnson and a dozen other Lions RB disappointments by the halfway point of the season. He's a hard pass for me.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Initial holdout threat seems to have lost some teeth and I'm sensing that he won't sit out - likely to move to No. 5 among my RBs when that feels more like a lock 
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
With Cook seemingly ready to report to the Vikings and play in 2020, his value remains as a sure-fire RB1. The reason I don't have him in my top-5 is because of his injury history and the emergence of Alexander Mattison as a legitimate change of pace back. Target Cook at the turn.When Kerryon Johnson is on the field, he's dynamic and for the most part fantasy gold. Unfortunately, he's rarely on the field due to injuries. Now the Lions spent a 2nd round pick D'Andre Swift who figures to get a hefty amount of work as well. I'd avoid Johnson this year and target the rookie Swift
Justin Dodds
Locked In Football
At the time of writing, Cook is without a new contract and has said he will hold out without a new deal. People who drafted Le'Veon Bell a couple of years back during his season-long holdout will certainly have their doubts about drafting Cook with their first-round pick. While this is definitely something to monitor, Mattison's consensus ADP is currently #112 in half PPR redraft leagues, so handcuffing Cook with your 8-9th round pick is definitely feasible. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Cook had a breakout season with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2019. Cook should be a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's running back friendly offense and he should be an elite RB1 again in 2020. 
Andrew Erickson
Pro Football Focus
 Not high enough on to get any shares of
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
"The things I do coming out of the backfield, the things I do in between the tackles, I block, I pretty much do it all," Cook said. "I don't have to come off the field. I think some guys just don't do as much as I do, and I think that's why I'm today's (top) back." Cook solidified himself as an elite option at the position last season, but his injury history remains lengthy and concerning. -Pioneer Press Cook has slipped a couple of spots due to him threatening a holdout. As soon as he signs something he's the RB4, but I'd hesitate drafting him until he signs something. 
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
The only way Dalvin could maintain Top-3 value was if Kubiak replaced Stefanski. He did, and the zone blocking remains in place for another blow up.Huge Draft Day faller. Swift is better, and KJ is nothing more than a complement at this point.
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
 If he could ever finish a season he's been on pace for 200+ carries and at least each 30 targets the last 2 years. Just needs to survive the draft.