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  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
 
 
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  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at NO vs. BAL
Week 2 vs. JAC vs. NE
Week 3 at LAC at DAL
Week 4 vs. CAR vs. LAC
Week 5 vs. ATLBYE WEEK
Week 6 at KC vs. WAS
Week 7 at IND at BUF
Week 8 vs. OAK at PIT
Week 9 at JAC vs. NYJ
Week 10BYE WEEK at IND
Week 11 at BAL vs. BUF
Week 12 vs. IND at CLE
Week 13 vs. NE vs. PHI
Week 14 vs. DEN at NYJ
Week 15 at TEN at NYG
Week 16 at TB vs. CIN
Week 17 vs. TEN at NE
  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts122.3127.4
Rush Yards575.0628.6
Rush TDs3.23.8
   
Receiving
   
Receptions45.923.7
Rec Yards410.9175.1
Rec TDs2.20.4
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points129.3100.8
   
  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
2018 Points 
Week 12.5
Week 21.0
Week 33.3
Week 49.60.3
Week 54.20.2
Week 610.9
Week 71.90.0
Week 81.60.5
Week 920.61.5
Week 1010.60.6
Week 11
Week 123.9-0.5
Week 131.20.3
Week 14-0.60.0
Week 155.318.1
Week 166.64.9
Week 172.42.8
  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
2018 Targets 
Week 16
Week 22
Week 32
Week 460
Week 510
Week 65
Week 740
Week 830
Week 992
Week 1041
Week 11
Week 1222
Week 1330
Week 1400
Week 1551
Week 1664
Week 1741
  Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
Kalen Ballage
RB - MIA
Kalen Ballage
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Johnson becomes the lead back in Houston with RB Lamar Miller lost for the season. He should have RB3 value with upside, even with the addition of RB Carlos Hyde. Hyde should simply be a veteran presence to give Johnson a breather and offer a change of pace. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
In case you missed it, Johnson was traded to the Texans. You also may have missed the fact that Lamar Miller tore his ACL during their third preseason game. Unless the Texans trade for a running back, Johnson is walking into a 15-plus touch role on one of the league's best offenses. He could post RB2 numbers if they don't add anyone of significance. *UPDATE* The Texans traded for Carlos Hyde, which bodes well for Johnson considering Hyde has been among the least efficient running backs over the last two years.Some seem to believe Ballage has a shot at the starting job, but you shouldn't bank on that. Kenyan Drake is the superior running back of the two and has already shown what he's capable of on the NFL level. Even if Ballage gets into a timeshare, it's not going to be a high-scoring offense in year one under Brian Flores, so you wouldn't be getting much. He should be treated as a low-level handcuff to Drake.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
With Lamar Miller out for the season, Duke is the favorite to lead this team in touches. They brought in Carlos Hyde via trade and while you may think he is a lock to be the early-down back, Duke can handle a three-down workload as we saw in college when he touched the ball 22 times per game. He comes with both risk and upside, making him a worthwhile mid-round pick.Ballage is currently running with the first team in Miami's offense under the new Head Coach. He may end up like Chris Carson and flat out win the starting job, but it still seems more than likely that Drake will end up with the lion's share of the running back touches.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Moves up a few spots if HOU doesn't add a legit RB challenger via trade or a cut-casualty - moves down a few spots if they do 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
I'm not sure yet what to do with Duke. All I know is he needs to be drafted/owned with all of Houston's running backs dead. 
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
I already had Duke in my top 25 after being traded to Houston, with the Lamar Miller injury he has the potential to be a top 10 RB, but I can't draft him before the 6th round. I expect he can carry the workload and last 16 games that is why I have him ranked above the rest of the RB's in tier 3, but he has no chance of entering tier two before the season starts.Miami Herald's Adam Beasley notes that Kalen Ballage is the Dolphins' starting running back until Kenyan Drake (foot) returns. Drake is unlikely to play the rest of the preseason after suffering a foot injury during Tuesday's practice, and he should be considered questionable for the regular season opener.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Johnson's value has changed drastically this preseason, first with the move to the Texans and now with Lamar Miller's (likely) torn ACL. Houston will surely add running back depth at this point, but Johnson is big enough to handle an every-down workload. Particularly in PPR or 0.5 PPR formats, he should be drafted as a rock solid RB2.Other than Brian Flores and Ballage's family, there is almost no one who wants to see Ballage get first-team work over Kenyan Drake. But Drake's preseason injury allowed Flores to pursue that route with little blowback. Unfortunately, Ballage has looked terrible this preseason, showing little burst or vision. Assuming Drake is able to make it back for Week 1, Ballage's role should begin to decrease. He's draftable, of course, but only as a borderline RB3.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
Duke Johnson has been traded from the Browns to the Texans...which is great for his fantasy outlook. The Browns never used him enough, and given what the Texans gave up to get him, I expect them to give him a decent role in the offense. The Texans line is bad, but Duke doesn't get his value on the ground. He'll be the team's new third down back, and they should find themselves trailing more than they did last season.The hype surrounding Ballage continues to grow by the day. Before the Drake injury, reports out of camp suggested that the two would be slitting time, similar to Lindsay and Freeman. Then, after the first preseason game, it seemed as they viewed Drake as their Lindsay and Ballage as their Freeman. However, Drake is currently in a walking boot. We don't yet know how severe the injury is, but this is going to help our Ballage a lot. He's now getting all the first team reps, and he's reportedly looked much improved over last season. That's a good thing for Ballage because he was terrible in his rookie season. Aside from one long carry he was veyr bad, and not elusive at all. There's still a lot working against Ballage. His offensive line is bad, and this isn't a good offense. Plus Drake will have a role when he returns. If his ADP gets insane then just stay away. But at least as of right now, he's a value for where you can get him in drafts.