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  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
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RB - CHI
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Fantasy Points 
    
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Avg Projection181.9118.8-
    
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  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Tarik Cohen
RB - CHI
Tarik Cohen
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at ARI vs. GB
Week 2 vs. LAC at DEN
Week 3 at PHI at WAS
Week 4 vs. KC vs. MIN
Week 5BYE WEEK at OAK
Week 6 at GBBYE WEEK
Week 7 vs. MIN vs. NO
Week 8 vs. NYG vs. LAC
Week 9 at OAK at PHI
Week 10 at CHI vs. DET
Week 11 vs. DAL at LAR
Week 12 at WAS vs. NYG
Week 13 vs. CHI at DET
Week 14 at MIN vs. DAL
Week 15 vs. TB at GB
Week 16 at DEN vs. KC
Week 17 vs. GB at MIN
  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Tarik Cohen
RB - CHI
Tarik Cohen
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts212.484.1
Rush Yards997.4352.2
Rush TDs6.52.2
   
Receiving
   
Receptions49.559.0
Rec Yards354.9550.8
Rec TDs1.93.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points181.9118.8
   
  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Tarik Cohen
RB - CHI
Tarik Cohen
2018 Points 
Week 13.74.1
Week 26.62.5
Week 311.06.8
Week 411.623.4
Week 58.5
Week 616.1
Week 717.914.3
Week 89.117.0
Week 94.41.3
Week 1018.910.4
Week 1115.73.0
Week 1211.9
Week 1322.6
Week 148.9
Week 159.5
Week 161.9
Week 179.2
  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Tarik Cohen
RB - CHI
Tarik Cohen
2018 Targets 
Week 134
Week 261
Week 333
Week 418
Week 52
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Week 7313
Week 883
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Week 1067
Week 1124
Week 128
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  Kerryon Johnson
RB - DET
Kerryon Johnson
Tarik Cohen
RB - CHI
Tarik Cohen
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Despite having an extremely limited role to start the season, Johnson finished as the RB18 in points per game during his rookie season. The Lions did sign C.J. Anderson, but Johnson has already shown he's able to produce with a veteran on the roster, and he's openly admitted that he doesn't want to be a 20-plus-touch running back. He's not going to offer top-five upside, but Johnson should be an RB2 more often than notWe all believed Cohen was underused in John Fox's offense, and while he did finish as a top-15 running back in PPR last year, his touches didn't increase all that much under Matt Nagy. He finished the year with 20 more targets and 12 more rush attempts, which definitely helps, but the additions of David Montgomery and Mike Davis aren't going to help him add much to that number so he'll have to remain ultra-efficient. Think of Cohen as a younger James White who may not see as many targets, but will get more carries
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Johnson will be a stud if the Lions feed him. There's risk in believing they will, but it's worth the gamble. 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Kerryon is a popular early-round pick this year for many and while he may be talented, this offense is unlikely to produce enough points to give him much of a ceiling. What's more, is that Kerryon himself has said he isn't a three-down back and the Lions haven't used him on third downs this preseason so make of that what you will.David Montgomery may be in town now, but if you think Cohen is going to see a drop in touches, you are likely mistaken, as he was extremely efficient last season when he finished as the standard scoring RB17. He is a safe bet to finish top 30 and makes for a near-ideal weekly flex play.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Johnson played 10 games in his rookie season, rushing for 641 yards and three touchdowns and adding 32 receptions. Although he missed the final six games of the season with a knee injury, he should be fully recovered. The Lions added C.J. Anderson this offseason, and so those who thought that the absence of LeGarrette Blount would lead to more carries for Johnson were likely incorrect. But with the release of Theo Riddick, Johnson should see more work in the passing game. If he can keep up what he did over his final eight games, he should be an excellent option this season. 
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
Kerryon Johnson was pulled on 3rd down on all 3 series he played last night -- twice for C.J. Anderson and once for Ty Johnson. @SmolaDS So it looks like he may not get the vacated Riddick touches. 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Darren Bevell is the new OC. Darren Bevell likes to run. The sky is the limit for Kerryon now that Riddick is gone, as long as CJA does not carve out a significant role. KJ Had at least 85 yards in 5 of his last 6 games last season and developed into a consistent RB2. Has potential to increase his TD ouput after scoring only 4 times last season and to increase his receiving totals after going 32/213 in 10 games.Tarik Cohen was incredibly efficient with his opportunities last season and without a clear path for more work this season, he would need to be incredibly efficient again to replicate. Also 8 TDs is no easy task to replicate either. He had 3 TDs in 2017 on 40 less overall touches.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Sophomore stud will head a run-centric offense under OC Bevell and should see a sharp rise in passing game work (60+ catches?) with RB Riddick out of the pic 
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Darrell Bevell's 12 seasons as an OC saw his offenses finish top 10 in rushing yards ten times. So Johnson should be good to go on the ground. The Lions also released Theo Riddick who saw 71 and 74 targets the last two years. Johnson's receiving pace last season was 341 and 2TDs WITH RIDDICK THERE. So Johnson should be good to go through the air. Basically, Johnson is good to go.Tarik Cohen had 91 targets last season for 71 catches and 725 yards and 5 TDs. The thing is he also had 99 rush attempts last season and I just don't see that happening again with Montgomery and Davis added to the mix. Cohen's value will depend on the roster around him. In the bears final three losses, Cohen saw 9, 13, and 14 targets. If you think the bears are going to be worse this year, then Cohen is a value.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
KJ was having a great rookie season before his injury. In that time he was 11th in breakaway percentage and 13th in yards per carry after contact. He was also the best RB on the Lions roster by a mile, ranking second in yards per carry compared to teammates (Scorr Barrett). The signing of C.J. Anderson is certainly annoying...and confusing...but I have full confidence that he'll command a large portion of the work in that backfield. KJ is also an exceptional pass catcher. He registered an 82% catch percentage, generating 32 receptions in 10 games, even with Theo on the roster. This season, the Lions cut Theo Riddick, meaning KJ will have the third down role completely to himself. Johnson has absolutely massive upside this season, and his only path to busting is through injury. I want him on my teams.Over his first two seasons Cohen has averaged 92 carries and 81 targets per season. These were both in years where Jordan Howard was given 250+ carries. This year the Bears drafted David Montgomery…and signed Mike Davis. David Montgomery was a third round pick, and is the better back between him and Davis...so he's likely to be the lead back. Regardless of how that split breaks down…Davis and Montgomery are going to get the majority of the early down work. They're also both good in the receiving games, so they won't be zero's like Jordan Howard is. For Cohen this really means that his average of 92 carries is likely to decrease to around 60 carries. The receptions are a little bit more of a wildcard. They have said that he's going to have the same role, but with those two, and Cordarrelle Patterson being added…there's just going to be less volume. Right now my projections have him at 56/500/2…with 85/375/3. That's the 31st highest projection among RB's and he's being taken as the RB 27. I've found that I haven't taken him a single time in mock drafts because it just seems like his ADP reflects his old role. So while we don't know his new role, we know it's not going to get bigger. The best case scenario seems to be that he returns value, and I want to draft players I think will exceed value. Cohen is a pass for me.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Johnson showed well in 10 games, finishing the year with 641 yards rushing, 213 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. Durability is the big concern, he will be recovering from a knee injury this off-season and he had only 118 rushing attempts. He is an upside RB2.Cohen was a solid RB2 in 2018 with 1,169 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns. He should continue to be a big part of the Bears passing offense in 2019 and he should have RB2 value in fantasy football.