Fantasy Football Week 7 Running Back Rankings: Start DErnest Johnson?

I hope you didn't drop D'Ernest Johnson from your Fantasy football rosters, because he could be back in the spotlight in Week 10. With Nick Chubb out following a positive COVID-19 test and Kareem Hunt still on the IR with his calf injury, Johnson finds himself as the lead back for the Browns matchup with the Patriots on Sunday.

Johnson started in Week 7 against the Broncos and was a star, rushing for 146 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown and adding a pair of catches for 22 yards. He played 69% of the snaps in that game, and with every other member of the Browns RB room on IR or on the reserve list, that could be the floor for Johnson this week. 

The Patriots are a great defense, ranking fourth in points allowed per game, but they are more middle-of-the-pack against running backs, ranking 14th in Fantasy points allowed. The Browns will likely make some practice squad additions at running back, but if Chubb and Hunt are both out, the matchup won't matter: Johnson will be a must-start Fantasy running back.

I have Johnson ranked pretty much exactly where I had Chubb in my first run of rankings, at RB15. I don't think Johnson is as good as Chubb, obviously, but he's likely locked into something like a 20-touch role unless Chubb or Hunt returns, so he has to be in your lineup. 

Fantasy Football Week 10 running back rankings: DErnest Johnson, Mark Ingram, ready to star

Source:CBSSports.com

Fantasy Football Week 10 running back rankings: DErnest Johnson, Mark Ingram, ready to star