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Notes: Kerryon Johnson is the kind of fantasy football pick that wins leagues

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B/R lists Johnson as one of the top 10 most important players in fantasy football in 2019.

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Who’s ready for fantasy football? The time to get your draft info together and start prepping for your championship run is nearly upon us. With that in mind, who are you thinking about drafting?

If you’re me, you can’t help but be a slight homer. Of course my mind immediately goes to wanting to see the guys I saw working at training camp and got excited about. Despite the hazing I get, I always take multiple Detroit Lions in my fantasy drafts. I’ll do it again this year without hesitation.

I do this because:

  1. Everyone else is always afraid of being called a homer
  2. Everyone thinks the Lions suck
  3. Everyone is into taking name-brand players regardless of their current level of contribution

So with that in mind, I was somewhat scared to see that Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport listed Kerryon Johnson in his top 10 most important fantasy players of 2019. Not only did they list him, he was the cover play of the story.

There goes my running back selection in August. Here’s what they had to say.

“Landing a tailback a bit later who has the potential to become a top-10 fantasy producer can make all the difference,” Davenport wrote. “It’s the kind of pick that wins leagues.”

In 2019, Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions is that sort of running back.

C.J. Anderson and Theo Riddick will see some touches, but this is Johnson’s show. If he can come close to repeating his per-touch effectiveness, a top-10 season’s a real possibility.”

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