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Don't expect Duke Johnson Jr. to disappear in 2018

Duke Johnson Jr. has competition in the Cleveland backfield this season, so what will make him stand out from the pack? Getty Images

There hardly needs to be some grand investigation into why the most underrated running back in fantasy football, at least for standard point-per-reception formats, got that way. Duke Johnson Jr. plies his trade for a franchise that has won a grand total of one regular-season game the past two seasons, and four over his three seasons.

Some people simply assume the Cleveland Browns cannot produce a valuable, viable fantasy option when they are this awful. Well, Johnson is valuable and viable. A mere 10 running backs scored more in PPR formats last season, and it was not a fluke season.