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What to do with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson in Week 6 fantasy football

The Texans will need to control the clock against a dynamic Chiefs offense. We break down the fantasy implications and what to do with running backs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson.

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde celebrates with wide receiver Will Fuller after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

David Johnson injury status update, 2:35 p.m.

Cardinals running back David Johnson is ACTIVE for Week 6. He’ll get the start against the Falcons and Chase Edmonds will serve as his backup. Edmonds might get some extra work to lighten Johnson’s load, but he’s not a guy you can count on in DFS. However, in deeper traditional PPR fantasy leagues, Edmonds might be a decent flex option if you’re short-handed.

The Houston Texans travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6, and it’s safe to say they’ll want to do what they can to control the clock. DeShaun Watson and his wide receivers provide plenty of options in a shootout, but if Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson step up, the Texans can keep the Chiefs offense off the field.

Hyde enters the game with 310 rushing yards this season and two touchdowns, while averaging a solid 4.2 yards per carry. He’s struggled to settle into a role since leaving the San Francisco 49ers, but he’s found it in Houston. He’s coming off his best fantasy performance of 2019, with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Duke Johnson has quietly put together a solid season that has been less about his PPR capabilities than one might expect. He only has nine receptions for 85 yards, but has rushed for 205 yards while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. In Week 5, he had 59 rushing yards and one reception for eight yards.

Fantasy football analysis, Texans RBs Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson

The Chiefs have given up the 12th most fantasy points to running backs. If the Texans fall behind early, it would make for tough sledding for the running backs — particularly Carlos Hyde, who has more standard than PPR value. Johnson has not been his usually big receiving self, but this seems like the kind of game where he could break out in the passing game. The first half will give us a clear handle of what to make of the second half game script, but I think we see a game in which both running backs are solid fantasy football options.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Carlos Hyde: RB2 start
Duke Johnson: Flex start