When you consider the 60% snap rate Kerryon Johnson optimistically would’ve averaged per game with CJ Anderson and Theo Riddick in the fold, Riddick exiting the rotation moves Kerryon into an expanded role as the passing down back. And since he was already the primary early down guy, he has a path to RB1 upside.
In two games without Riddick, Kerryon saw 19 carries for 158 yards in a win, and caught 6 of 8 targets for 69 yards in a loss. In either game script, Kerryon will get opportunity.
In the win, LeGarrette Blount still had 10 carries and a goal line TD; that would give a path for CJ Anderson to get enough touches to stay in line with the expected run heavy approach. He can still get goal line looks while Kerryon gets his, with opportunities to score outside of goal-line attempts.
In the loss without Riddick, Kerryon was in on 81% of snaps as the Lions got down big after halftime and needed those pass-catching chops on the field.
The type of usage Kerryon should expect now deserves early 3rd round consideration in PPR leagues. He should now be considered in the tier with Leonard Fournette, Marlon Mack, and Aaron Jones, and there’s an argument for him to be valuable than all three.