Lions add Rudi Johnson

Rudi Johnson must have a thing for the feline species. After seven mostly productive seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, he now finds himself in Detroit as a member of the Lions.

Rudi Johnson rushed for 497 yards last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rudi Johnson rushed for 497 yards last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Fantasy football owners have to wonder whether Johnson’s value has nine lives.

The Lions released Tatum Bell, Brian Calhoun and Artose Pinner, leaving rookie Kevin Smith and Johnson as the top options in their backfield.

The team also added Marcus Thomas off waivers from the San Diego Chargers, but he doesn’t figure to see significant carries unless injuries occur.

Smith is still the starter and remains a viable No. 3 fantasy back or flex starter, but Johnson is certain to see his share of the workload in what could turn into a committee situation.

He might not have the same value as in seasons past, but Johnson should now be owned in all leagues. He’s especially attractive as a handcuff for fantasy footballers who choose Smith in drafts.

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