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Running Back, Arizona Cardinals

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Draft: 2015 Round 3 (22)
College: Northern Iowa
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 224 DOB: 1991-12-16 Age: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#2 1 1.04

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2015 ARI 16 125 581 4.6 8 57 36 457 12.7 4 175.8 11.0
2016 ARI 16 293 1,239 4.2 16 120 80 879 11.0 4 331.8 20.7
2017 ARI 1 11 23 2.1 0 9 6 68 11.3 0 9.1 9.1
2018 (Projected) ARI   315 1,356 4.3 10   70 646 9.2 3 278.2  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
One of the most exciting things about the 2018 season is that we're going to get to see the return of one of the league's best playmakers, David Johnson, who missed nearly the entire 2017 with a wrist injury. Most considered Johnson the fantasy MVP of 2016 as he scored 20 touchdowns while producing over 2,100 total yards of offense.

While it's never easy for fantasy owners to select a back coming off of a season-ending injury, the nice thing about Johnson's injury is that it's really not something that should affect him going forward. Unlike a knee or ankle injury, which can have dramatic effects on a player's explosiveness, Johnson's wrist injury should be fully healed and he should be perfectly healthy heading into 2018.

The last time we saw Johnson, in Week 1 of the 2017 season, he had already produced 90 total yards of offense with six receptions and that was only midway through the third quarter in a game that the Cardinals were winning. Needless to say, given the nine targets he had already seen in that game, the offense was run almost entirely through Johnson. A new coaching staff does throw a wrench into things from a play-calling perspective, but anyone who's watched Johnson play in the NFL can tell you that he is absolutely one of the league's best playmakers and would be a major focal point in just about any offense. That shouldn't change much this season as the Cardinals will almost certainly lean on Johnson heavily once again, both as a runner and as a receiver. 100-plus targets is actually a safe number to project for Johnson, who saw 120 targets in 2016, and that kind of passing game usage alone would make him a viable starter in PPR formats even if you completely eliminated his rushing numbers.

Don't look for Johnson to repeat his 20 touchdown season from 2016 given that the Cardinals as a whole are expected to be one of the league's worst teams, but a double-digit touchdown season is certainly realistic and Johnson, if he can avoid injury, is one of the safest players in all of fantasy football and should be a top five overall pick in all formats.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 David Johnson
RB2RB2 Chase Edmonds
RB3RB3 Elijhaa Penny
RB4RB4 D.J. Foster
RB5RB5 T.J. Logan
RB6RB6 Derrick Coleman
Cardinals Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
David Johnson to skip mandatory minicamp
Contract negotiations ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jun 12, 11:00 am

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is skipping this week's mandatory minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Johnson joins fellow fantasy standout Julio Jones in skipping minicamp in hopes of a new deal. Johnson is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and scheduled to make $1.9 million.


Newsflash: David Johnson's good
Cardinals HC Wilks praises RB on first day of OTAs
By: Mike Krueger | Tue May 15, 7:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
On Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities, coach Steve Wilks went out of his way to praise No. 31, David Johnson. “I don’t want to get too excited,” Wilks said, “but David Johnson, he looked outstanding today. It’s good to have him back on there, just flying around. The things that he’s doing right now, it’s pretty exciting.” Johnson has been cleared all spring, but apparently made a special impression on Tuesday, the first time the Cardinals were allowed to use 11-on-11 drills in practice. (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: Johnson missed most of 2017 with a wrist injury but should be back among the fantasy running back elite in 2018. He'll have a new offensive system and players around him, including a fullback at times, but there's little doubt DJ will be the focal of the Cardinals offense.



2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DET L 23-35 11 23 2.1 0 9 6 68 11.3 0 9.1

2016 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NE L 21-23 16 89 5.6 1 6 4 43 10.8 0 19.2
2 TB W 40-7 12 45 3.8 0 5 3 98 32.7 0 14.3
3 at BUF L 18-33 19 83 4.4 2 6 3 28 9.3 0 23.1
4 LAR L 13-17 17 83 4.9 0 4 4 41 10.3 0 12.4
5 at SF W 33-21 27 157 5.8 2 6 3 28 9.3 0 30.5
6 NYJ W 28-3 22 111 5.0 3 6 3 27 9.0 0 31.8
7 SEA T 6-6 33 113 3.4 0 13 8 58 7.3 0 17.1
8 at CAR L 20-30 10 24 2.4 0 9 7 84 12.0 0 10.8
10 SF W 23-20 19 55 2.9 1 7 5 46 9.2 1 22.1
11 at MIN L 24-30 22 103 4.7 1 11 7 57 8.1 1 28.0
12 at ATL L 19-38 13 58 4.5 0 11 8 103 12.9 1 22.1
13 WAS W 31-23 18 84 4.7 1 12 9 91 10.1 1 29.5
14 at MIA L 23-26 20 80 4.0 0 8 5 41 8.2 0 12.1
15 NO L 41-48 12 53 4.4 2 5 4 55 13.8 0 22.8
16 at SEA W 34-31 28 95 3.4 3 7 4 41 10.3 0 31.6
17 at LAR W 44-6 5 6 1.2 0 4 3 38 12.7 0 4.4

2015 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NO W 31-19 0 0 - 0 2 1 55 55.0 1 11.5
2 at CHI W 48-23 5 42 8.4 1 2 1 3 3.0 0 10.5
3 SF W 47-7 7 25 3.6 0 3 3 16 5.3 0 4.1
4 STL L 22-24 3 18 6.0 0 10 4 63 15.8 1 14.1
5 at DET W 42-17 3 6 2.0 2 0 0 0 - 0 12.6
6 at PIT L 13-25 3 9 3.0 0 1 1 8 8.0 0 1.7
7 BAL W 26-18 3 5 1.7 0 2 2 19 9.5 0 2.4
8 at CLE W 34-20 1 4 4.0 0 2 2 44 22.0 0 4.8
10 at SEA W 39-32 0 0 - 0 1 1 8 8.0 0 0.8
11 CIN W 34-31 2 9 4.5 0 2 2 17 8.5 1 8.6
12 at SF W 19-13 8 21 2.6 1 4 2 8 4.0 0 8.9
13 at STL W 27-3 22 99 4.5 0 3 2 21 10.5 1 18.0
14 MIN W 23-20 19 92 4.8 0 7 5 31 6.2 0 12.3
15 at PHI W 40-17 29 187 6.4 3 4 4 42 10.5 0 40.9
16 GB W 38-8 9 39 4.3 1 6 3 88 29.3 0 18.7
17 SEA L 6-36 11 25 2.3 0 8 3 34 11.3 0 5.9
DP GB W 26-20 15 35 2.3 0 9 6 43 7.2 0 7.8
CC at CAR L 15-49 15 60 4.0 1 9 9 68 7.6 0 18.8
DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship

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