David Johnson Fantasy Football News 2020

The Cardinals have traded RB David Johnson to the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on the details of the trade, but Arizona will reportedly take on some of Johnson's salary. It reeks of a salary-dump maneuver with a 28-year-old RB coming off an ugly 2019 campaign. Johnson missed 3 games last year and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. Among 68 RBs with 50+ carries, he ranked 38th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades and 67th in Elusive Rating. There's plenty of opportunity in Houston with both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller free agents, but we'd expect the Texans to add more to the backfield alongside David and Duke Johnson. Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake is set up for a big workload in Arizona.

Cutting RB David Johnson is "not an option," Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Friday. "You can't just have one back," Keim added. The biggest reason Johnson will stick around, though, is the $16.2 million in dead money that would be left behind if he was cut. Johnson looked like a guy out of gas in 2019, mustering just 3.7 yards per carry while battling ankle and back injuries. The Cardinals are expected to try to re-sign free-agent RB Kenyan Drake. If they don't, they still figure to bring in significant competition for Johnson.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) is expected back for Sunday's game against the Rams, HC Kliff Kingsbury said Monday. Edmonds turned in a huge Week 7 before going down with the hammy in Week 8. Since then, Kenyan Drake has impressed as Arizona's lead back. It's unclear how the Cards will divvy work between Drake, Edmonds and David Johnson -- although Kingsbury said, "It's on us as an offensive staff to find different ways to get them involved and get them the football." Drake is the best fantasy bet for Week 13 but should be considered a risk/reward RB3.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said that RB David Johnson rebounded well in practice this week from a bad Week 10. "I'm proud of his effort and his focus," Kingsbury said, according to the team website. "I like where his head is at." GM Steve Keim also said Friday during a radio interview about Johnson, "He's the only one who can get himself out of this hole." We'll be interested to see whether Johnson draws a larger share of the workload against San Francisco than he did in Week 10. Johnson hit halftime of that game with 3 carries to Kenyan Drake's 4, though also none of the team's 4 RB targets. Johnson carried just 2 more times and fumbled his only reception at the end of the 3rd quarter. He then didn't touch the ball in the 4th quarter. We're betting on Drake to keep leading the work in Week 11, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Drake "should receive the bulk of the carries and touches." Just keep in mind that this situation could still be fluid.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Kenyan Drake out-snapped and out-touched David Johnson last week and is the better Week 11 fantasy bet.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay. The question is how much work he’ll cede to RB Kenyan Drake. It’s also a tough matchup against the league’s #2 RB defense. Consider Johnson more of a RB2 this week.

Cardinals RB David Johnson declared himself "100%" on Wednesday and said he's "definitely playing" against the Bucs this weekend. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation, but D.J. can be penciled into Week 10 fantasy lineups. We'll see exactly how much work RB Kenyan Drake earned with his impressive Week 9 showing, but Johnson should return as the lead back.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is expected back for next week's game against the Bucs, HC Kliff Kingsbury said Friday. Johnson should slide back in as Arizona's lead back -- although RB Kenyan Drake deserves to stay involved after his strong showing vs. the 49ers. We'll be looking for clues on how the Cards will deploy these guys in Week 10 and beyond.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is inactive for tonight’s game against the 49ers. RBs Kenyan Drake, Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris are all dressed. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler hears that Drake is “will get major run,” but we’d still consider him just a RB3 vs. San Francisco’s 2nd-ranked RB defense.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is not expected to play against the 49ers tonight. He returned to a limited practice on Wednesday, so he seems to have a shot to return for Week 10. It'll be Kenyan Drake, Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris in Arizona's backfield tonight. Drake is the best fantasy bet of the bunch but is no more than a low-end RB3 vs. the Niners' 2nd-ranked RB defense.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) is out for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled RB David Johnson (ankle) a game-time decision, but we'd be surprised if he suits up. Kingsbury confirmed that it'll be a committee backfield for this one. We'll see exactly who comprises that committee, but we're expecting it to be Kenyan Drake, Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris.

Cardinals RBs David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) both missed practice on Tuesday. Neither guy is expected to play against the 49ers on Thursday night. Meanwhile, HC Kliff Kingsbury admitted Tuesday that RB Kenyan Drake will be given a "manageable workload" in his debut after arriving via trade on Monday. This figures to be a 3-man backfield with Drake, Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris, making it a situation to avoid vs. San Francisco's stingy defense.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds is expected to miss "a few weeks" with the hamstring injury he suffered in yesterday's loss to the Saints, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Arizona has a Week 12 bye, so Week 13 seems like the most realistic return date for Edmonds. We'll see what the backfield looks like at that point with David Johnson rehabbing his ankle injury and Kenyan Drake now in the mix.

The Cardinals have agreed to send a conditional 2020 draft pick to the Dolphins in exchange for RB Kenyan Drake, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Arizona has lost RB David Johnson to an ankle injury and RB Chase Edmonds to a hamstring injury over the past couple of weeks. Both guys seem unlikely to be ready for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. Schefter confirms that Drake "could be in line for significant work" in that one. There's nice short-term opportunity here, so Drake is worth rostering in all fantasy leagues. But he figures to struggle for volume when Johnson and Edmonds get healthy.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Saints. Chase Edmonds is a good bet for another 20+ touches, making him a borderline RB1 vs. New Orleans’ 4th-ranked RB defense. Newly acquired RB Alfred Morris is a healthy scratch today, leaving Zach Zenner as Arizona’s #2 RB.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) won't play against the Saints today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Arizona listed Johnson as questionable, but he never seemed to have a chance to play after missing practice all week. In fact, Schefter adds that Johnson is also expected to miss Thursday night's game against the 49ers. Chase Edmonds will continue to serve as the Cardinals' feature back for however long D.J. is out.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) didn’t practice all week. But he’s listed as questionable, and HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled him a game-time decision for Sunday’s tilt with the Saints. We’d be surprised if Johnson played. And even if he does, he’d be tough to trust in fantasy lineups after playing just 3 snaps last week. If Johnson ends up inactive, Chase Edmonds will be a borderline RB1 as Arizona’s feature back.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said RB David Johnson (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday. He put in limited workouts last Thursday and Friday before carrying just once against the Giants. Kingsbury added that he'll wait to see how Johnson is feeling at the end of the week before making a decision on his Week 8 status. For now, fantasy owners should plan as if Johnson won't play against the Saints. That'd make Chase Edmonds a nice RB2.

The Cardinals have signed RB Alfred Morris. The 30-year-old averaged 3.9 yards on 111 carries for the 49ers last year. In Arizona, he'll slot in as veteran insurance behind Chase Edmonds for however long David Johnson is out with his ankle injury.

Cardinals RB David Johnson carried on the 1st possession of today’s game against the Giants and didn’t hit the field again. HC Kliff Kingsbury said afterward that Johnson was only going to play in a “need-based” situation with his bum ankle. Thanks for the heads-up, coach. RB Chase Edmonds exploded for 150 total yards and 3 scores in Johnson's place. We’ll be keeping a close eye on D.J. this coming week.


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