David Johnson Fantasy Football News 2018

Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday because of a back injury. The fact that he took part at all indicates we shouldn't worry too much about this issue. We'll certainly keep an eye on Johnson's status into the weekend.

The Cardinals and RB David Johnson have agreed to a 3-year, $39 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. The $13 million average annual salary makes D.J. the league's 2nd highest-paid RB behind Todd Gurley, who inked a 4-year, $60 million extension in July. Johnson is now signed in Arizona through the 2021 campaign. He'll be 30 when this deal expires.

Cardinals RB David Johnson reported for the start of training camp after skipping spring workouts. He's angling for a new contract, with just 1 year and $1.9 million left on his current deal. But we can now cross off "holdout" on the list of concerns with Johnson. We're still worried about his supporting cast -- specifically Arizona's offensive line -- but volume should carry Johnson to RB1 fantasy production.

Cardinals RB David Johnson won't report for this weekend's mandatory minicamp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson is looking for a new contract, with just 1 year and $1.9 million left on his current deal. "There have been discussions regarding a new contract and both sides hopeful," Schefter tweeted. We'll see how this one plays out over the next couple of months. Johnson joins Julio Jones and Earl Thomas as early-summer holdouts.

Cardinals RB David Johnson has received full medical clearance from last year's dislocated wrist, NFL Network reports. Johnson declared himself 100% healthy back in mid-January, so this is just confirmation. The wrist injury that cost him 15 games last year shouldn't be a factor in 2018. A healthy Johnson racked up 2,118 total yards and 20 TDs back in 2016. It'd be super optimistic to expect a repeat of those numbers this season, but Johnson certainly has the potential to top the RB position in fantasy points.

The Cardinals have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy was fired by the Broncos this past November, struggling with a crappy QB situation. That followed a disappointing 4-year stint as Chargers HC, with McCoy compiling a 27-37 record. Three of those 4 squads ranked in the top half of the league in total offense, though, including 5th- and 9th-place finishes. McCoy has shown an ability to morph his offense to fit the personnel, most notably going extremely run-heavy with QB Tim Tebow in Denver back in 2011. We could see a similar attack this coming season. Arizona returns RB David Johnson but has a gaping hole at QB after Carson Palmer's retirement.

Cardinals RB David Johnson's injured wrist is fully healed, he told the team's official website. He missed all but 1 half of the 2017 season with a dislocated wrist, but it won't impact his 2018. The injury essentially granted Johnson a year off -- not insignificant considering he was coming off a 373-touch season. Johnson is still smack dab in his prime at 26 and will remain the focal point of Arizona's offense. The concerns are a new coaching staff and QB heading into 2018.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday that neither RB David Johnson (wrist) nor QB Carson Palmer (arm) has made "expected progress" in his rehab. Neither guy is expected to return this season. Both can safely be dropped from redraft rosters.

Cardinals RB David Johnson got the cast off his injured wrist on Monday but admits that there's still no concrete timetable for his return. “I’m pretty stiff,” Johnson said (talking about his wrist, you pervert). “I’m still getting the range of motion. Still pretty weak, but I’m making progress.” He remains no better than 50/50 to play again this season.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians told reporters on Tuesday that he "doubts" RB David Johnson (wrist) plays again this season, per insider Kent Somers. We haven't heard of a setback for Johnson, but the 3-4 Cardinals have no reason to rush him back if they fall out of the playoff race -- which seems likely without QB Carson Palmer. Johnson is no longer worth stashing in redraft leagues. Adrian Peterson and Andre Ellington will handle backfield duties for Arizona the rest of the way.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday night that the earliest he expects to get back RB David Johnson (wrist) is Thanksgiving. That'd presumably be either Week 11 or 12. Johnson still has a shot to be a difference-maker during the fantasy playoffs, but he's not going to help you get there. He'll be increasingly tough to stash in short-bench leagues as the bye weeks continue to roll in.

The Cardinals are hoping to get RB David Johnson back in December after he undergoes wrist surgery on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So it sounds like the team is planning on Johnson missing closer to 3 months than 2. Week 13 is December 3rd, so that's looking like the best-case scenario for his return. Fantasy owners in leagues with shallow benches and no IR spot will need to drop D.J.

Cardinals RB David Johnson will undergo surgery on his dislocated wrist this week and is expected to be sidelined 2-3 months, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson will be placed on IR but has a chance to be tabbed the "designated-to-return" player. Still, we're looking at a mid-November return -- or somewhere around Week 10 or 11 -- as the best-case scenario. He'll be tough to carry on fantasy rosters unless your league has an IR spot or deep benches. With Johnson sidelined, Arizona will turn to a committee backfield of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and possibly Elijhaa Penny, D.J. Foster and/or a free-agent addition. Williams is the best fantasy bet, but we're treating him only as a RB3 or flex at this point. Ellington has a shot to be an asset in PPR leagues.

The Cardinals have plucked RB D.J. Foster from the Patriots' practice squad. He went undrafted last year and totaled just 8 touches as a rookie. The Arizona State product goes 6'0, 195 pounds and played some RB and WR over a 4-year college career that featured 444 carries and 222 catches. We'll keep an eye on Foster, but he's not yet worth owning in fantasy football. His addition is a sign, though, that the Cardinals won't lean too heavily on any 1 back in David Johnson's absence.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that RB David Johnson has been diagnosed with a dislocated wrist. He's going for a 2nd opinion on the next course of action. But if the 2nd opinion is the same as the 1st, Johnson will undergo surgery and be placed on IR. He'd still have a shot to return after 8 weeks as the "designated-to-return" player, but even that would obviously be a big blow to fantasy owners.

Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to miss an "extended period of time" with the wrist injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Getting more opinions, but an IR candidate," Rapoport adds. It's unclear if Johnson would be out for the season or a "designated-to-return" candidate. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more. Check the Week 2 Free Agent Focus for our thoughts on the Cardinals backfield without Johnson.

 
 
 

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