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RB Chris Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 197Born: 9-23-1985College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. David Johnson ran the ball hard and well against the Seahawks' tough front seven last Sunday night, posting 33/113/0 rushing and seeing 13 targets for 8/58/0 receiving during the contest. He is heavily involved in both phases of the game, and should continue to be the most valuable fantasy running back going into the second half of the season. He's currently first among all fantasy running backs with 146/681/8 rushing and 28/323/0 receiving to his credit. Start him if you've got him. At New Orleans, the Panthers limited the Saints to 21/63/1 rushing in Week Six - Atlanta managed 25/90/1 rushing on this unit three games ago, followed up by Tampa Bay's 37/113/0 rushing on Monday Night Football two games ago. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Carolina averages 11.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fifth-least in the NFL). Carolina is currently seventh in the NFL averaging 89.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores given out over six games played. This is a tough matchup for Johnson, but he's proved to be able to score in either phase of the game, making him almost matchup-proof.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs LA 16 6 34 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.4
8 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 4 vs LA (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris left the game with what is being described as a groin injury and did not return. His carries have been rare this season, and the injury holds far more significance for the team than fantasy owners hoping to benefit from a handcuff pick. While the carries have not been there for Johnson this season, he has done a good job spelling David when asked, and losing him for an extended period would be a blow.

2016 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris did not see the field until midway through the 3rd quarter, registering back-to-back runs for his only contribution to the game. It is nothing Johnson himself has done, the playtime distribution has done him no favors, and the offensive output this season has not been at the level the team expected. At this point, as much as the coaches continue to vow to find ways to get Chris involved, he is nothing more than a fantasy handcuff at this point.

2016 Week 2 vs TB (16 / 54 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Johnson ended up leading the team in carries and rushing yards on Sunday. In part a result of an effort to involve him more in the offense, as well as the blowout affording Arians the opportunity to rest his starters, Johnson looked solid in his time. He ran hard, hit the hole with authority, and has an uncanny knack for falling forward for an extra half-yard, Chris is an ideal back to spell David and keep him fresh throughout the season. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect too many more vulture touchdowns for Chris, nor many more games in which he leads the team in carries, but he is excellent in his complimentary role in this offense and could easily be a justifiable fantasy starter in the event of an injury to David Johnson.


Latest News

Cardinals | Chris Johnson ahead of schedule (Wed Oct 26, 11:15 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) said Wednesday, Oct. 26, that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a groin injury. However, he is uncertain if Johnson or SS Tyvon Branch (hernia) will be the player who returns from the Reserve/Injured Designated to Return list.

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