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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 3: at Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. David Johnson handled 16 rushes and six passing targets (16/89/1 rushing with 4/43/0 receiving) while Chris Johnson had one rush for two yards during Week One. Andre Ellington saw two targets for 2/8/0 receiving. Last week, when Tampa visited the desert, David Johnson handled 12/43/0 rushing and 3/98/0 receiving for the Cardinals, leading the team in receiving and going well over 100 yards combined again, while Chris Johnson ran the ball 16/54/1 - Ellington was in a bit role again with 1/2/0 rushing and 1/9/0 receiving. The Cardinals were ahead 33-7 at the end of the third quarter in this game, so Chris Johnson saw more action than Week One as the Cardinals ran out the clock - but David Johnson remains the clear-cut starter despite Chris Johnson handling more carries in this particular instance. The Bills' rush defense is giving up the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs through two contests, averaging 20 fantasy points allowed per game. They are 15th in the NFL averaging 103 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores handed out to date. Last week, the Bills coughed up 36/123/3 rushing to the Jets in an AFC East showdown - they've been up and down in the phase of the game over the first two contests, with 28/83/0 rushing handed over to Baltimore during the first regular season game. This looks like a good matchup for Johnson and Johnson.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NE 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
2 vs TB 21 16 54 1 0 0 0 0 0 11.4
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 0 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 0 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6vs New York Jets
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Carolina Panthers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11@ Minnesota Vikings
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs New Orleans Saints
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams