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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Johnson was the best Cardinals back against the Colts, but that's not worth very much in typical leagues. He's a desperation play with an outside shot at a score against the Cowboys poor defense.

General News (Fri Sep 22): will see more carries in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys than he did in Week 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

All RB vs DAL

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Cardinals backfield is a mess with the injury of David Johnson in Week 1. Their three backs rushed for only 77 yards last week, with veteran Chris Johnson leading the way (11 carries for 44 yards) despite being out-snapped 18 to 17 by Kerwynn Williams, who rushed nine times for only 22 yards. Andre Ellington was in the backfield for 30 snaps but was only allotted two carries as he is their pass-catching threat. The Cardinals had a tough time sustaining drives, which can mainly be attributed to this struggling run game. Their offensive line was decent despite the loss starting left tackle D.J. Humphries in Week 1. The Cowboys run defense was gashed repeatedly by CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on Sunday night last week. Both Broncos backs combined for a total of 164 rushing yards on 34 attempts, with Anderson breaking off a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in addition to another receiving touchdown out of the backfield earlier in the game. The Cowboys defensive line simply could not get off blocks to catch Anderson, who routinely made the secondary miss and ran through tackles. Demarcus Lawrence played very well on the left side with four run stops, and this week he will match up against the Cardinals weaker right side tackle. This Cowboys defense really took a step back next week, but the Cardinals backfield is one that is tough to trust given the uncertainty brewing among their three backs competing for snaps.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at IND 17 11 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.4
3 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 11 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs IND (11 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite Kerwynn Williams getting the start, recently re-signed Chris Johnson led the team in rushes and looked to be the team's best ball carrier. Johnson has clearly lost his burst, but played most consistently between the tackles. Even with the most carries, it was clearly a committee effort as the team looks to whether the absence of David Johnson.


Latest News

Cardinals | Chris Johnson to see more work (Thu Sep 21, 09:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will see more carries in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys than he did in Week 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: Johnson is a possible flex play against a weak Cowboys defense. Expect 15 or more carries and a reasonable chance at goal line carries.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson leads ARI rushing attack (Sun Sep 17, 06:15 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson ran 11 times for 44 yards Sunday, Sept. 17, in a 16-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: In other words, there's no Cardinals back worth rostering right now.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson expected to get work (Wed Sep 13, 11:53 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson is 'expected to get carries' in the team's Week 2 game Sunday, Sept. 17, versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: That just makes things more complicated in the Cardinals backfield. Andre Ellington might be the better play in PPR leagues, while Kerwynn Williams might be the better flex option in standard leagues. Then Johnson could come in and crush the limited fantasy value for both.
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Cardinals | David Johnson officially goes to IR (Tue Sep 12, 04:50 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 12. Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) was officially re-signed in a corresponding move.

Our View: Johnson will undergo wrist surgery and be out 2-3 months as he recovers. At the earliest, Johnson could return to the field in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Johnson may be back for a run during the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully you have an IR spot in your fantasy league where you can stash Johnson for the time being.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson returns to Arizona (Tue Sep 12, 01:11 PM) - Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Our View: With David Johnson (wrist) on IR, the team turns back to Johnson. They decided to keep Kerwynn Williams over Johnson during the final cuts earlier this year, and Williams should be the lead back in a RBBC. That committee includes Williams, Johnson and Andre Ellington. As you can see, it's a bit of a mess for fantasy owners.
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