RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

6-1, 224Born: 12-16-1991College: Northern IowaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2015

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Johnson was able to play against the Falcons after some questions due to a back issue. He played especially well in the passing game, scoring once and scored as a runner to put up a very good fantasy afternoon for those that trusted him. He's a solid RB1 right now, but we will be monitoring his back issue.

General News (Fri Oct 18): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week. Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision for Week 7 versus the New York Giants.

General News (Wed Oct 16): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 7: at New York Giants

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Thanks to Kliff Kingsbury's offensive creativity, the Arizona Cardinals have developed one of the NFL's strongest rushing attacks over recent weeks. Although they have yet to record a 100-yard rusher through 6 games this season, the Cardinals' rushing attack is leaps and bounds ahead of where they were last season. Running back David Johnson is still the bell-cow running back for Arizona, playing at least 69-percent of offensive snaps in 5 out of 6 games this season. Unfortunately, in Arizona's pass-heavy offense, Johnson has registered more than 12 carries in just 2 games this season. Quarterback Kyler Murray has begun to utilize his legs more often in Arizona's offense, tallying at least 10 carries in each of the last 2 games for the Cardinals. Regardless of the ball-carrier, Arizona is efficient when running the football, averaging over 5 yards-per-carry on the season. The Cardinals' offensive line deserves credit here, as their blocking in Kliff Kingsbury's new offense is much improved from last season. Moving forward, expect Murray to continue to run the football, as the Cardinals have won each of the last two games when the rookie quarterback has threatened defenses with his rushing ability. David Johnson is also a supremely talented running back, and he should eclipse the century mark in a game sooner rather than later. Playing from behind, the New York Giants have faced the fifth-most rushing attempts in the NFL. A talented defensive front has helped limit the efficiency of opposing rushing attacks through six games, where the Giants rank 14th in the NFL, but behind that, there is not much to like. Along the defensive line, the Giants field three above-average run-stoppers in Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, and Dexter Lawrence. The Giants' recent investment in the defensive line is paying off in the run game, as the unit now has a definitive strength. At linebacker, however, Alec Ogletree and Ryan Connelly have both struggled mightily to make a positive impact against the run. In the secondary, Antoine Bethea is still one of the league's best run-stopping safeties. Bethea has made a living throughout his 14-year career as one of the NFL's most physical defensive backs, and that has not faded one bit in 2019. Jabrill Peppers, on the other hand, is the polar opposite player in New York's secondary. Peppers has already missed 10 tackles this season, by far the most on the team. Expect the Arizona Cardinals' rushing attack to post strong efficiency numbers, even in the likely limited volume of a Kliff Kingsbury rushing attack, against the New York Giants here in week seven. Kingsbury's creative rushing attack will likely attempt to isolate New York's linebackers in space, as well as Jabrill Peppers, to take advantage of their shortcomings against Arizona's top-tier athletes coming out of the backfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs CAR 65 11 37 0 9 6.0 28 1 0 12.5
4 vs SEA 54 11 40 0 11 8.0 99 0 0 13.9
5 at CIN 54 17 91 0 5 3.0 65 0 0 15.6
6 vs ATL 52 12 34 1 8 6.0 68 1 0 22.2
7 at NYG 0 1 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.2
7 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 5.1 * * * *
7 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 4.9 * * * *
7 at NYG PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

David Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs ATL (12 / 34 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 68 / 1 rec)

Johnson was a question mark on his Week 6 status with a lingering back issue from Week 5, missing the end of the game. However, Johnson was active and atop Arizona's depth chart in snap rotation and touches. Johnson was held in check as a runner with a 15+ yard gain with a strong interior cut as his lone highlight. Johnson did convert a goal line carry for a score after being stuffed on two other occasions earlier in the game and later on a third-and-short conversion. Johnson did his best work as a receiver, being split out regularly and leading the team with eight targets, the fourth time in six games logging at least seven looks in the passing game. Johnson aligned as a split-out receiver regularly with his highlight catch coming on a deep end zone fade, through defensive pass interference, for the mid-fourth quarter touchdown. Johnson emerged from the game without fanfare regarding his back injury entering the week.

2019 Week 5 vs CIN (17 / 91 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)

Johnson missed some of the Bengals game with his back 'locking up', but still saw 20 touches and performing well through a strong snap share. Johnson had his best game on the ground of the season, topping 90 yards and logging three different runs of at least 10 yards. Johnson did not find the end zone but showed a quality run on a successful red zone run as his best opportunity for a score. Through the air is where Johnson had his greatest impact with two chunk plays as a downfield receiver, both showing chemistry with Kyler Murray. The Falcons struggled in Week 1 with Dalvin Cook and David Johnson presents a similar two-way skillset for their Week 6 matchup in Arizona.

2019 Week 4 vs SEA (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 99 / 0 rec)

Arizona did not stick with the run game for long against Seattle as they trailed from nearly the outset. Johnson was regularly used as a receiver, including from a split-out alignment, as the leading receiver (yardage and targets) for the team. Johnson had two receptions total 60 yards of his game's tally, one on a breath-taking Kyler Murray play to elude rushers and find Johnson over the middle. Johnson had a 15-yard rush in garbage time to make his pedestrian rushing stat line look even more bleak otherwise. Johnson will look for a better game script against Cincinnati next week.

2019 Week 3 vs CAR (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 28 / 1 rec)

Johnson was a second on the team in targets, corralling six receptions to match his Week 1 total and season-high mark. Arizona struggled to stick with the run against Carolina as they fell behind and their offensive line was a weak unit all game. Johnson found the end zone on a perfectly designed (and timed) throwback as Johnson broke a tackle on his way for the red zone score. Johnson did well in short-yardage situations, converting three carries on third or fourth-and one in the game. Johnson had only one chunk run of note, exploiting a huge hole and breaking a tackle for 15 yards, nearly half of his meager rushing total for the game. Johnson nearly added a second touchdown as he was tackled on a red zone carry just before the goal line. Arizona has shown minimal allegiance (or offensive line competency) to stick with the run game for long over the past two weeks as Johnson has 18 carries over the span with Seattle up next.

2019 Week 2 vs BAL (7 / 14 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

While dominating the market share of the Arizona backfield, Johnson mired through a tough matchup and performance in Baltimore. Johnson missed a chunk of the second quarter with a wrist injury but returned to action. Johnson was stuffed on a screen pass, curiously his lone target of the game and was stifled on the ground outside of a walk-in goal line touchdown late in the second half. Johnson looks to rebound against Carolina next week.

2019 Week 1 vs DET (18 / 82 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 55 / 1 rec)

Johnson was the absolutely workhorse against Detroit, rarely leaving the field for a breather. Johnson's receiving upside was unlocked compared to 2018 as he saw a healthy seven targets and made a highlight touchdown catch down the seam. On the downside, Johnson had a single realistic touchdown opportunity on the ground, running out of bounds at the one-yard-line, logged a drop, and had a chunk run called back by penalty. Solid running lanes were more prevalent than last season with the new Kliff Kingsbury offense and the threat of Kyler Murray alongside Johnson in the backfield. Johnson faces the stingy Baltimore defense in Week 2, which held the hapless Dolphins to 10 carries for 12 yards in Week 1.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Weather keeps David Johnson on bench (Sun Oct 20, 04:32 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle, knee) was active in Week 7 against the New York Giants, but with sloppy and rainy weather conditions, head coach Kliff Kingsbury leaned upon RB Chase Edmonds instead of risking injury. Johnson had just one carry for two yards.

Our View: Johnson at least didn't aggravate his injury although fantasy teams that played him won't be that heartened by that. He'll face a tough Saints defense next week but will be worth a start as long as he has a good week of practice.
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Cardinals | David Johnson will play (Sun Oct 20, 12:09 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 7 game.

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Cardinals | David Johnson likely to play in Week 7 (Sun Oct 20, 08:30 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the New York Giants, according to a source.

Our View: Johnson has to be in your lineup if he's active and it sounds like he's very likely to play.
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Cardinals | David Johnson officially questionable (Fri Oct 18, 07:46 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.

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Cardinals | Arizona's Week 7 injury report (Fri Oct 18, 04:54 PM) - Arizona Cardinals DL Zach Allen (neck), OL Brett Toth (illness) and RB D.J. Foster (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18, and have been ruled out for Week 7 against the New York Giants. RB David Johnson (ankle), DL Zachariah Kerr (ankle), LB Zeke Turner (hamstring), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), P Andy Lee (hip) and S Charles Washington (shoulder) were limited Friday and are listed as questionable. OL Joshua Miles (illness) was added to the injury report Friday and is also listed as questionable. LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury) did not practice Friday but no longer appears on the injury report. S Chris Banjo (illness), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) and DL Corey Peters (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Schedule

7@ New York Giants
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs San Francisco 49ers
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams