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RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

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

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Summary

David Johnson is undeniably the man. Johnson's 2118 total yards and 20 touchdowns--including 80 receptions--are all the evidence anyone needs that he's a complete back. Johnson developed greater patience with all types of blocking that he wasn't as familiar with executing as a rookie. Because he's a great receiver, Johnson could see enough plays split from formation that fans get more acquainted with backup Kerwynn Williams or see occasional running plays for Ellington, who the team is transitioning him to wide receiver. Even so, Johnson is a healthy workhorse who has stated in February that he wants to earn 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in 2017. He has the ability and the role to achieve it. 2017 should be another season as one of the top five fantasy running backs. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 7
RB Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 7
RB Dynasty - 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
Overall Dynasty - 3, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 ARI 16 125 581 8 57 36 457 4 1
2016 ARI 16 293 1239 16 120 80 879 4 3
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 273 * * 78 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 285 * * 76 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 275 * * 77 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 315 * * 79 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 1
RB: 1
Overall-PPR: 1
RB-PPR: 1

Arizona Cardinals Team Links

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Latest News

Cardinals | David Johnson reports to camp lighter (Sat Jul 22, 09:48 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has slimmed down to 223 pounds and said that he feels more comfortable and wants to play at this weight.

Our View: Johnson is ready for an inordinate load as a runner and receiver. If John Brown stays healthy and plays a larger role it might cut down on Johnson's targets, but there is a still a good argument for him to be a top two pick this year.
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Cardinals | Chris Johnson will have a role (Fri Jul 21, 09:14 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be on the field at the same time as RB David Johnson on occasion, head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, July 21. 'We've had it in the plan every year and one of the two always gets hurt all the damn time,' Arians said. 'But we'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there'

Our View: Johnson is set up as a clear handcuff to David Johnson, although he's not the same receiving back that he used to be. Kerwynn Williams was strong in limited duty last year and would play a role if the starter went down.
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Cardinals | Kerwynn Williams the backup (Sun Jul 16, 11:18 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams has earned the trust of head coach Bruce Arians and should serve as the primary backup to RB David Johnson, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Our View: Williams and his big play ability have flashed here and there during his pro career. He's a speedy change-of-pace back behind Johnson and would get plenty of attention from fantasy owners if something were to happen to the Cardinals starter.
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Cardinals | David Johnson ready for big workload (Sun Jul 16, 04:12 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he believes he can handle 30 touches per game like head coach Bruce Arians hopes to see this season. 'I feel like there's room for me to definitely carry more. I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously, 30 touches per game,' Johnson said.

Our View: The Cardinals are going to use Johnson as the centerpiece of their offense once again this year. Fantasy owners know how valuable Johnson is as a runner and receiver out of the backfield and that's why he's at least a consideration for the no1 overall pick in any format.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Detroit Lions
2@ Indianapolis Colts
3vs Dallas Cowboys
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks