RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals
|6-1, 224||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Northern Iowa||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Jan 18): could see fewer targets in the passing game in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. Urban notes that while Kingsbury was coach at Texas Tech, no running back had more than 41 receptions in a single season.
Week 20: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
David Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs SEA (17 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec - 10.3 points, $7100)
Johnson's 2018 season ended quietly with his sixth straight game of less than 70 rushing yards. Johnson played all 16 games, a welcome sight after missing 15 contests last season, but Arizona's offense provided minimal scoring opportunities for Johnson, including this week against Seattle. Johnson converted two short-yardage opportunities of note and added a two-point conversion. However, well-defined holes were sparse for Johnson in the run game. Johnson was stuffed on two of his three receptions and did not see a short-range touchdown rushing attempt in the game. Johnson will be a bounce-back candidate in 2019 with presumed offensive line upgrades in the offseason and a better passing game around him.
2018 Week 16 vs LAR (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 32 / 1 rec - 13.2 points, $7200)
Johnson posted his seventh game of less than 50 rushing yards on the season and his third straight thus performance. Johnson was held firmly in the check on the ground until a later-game well-blocked hole results in more than 15 yards. While Johnson saw a healthy five targets, most were off-target throws and another was tipped away as Johnson worked down the seam. The highlight play for Arizona's offense against the Rams was a Larry Fitzgerald trick-play pass to an open David Johnson downfield for a long touchdown for Johnson's lone catch of the game.
2018 Week 15 vs ATL (11 / 33 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec - 17.6 points, $7400)
Despite the sound defeat at the hands of the Falcons, Johnson surpassed 100 total yards for the first time since Week 11 and logged his first touchdown in more than a month. Johnson caught Josh Rosen's best pass of the game, a deep route into the red zone as Arizona was off to a fast start for once. Johnson picked up a third-and-long conversion with another red zone reception and churned a goal line carry for a touchdown. Johnson was limited to 11 carries, his fewest his Week 1, with the negative game script and the blowout result for the entire second half. Johnson's receiving usage and efficiency will be needed against the Rams in Week 16.
2018 Week 14 vs DET (15 / 49 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 12 / 0 rec - 10.1 points, $7000)
Volume was not an issue for Johnson against Detroit as the workhorse running back saw 23 touches. However, yards were fleeting as Arizona's passing game did little to threaten Detroit deep and keep defenders out of the box. Johnson gained 29 rushing yards (of his 49 overall) on his three best runs, including a give-up carry to close the first half. Johnson exhibited quality power, balance after contact, and the ability to get skinny through a line-of-scrimmage hole. Johnson had an even more difficult time as a receiver. Outside of a slant reception as a split-out receiver, Johnson was stuffed on screen opportunities and dropped a routine pass. Johnson's lone scoring opportunity was a swing route reception in the red zone but was stopped before the goal line. With Arizona's offense providing few scoring drives, Johnson has one rushing touchdown over the past seven games.
2018 Week 13 vs GB (20 / 69 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec - 7.7 points, $7500)
Johnson had arguably his weakest game since Week 2 against the Packers. Despite the road win and 21 touches, Johnson struggled mightily outside of an opening carry for more than 10 yards, getting skinny through the line of scrimmage, and two quality runs late in the game through contact. Johnson was stuffed on his lone reception, a screen pass, as Johnson quizzically had his lowest receiving yardage total of the season. Johnson had no touchdown opportunities this week. Primary backup Chase Edmonds stole the show with a pair of touchdowns and decisive running especially in the red zone. While Johnson was the clear preferred option in terms of snaps and touches, Edmonds' involvement in scoring yards and his effectiveness is noteworthy.
2018 Week 12 vs LAC (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec - 8.9 points, $7900)
Johnson saw 19 touches despite the blowout road loss to the Chargers. The Arizona offense struggled mightily outside an opening touchdown drive. Johnson showed nice balance on his two best rushes of the game, but did not pad his stats through garbage time, which was most of the second half. Johnson enjoyed great blocking on one screen reception, but was stuffed on the other. Johnson had no touchdown opportunities with Arizona's offensive deficiencies and propensity for stalled drives.
2018 Week 11 vs OAK (25 / 137 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec - 15.9 points, $7900)
Johnson was the life blood of the Arizona offense, which was able to stay balanced against the equally offensively-challenged Raiders. Johnson has sprung back to life since Byron Leftwich has taken over play-calling duties and this week was no exception. Johnson surpassed 150 total yards for the second straight week, but left production on the field with two drops, a reception negated by penalty, plus a back-breaking penalty by Jermaine Gresham on a long touchdown run late in the game, ultimately costing the Cardinals the victory. Johnson was a true grinder on interior running plays, consistently notching solid gains, with his notable play being a cut to the outside for more than 50 yards. The rest of the season offers optimistic matchups for Johnson to continue his strong production.
2018 Week 10 vs KC (21 / 98 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec - 33.8 points, $6900)
With a strong matchup against Kansas City, Johnson took full advantage of his dual-threat role with 183 total yards, two touchdowns, and 28 touches. Arizona's offense struggled overall, but Johnson was a clear beacon of light as a star performer. As a receiver, Johnson was at his best, winning on a wheel route on two occasions, once for an easy touchdown and another adjusting to a back shoulder throw. Johnson was a sustaining element on the ground early in the game, churning out quality gains, but Arizona trailing in the second half shifted Johnson's opportunities to the air as the game progressed. Chase Edmonds nearly scored on a red zone carry, but after being tackled at the one-yard-line, Johnson entered the game and collected the goal line score. After his season-best performance, Johnson gets another optimal matchup next week against Oakland.
2018 Week 8 vs SF (16 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec - 12 points, $7300)
Johnson and the Arizona offensive line struggled mightily on runs between the tackles with his main rushing success coming when bouncing plays to the perimeter against San Francisco. The biggest plus this week was Johnson's added involvement as a receiver, including snaps as a split out option. Johnson galloped for more than 10 yards on three of his receptions. There were no touchdown opportunities as Arizona scored from intermediate range, but Johnson gets the suspect-at-best Kansas City defense after Arizona's Week 8 bye.
2018 Week 7 vs DEN (14 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec - 8.5 points, $0)
Johnson faced another negative game script with few quality blocking attempts as a runner against Denver's defense in the blowout loss. Johnson has survived in recent weeks with point-blank touchdown opportunities, but there were none this week as Arizona rarely pieced together first downs on a drive. Johnson's best plays were created on his own, working through contact and one notably where he spun away from a defender for a chunk gain. As a receiver, Johnson did see a handful of snaps as a split out receiver, catching a slot slant pass as his highlight. The 49ers next week offer reason for optimism and a more positive game script.
2018 Week 6 vs MIN (18 / 55 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec - 12 points, $7500)
The search for optimizing Johnson's offensive touches continued against the Vikings. On the plus side, Johnson converted a goal line opportunity to salvage a touchdown, but he had more missteps than positive ones. Johnson uncharacteristically dropped a red zone target and lost a fumble as well as being stuffed on a fourth-and-one carry at the goal line. The positive plays were limited to such an extent, Johnson's 10-yard run in the second half, powering through defenders, stood out for his performance. Screen passes and being lined up as a receiver have been fleeting moments through six games and despite 20 touches for the second straight week, Johnson has not eclipsed 80 total yards in either.
2018 Week 5 vs SF (18 / 55 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec - 20.1 points, $7600)
Johnson saw 20 or more touches for a second straight game, but the lack of variety to his work was alarming. Johnson was consistency pounded into the teeth of the 49ers defense, where there was minimal room to work all game. Johnson did power in for two short-range touchdowns, both grinding against contact at the goal line. Johnson's notable receiving work included breaking two tackles on a flat route reception to turn a loss into a positive play. The offensive line and play-calling has done Johnson no favors to-date this season with tough matchups of Minnesota and Denver up next.
2018 Week 4 vs SEA (22 / 71 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec - 16.7 points, $7600)
After topping out at 16 touches in a game through three weeks, David Johnson was the foundation back of the offense in Week 4 with 25 touches and 112 total yards. While Arizona still showed limitations as a passing offense, Johnson exhibited strong cuts on multiple chunk runs of 10+ yards, finding the backside of the play. Johnson converted his lone short-range opportunity with a goal line touchdown and utilized quality blocking for 30+ yards on a screen reception. On the negative side, Johnson lost a fumble and the sustaining element to Johnson's production for the offense was lacking as his few chunk plays were surrounded by tough-sledding due to the lacking run-blocking offensive line. The best news for Johnson is the overall volume (25 touches) and season-high 41 receiving yards, both staples to his game.
2018 Week 3 vs CHI (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec - 14.1 points, $8200)
Johnson was discussed as the 'squeaky wheel' during the week by the Arizona coaching staff to need more touches and passing game involvement. Despite a close game throughout against the Bears, Johnson had 16 touches. It was tough sledding for Johnson as a runner with his most pronounced run being a mere nine yards. As a receiver, however, Johnson had two highlight moments. The first was a corner route for a touchdown as Johnson beat a linebacker with ease. The other was a swing reception and Johnson beat three defenders after the catch for more than 10 yards. Sadly, Johnson's 16 touches are a season-high thus far as Arizona has struggled to maintain drives, venture into the red zone with any frequency, and involve Johnson much as a receiver. One promising note is Arizona may move forward with Josh Rosen under center after Sam Bradford's three straight games of lackluster results.
2018 Week 2 vs LAR (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec - 5.6 points, $8400)
The offensive struggles for Arizona have stifled David Johnson's opportunities through two games. This week against the Rams was worse than Week 1 as Johnson had one positive play in the first half on his own accord, a spin move to gain additional yardage on their opening drive. The two most notable observations were Johnson's lack of snaps late in the game in lieu of Chase Edmonds mopping up garbage time and the lack of use in the passing game for Johnson, a cornerstone trait in years past. Johnson had a reception called back by penalty, but the lack of a downfield presence in the passing game and being unable to sustain drives is a major limitation to David Johnson's production through two games.
2018 Week 1 vs WAS (9 / 37 / 1 rush, 9 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec - 15.2 points, $8600)
After playing only one game in 2017 due to a wrist injury, Johnson returned to the field against Washington in Week 1. A mere 14 touches is a light day at the office for Johnson, but Arizona struggled to sustain drives and was dominated in time of possession in the first half specifically. Johnson was involved early in the game with two runs of more than 10 yards, exhibiting strong cuts. However, he did not flash again until the late third quarter as Arizona's offense as a whole struggled to stay on the field. Johnson did find the end zone with a goal line plunge as Arizona's lone touchdown in the game. As the Cardinals played catch up, Johnson did uncharacteristically drop two passes among his nine targets, second on the team.
Latest NewsCardinals | Fewer receptions for David Johnson? (Thu Jan 17, 09:22 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could see fewer targets in the passing game in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. Our View: An interesting situation to monitor here. In the article, Urban notes that while Kingsbury was coach at Texas Tech, no running back had more than 41 receptions in a single season. Johnson's fantasy stock already took a hit based on last year's performance.
link to story
Arizona Cardinals Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
Footballguys ArticlesRoundtable Week 17 - Footballguys
FBG Staff - December 26
The Top 10 Week 16
Matt Waldman - December 17
Roundtable Week 15 - Footballguys
FBG Staff - December 12
DraftKings GPP Domination: Week 14 - Footballguys
Phil Alexander - December 7
The Gut Check No.463: Five Running Backs I'm Targeting in Dynasty Leagues
Matt Waldman - November 28
Projecting the Pros on DraftKings: Week 11
Danny Tuccitto - November 16
The Gut Check No.460: Stretch-Run Candidates
Matt Waldman - October 31
The Best of Week 5 - Footballguys
Matt Waldman - October 4
The Top 10 Week 5
Matt Waldman - October 1
Roundtable Week 4 - Footballguys
FBG Staff - September 27
Articles from around the webFantasy Football: How to Spot a Breakout Running Back
J.J. Zachariason - May 24
Fantasy Football: Can Waiver-Wire Running Backs Really Replace Early-Round Picks?
Brandon Gdula - May 31
Silva's Fantasy Top 150
Evan Silva - May 31
Corey Clement among 2018 deep fantasy sleepers
Alex Gelhar - June 4
RB PPR: Three-Year Value Ranking
Will Weiler - June 6
The best fantasy football draft strategy for 2018
Michael Fabiano - June 7
Cardinals Fantasy Preview
Evan Silva - June 8
Preseason Preview: Running Backs
David Dorey - June 12
Cowboys Fantasy Preview
Evan Silva - June 15
Which Players Do Our Projections Like Most and Least at Their Average Draft Position?
J.J. Zachariason - June 15