RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 21): Johnson got one carry before the team decided that they didn't want to risk injury in the sloppy conditions. They also plan on working out veteran backs this week, so they might be anticipating another week of absence (or more) for Johnson.

General News (Mon Oct 21): was active in Week 7 against the New York Giants, but the team leaned upon Chase Edmonds instead. Johnson had just one carry for two yards. Johnson started in Week 7 in large part because he wanted "give playing a shot," but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson didn't feel right after a couple of plays, leading to Kingsbury's decision to feature Chase Edmonds.

Week 8: at New Orleans Saints

All RB vs NO

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 3 1 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.2
8 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

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 7 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Johnson was stuffed on an early first quarter carry before exiting the game against the Giants, never to return to action. Chase Edmonds ran with the feature role to the tune of 150 total yards and three touchdowns. Johnson's known back injury has prompted Arizona to work out veteran running backs of note in advance of Week 8 as an ominous sign for Johnson's short-term availability considering Arizona's rail-thin running back depth chart.

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.


Latest News

Cardinals | David Johnson made push to play Week 7 (Mon Oct 21, 03:58 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) started in Week 7 in large part because he wanted 'give playing a shot,' but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson didn't feel right after a couple plays, leading to Kingsbury' decision to feature Chase Edmonds.

Our View: Johnson got the first carry of the game then promptly exited the contest. Edmonds is the hottest name on the waiver wire...unless you already picked him up a couple of weeks ago. The Cardinals are working out running backs this week, so perhaps they'll shut down Johnson completely until he's fully healed.
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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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