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RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

6-1, 224Born: 12-16-1991College: Northern IowaDrafted: Round 3, pick 86 (2015)

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Summary

David Johnson tore it up in a full 16 game season in 2016 ranking as the top running back in fantasy football. Last season was a different story as he had his sights set on even bigger numbers heading into the season but it quickly came to an end as he didn't make it out of the teams first game. He rushed 11 times for 23 yards and had 6 catches for 68 more yards before his wrist injury which ended his season. Johnson is now 100 percent healthy and has a high goal of rushing for 1,000 yards along with 1,000 yards receiving. Coach Steve Wilks is already raving about Johnson saying "he is flying around and the things that he's doing right now is pretty exciting." Back in 2016 Johnson finished just 121 receiving yards away from his 1,000/1,000 goal. The team will also be adding a full back into the mix this year, something that Johnson has not had yet in his short career. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 4, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft - 4, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 7
RB Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5
Overall Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6
RB Dynasty - 5, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 7, 7
Overall Dynasty - 8, 5, 6, 8, 9, 9, 11, 13

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 ARI 1 11 23 0 9 6 68 0 1
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.3 254.0 * * 72.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.5 280.0 * * 70.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 240.0 * * 77.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 272.0 * * 68.2 * * *

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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.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 4
RB: 4
Overall-PPR: 3
RB-PPR: 3

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Latest News

Cardinals | David Johnson scores Friday (Sat Aug 18, 12:09 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed six times for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for five yards in a 20-15 preseason win over the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 17.

Our View: He's back ladies and gentleman. Johnson is at full strength and looks to be the centerpiece of the Cardinals offense once again in 2018. We've got no problem taking him in the top three of any draft format out there.
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Cardinals | David Johnson likely to play more (Mon Aug 13, 11:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited to just two snaps in the preseason opener, posting a pair of 14-yard runs. He said earlier in the preseason that he didn't think he needed to play much if at all in the preseason to get ready. His head coach, Steve Wilks, disagrees. 'David didn't play last year,' Wilks said Monday, Aug. 13. 'And you talk about the timing. I think it's important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I'm talking my standards.' Wilks clarified and added that his standards do not necessarily mean playing into the second or third quarter, but it would be seeing more than just two offensive snaps.

Our View: Getting to see more of Johnson in the preseason will be entertaining, but it would be tragic if he suffered another injury during time that he wouldn't be out there if the coach wasn't pushing for more preseason reps. It does sound like Wilks is aware of this. Johnson looked as good as ever and certainly worth a top five pick in drafts.
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Cardinals | David Johnson shows some burst (Sat Aug 11, 10:51 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson had two carries for 28 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 11.

Our View: Put him in bubble wrap. Johnson looks ready to pick up where he left off when he ruled the fantasy world in 2016. The only question is how much this version of the Cardinals offense will lose in overall production compared to that version.
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2018 Schedule

1vs Washington Redskins
2@ Los Angeles Rams
3vs Chicago Bears
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs Denver Broncos
8vs San Francisco 49ers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Kansas City Chiefs
11vs Oakland Raiders
12@ Los Angeles Chargers
13@ Green Bay Packers
14vs Detroit Lions
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17@ Seattle Seahawks