Posted: 7/15/2019 7:07 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's receiving skills 'should come back to the forefront' after being 'all but ignored last season,' in the opinion of Darren Urban of AZcardinals.com.
Huddle Up: This has been the assumption among fantasy owners since Arizona hired Kliff Kingsbury, but it always helps to get it confirmed from a scribe that covers the team like Urban does. Johnson's goal of a 1,000/1,000 season may be a bit too much to ask, but this figures to be the 27-year-old's best shot of hitting those marks since his incredible 2016 campaign. He's well worth a pick in the top half of the first round of most fantasy drafts.
Posted: 6/18/2019 5:06 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds expressed confidence Wednesday, June 17 that he will have a regular role in the offseason despite the fact RB David Johnson will be leaned upon heavily as the bellcow back. 'Me and (Dave) are definitely pushing for (two-back looks),' Edmonds said. 'It opens up his dynamic ability and mine as well. Whether it's two-back sets or Dave in the slot, me in the slot, it doesn't really matter.'
Huddle Up: Edmonds might be confident that he'll have a decent role, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury has made it clear he intends on riding Johnson hard this season. That's great for his fantasy value, but Edmonds might only see crumbs. His fantasy appeal is much, much less.
Posted: 6/01/2019 10:06 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he optimistic about the offense head coach Kliff Kingsbury is bringing to the team. He believes he can have a similar season in 2019 than he did in 2016 when he posted more than 2,000 total yards.
Huddle Up: The Cardinals will try to play fast on offense, so Johnson should receive plenty of touches during games. He should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues because of his abilities in the running and passing game.
Posted: 4/13/2019 9:04 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he still wants to post at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
Huddle Up: Johnson will be working in a new offense next season but should continue to be a focal point for the Cardinals. He likely will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues in 2019.
Posted: 4/12/2019 1:04 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he is excited to work out of the shotgun in head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense. 'I think it really opens up more space for me and makes me able to read the defense a little bit more,' Johnson said.
Huddle Up: Johnson struggled with efficiency last year, but if Kingsbury opens up the offense and utilizes Johnson as a receiver more often, a return to RB1 production isn't out of the question. He should at least be able to provide volume-based RB2 numbers.
Posted: 2/16/2019 1:02 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is going to remain a big part of the offense, according to offensive line coach Sean Kugler, and Kugler said people will be 'surprised' by how much the Cardinals run the ball in 2019.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that the Cardinals will become a run-first team with Kliff Kingsbury now the coach, but Johnson's versatility allows him to contribute as a runner and a receiver. He should at least be a volume-based RB2.
Posted: 1/18/2019 1:01 am UTC
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. Urban notes that while Kingsbury was coach at Texas Tech, no running back had more than 41 receptions in a single season.
Huddle Up: Johnson is by far the best weapon for an otherwise lackluster Arizona offense, and even in a down year, he managed 10 touchdowns, 50 receptions and nearly 1,400 yards from scrimmage. It seems unlikely that Kingsbury will elect to phase out his most dangerous player in any capacity, so volume-based, low-end RB1 production is possible for Johnson in 2019.
Posted: 12/31/2018 6:12 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries and hauled in three of his four targets for six yards in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson was able to run in a two-point conversion.
Huddle Up: A player taken No. 1 overall in many fantasy drafts this summer, Johnson was unable to really ever get it going behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, poor play-calling and defenses able to sell out to stop him. Arizona will likely clean house in the coaching ranks, but it's going to take that and then some for Johnson to be worth taking before the end of the first round in most fantasy drafts in 2019.
Posted: 12/24/2018 2:12 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught a 32-yard touchdown in a 31-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Johnson managed just 11 touches as the Cardinals were a disaster on offense as a whole. Big workloads have allowed him to salvage a decent fantasy season, but unless Josh Rosen can make a major leap in 2019, Johnson's days as an elite RB1 are probably over.
Posted: 12/16/2018 10:12 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 11 times for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Week 15 loss at the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson chipped in three receptions for 68 yards on six targets.
Huddle Up: Johnson's worst fantasy game of the year came in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, his Week 16 opponent. He belongs in all lineups but with tempered expectations.