Posted: 9/21/2020 6:14 am UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson ran for 34 yards on 11 carries and caught two of his four targets for 16 more yards in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The good news is that Johnson handled 100 percent of the team's backfield touches. The bad news, well, you guessed it. With DeAndre Hopkins now in Arizona and Will Fuller spending much of this game on the sidelines, the Ravens had little else to worry about. Johnson has enough of a well-rounded game to be a serviceable RB2 most weeks, but this kind of performance could be the norm against the best defenses in the league. He's a risky RB2 at best in Week 3 against a nasty Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
Posted: 9/11/2020 5:08 am UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 10. He also caught three passes for 32 yards.
Huddle Up: Of the several skill players making their Texans debut Thursday night, Johnson was the only way to make an impact, scoring on a 19-yard run to give Houston a short-lived lead. He looked quick, decisive and elusive, traits we've rarely seen since his breakout 2016 campaign. It's only one game, but if you invested a pick on Johnson you should at least feel encouraged -- and if Duke Johnson's leg injury is significant the Texans could have little choice than to feed David Johnson the ball in the coming weeks.
Posted: 5/14/2020 3:37 am UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson led all NFL running backs with 139 air yards on his catches last season as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Conversely, his 231 receiving yards after the catch was the fifth-lowest total for running backs with at least 40 targets.
Huddle Up: It's been well-documented Johnson didn't look like his younger self in 2019. The debate rages on about whether that was the result of playing hurt or wearing down figures to continue until at least September, and head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien had better hope it was the former or else the trade of DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals will look worse than it already does. Johnson should have volume in his favor this year, however, so he should be a serviceable fantasy RB2.
Posted: 5/08/2020 12:00 am UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson's 3.60 rushing yards per attempt since the start of the 2017 season rank fifth-worst among all running backs with a minimum of 200 attempts in that time. Johnson gained a total of 1,308 rushing yards with nine touchdowns on 363 attempts over his last 26 games played.
Huddle Up: The Texans certainly seem to have big plans for Johnson after acquiring him in exchange for WR DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson's usage in the passing game has also been on the decline and he averaged just 2.8 receptions and 28.5 yards per game in 2019. He'll be a very risky RB2 who may be saved only by volume.
Posted: 4/17/2020 6:14 pm UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson said Friday, Apri 17, he's eager to return to form with his new team. 'Basically, I have that chip back on my shoulder,' Johnson in a video conference call with reporters. 'I just want to get back to 2016, if not better than 2016.'
Huddle Up: Johnson was fantasy's top back in 2016 with 2,118 total yards and 20 TDs on 373 touches -- all league highs. In the three seasons since then, he's logged 2,191 yards and 16 TDs on 455 touches while missing 18 combined games. Value him as a low-end RB2 until we see some actual signs that the 2016 DJ is actually close to re-appearing.
Posted: 4/16/2020 11:09 pm UTC
Houston Texans RB David Johnson is able to play in any situation, according to head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien Thursday, April 16. 'David Johnson is a three-down back who has had some very productive years. The type of guy he is, I'm so excited about having him ... in our locker room,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Johnson led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. He hasn't topped 1,000 yards as a rusher or receiver in any of the last three seasons, and he has scored just 16 touchdowns in those seasons. It's quite possible his best play is well behind him at this point, and he'll be a risky selection as an RB2.
Posted: 4/15/2020 8:01 pm UTC
RB David Johnson passed his physical with the Houston Texans, which clears the final hurdle in the completion of the trade between the Texans and Arizona Cardinals that also included WR DeAndre Hopkins, who previously passed his physical with Arizona.
Huddle Up: With nothing glaring stopping Johnson from being the Texans' No. 1 running back at this point, fantasy players can pencil him in as a risky RB2 come draft day. There is plenty of upside if he can return to his earlier career form, but injuries and inconsistent play have been a problem in recent years.
Posted: 3/20/2020 5:06 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was officially dealt to the Houston Texans along with a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft Friday, March 20. The Texans sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Johnson will likely fill the lion's share of backfield duties alongside Duke Johnson. The former All-Pro hasn't topped 1,000 rushing yards since 2016 while playing all 16 games just once in the last three seasons. He'll have plenty of work, but he's a risky RB2 pick following several injuries.
Posted: 3/16/2020 5:10 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was reportedly traded to the Houston Texans on Monday, March 16. Further details of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Posted: 3/16/2020 5:07 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was traded to the Houston Texans on Monday, March 16. Further details of the deal have yet to be disclosed.