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David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Date of Birth:  12/16/1991
Age:  27
Height  6'1"
Weight:   224
College:  Northern Iowa
Drafted:  2015 | Round 3 | Pick 86
Depth Chart:  Starter

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David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson gets 20 touches in Week 17.

Johnson carried 17 times for 62 yards and caught three passes for six yards against the Seahawks. Johnson's regular season ends with 258 carries for 940 yards and seven touchdowns along with 50 receptions for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The double-digit touchdowns despite playing in the league's worst offense helped DJ have a decent season for fantasy owners that selected him with a top-five pick in drafts over the summer, but obviously this wasn't close to his exceptional 2016 season in which he was the best player in fantasy. It was a tough situation, though, on a bad team with a change in offensive coordinator and a rookie quarterback that did not play well. The good news is Johnson was able to play all 16 games after he basically had his entire 2017 season wiped out because of a wrist injury. Johnson is so talented that he's a big-time bounce-back candidate for 2019, but we'd feel better about his situation if there are upgrades around him on offense—and Rosen must play better than he did as a rookie. Johnson will likely last until the third round in many fantasy drafts this summer.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson handles 11 touches in Week 16 loss.

Johnson rushed ten times for 35 yards, also adding a 32-yard score through the air from Larry Fitzgerald on what was probably the best throw to him in months. At 3-12, Arizona has nothing to play for in the season finale and could potentially scale back Johnson's workload, but he will remain a borderline RB1/RB2 unless we hear some concrete information about decreased playing time. The Seahawks are vulnerable against opposing runners, but the game has a chance to get out of hand in Seattle.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores in blowout loss to the Falcons.

Johnson rushed 11 times for 33 yards, including a one-yard touchdown on the team's opening possession. He also caught three passes for 68 yards. Arizona did almost nothing after their first score, so fantasy owners were fortunate that DJ got into the end zone early. The superstar back gets a great matchup against the Rams next week, but Josh Rosen will likely hold the offense back, and Johnson could be in danger of a titled game script. Still, he should be on the better side of the RB1/RB2 borderline for the fantasy championship.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson is off the Week 15 injury report.

Fantasy owners counting on Johnson can breathe easy, as he was a full participant in practice while dealing with his quad injury and is ready to face the Falcons on Sunday. Despite the good matchup, Johnson isn't a great RB1 option considering Arizona's offense is the worst in the league. Consider DJ a low-end RB1 for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (quadricep) was officially limited in today's practice.

Johnson is thought to be ready for Sunday against the Falcons, but a full practice wouldn't been better to see after he missed yesterday session. We'll see how DJ is listed on the final Week 15 injury report when it's released tomorrow. There's a chance he doesn't carry an injury designation into the weekend, which would put fantasy owners at ease.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (quad) did not practice today.

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks says Johnson is expected to play against the Falcons on Sunday, so hopefully this day off was just a precaution. However, there's certainly reason for Johnson owners to be concerned, as the team might not want to risk playing the franchise running back at less than 100% in a 3-10 season. If you have Johnson and have an open roster spot, it might not be a bad idea to add Chase Edmonds to be safe.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson handles 23 touches in loss to the Lions.

Johnson rushed 15 times for 49 yards and caught eight-of-ten targets for 12 yards. The game was a disaster for Arizona's offense, and Josh Rosen held everyone back by making late decisions and inaccurate throws, many of which resulted in no room to breath for DJ with defenders bearing down. The matchup next week is excellent against the Falcons, but Johnson is just an RB1/RB2 on an underperforming offense. Hopefully he can at least get 190 rushing yards over the final three weeks to reach 1,000 yards.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson gets 21 touches against the Packers.

Johnson carried 20 times for 69 yards and caught one pass for three yards in the Cardinals' Week 13 victory in Lambeau Field. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, rookie running back Chase Edmonds scored a couple of eight-yard touchdowns while Johnson was on the bench. The workload remains promising, but the optimism that came with an offensive coordinator change hasn't led to consistent strong RB1 results. Hopefully Arizona gets DJ more involved in space and as a receiver over the final four games of the season.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson held in check on 19 touches as Arizona falls to 2-9.

Johnson rushed 17 times for 63 yards, also adding two receptions (on three targets) for 16 yards. It was an obvious disappointment, especially considering the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Johnson consistently ran into walls on Sunday. The matchup should be better next week against the Packers, but DJ is probably more of a low-end RB1 option with bye weeks now concluded.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson goes over 150 yards against the Raiders.

Johnson carried 25 times for 137 yards and added one reception for 17 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 11 loss. DJ had a long run of 53 yards in the game, as he was just barely caught while racing down the left sideline. He also had what would’ve been a long touchdown run late in the game, but it was called back on a holding call that might not have impacted the play much. The only thing missing for Johnson was a score, as it was otherwise another extremely productive day. Johnson now has 235 rushing yards and 102 receiving yards (337 total) the last two weeks, though you should keep in mind it was in great matchups against Kansas City and Oakland. Still, it’s very positive that the Cardinals are getting their best player the ball, and he’ll remain an excellent option next week against the Chargers.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores twice in Week 10.

Coming off the bye, this was clearly the best usage of David Johnson all season. He was heavily involved as both a runner and a receiver for the Cardinals, who made an effort to get their star running back the ball. Johnson carried 21 times for 98 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The first score was on a swing pass in the red zone in the first quarter, and the second was a one-yard run in the third quarter. Kansas City was a great matchup for DJ, but this game was still a major positive; and Johnson gets another great matchup next week against Oakland, so the buy-low window is probably closed.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson gets 20 carries in Cardinals' win.

Johnson carried 16 times for 59 yards and added four receptions for 41 yards against the Niners. Overall, the way the Cardinals utilized Johnson in Byron Leftwich's first game as offensive coordinator looked similar to how he was used the first seven games of the season with Mike McCoy, but perhaps the bye week will give Leftwich time to add more unique wrinkles to the offense. Ideally, Johnson will be used more on outside runs and complex routes down the field moving forward. At the halfway point in the season, Johnson is on pace for 244 carries, 788 rushing yards, ten rushing touchdowns, 48 receptions, 414 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. The touchdowns have kept Johnson as a solid fantasy option this season, but obviously the yardage and touch totals are way off of what mostly everyone expected coming into the season.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson has returned for the Cardinals.

Johnson was evaluated for a concussion, but he's back in the game for Arizona as they look to go ahead with a touchdown. Less than 90 seconds remain in regulation.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion.

It's late in the fourth quarter and the Cardinals are looking to get the ball back and score a go-ahead touchdown, so they're hoping Johnson can get cleared and return to the game. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks says the team wants to get David Johnson more involved on offense.

Following the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Wilks said today "you definitely want to try to get David Johnson going in the run game and the pass game. With [new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich] understanding some of the success he's had in the past, hopefully we can tap back on that." This is exactly what fantasy owners of Johnson want to hear, as he was used up the middle on predictable runs far too often in his first even games this season. DJ might not be the force he was back in 2016 this season, but his outlook is much more positive than it was just 24 hours ago. Johnson is a recommended trade target as someone that might get back to 20-25 touches per game moving forward.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

The Cardinals have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

This move has felt like it's been coming, and the Cardinals have decided to make the change with a mini bye week after last week's blowout loss at home against the Broncos. There's no question McCoy's offense was bland, predictable, and didn't take advantage of its star players David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, but there are obviously more problems with the team than McCoy's offense (Steve Wilk's defense didn't play too well last night, either, and Sam Bradford was already made a scapegoat for the team's offensive struggles earlier this season). Anyway, quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich—who was seen as a future offensive coordinator and potential future head coach under former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians—will now take over the play-calling, which could be a major positive for the fantasy outlooks of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Owners of Johnson in particular should hope that Leftwich gets the star running back involved more creatively like Arians did. It'll be interesting to see how the offense looks with Leftwich in control next Sunday against the Niners.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson poorly utilized in blowout loss to the Broncos.

Johnson rushed 14 times for 39 yards, also adding three receptions (on three targets) for 31 yards. As has been the case all year, the superstar back repeatedly ran into brick walls up the middle, and it wasn't until late in the game that we saw him finally used as a receiver out of the slot for a 17-yard gain. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the night, and Johnson needs a coaching change more than anyone if he's going to pay dividends for fantasy owners that drafted him in the top five—and as high as No. 1 overall—in the summer. Byron Leftwich taking over for Mike McCoy at offensive coordinator, which sounds like a legitimate possibility after the team's recent performance, would be a major positive for DJ, who needs to be used more in space.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson handles 20 touches in Week 6 loss.

Johnson rushed 18 times for 55 yards and one touchdown, also adding two receptions (on five targets) for 15 yards and a lost fumble. Fantasy owners continue to be boosted by touchdowns from the consensus top-five pick in fantasy drafts, but Arizona's offense is one of the worst in the league, and Johnson is going to keep routinely facing stacked boxes with Josh Rosen under center. That said, the Broncos have allowed a 200-yard rusher in each of the past two games, and Johnson should hopefully be able to run wild on Thursday night against them. Now might be a good time to buy low.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores twice against the Niners.

Johnson had 18 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns along with two receptions (on three targets) for 16 yards in Arizona's first win of the season. We'd still like to see Johnson get the ball in space more, but a couple of short touchdowns helped make it an excellent fantasy performance for the star running back. DJ is simply so good that offensive personnel and gameplan issues aren't holding him back too much. He's too good of a player to keep out of lineups next week against the Vikings.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson handles 25 touches in Week 4 loss.

Johnson rushed 22 times for 71 yards and one touchdown, also adding three receptions for 41 yards and a lost fumble. The Cardinals were wise to finally feed Johnson after just 34 carries over the first three games of the season, but they still aren't taking advantage of his unique skillset. Through four games, DJ is on pace for 748 rushing yards and eight touchdowns with a 52/416/4 pace as a receiver. His individual ability and nose for the end zone keeps Johnson on the RB1 map, but the Cardinals might be the worst team in the league and will face stacked boxes with rookie Josh Rosen under center. Perhaps the superstar back can takeover next Sunday against the Niners.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores in Week 3.

The Cardinals got off to a great start offensively, scoring 14 first-quarter points, and Johnson was the recipient of a 25-yard touchdown reception on a corner route from the backfield—those are the type of routes Johnson should be running more often, like he did during his amazing 2016 season. Overall, Johnson had 12 carries for 31 yards along with four receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown. Arizona could probably use Johnson on more outside runs, as he's often getting stuffed inside with the offensive line struggling to get much of a push. It was a bit of a head-scratcher that Johnson wasn't in on a key third-and-two run, but he doesn't appear to be dealing with any type of injury. DJ and the Cardinals stay at home to face the Seahawks, who just gave up over 100 yards to Ezekiel Elliott, in Week 4. He remains an RB1 option, albeit one with limited upside until the offense turns it around.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson gets 14 touches in Week 2.

Johnson carried 13 times for 48 yards and caught one pass for three yards in what was a terrible offensive showing against a Rams team that overmatched them. DJ should be getting used much more as a receiver down the field, but the Cardinals having trouble pass protecting could be impacting things. The bottom line is there should be some obvious concern for Johnson owners, but it's only been two games, and he's a truly great player that will ideally get 20+ touches each week at some point. We'll see if the Cardinals can get something going next week against the Bears.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson is off the Week 2 injury report.

Johnson was limited by a back injury on Wednesday and Thursday, but he was back to a full practice participant today and has no injury designation ahead of the weekend. Even in a tough matchup against the Rams, don't hesitate to insert Johnson into lineups as an elite RB1. Hopefully we see the Cardinals get more creative with routes for DJ, as the Raiders took advantage of the Rams linebackers in Week 1.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (back) remains limited at practice.

Johnson was reportedly spotted looking great at practice during the portion open to the media, so this probably isn't a big deal. We'll see how Johnson is listed when the official injury report for the game is released tomorrow, but he's very likely to play even if he's listed as questionable.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (back) was limited in practice.

This is the first we're hearing of this back issue, but it's probably just something minor. Hopefully Johnson is back up to a full participant in tomorrow's practice.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores in Cardinals' loss.

Johnson carried nine times for 37 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown and added five receptions (on nine targets) for 30 receiving yards. The Cardinals didn't have many opportunities with the ball, as the Redskins recorded 30 first downs and kept the ball for much of the game. The fourth-quarter touchdown helped make it a solid fantasy performance for Johnson, though. Look for him to get a heavier workload in Week 2 against the Rams.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson has signed a three-year extension with the Cardinals, according to multiple reports.

The extension is reportedly worth $39 million and can be worth $45 million, so this makes Johnson the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL behind Todd Gurley. It's a shorter contract than Gurley, and it'll allow Johnson to potentially hit free agency as a 30-year-old in 2022—but this might be a steal for Arizona. This comes on the eve of the start of the season for the Cardinals, so Johnson might have a little more peace of mind as he hits the field with long-term security before a likely 300-400 touches coming up over the next 16 games. DJ will still be plenty motivated this season despite the contract, as he's said he wants to prove the doubters wrong after people might have forgotten about him because of his basically-missed 2017 season. If healthy, Johnson will certainly be in the mix as the top fantasy RB in 2018.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals players say David Johnson is extremely motivated heading into this season.

NFL.com's Jim Trotter wrote about Johnson's return to the field after missing the last 15 games of last season with his wrist injury suffered in Week 1, and he got some insight on Johnson's mindset heading into the year. Star cornerback Patrick Peterson said Johnson is "incredibly hungry. You can tell how much he wants it, and he looks better than he ever did before the injury," while star receiver Larry Fitzgerald said people forgetting about Johnson is "bothering" the running back and also noted the motivation he sees—with some added motivation after missing a year, wanting another contract, and wanting people to respect him as an elite player. DJ himself told Trotter he feels like people "seem to have forgotten about me" and expects to be even better than in 2016 when he recorded 2,118 total yards and 20 total touchdowns. In fantasy football, Johnson is also seemingly not getting the respect he probably deserves, with most people saying it should be between Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell for the first overall pick in drafts; we undoubtedly think Johnson belongs in the discussion at the very least.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson has reported to the Cardinals for training camp.

Most Arizona players won't report until July 27, but Johnson has reported today as an injured player from last season. DJ posted a short video on Twitter of him in the locker room with his helmet on with the caption: "In Gods hands now... primed and ready to prove it! #ImBack" After a brief holdout during the offseason, it's good to see Johnson is back with the team and apparently does not intend to hold out. A contract extension for Johnson, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, could be coming soon even with GM Steve Keim suspended. Either way, it's a major positive for both the Cardinals and fantasy teams that Johnson is going to be with his team throughout the summer after basically missing all of last season. Johnson is in the discussion for the top pick in all fantasy drafts.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson is holding out from mandatory minicamp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Johnson is said to have suffered a very minor injury in OTAs, but Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks wouldn't really comment on it. Now, DJ is staying away from the team's mandatory minicamp this week as he hopes to get a new contract. Johnson currently has one year left on his rookie deal, but he likely wants a long-term deal to give him security and peace of mind in the event of another injury—and to avoid the franchise tag next offseason. Johnson is one of the best players in the NFL and is the focus of the offense, and we expect the Cardinals will want to get a deal done with him soon. This holdout isn't a huge concern right now, but hopefully it doesn't stretch into the start of training camp.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson wants 1,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards this season.

Johnson spoke to Dan Bickley of Arizona Sports 97.8 FM and and said "my goal is 1,000 receiving yards and 1,500 rushing." In Johnson's dominant 2016 season, he ran for 1,239 yards and had 879 yards through the air, and before that season his goal was 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Johnson also told Bickley that he loves new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's offense, and DJ recently talked about getting 30+ touches per game. After acknowledging all the great young backs that have recently come into the league, Johnson said "I have to go out and show my dominance again." As you would expect from a great player, Johnson sounds determined after he basically missed all of last season. If DJ comes as close to matching this goal as he did to matching his 2016 goal, he will obviously be well worth a very high selection in fantasy drafts this summer.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson envisions "30 touches maybe 40 touches in certain games."

The Cardinals star was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and made the statement, while again saying he is very confident the offense can be "dominant." When Bruce Arians was the head coach, he had no problem saying he wanted to give Johnson the ball at least 25 times every week, and it doesn't sound like things will change with the new coaching staff. DJ is 100% recovered from his season-ending wrist injury from Week 1 last season, and he is clearly ready to do whatever is needed to help Arizona win games. He might somehow be relatively under-the-radar after basically missing the entire 2017 season, but Johnson is right up there in the discussion for the number one selection in fantasy drafts this summer. Given all the touches the very talented and hard-working back is expected to get, his upside is massive. Remember, Johnson had over 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns in his only full season as the starter in 2016.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson says he still wants to get 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

Because Johnson basically missed the entire 2017 season, his great ability as both a runner and receiver might have been forgotten a bit. But heading into last season, Johnson had the goal of hitting both 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving—something only Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk have ever done. When asked about the goal during a media session, DJ said he's "definitely" trying to get 1,000 and 1,000, stating that it's one of his goals this year. With former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians promising to give Johnson a ton of touches each week leading up to last season, the goal seemed very obtainable. Even with the coaching change, it's still a very real possibility. The Cardinals know they have an elite back that should be fed the ball, and Sam Bradford can get the ball out accurately to his backs as well as anyone. Johnson might not hit his goal, but he should have a monster 2018 season either way if he remains healthy.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (wrist) has been fully cleared.

The Cardinals have started their offseason training program with Phase One today, and their star running back is 100% ready to go. Johnson was expected to be ready for OTAs in May, but he's unsurprisingly exceeded expectations and is already full-go. DJ is basically one of those freak athletes that are just different than most people, and it's great to see that he's 100% and will have a full offseason. Cardinals GM Steve Keim and new head coach Steve Wilks have made it clear that a strong offensive line is critical, and they are going to establish the run game with Johnson to complement their strong defense. Johnson will be a great selection in the top five of fantasy drafts this summer.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (wrist) is expected to get cleared for OTAs in May.

Johnson is getting close, but he's not expected to be ready for Cardinals minicamp next month. However, it's not a huge deal, and being ready for OTAs on May 15 would be great after Johnson basically missed the entire 2017 season with his wrist injury suffered in Week 1. Johnson recently posted a video of him running on the treadmill at a very fast speed and high intensity, and as Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks noted, DJ should have fresh leg after he basically had a year off. Like a few other talented running backs, Johnson obviously has overall RB1 upside in 2018.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

The Cardinals want to run the ball a lot next season.

David Johnson, who basically missed the entire season after suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 and never returned once he hit injured reserve, said he talked to new head coach Steve Wilks, who is "ready to run the ball." There are a ton of great running backs in the NFL right now, and Johnson might be atop the list, so it's not the least bit surprising that the defensive-minded Wilks already told his star player he'll be used a lot. While he might not get quite as heavy of a workload as he did under Bruce Arians, Johnson is still likely to be among the league leaders in touches next season. DJ has to be selected in the first round of all fantasy drafts in 2018, and he'd be a steal if he drops in any league because he's not fresh on people's minds after missing most of the 2017 season.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (wrist) is not expected to return this season.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that, as of now, Johnson or anyone else on IR will not return this season because the progress hasn't been significant enough. The team probably sees the writing on the wall, as their playoff hopes are nearly done considering the NFC is stacked with playoff teams that are healthier and playing a lot better than they are at 4-6. We recommend keeping Johnson on your fantasy roster if possible, just because he's one of the best fantasy players when he's on the field—even if it's unlikely for him to return this year. If he doesn't return, expect Johnson to be 100% for the start of offseason training, and he'll be an eventual sure-fire first round selection in all fantasy drafts in 2018.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson says he's "staying optimistic" about his wrist injury.

Just a couple days ago, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he doubts Johnson will be able to return this season. Johnson did say he won't be able to return until his wrist is 100% recovered, while adding "no one knows" if he'll be able to return yet. Until Johnson gets his cast off, which he will have on for a couple more weeks, it's difficult to tell how the wrist is progressing. If Johnson does end up getting to 100%, he'd probably be on the field even if Arizona is out of playoff contention—but it'd have to be a true 100% where he's also in full football shape and won't risk any injury that could hurt him moving forward into 2018. We recommend keeping Johnson on fantasy rosters as a potential playoff difference-maker if possible.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians says he doubts David Johnson (wrist) will play again this season.

The writing is pretty much on the wall for Arizona, as they don't have Johnson, they don't have quarterback Carson Palmer, and they play in one of the toughest divisions in football. If they aren't in playoff contention toward the end of the year, they aren't going to risk rushing Johnson back from his wrist injury at less than 100%. You should still hope the star running back is able to play this season in the fantasy playoffs if you get that far, but it no longer appears to be a lock that we'll see Johnson on the field again in 2017.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals hope to have David Johnson back "by Thanksgiving or Christmas."

Bruce Arians was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and gave the timeline. Adam Schefter reported earlier today Johnson is expected to miss 2-3 months because of his dislocated wrist which will require surgery, but it definitely sounds like it'll be on the three month side of things. It's really unfortunate to have one of the game's best players set to miss almost the entire season in his third year. Fantasy owners need to try and get by without their first pick for a few months and get a lottery ticket back for the fantasy playoffs if they get that far.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson is getting wrist surgery and will miss 2-3 months, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news, and it's pretty much worst-case for Johnson and the Cardinals. The second opinion obviously made it clear Johnson needs surgery for his dislocated wrist. The Cardinals will now put their star running back on IR, and he can come back after eight weeks. Those that selected Johnson with their first pick need to hope they can get by without him for several weeks and hope to get him back for a playoff run late in the year. The running back situation for the Cardinals is unclear, with Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, and D.J. Foster set to split work. Williams is the best bet for good and consistent fantasy value.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson might need wrist surgery.

Head coach Bruce Arians just said the initial prognosis is that Johnson has a disclosed wrist—which could keep him out for most of the season. According to multiple reports, it sounds like Johnson will be out at least a few weeks with the injury, which isn't a surprise if it's a dislocated wrist. There is still some slight hope the second opinion Johnson is getting will bring good news, but that doesn't appear to be the direction this is headed. If you have Johnson, brace for the worst and expect to be without your first pick for most of the year.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson rushed 11 times for 23 yards and caught six passes for 68 yards before leaving Sunday's game with a wrist injury.

As our news indicated yesterday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Johnson will have an MRI today to determine the extent of his injury. We'll keep you updated, but fantasy owners should hold their breath and hope he will get some good news.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson could miss "half the season or more" with wrist injury, according to Chris Mortensen.

Mortensen says the superstar back will have an MRI tomorrow to determine whether he will miss a few weeks or longer than that. This is obviously awful news for both the Cardinals and fantasy owners. Hopefully Johnson is able to get back on the field soon. We'll update his status when there's more information.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Report: David Johnson has a sprained wrist, based on early diagnosis.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the star running back will get more tests but the early diagnosis is good. Any breaks would likely miss Johnson to force a chunk of time, but if it's just a sprain he could be ready for next week. We'll know more in the next day or two about the exact severity of Johnson's injury. But as long as he doesn't have severe ligament damage, a sprain would be good news.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (wrist) is questionable to return in Week 1.

The superstar running back went to the locker room to get the injury checked out. Johnson was in pain after taking a big hit on a long reception, but it's unclear if he first injured his wrist on that play. Arizona is only up two in the game against Detroit, so they'll want their best player back out there.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson plays a few snaps in Cardinals' preseason game against the Falcons.

It was the important Week 3 preseason game, but the Cardinals were not looking to get their star running back injured. Johnson had one reception for eight yards before exiting, and he's 100% and fresh heading into the regular season. DJ should probably be the first running back selected in all fantasy drafts, given Le'Veon Bell's holdout and Ezekiel Elliott's suspension.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson plays a few snaps in exhibition against Chicago.

Johnson had three carries for three yards before exiting the game. The Cardinals are keeping their elite running back healthy for the regular season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him only get a few touches in the dress rehearsal preseason game next week, which should be fine to fantasy owners that have already drafted, as they want their best player healthy for the regular season.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson switched to a plant-based diet, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss.

Johnson and his wife, Meghan, switched their diet based off a couple of Netflix documentaries along with some of their own research. The Cardinals star running back is at a lower weight (he reported to training camp at 223 pounds), and he says he has more energy, thanks to the diet. To avoid getting too light, Johnson didn't completely cut meat out of his diet while making sure to eat smaller portions of it. DJ, who also took up yoga during the offseason, did look slimmer and quicker in his first preseason action last Saturday night against the Raiders. If he stays healthy, Johnson is going to have a monster season; he has a real chance at both 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards rushing.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals play David Johnson in team's second preseason game.

DJ didn't play in the Hall of Fame Game, but the team decided to put him out there for Week 1 of the preseason versus Oakland. The workhorse back had three carries for 16 yards in the game. Johnson, who took up yoga this offseason, looks like he might be lighter and quicker in 2017—a potentially scary sight for defenses. If you're drafting early, you should feel good about drafting Johnson with your first pick.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that starters won't play at all in the Hall of Fame game.

We already knew that Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald weren't playing, but now David Johnson and everyone else will sit out, too. This shouldn't come as a surprise and it's probably good for fantasy owners—and the players themselves—to avoid injury. Unfortunately, this does make the Thursday's first preseason game less intriguing, but the starters would have played a series (at most) anyway. Arizona will likely be cautious in managing the reps of their aging and key players throughout the entire preseason.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Larry Fitzgerald doesn't think it'll be "that difficult" for David Johnson to get 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving this season.

The future Hall of Fame receiver was on Arizona Sports with Mike Jurecki said his teammate Johnson is "special" and thinks he can get it done. Fitz talked of DJ's ability to do it all—run inside, run outside, catch the ball, run every route, pick up blitzes, etc. As has been the talk with Johnson and head coach Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald also expects a big workload for Johnson, stating: "I mean he should be getting 25, 30 touches a game and if he’s doing that, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with." Johnson has said on a few occasions that a personal goal of his is gaining 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, and it would not be at all surprising to see him do it. It's hard to argue against him being the number one overall pick in fantasy drafts.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson talks about getting 30 touches per game.

The Cardinals running back talked to SiriusXM NFL Fantasy Sports Radio and again made it clear he can handle a big workload. Johnson says he can "definitely" handle 30 touches per game, noting that they don't all have to be runs. This is just more verification that Johnson should be in for a huge workload this season. If he's not the number one overall pick in 2017 fantasy drafts, he's at least in the top three.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Bruce Arians again talks of huge workload for David Johnson.

The Cardinals head coach was on "PFT Live" and said he doesn't think 30 touches is too much for his star running back "when you’re talking about 10 receptions, 20 carries." Arians also said that Johnson would not be smashing the ball up the middle on all 20 carries (they'll get him in space on tosses, etc.). So Arians isn't too concerned about Johnson's workload. The head coach also said he thinks Johnson should've had 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards last season if it wasn't for a couple of messed up routes early in the season. DJ should be looking at 25-30 touches per game and is a clear top three pick in all fantasy drafts this season.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, David Johnson said he feels like he's "learning so much" mentally.

Johnson said again that he's 100% from his Week 17 knee injury and feels "great." There are no concerns about his injury, and DJ took up yoga this offseason to make himself less stiff and more flexible—something that should help him in both injury prevention and just being a better player. During the SiriusXM interview, Johnson against stated a personal goal of his is 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in a season, something that he might be able to reach this season. It's hard not to like the Cardinals' ever-important running back as a top three fantasy pick.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals running back David Johnson says his knee is fully healthy.

Johnson suffered what looked like a potentially bad knee injury in Week 17 last season, but he's had no issues recovering and is 100%. On SiriusXM NFL, the Cardinals' workhorse said he's willing to touch the ball as much as head coach Bruce Arians wants him to, whether it's on the ground or through the air. The third year back also said he wants to gain 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving, something that seems to be a major goal of his. Johnson will no doubt get one of the biggest workloads in the NFL this season, and he's without question a top three running back in 2017 fantasy drafts.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson says he "can definitely handle 30 touches."

Last week, head coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get Johnson 30 touches this season, because he's still young. Johnson echoed what Arians said, agreeing that he's still young and "never really got fatigued" last season, despite handling a lot of touches against tough defenses. In 2017 fantasy drafts, Johnson has to be at least a top three pick.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson tweets that he got shin splints on vacation.

It should not be any problem for the upcoming season, but it's worth noting. Hopefully it's nothing more than an annoyance that heals up by the time OTAs begin. The fact that he got shin splints probably shows that Johnson has been working hard in the offseason.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Bruce Arians wants to get David Johnson around 30 touches, isn't worried about his workload.

Arians said Johnson is "still too young" to be overused. Johnson is the type of guy that will welcome all the touches Arians is willing to give him. He's a great weapon out of the backfield in both the running and receiving game. It's not out of reach for him to get 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Johnson is clearly going to get a massive workload this season, and he has to be among the top fantasy running backs selected in 2017 fantasy drafts.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson (knee) is back to 100%.

He's playing quarterback at Kurt Warner's event today. It's a great sign that Johnson is back to full strength way before OTAs. Johnson seems to be working hard at his game this offseason, and he is a lock to be a top five pick in every fantasy draft this summer.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson says his knee is doing well.

In an interview on NFL Network, Johnson said his knee has full range of motion back and he's just working on getting his strength back. Johnson says that he could probably play in a game today if he had one. He will be 100% by OTAs and has to be among the top players selected in 2017 fantasy drafts.

David Johnson helped off field, now being carted off, with leg injury.

It's presumably a serious injury, and terrible news for Johnson, after he got his legged rolled on badly against the Rams. He's obviously had an amazing season. We'll update you on Johnson's status, but he's almost certainly out for the rest of this Week 17 game against Los Angeles.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson totals over 140 yards and three touchdowns against Seattle.

DJ had 28 carries for 95 yards and three touchdowns, along with four catches for 41 yards, including a clutch 29-yarder late in the game. Johnson has obviously been unbelievable this season and will without a doubt be the top running back option in the final week of the season. Many owners are likely riding Johnson to fantasy championships.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson totals 100 yards, scores twice in loss.

Both scores came on the ground, as Johnson rushed 12 times for 53 yards, and added four catches for 55 yards. It'd be crazy to bench Johnson, but he should be viewed as more of a midrange RB1 next week in Seattle, as the Cardinals were officially eliminated for playoff contention and they will likely manage the reps of their superstar back heading into 2017.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson totals 121 yards against the Dolphins.

Johnson had 20 carries for 80 yards and caught five-of-eight targets for 41 yards. Funny that this is considered a down game for Johnson. As usual, he'll be a top two option with Le'Veon Bell next week and has to be in your lineup.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson does it all in win.

Johnson rushed 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, and caught nine passes for 91 yards and another touchdown. The second-year back is an absolute superstar and arguably the best back in the league alongside Le'Veon Bell. If you have Johnson, you're likely playing in the fantasy playoffs.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Cardinals bad; David Johnson good in loss to Atlanta.

Johnson rushed 13 times for 58 yards, but caught eight passes for 103 yards and one touchdown. Against a bad Falcons defense, Johnson was the only one that could do anything offensively for the Cardinals. He should see another 20+ touches versus the Redskins next week, and is obviously an elite RB1.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

Insane: David Johnson puts up 160 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings.

The Vikings run defense played a lot better than it has recently, but Johnson had 22 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown, along with seven catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Johnson is the best player in fantasy, along with Le’Veon Bell.

David Johnson | Cardinals RB

David Johnson scores twice, totals over 100 yards in 49ers win.

Johnson had 19 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground, along with five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers played hard on defense and didn't make things easy for Johnson on the ground. DJ is impossible to stop though. He's a top-two RB, and this week's matchup with the Vikings should not scare you one bit.

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