David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 days ago

Johnson amassed 137 rushing yards on 25 attempts, adding one reception for 17 yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson enjoyed his greatest rushing output since Week 5 of 2016, as he garnered a season-high 25 carries in a losing effort against the Raiders. Since Byron Leftwich assumed responsibilities as Arizona's offensive coordinator in Week 8, Johnson hasn't been used with much more frequency than he was when Mike McCoy was calling the shots, but he's certainly been utilized more effectively. In three showings since the coaching change he's averaged 145.7 offensive yards per contest, compared to 71.6 yards per game over the first seven weeks of the season. Sunday brings a matchup against a Chargers defense that allowed Denver running backs backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman to account for 102 combined rushing yards and three touchdowns in its last time out.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 week ago

Johnson racked up 98 rushing yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, adding seven catches for 85 yards and a receiving score during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

With 283 total yards against San Francisco and Kansas City over the past two games, Johnson has posted his greatest two-game offensive output since Week 12 and Week 13 of the 2016 season. The last time Johnson had both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game came in Week 12 of that 2016 All-Pro season as well. That is, until he caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen on a wheel route in the first quarter, and later plunged his way into the end zone for a one-yard rushing score during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The fourth-year back has been getting a more bountiful share in the passing game since Byron Leftwich stepped in as the new offensive coordinator, with 18 targets over the past two weeks after amounting only 3.7 targets per game through Week 8.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
3 weeks ago

Johnson carried 16 times for 59 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 41 yards during Sunday's 18-15 win over the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson never really got it going on the ground and finished averaging just 3.7 yards per carry despite facing a favorable matchup on paper. Luckily, he tied his season high in receiving yardage as he reached the 100-yard mark from scrimmage for the second time this season. He briefly left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but he returned to the game and helped his team earn its second win of the year. Interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has stated his desire to use Johnson heavily, so fantasy owners will hope that translates into more usage in the passing game. He'll enjoy a bye next week before returning to face Kansas City in Week 10.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
3 weeks ago

Johnson returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers late in the fourth quarter after being evaluated for a concussion, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals were forced to rely on Chase Edmonds for most of the deciding drive, but Johnson re-entered the contest once the team approached the goal line. We should have another update on Johnson after the conclusion of the game.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
3 weeks ago

Johnson left Sunday's game against the 49ers in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson jogged to the locker room with a trainer late in the fourth quarter, leaving the Arizona backfield in Chase Edmonds' hands as the team attempts to erase a five-point deficit. Johnson had 101 yards on 19 touches (three catches) at the time of his exit.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 weeks ago

Coach Steve Wilks believes new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will get Johnson more involved in the Cardinals offense moving forward, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Leftwich was a coaching intern during Johnson's fabulous 2016 campaign, has been the Cardinals' quarterbacks coach since January of 2017 and replaced Mike McCoy in the coordinator role after last Thursday's 45-10 loss to the Broncos. He referenced his time in Arizona during a media session Thursday. "I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with B.A. [former coach Bruce Arians] every day I was here," Leftwich told Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. With a depleted offensive line and rookie quarterback behind them, the offense has sputtered to a league low in offense (220.7 yards per game) and second-fewest points (11.6 per contest). Johnson's output has responded in kind -- just 71.6 yards from scrimmage per game -- but he's still contributed six of the team's 10 offensive TDs through seven outings. If Leftwich can get the former trending upward, Johnson could be in line for an impressive second half of the year.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Johnson carried 18 times for 55 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Vikings. He also caught two passes for 15 yards on five targets and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Though Johnson struggled to the tune of 3.1 yards per carry against a stout Vikings defense, he was able to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. He's struggled to generate yardage as opposing defenses are content to key in on him, but he's still managed six touchdowns in as many games. Johnson should continue to play a large role on a weekly basis, but it's becoming clear that his 2016 form will be difficult to replicate in this version of the Cardinals offense. He'll face a touch matchup against the Broncos on Thursday.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Johnson had 18 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns, while catching two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 28-18 win at San Francisco.

EDGE Analysis

In a favorable matchup, Johnson continued to struggle, averaging about three yards per carry, although the two touchdowns helped fantasy owners. Surprisingly, Johnson still hasn't been involved much as a pass catcher through five games this season.. There is optimism that rookie Josh Rosen can make the offense competent, but that has not come to fruition as of yet. In Week 6, Johnson will look to get on track against a tough Minnesota rush defense.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Johnson rushed 22 times for 71 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Seahawks. He added three receptions for 41 yards on four targets.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson started off hot, picking up 58 yards on his first nine carries, but the running back ultimately totaled 13 yards on as many attempts after that. He didn't do a whole lot in the passing game to supplement his fantasy output, as Johnson's receiving workload once again paled in comparison to the 7.5 targets Johnson averaged per game during his prolific 2016 season. There's hope the potential emergence of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen could benefit his statistical output going forward, but Johnson -- with his season-long 3.3 YPC figure -- nonetheless seems to be losing some of the luster that helped make him a top fantasy prospect before the year.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Johnson had 12 carries for just 31 yards, but scored on a 21-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears. He caught all four of his targets for 30 yards.

EDGE Analysis

After being targeted just two times in Week 2, Johnson was a little more involved in the passing game Sunday. He still doesn't have a run over 20 yards though in what has been an ineffective offense on the whole. Part of the blame can be put on quarterback Sam Bradford, who actually looked good early Sunday before committing three turnovers in the second half. Bradford was benched late in the fourth quarter for rookie Josh Rosen, who was unable to lead the Cardinals to a game-winning field goal. A permanent switch to Rosen is likely to happen soon, although nothing official has been announced yet. Johnson will look to get things going on the ground and score again in Week 4 against Seattle.