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David Johnson

Arizona Cardinals (ARI)

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Player Information

Full Name

David Johnson
Jersey #31

Position & Status

RB1, Probable
Johnson is expected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday despite dealing with a quad injury.

Current Team: ARI

Cardinals Profile

Player Details

NFL Experience:

4 Years

Current Height & Weight

6'1", 224 Lbs.

College / University

Northern Iowa

College Draft Year

2015, Round #3, Pick #86

Current Fantasy Points

207 Points

$7,100 Points: 15.9 Avg / Game
DraftKings Salary & FPPG
FPPG
15.9 / Game DraftKings Points: 207
13 Games Played
$7,400 Points: 13.9 Avg / Game
FanDuel Salary & FPPG
FPPG
13.9 / Game FanDuel Points: 181
13 Games Played

Offensive & Defensive Snaps

Offensive Snaps Played

623 Snaps

Defensive Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Special Team Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Offensive Team Snaps Played

755 Snaps

Defensive Team Snaps Played

917 Snaps

Special Team's Team Snaps

308 Snaps

Rushing Statistics

Rushing Attempts

220 Attempts

Rushing Yards

810 Yards

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

4 Yards

Rushing Touchdowns

6 Yards

Rushing Long

53 Yards

Touchdown Statistics

Total Touchdowns

8 Total Touchdowns

Offensive Touchdowns

8 Touchdowns

Defensive Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

TSpecial Team Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Receiving Statistics

Receiving Targets

61

Receptions

43

Receiving Yards

340.00 Yards

Receiving Yards Per Reception

7.90 Yards

Receiving Touchdowns

2 Touchdowns

Receiving Long

30

Fumbles

3

Fumbles Lost

2

Tackle & Hit Statistics

Solo Tackles

2 Tackles

Assisted Tackles

0 Assisted Tackles

Tackles For Losses

0 Tackles for Loss

Total Sacks

0 Sacks

Sack Yards

0.00 Yards

Quarterback Hits

0 QB Hits

Passes Defended

0

Fumbles Forced

0

Fumbles Recovered

0 Fumble Recoveries

Fumble Return Yards

0.00 Yards

Fumble Return Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Interceptions

0 Interceptions

Interception Return Yards

0 Yards

Interception Return Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Blocked Kicks

0 Blocked Kicks

Special Team Solo Tackles

0 Tackles

Special Team Assisted Tackles

0 Assisted Tackles

Misc. Solo Tackles

0 Solo Tackles

Misc. Assisted Tackles

0 Tackles

Recent Player Scoring

Date Opponent Points Snap % Salary $ Per Point
12-09 Lions 14.1 88.6 $6,500 461
12-02 Packers 8.2 83.9 $7,400 902.4
11-25 Chargers 9.9 78.7 $7,300 737.4
11-18 Raiders 19.4 79.6 $7,500 386.6
11-11 Chiefs 37.3 76.7 $6,800 182.3
10-28 49ers 14.0 80.3 $6,700 478.6
10-18 Broncos 10.0 72.7 $7,600 760
10-14 Vikings 14.0 94.8 $5,900 421.4
10-07 49ers 21.1 94.1 $6,300 298.6
09-30 Seahawks 19.2 91.7 $6,600 343.8
09-23 Bears 16.1 86 $7,800 484.5
09-16 Rams 6.1 77.8 $8,200 1344.3
09-09 Redskins 17.7 67.9 $8,800 497.2

Recent Player News

2 days ago: David Johnson Has Upside Against Falcons
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has largely underwhelmed this season. However, he will likely be a key focal point for the Cardinals against the Falcons in Week 15. Johnson is facing an underperforming run-defense and could capitalize with a solid performance. That being said, the anemic nature of the Cardinals offense makes Johnson nothing more than a solid RB2.

3 days ago: David Johnson Expected To Play
Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said that running back David Johnson (quadriceps) is expected to play in Week 15 against the Falcons despite missing practice on Wednesday. The Falcons allow a lot of receptions and points to running backs, so Johnson has an opportunity to help fantasy owners in the semifinals this weekend. However, Johnson is still more of an RB2.

5 days ago: David Johnson Is Poor In Week 14
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had another poor performance in a Week 14 loss to the Lions. Johnson had 15 carries for just 49 yards on the night and also caught eight catches (out of 10 targets) for a total of just 12 yards. Johnson may have saved himself in PPR formats, but the talented back is clearly being held back by this offense and should be considered a RB2 going forward.

9 days ago: David Johnson Is An RB2 In Week 14
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a rather poor performance last week, as he couldn't get it going through the air or on the ground. Outperformed by rookie Chase Edmonds, Johnson should re-take the lead back duties against the Lions. However, in a tough matchup, Johnson is a volume-based RB2 with some PPR upside.

13 days ago: David Johnson Is Mediocre In Week 13
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a mediocre Week 13 performance against the Packers. Johnson had 20 carries for 69 yards as well as one reception for three yards in a game that saw rookie Chase Edmonds make a splash in the ground game. Johnson is still an RB2 going forward, but it looks like he lacks the elite upside that he had in seasons past.

15 days ago: David Johnson Is An RB2 In Week 13
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has been stymied the entire season despite being one of the most talented running backs in the league. Now, Johnson will likely face an uphill battle against the Packers. Because of his role as the team's main offensive threat, Johnson is an RB2 with a worryingly low floor for a player of his caliber.

19 days ago: David Johnson Does What He Can In Week 12
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson made the most of his limited opportunities in Week 12. The running back had 17 carries for 63 yards as well as two receptions for 16 yards through the air. Although his talent is undeniable, the Cardinals offense is seriously hindering the production of Johnson, making him a high-end RB2 going forward.

23 days ago: David Johnson Has Upside In Week 12
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has considerable upside against the Chargers in Week 12. Johnson is a very talented running back but may struggle against a tough Chargers defense. Consider Johnson a high-end RB2 with upside heading into Week 12.

27 days ago: David Johnson Plays Well In Week 11
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a good performance in his team's loss to the Raiders. Johnson had 25 carries for 137 yards as well as one reception for 17 yards on three targets. The offense revolves around the star running back, and negative game scripts are the only thing stopping Johnson from being an elite RB1 for the rest of the season.

30 days ago: David Johnson Is An RB1 In Week 11
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has a very enticing matchup in Week 11. Johnson is an elite running back who is playing in a poor offense, but a weak opponent in the Raiders gives Johnson considerable upside for the week. Johnson is a solid RB1 with upside in Week 11.

1 month ago: David Johnson Puts In Vintage Performance In Week 10
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a fantastic game in Week 10, despite his team losing to the Chiefs. Johnson had 21 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well as seven receptions on nine targets for 85 yards and another score through the air. The offense is revolving around Johnson - if he can keep this momentum up, the running back should be a low-end RB1 for the rest of the season.

1 month ago: David Johnson Has Upside In Week 10
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will likely be the main offensive option against the Chiefs in Week 10. Johnson should take on a workhorse role against a vulnerable Chiefs defense, giving him upside in a tough week for running backs. If Johnson is able to score a touchdown, he has low-end RB1 upside for the week.

2 months ago: David Johnson Is Mediocre In Team Victory
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a decent performance in the team's victory over the 49ers. Johnson had 16 rushing attempts for 59 yards as well as four receptions for 41 yards through the air. Although he briefly exited the game to be treated for a concussion, the veteran running back re-entered the match and ended up achieving 100 yards from scrimmage. With the poor play of the Cardinals offense this season, Johnson still projects to return RB2 value going forward.

2 months ago: David Johnson Could Sneak Into RB1 Territory In Week 8
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has an enticing matchup against the 49ers coming up in Week 8. Play-calling duties will be taken over by quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich following the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, potentially giving Johnson more upside as he is used more on the outside and out wide. If Johnson can find the end-zone, he could be a low-end RB1 this week.

2 months ago: David Johnson Disappoints In Week 7
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was unable to get it going on the ground in Week 7. Johnson had 14 carries for 39 yards and three receptions for 31 yards on the night. Clearly, this is far from the running back's usual standards - however, the state of the Cardinals offense limits Johnson to RB2 value going forward.

2 months ago: David Johnson Is An RB1 For Week 7
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has a decent matchup against a weak run-defense in the Denver Broncos. Johnson has scored six times so far this season and has been the team's main offensive weapon. Therefore, despite the reality of facing a negative game-script, Johnson should be considered a touchdown-dependent RB1 who will put up RB2 yard totals with some receiving upside.

2 months ago: David Johnson Saves Day With Touchdown In Week 6
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a relatively poor performance against a tough run defense in Week 6 but was still able to find the end zone. Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 55 yards and added two receptions (on five targets) for another 15 yards through the air. A fumble on a potential touchdown cost him some valuable points, but the veteran back still looks like a high-end RB2 with touchdown upside going forward.

2 months ago: David Johnson Is An RB2 In Week 6
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has a very tough matchup against one of the league's elite run-stopping units in the Vikings defense. Johnson will have to get in the end-zone to justify starting him this week given his lack of usage as a receiver under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Consider Johnson an RB2 with touchdown upside in Week 6.

2 months ago: David Johnson Has Two Touchdowns In Week 5
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was the main contributor to the team's first victory of the season, with two touchdowns along with 55 rushing yards on the night. Johnson also had two catches for 16 yards, and while his rushing efficiency was very low, the veteran running back more than made up for it with his red-zone work. Johnson is still a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside going forward.

2 months ago: David Johnson Will Be A Work Horse In Week 5
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is projected to have a heavy workload against a poor 49ers defense this week. Johnson, who has been targeted less than he arguably should be this season, is still the team's most productive weapon. However, the offensive woes of the Cardinals mean that Johnson is merely a high-end RB2 with upside going into the week.

3 months ago: David Johnson Scores In Week 4
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had 22 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown as well as three receptions for 41 yards. In addition, the talented running back scored a touchdown on the ground. Johnson has shown that he will get a workhorse level of touches each week, but his team's offensive performance and lack of targets make him a low-end RB1 in the future.

3 months ago: David Johnson Is An RB2 In Week 4
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson looks to turn around his season in a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran running back has largely underwhelmed this year due to the overall state of the offense. Johnson should get more touches going forward because he is the main offensive weapon on the team, giving him good upside this week. However, his floor in the team offense makes him nothing more than an RB2 in Week 4.

3 months ago: Chase Edmonds Struggles As Backup To David Johnson
Arizona Cardinals rookie running back Chase Edmonds struggled in the team's loss to the Bears on Sunday with five carries for a total of 10 yards on the ground. Edmonds failed to register a catch in the contest and looks to be firmly entrenched as the backup running back in a poor offense. Edmonds should be left on waivers unless something were to happen to David Johnson.

3 months ago: David Johnson Scores In Week 4
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson struggled mightily on the ground, with twelve carries for 31 yards, but was able to find the endzone through the air in the team's 61-14 loss to the Bears. Johnson had four catches for 30 yards through the air. Even though the veteran playmaker was able to score, his performance was once again disappointing as he failed to accumulate large yard totals as a three-down back. Consider Johnson an RB2 as the Cardinals offense so far has seriously hindered his production this season.

3 months ago: David Johnson Must Improve In Week 3
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has started slow this season and faces a difficult game against the Bears in Week 3. The running back is his team's main offensive weapons and must be used more by the offense in order to generate some positive plays for his team. Consider Johnson an RB2 for the week with upside for a huge game due to his skill level (even with his poor offense).

3 months ago: David Johnson To Be Used More As Receiver
Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said running back David Johnson will be used more out of the slot moving forward in order to utilize him in space. About time. It took the Cardinals being outscored 58-6 in the first two weeks Wilks and the coaching staff to change things up. Johnson attempted 22 rushes for 85 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and had just six receptions in the first two weeks, making him a massive disappointment as a top-five fantasy pick in most drafts. The Cardinals using him more as a receiver will help raise his floor in a bad Arizona offense.

3 months ago: David Johnson Unable To Create Much In Week 2
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was only able to carry the ball 13 times for 48 yards in the team's defeat to the Los Angeles Rams. Johnson also added one catch for three yards - on the night, he was largely ineffective. Although Johnson's talent is undeniable, his team situation is not the best for a running back. Johnson should not be viewed as the elite running back that he is until some major changes are put in place with how the team's offense operates.

3 months ago: David Johnson Limited In Thursday's Practice
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (back) logged in another limited practice session on Thursday. However, so far in the week it looks as if he will be fine to play this Sunday against the Rams. Johnson is a locked-in RB1 if healthy, making him a must-start option this weekend despite any injury concerns.

3 months ago: David Johnson Has Limited Practice On Wednesday
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (back) practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday. Johnson was able to play the entire game last weekend with no concerns, and is likely just being rested this week in anticipation of a tough matchup against the Rams in Week 2. Hopefully Johnson is able to return to full practice capacity ahead of the team's game, making him a stud RB1 if healthy.

3 months ago: David Johnson Saves Day With Touchdown
In a game where his team trailed for almost the entire game, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was only able to muster nine carries for 37 yards. Although he did score a touchdown and had five receptions for 30 yards on nine targets, Johnson will certainly be hoping that he could've had more touches on the ball in his team's defeat to the Redskins. Despite this average performance, Johnson still did fine on the stat-sheet. Consider this his floor for the year; Johnson should still be considered an elite RB1 for the rest of the season.

3 months ago: Cardinals Sign David Johnson To Extension
The Arizona Cardinals signed running back David Johnson to a three-year, $39 million deal on Saturday, according to a source. The contract includes $30 million in guarantees and is worth up to $45 million. The two sides weren't believed to be close to an extension before Week 1, but they got it done somehow. Despite missing all but one game in 2017 with a wrist injury, Johnson is worth the money after going well over 1,000 yards on the ground with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2016. He's a must-start RB1 for fantasy owners and is the heart and soul of Arizona's offense.

3 months ago: David Johnson Could Receive Extension Midseason
The door is open for Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson to receive a contract extension during the season. As of now, the two sides are not expected to come to an agreement before Week 1 against the Redskins this Sunday, according to a source. The 26-year-old played in just one game in 2017 due to a wrist injury, but he recorded 1,239 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in 2016 and was drafted as a top-five fantasy pick this year. He's one of the most versatile backs in the NFL and will once again be the focal point of Arizona's offense in 2018.

3 months ago: David Johnson Still Not Close To New Deal
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson does not expect to sign a new deal before the team's game against the Redskins in Week 1. Johnson is in the last year of his rookie contract. Coming off of his wrist injury, Johnson has to have a great season if he wants to earn what some of his peers have recently been given. That being said, the extra motivation should make him a top RB1 candidate for the season and one of the highest scoring players at his position each week, starting against the Redskins.

3 months ago: David Johnson Is An RB1 Heading Into Week 1
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to take on a workhorse role from the start of the team's Week 1 matchup against the Washington Redskins. Johnson is coming back from a lost season and playing for a contract in his fourth season. Johnson should be considered a top-tier RB1 for this matchup and for the rest of the season, regardless of his team's opponent.

3 months ago: David Johnson Adds Weight Ahead of 2018
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has added weight ahead of the 2018 season. After going on a vegan diet in 2017, Johnson has bulked up to 224 pounds to enter the season. Playing for a contract, it is no surprise that Johnson wants to be able to absorb more hits in a very important year. All signs are pointing up for the running back, who should be a first round pick in fantasy drafts regardless of the format and is a stud at the position for the 2018 season.

3 months ago: David Johnson Unlikely To Get New Deal Before Season
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson and the team are far apart in talks for a new deal and an extension isn't expected to happen before the season opener, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Johnson is scheduled to make $1.88 million in base salary in the final year of his rookie deal. He led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total scores in 2016 but missed 15 games with a wrist injury in 2017. Even with a lost season last year, Johnson is a top-five fantasy talent and should once again be the focal point of the offense.

4 months ago: David Johnson To Start Against Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to start against the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury but is now playing for a contract entering his fourth year. Johnson should demonstrate his ability tonight and is a top DFS option for the evening. Additionally, barring injury, Johnson should be considered a locked-in first round pick in redraft leagues and a bonafide RB1 heading into the season.

4 months ago: David Johnson Declares Himself Ready For Season
Arizona Johnson running back David Johnson (wrist), returning from a major knee injury, said on Thursday that he is ready for the games to count for real. "The preseason? No. I'm ready for the regular season," Johnson said, when asked about a potential larger workload in Sunday's third preseason tilt against the Dallas Cowboys. Fantasy owners having been shying away from nabbing Johnson early in the first round of both standard and PPR drafts despite the fact he missed the entire 2017. Luckily for Johnson, it was a wrist injury and not an ailment involving his legs, thus the optimism among the fantasy owners. He has had a propensity for injury, but when healthy he is an absolute stud.

4 months ago: David Johnson Motivated To Have Big Year
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, who missed the final 15 games of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury, is highly motivated to prove that he's still one of the best backs in the NFL. He's less than two years removed from leading the league and setting a team record with 2,118 yards from scrimmage. "I definitely feel like people seem to have forgotten about me. You hear people talking about Todd Gurley, Zeke Elliott and Lev Bell -- and they're great backs. But then you notice that you're not hearing your name or people are not talking about you," Johnson said. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Johnson is supremely motivated to excel, which is great for both fantasy owners and the Cardinals. If you miss out on Le'Veon Bell or Todd Gurley in the top couple of picks, Johnson is a fine consolation prize.

4 months ago: David Johnson Hoping Play Helps In Contract Talks
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is hoping that his play early in the season will be enough to give him a solid extension after the back missed last season with an injury. Johnson was a fantasy superstar in 2016 after breaking out at the end of the 2015 season. Now that he is motivated to produce at a high level and earn himself a large new contract, expect Johnson to live up to his first round billing and be a top-level workhorse back for fantasy football.

4 months ago: David Johnson Only Has Two Rushes In Preseason Opener
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had two rushes for 28 yards in the team's opening preseason game against the Chargers. Johnson played well but ultimately was given a rest early in the game while the team tried out other options at the position. Meanwhile, rookie running back Chase Edmonds had give carries for 11 yards but scored a touchdown in his first game with the team. For now, it looks like Johnson should be considered a first rounder in fantasy drafts given his projected workload this year while Edmond is a handcuff to watch throughout the rest of the preseason.

4 months ago: David Johnson Not Close To New Contract
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is not close to a new deal with the team despite showing up for preseason training camp. While this may not be the best news for Johnson's personal future, fantasy owners who are targeting Johnson in redraft leagues should be happy considering the former All-Pro running back is entering a contract year with everything to play for. As of now, Johnson should be considered a locked-in first round pick in fantasy drafts and a bonafide RB1.

6 months ago: David Johnson Likely To Receive Extension
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has stated that running back David Johnson is expected to receive a contract extension in the near future. This comes in after Johnson sat out of the three-day mandatory minicamp. Because of the positive outlook for these contract talks, it is safe to say that Johnson will be involved as a Cardinals player this season and in the future, making his redraft and dynasty value the same -- a member of the elite tier of running backs.

6 months ago: David Johnson Will Reportedly Skip Three-Day Minicamp
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to skip the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. Johnson is holding out for a contract extension, as the fourth-year pro is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Johnson was injured almost all of last season, but if he is able to resolve his contract dispute with the team, he could step into one of the largest workloads in the NFL and offers three-down workhorse potential as a locked-in RB1 and first-round fantasy draft pick.

6 months ago: David Johnson's Injury Not Serious
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson recently sat out of practice with an undisclosed injury. However, per multiple sources, the injury is not considered serious. Johnson is entering a contract year after sitting out almost the entire 2017 season with a wrist injury. The previous year, Johnson was the No. 1 fantasy player in all formats. Therefore, he should warrant a first-round pick in redraft leagues even with the 2017 injury.

7 months ago: David Johnson Still Wants 1,000 Rushing, 1,000 Receiving Yards
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has stated that his goal for the season is still 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. This would make him a locked-in, high-end RB1 for the season and see him return to the form that he exhibited in 2016. Johnson spent all of last season injured but is back to full health and should be the main weapon in a run-based Cardinals attack. Therefore, Johnson should be considered a first-round pick in every draft format this year.

9 months ago: David Johnson Is Fully Healed
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is fully healed from his wrist injury that he sustained in Week 1 of the 2017 season. Johnson should be back for OTA's, making his return for the 2018 season a certainty. As a result of Johnson's three-down versatility, he should be considered a locked-in RB1 on a team that will rely on the ground game. Consider Johnson a first round pick in the majority of fantasy formats this season.

9 months ago: David Johnson Expected To Be Back for OTA's
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to be back for OTA's after suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 of the 2017 season. This is good news for fantasy owners as Johnson projects to be one of the best running backs in the league if he is healthy and should be considered a locked-in RB1 with the upside to finish as the top player at the position. All is looking well with Johnson's wrist and he should be considered fully healthy going into the preseason.

9 months ago: David Johnson Expected To Be Back for OTA's
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to be back for OTA's after suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 of the 2017 season. This is good news for fantasy owners as Johnson projects to be one of the best running backs in the league if he is healthy and should be considered a locked-in RB1 with the upside to finish as the top player at the position. All is looking well with Johnson's wrist and he should be considered fully healthy going into the preseason.

9 months ago: David Johnson Expected To Be Back for OTA's
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is expected to be back for OTA's after suffering a wrist injury in Week 1 of the 2017 season. This is good news for fantasy owners as Johnson projects to be one of the best running backs in the league if he is healthy and should be considered a locked-in RB1 with the upside to finish as the top player at the position. All is looking well with Johnson's wrist and he should be considered fully healthy going into the preseason.

11 months ago: David Johnson Back To Full Strength
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) is back to 100 percent health. Johnson is finally healthy after his injury cost him all but one game and 17 touches. It will be an offseason of change for Johnson, who must adjust to a new coach and is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. Although Bruce Arians relies on three-down bellcows to an unusual degree, whomever replaces him will do the same with Johnson. Johnson turned 26 in December.

1 year ago: David Johnson Making Progress But Can't Predict Return
Cardinals running back David Johnson's cast on his wrist is off, but he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him and does not know if he will return this season. Given the uncertainty, Johnson projects as a late season lottery ticket at best given both the presence of fellow running back Adrian Peterson and the tough timetable for recovery that Johnson has in front of him. Keep Johnson on your radars; he should be picked up in every league he is available, even if its only for a chance at his upside during the fantasy playoffs.

1 year ago: David Johnson Has His Cast Removed
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) had the cast on his wrist removed Monday following his surgery a few weeks ago. However, his return for the season is still questionable and he should only be monitored as a high-upside lottery ticket given the presence of veteran running back Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Peterson projects as an RB2 for the rest of the season; however, if Johnson were to return, it is unknown how the backfield would shake up given the presence of the two talented players.

1 year ago: David Johnson Getting Closer
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will have his cast removed on Monday and is hopeful that he will return this season. He has not played since Week 1 and reports have him coming back as early as Thanksgiving and as late as Christmas. Johnson had a moment of levity when discussing his rehab, saying: "People say it's unfortunate for me and for their fantasy team. Hopefully it works out now for both of us." Yes David, we hope it does work out for all of us.

1 year ago: David Johnson Optimistic About Return
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist, injured reserve) said he is "staying optimistic" about returning this season. Both coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim threw cold water on Johnson's return Tuesday, but the back is still holding out hope. "I'm still trying to get on the field as soon as I can, but I've got to be 100 percent," Johnson said. "I've got to make sure the wrist is 100 percent." Even if Johnson returns this season, it looks like Week 16 or Week 17, keeping him out of the fantasy playoffs as well. He is not a must-hold for teams fighting for a playoff spot.

1 year ago: David Johnson Doubtful To Return This Year
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians doubts that running back David Johnson (wrist) will play again this year. There remains a chance that Johnson will be back later this year, but it's looking like a long shot at this point, and his owners shouldn't feel compelled to hold onto him in shallow leagues. That's one of the reasons why Arizona traded for Adrian Peterson, who will continue to carry the load in the backfield for the Cards. Peterson will continue to be a solid RB2 choice for fantasy owners in Week 9 against the Niners in a solid matchup.

1 year ago: Bruce Arians Hopes To Have David Johnson Back By Christmas
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that he hopes to have star running back David Johnson back by Christmas. This comes one day after Johnson was told he would miss two to three months as a result of wrist surgery. Fantasy owners should be concerned, as Johnson was most likely the core of every team he was drafted into. With news that Chris Johnson has re-signed with the Cardinals, it remains to be seen how the backfield will unfold in the coming weeks, but the Cards are expected to employ a running-back-by-committee approach, headlined by Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington.

1 year ago: David Johnson To Miss 2-3 Months With Wrist Injury
Cardinals star running back David Johnson will have wrist surgery and is expected to miss two to three months following the Cardinals game against the Lions in the first week of the season. The Cardinals are placing Johnson on injured reserve this season, which means he can still come back after a minimum of eight weeks. This is devastating news to fantasy owners who most likely selected Johnson with a top three pick in drafts this year. Kerwynn Williams becomes an immediate waiver wire pickup and owners should keep tabs on the situation surrounding the resigning of Chris Johnson.

1 year ago: David Johnson Could Miss A Considerable Amount Of Time
According to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) is expected to miss an "extended period of time," and is a candidate for injured reserve. Rapsheet's report came minutes after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Johnson and the Cardinals were still considering all the options. Schefter maintains either two-to-four weeks or three-to-four months is a possibility depending on which doctor's recommendation the Cardinals go with. If Johnson were to go on injured reserved, that means that he would miss at least eight weeks, but he should be stashed on the IR either way . Andre Ellington has proven time and again he can't stay healthy with an early-down role, making Kerwynn Williams the best future play in Arizona.

2 years ago: David Johnson Looking Good In Rehab
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson posted a video on social media of him leaping out of water during his rehab from a sprained MCL in his knee. He injured his knee in Week 17, and the rehab timetable was estimated at six to eight weeks. Johnson appears to be on track and should be fully healthy for the start of the 2017 season, barring any setbacks. The talented running back had 1,239 yards on the ground with 16 scores and added 80 catches for 120 more yards and four touchdowns in 2016. It's basically between Johnson and Le'Veon Bell for the first overall pick in fantasy in 2017. You can't go wrong either way.

2 years ago: David Johnson Escapes With Just A Sprained MCL In Week 17
The Arizona Cardinals had an unfortunate scare in the season finale when David Johnson had to be carted to the locker room to get his knee looked at. Fortunately, it only ended up being a sprained MCL instead of a much more significant injury like an ACL tear. Being knocked out of the game against Los Angeles meant DJ wouldn't finish the year as a top-five rusher, clocking in at seventh with 1,239 yards. He did, however, end the year with 16 touchdowns on the ground, second only to LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots. Johnson's MCL sprain shouldn't influence his 2017 outlook in any way.