ZERO Touches in Week 11 for David Johnson
Entering the 2019 season, David Johnson was highly touted as a first round pick in fantasy football drafts. With little competition in the backfield, he was due for a large volume of work and new head coach Kilff Kingsbury vowed Johnson would be a focal point in both the rushing and passing attack.
After Week 1, it looked like Johnson would meet expectations thanks to 86 yards on the ground and 55 yards off seven catches including a touchdown. Johnson continued to play well through about the second week of October but that's when the wheels fell off in a big way.
In Week 8, Johnson started the game for the Cardinals but saw just a handful of snaps and had just one carry. Meanwhile, teammate Chase Edmonds had a monster day with three touchdowns and over 100 yards against the Giants. Johnson missed the next two games with an ankle and back injury. He was back in action and off the injury report for the team's Week 10 bout against the Bucs. He finished with five carries and two yards. Johnson was active again in Week 11 where he played nine snaps but didn't receive a single touch.
Which leads us to our current predicament.
The Cardinals are heading into their bye week, expect to have Chase Edmonds fully recovered from his hamstring injury and now have Kenyan Drake (who they traded for prior to Week 9) seemingly taking over as the team's starting running back.
A massive fall from grace, Johnson was a fantasy football MVP in 2016 when he rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 80 passes for 879 yards and another four year scores. But in 2017 he played just two quarters before fracturing bones in his wrist and missing the rest of the season. He returned in 2018 but ran behind one of the worst offensive lines in football on one of the worst teams in football. Somehow he still managed to pickup 1,386 yards from scrimmage and ten touchdowns.
So what do fantasy managers do with the less than stellar David Johnson? For starters...you no longer start him. It's clear Kingsbury has bigger plans to utilize Drake instead of the versatile Johnson. But you can't flat out cut him from your team either. He's far too talented and Drake has given no indication he can stay healthy. Instead fantasy managers must now treat Johnson as the handcuff for Kenyan Drake and not the other way around.