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David Johnson is finally looking like the fantasy stud we all imagined when he went in the top 5 picks of our draft this year.
If only Byron Leftwich had been the Cardinals offensive coordinator all season long.
Since Leftwich took over as OC two games ago, Johnson has been absolutely torching defenses and racking up fantasy points for his owners. His last game against the Chiefs on Sunday was by far his best this year.
The Byron Leftwich impact on David Johnson is a good one. Season-highs set today:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 11, 2018
* 28 total touches
* 7 catches
* 85 receiving yards
* 183 total yards
* First game with a rushing & receiving TD in 2018
When Mike McCoy was the Cardinals OC, Johnson simply didn't get that volume of touches. It was perhaps the most frustrating thing for fantasy owners, considering Johnson was by far the best offensive weapon on the Cardinals team.
Among the most frustrating aspects was his lack of targets in the passing game, especially for a player who had 80 catches, 120 targets and over 850 receiving yards in 2016. Well, that issue appears to be resolved.
David Johnson per-game receiving Weeks 1-7 with Mike McCoy:— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 11, 2018
4.3 targets, 2.9 receptions, 23.7 yards, 0.14 TDs
Weeks 8-10 with Byron Leftwich:
6.5 targets, 5.5 receptions, 63 yards, 0.5 TDs
Cleary the success of Johnson can be directly attributed to a change in offensive leadership. Leftwich is getting Johnson the ball, which seems painfully obvious, and giving him opportunities to succeed, which he is.
David Johnson 100+ yard games wiith Mike McCoy: 1 of 7. 40+ rec yards: 1 of 7— Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades) November 11, 2018
With Byron Leftwich: 2 of 2
Unreal how stubborn McCoy is at adapting his style to his players
With a game against the Raiders on tap for this week, expect Leftwich to keep getting his star the ball and Johnson to keep rewarding fantasy owners for their patience.
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