Adam Thielen and Julian Edelman Fantasy Output Doesn’t Match RB David Johnson as Receiver

Zach Brunner

The Arizona Cardinals have yet to win a game this season, with struggles in multiple facets of their game. However, David Johnson has been one of the team's few bright spots, and he's out-scoring Adam Thielen and Julian Edelman in fantasy football with his receiving stats alone.

Running the football has been an issue for the Cardinals, with Johnson totaling 173 rushing yards through four games, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. However, he's more than made up for that in the passing game.

Johnson has been targeted 28 times this season, catching 21 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, totaling 51.2 fantasy points as a receiver in PPR leagues. He's been RB7 through the first quarter of the season in PPR formats.

Thielen and Edelman both had an average draft position (ADP) of at least WR20, but their performance hasn't matched Johnson's numbers as a receiver.

Edelman has been banged up and has seen his production hurt by game flow, totaling just 21 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown.

Thielen, meanwhile, has been impacted by the Minnesota Vikings' run-heavy offense and by the inaccuracy of Kirk Cousins. Minnesota has run the ball on 49.2 percent of his plays (second-highest percentage in the NFL), and Cousins has only connected on 59 percent of his passes when targeting Thielen.

There's plenty of time for these receivers to bounce back for fantasy owners, but getting out produced by a running back is rarely a good sign – even one as talented as Johnson.

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