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David Johnson Fantasy Value Falls in First Game Playing Alongside Kenyan Drake

Jason Schandl
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David Johnson returned to action in Week 10, set to play his first full game since Week 6. He returned to a different Arizona Cardinals' backfield than he left, though, with Chase Edmonds out but recently-acquired Kenyan Drake active.

The early returns on how this offense runs with both Johnson and Drake active are not a good sign for Johnson's fantasy football value going forward.

Johnson ran the ball only three times in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while not seeing a single target.

Drake, though he didn't see the field as often as Johnson, finished the half with four carries and four receptions (on four targets).

Drake may not be taking over as the lead back ahead of Johnson, but the fact that the Cards were willing to put them both on the field at the same time for a significant chunk of snaps is a sign that Drake is going to be able to offer some fantasy upside anyway.

Additionally, quite a bit of Johnson's fantasy value comes from his ability as a pass-catcher, so if Drake continues to cut into that workload, Johnson could become far less valuable down the stretch.

It's worth noting that Johnson could still be suffering ill-effects from his back injury. As the lead RB, Johnson should continue to be worth starting as an RB2 option, but it looks like his upside could be capped significantly by the way that Drake is going to cut into his workload, particularly in the passing game.


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