David Johnson Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook After Solid Performance in Week 5 Against Bengals

Max Staley
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David Johnson has been pretty much exactly as advertised this season. He had an average draft position (ADP) of RB6 during the offseason in PPR leagues, and he ranks as RB6 in PPR scoring through five games played.

He played one of his best games of the season in Week 5, racking up 91 rushing yards on 17 carries and adding another 65 yards receiving on three receptions. Unfortunately, Johnson played through a back injury on Sunday, which could cloud his value going forward.

Johnson has typically done most of his damage in the passing game this season. He's racked up 33 receptions for 247 receiving yards while averaging 10.3 yards per reception and tacking on two receiving TDs.

Johnson also owns a 7 percent market share of his team's air yards, which is the third-highest mark among all RBs, and he has a 16 percent target share, which is the 10th-highest mark among all RBs.

This type of volume and usage in the passing game makes Johnson particularly dangerous in PPR formats, but this back injury is definitely troubling for his fantasy outlook. While it's certainly encouraging that he was ultimately able to play through the back ailment, the effect the injury had on him was clear.

Arizona plays the Falcons next week, which is potentially a great spot for Johnson, as Atlanta just surrendered 53 points to the Houston Texans in Week 5.

It will be important for Johnson's fantasy owners to monitor his status throughout the week. If it looks like he's going to be able to suit up, Johnson is safe to fire up as an RB1 against Atlanta.

However, if he's missing practice, then Chase Edmonds, who had 86 yards from scrimmage and a TD in Week 5 while playing behind Johnson, is going to be worth a speculative add on the waiver wire.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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