David Johnson Injury Update Improves Kenyan Drake Week 9 Fantasy Outlook for Thursday Night Football

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David Johnson is set to miss what is essentially his third straight game as the Arizona Cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. He joins Chase Edmonds, who has already been ruled out, and clears a path for newly-acquired Kenyan Drake to make an impact in fantasy football.

Is David Johnson Playing This Week?

Johnson sat out Week 8, and only managed to play three snaps in Week 7 despite officially being listed as active in that game. His workload was strong through six full contests though, averaging 19.5 opportunities (12.7 carries plus 6.8 targets) per game.

Chase Edmonds Injury Update

Edmonds inherited that workload with 27 carries and four targets in Week 7 before making an early exit himself in Week 8. Acquiring Drake in a trade from the Miami Dolphins is a good sign that they will be happy to let him step up in a lead role like DJ and Edmonds had while they are sidelined.

Drake also projects as a good fit in the Cardinals' offense. Like Johnson, Drake is a receiving threat out of the backfield with an average of 5.5 targets and 3.7 receptions per game in 2019 after averaging 4.6 targets and 3.3 receptions in 2018.

Drake doesn't find himself in the easiest situation for his debut, however. Playing on Thursday night means he's only had a short week to try to pick up the new offense, and the 49ers' defense is one of the best in the NFL, grading out as the second-best unit in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.

Still, with only Zach Zenner threatening his workload, Drake should be in for plenty of volume in his first game as a Cardinal. He sits at RB20 in our Week 9 PPR fantasy football rankings and is a fantasy player to start for Thursday Night Football.

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