Kenyan Drake Fantasy Emergence Could Hurt David Johnson Value for Remainder of 2019 Season

Zach Brunner
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David Johnson returned to the field in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his usage, or lack thereof, raised plenty of questions about his fantasy value moving forward.

In his second game in an Arizona Cardinals' uniform, after being traded from the Miami Dolphins, Kenyan Drake put together another solid performance, and even out-snapped Johnson.

Drake finished the game with 10 carries for 35 yards to go along with six catches for six yards. Those figures aren't particularly impressive, but Drake played 43 snaps to Johnson's 29, and saw seven targets to Johnson's one.

If this trend continues, it's extremely worrying for Johnson owners. The Cardinals' offensive line has not done a great job creating running lanes this season, and when healthy, Johnson has been doing most of his damage in the passing game.

Drake ran eight more routes than Johnson did in Week 10, hauling in six receptions on seven targets for six yards. Johnson, on the other hand, saw just one target with one reception against the Buccaneers.

This certainly looks like it's going to be a backfield split for the rest of the season. Even if Johnson gets healthier and begins performing better, his snap share and usage will not likely return the mid-RB1 numbers many were expecting when he was drafted at that value to begin the season.


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