Would You Rather: Kenyan Drake or David Johnson for Rest of Fantasy Football Season
The Arizona Cardinals' backfield has been one of the toughest to gauge in recent weeks, following the emergence of Chase Edmonds and then the trade for Kenyan Drake from the Miami Dolphins. All the while, incumbent starter David Johnson has really struggled as of late, most notably last week when he rushed five times for two yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Edmonds currently out, dealing with a hamstring injury, the Arizona backfield belongs to Johnson and Drake for the foreseeable future. Both guys have a tough matchup in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, who are 10.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and allow the fourth fewest fantasy points to running backs.
Despite the 49ers posing a tough matchup, it's the same defense Drake shredded in his Cardinals' debut two week ago. On Thursday Night Football in Glendale, Drake rushed 15 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, adding four catches for 52 yards.
Johnson has not officially lost his starting role in the Cardinals' backfield, but recent developments have clearly not been promising. In addition to both Edmonds and Drake outproducing him on the field, Johnson looked remarkably slow on a shotgun handoff last week, causing many on Twitter to wonder whether he was still hurt or just lost the will to play football.
While Johnson will get opportunities going forward, it has been reported by ESPN's Josh Weinfuss that Drake has already surpassed him on the depth chart. Drake was seen practicing with the first-stringers leading up to Week 11, while Johnson was brought in with the second unit.
While Drake is likely the guy to own, this is still a backfield to avoid for fantasy purposes, if at all possible. The Cardinals are a pass-heavy team that should continue falling behind in games, and soon Edmonds will likely return to further muddle the situation.
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