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Saints trade RB Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:12pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are trading veteran running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported according to a source informed of the deal.

Related players: Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Johnson was subsequently released, so Peterson should slide right into the Arizona RB1 role and get the 10-15 carries that he's been asking for from the Saints. The Cardinals have really struggled to run the ball (2.6 YPC, 52 rushing yards per game, both lowest in the league), and there's no guarantee that Peterson will be able to turn that around since he has averaged just 2.4 YPC in his last 64 carries with the Vikings and Saints. He's not a pass-catcher, so Andre Ellington's fantasy value should remain unchanged. As for the Saints, the move creates more opportunity for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who should split Peterson's workload, such that it was.

Arians: RB Chris Johnson may move up depth chart

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:16pm

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

Arians: RB Chris Johnson might move up depth chart but something to sort out this week.

Related players: Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson ran for 44 on 11 carries and outshined Williams in the game who ran for just 22 yards on nine carries. Williams could get some work, but it looks likes Johnson could end up getting the bulk of the carries going forward. Ellington likely remains a change of pace and third down option.

Bruce Arians outlines Week 2 plan at running back

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:52am

Mike Jurecki - [Full Article]

Bruce Arians on the RB situation: "[Kerwynn Williams] will start in this game. [Andre Ellington] will spell him and play third down. And [Chris Johnson] will get some carries."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson shouldn't be much of a threat to Williams' workload this week since he was recently re-signed. Keep in mind that the team chose Williams (and others) over Johnson when it was time to trim the roster, so a large long-term role for Johnson is far from guaranteed.

Cards make it official, sign RB Chris Johnson

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:58pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals officially placed running back David Johnson on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least eight weeks before being eligible to return. He will undergo surgery for a dislocated wrist and is expected to miss 2-3 months.

The team also made the signings of running backs Chris Johnson and D.J. Foster official. Foster was signed off the Patriots practice squad. Chris Johnson was with the Cardinals until they released him Sept. 2.

Related players: Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams

Fantasy Impact:

This certainly muddies the Cards RB situation and puts a dent in Williams fantasy upside as eventually both Johnson and Williams will be battling for early down carries. As we stated earlier today, Tarik Cohen and Javorius Allen are now more attractive pickups on your wire.

Cardinals RB David Johnson needs wrist surgery, out 2-3 months

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:00pm

Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora

Schefter: Cardinals are placing RB David Johnson on IR, per source, but with the chance to return this season. Johnson is expected to miss 2-3 months, source tells ESPN.

La Canfora: Cardinals intend to sign Chris Johnson with today's MRI confirmed wrist surgery and IR (possibly to return) for David Johnson.

Related players: Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington

Fantasy Impact:

The earliest Johnson could return would be Week 10. The Cardinals play on Thursday that week (11/9), and that would be very close to two months of recovery. A three-month recovery timetable would put Johnson's return around Week 14. Owners need to hold onto Johnson if they can, if only to see how his recovery is shaping up in late October. At that point, if the Cardinals are already out of the playoff hunt (unlikely, but possible), the team will probably just shut Johnson down for the year. In the meantime, Kerwynn Williams is likely to lead the team in carries while Andre Ellington is the favorite to assume most of Johnson's role in the passing game. If the Cardinals do sign Chris Johnson, it puts a dent in Williams' upside as a ballcarrier since the two will be vying for carries on early downs. As far as this week's waiver wire goes, Tarik Cohen (especially in PPR leagues) and Javorius Allen are more attractive pickups than any of the Arizona running backs, but there is certainly a path for Williams and/or Ellington to turn into viable RB2/flex plays.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) may need surgery

Monday, September 11, 2017, 3:27pm

Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport, Adam Caplan

Cardinals: Bruce Arians says RB David Johnson is seeking a second opinion. Prognosis is a dislocated wrist.

Rapoport: Arians tells reporters David Johnson’s initial prognosis is the same as TJ Logan… who is out 12 weeks.

Schefter: Bruce Arians said Cardinals will consider resigning RB Chris Johnson.

Caplan: Game changer for Cardinals if he does go on IR. Kerywnn Williams actually did well in 2014 with Cards for 3 game heavy workload.

Related players: Andre Ellington

Fantasy Impact:

If the Cardinals do sign Chris Johnson, this will likely turn into a committee with Williams and Johnson vying for carries and Ellington handling David Johnson's duties in the passing game. From a clarity standpoint, it's not easy to pick one to target in waivers, though at this point Williams probably has the most value in standard formats while Ellington is an intriguing pickup in PPR leagues.

Cards RB Andre Ellington shows some explosion

Monday, August 14, 2017, 4:10pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Andre Ellington didn’t have an overwhelming statistical night on Saturday against the Raiders, but did show glimpses of the player who once upon a time was the starting running back for the Cardinals.

Ellington finished with 20 rushing yards on seven carries, added four catches for 31 yards, and did not make any mistakes in pass protection.

Ellington’s most notable run was a 15-yarder in which he had nice blocking, and he also had a 13-yard reception.

“He’s healthy for the first time in two years,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He showed it on two or three runs (Saturday) and a couple of passes.”

Related players: David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams

Fantasy Impact:

Ellington told the writer the string of injuries affected him physically and mentally. The story said Ellington is fourth on the depth chart right now behind David Johnson, Chris Johnson and Williams.

Cardinals re-sign RB Chris Johnson

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 3:25pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Cardinals are re-signing RB Chris Johnson, per source. Back for another season in Arizona, more backfield depth.

Related players: Kerwynn Williams

Fantasy Impact:

It looked like Williams was going to serve as David Johnson's backup, but now he'll have to compete with Johnson for that role.

Cards put RB Chris Johnson on IR

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5:45pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals will be without running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch for at least eight weeks as both players were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

NFL rules allow for one player to be eligible to return to the active roster eight weeks after his injured reserve designation, so one of the two could return in early December while the other will miss the rest of the season.

Johnson and Branch are both dealing with groin injuries suffered during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Related players: David Johnson, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor

Fantasy Impact:

Both players are having sports hernia surgery according to reports. Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor are the other two backs on the Cards roster and Ellington has had his share of injuries in his career. The team, on Tuesday, re-signed running back Kerwynn Williams, who was released before the season began.

Chris Johnson back in action

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson was nervous during the Arizona Cardinals’ Red and White practice on Saturday about getting tackled for the first time since fracturing his tibia in Week 12 last season.

He was, in particular, concerned how his knee would hold up, but once he took his first hit, those nerves disappeared.

“Once I got hit the first time, it was like, ‘OK, it feels normal,’” Johnson said.

Fantasy Impact:

The 30-year-old running back had 814 yards before his injury, which was fourth most in the NFL through the first 12 weeks. Getting reacquainted to hits was another step for Johnson in his return back from the first major injury of his career, which ended his season. When Johnson went down, David Johnson took over and is expected to get a majority of carries with Chris Johnson backing him up. Chris Johnson could be a serviceable fantasy player if David Johnson ever goes down with an injury.

Cardinals hint at 'hot hand' approach at running back

Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:20pm

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

For nine games last year, Chris Johnson got to call himself the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals. Entering 2016, he doesn’t think the starting title will matter much.

“In our room I don’t really think we have like a solid starting running back, because with this type of offense, we do so many things as a running back,” Johnson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “(David Johnson) got his things that he’s good at and I got my things that I’m good at, and (Bruce Arians) knows how to get both of us the ball.”

Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin confirmed last week that the Cardinals are going to determine their starting running back on a week-by-week and game-by-game basis.

“Being with (Bruce Arians) since 2007, the hot hand always wins,” Goodwin said. “So, if David is killing, Chris falls back a little bit. If Chris is killing it, vice versa. Obviously there is going to be a lead dog starting every game, but to me if some guy is feeling it that day — if Michael Jordan is feeling it, you keep feeding him the ball. If David is feeling it, keep feeding him the ball. If Chris is feeling it, keep feeding him the ball. So, it’s a good problem to have."

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson is being drafted like he's the clear workhorse for the Cardinals, but that doesn't sound like it's the case. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson is an afterthought in early fantasy drafts and could offer nice value in the final rounds. Remember, the veteran out-touched the rookie 18.4 to 4.9 in the 11 games in which they both played.

Arians: David Johnson earned right to be 'bell cow'

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a challenge most coaches would only wish for. He has three starting running backs in his backfield. On the other hand, he has the unenviable task of dividing one football multiple ways.

“It’s my job to get them the ball enough because they can all do different things,” Arians said.

With Chris Johnson re-signing with the Cardinals in March, the backfield tandem of David Johnson, who’s entering his second season, and Andre Ellington became a trio. All three have started for the Cardinals. All three have rushed for at least 581 yards in a season.

But with David Johnson's emergence in the final five games last year after Chris went down with a fractured tibia, he’s established himself as the Cardinals’ feature back.

“David’s earned the right now to be the bell cow,” Arians said. “Everybody’s got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open.”

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson finished with 581 yards in his rookie season, 442 of which came in the final five games -- the third most in the NFL during that span. Chris Johnson had 814 yards, fourth most in the league at the time he went down. David Johnson is poised to be one of the top fantasy backs in drafts this summer, but will likely lose some work to Chris Johnson and even Ellington on third down. However, Ellington has struggled to stay healthy over the last few years.

Cardinals re-sign RB Chris Johnson

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:15pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

RB Chris Johnson is re-signing a one-year deal with Arizona, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was the #15 RB (standard) through the first 11 weeks prior to going down with an injury in Week 12. The dynamic has changed with David Johnson likely to assume RB1 duties. Johnson will provide depth and eat into Andre Ellington's potential upside.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington both out, David Johnson should see the bulk of the touches against the Rams, who are #18 in RB aFPA. HC Bruce Arians says he could get “up to 25 touches” against the Rams, so he’s a Sneaky Start this week.

Chris Johnson placed on IR/return

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 6:41pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Arizona has placed Chris Johnson on the injured reserve/designated to return list, a move that means the only way the running back will play again this season is if the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Johnson chipped or fractured his tibia where it meets his left knee. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed details of the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

By being on the list, Johnson can't resume practice for six weeks and can't play in a game for eight weeks. This almost certainly means David Johnson is going to get a chance to have a lot more touches and could at least be the early down replacement for Chris Johnson, with Andre Ellington being involved in the passing game and as a change of pace. David Johnson has had fumbling issues during his rookie year, but does have eight TDs.

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