David Johnson has all but officially been benched by the Arizona Cardinals, even though head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team was in a "running back-by-committee" approach heading into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson was a non-factor in the team's 36-26 loss in Week 11, having no touches and playing just nine snaps.
"It's not as much as what he's not showed us," Kingsbury said about Johnson after the game. "KD (Kenyan Drake), like I said, played really well against them the first game if you remember so we wanted to get him going again in this game versus them."
It's possible Johnson is hurt, although why wouldn't the team just admit that. Johnson also wasn't on the injury report, but the story said he's possibly still dealing with a bad back. The Cards have a bye in Week 12 and Johnson has now played just 41 snaps with six carries for four yards over the last three games. It's still worth holding Johnson, at least to see if this is injury-related. Edmonds is due back after the bye week, so it admittedly doesn't look good for Johnson and his owners right now.
ARI RB Chase Edmonds - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 8 at New Orleans Saints
Chase Edmonds had a huge game against the Giants last week as starter David Johnson carried the ball only once, despite starting the game. Edmonds finished with 27 carries, 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the way to the Cardinals’ third consecutive win. Edmonds has been largely a handcuff for much of the season, but he’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has value as the starter if Johnson misses extended time.
With Johnson’s status in the air this week and the Cardinals adding veteran backs to the roster, expect Edmonds to get a full workload against the Saints. It’s not a great matchup for him, as the Saints are fourth in the league in aFPA to opposing running backs, but workload should still make him a candidate for RB2 numbers. He should be a hot waiver addition for teams needing help at the position.