• David Johnson

  • RB
  • , Houston Texans
  • 29
  • 224 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Johnson should be a shoo-in for 280+ touches as long as he can stay healthy. (Carlos Hyde saw 255 last year and only caught 10 passes!) Through the first six games, prior to injury, Johnson was the No. 5 fantasy running back and is currently the 20th back off the board. He wasn’t particularly efficient in his touches, but I doubt that Bill O’Brien makes that trade for him and limits his workload in any way. I’d love to see Duke Johnson in this feature role, but I just don’t see it happening without an injury to David.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

HOU RB David Johnson - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As ESPN's Matthew Berry noted, David Johnson moves to Houston in a deal that may have caused those in the NFL to scratch their heads but had fantasy managers rejoicing. Johnson is a very good pass-catcher (he had 36 receptions in the first six games last season and his 52.5 receiving yards per game in that span was second among running backs). Since he entered the NFL in 2015, only he and Christian McCaffrey have logged seasons of 800-plus rushing yards and receiving yards. According to NFL.com, especially with DeAndre Hopkins gone, Johnson has the potential to be precisely the type of weapon Deshaun Watson needs. In turn, the mobile Watson should help Johnson thrive, given that Johnson won't face nearly as many loaded boxes as he did during his best campaigns, when Carson Palmer was under center.

Fantasy Downside
Johnson made just nine starts while dealing with injuries and falling behind Kenyan Drake on the Cardinals' depth chart last season. This coming on the heels of a disappointing 2018 season and a 2017 campaign that was all but erased by a wrist injury.

2020 Bottom Line
Bottom line? In Houston Johnson will be in a position to succeed -- he just has to stay on the field. The argument is this: If Carlos Hyde can run for 1,000 yards in Houston, Johnson is going to light this thing up. Also, for the reason outlined above, Johnson logged just 130 touches in 2019 with the Cardinals, so he should be fresh and ready to handle whatever comes his way.

2020 Strength of Schedule - HOU

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
25
@KC
10
BAL
5
@PIT
12
MIN
31
JAX
21
@TEN
24
GB
BYE31
@JAX
29
@CLE
4
NE
28
@DET
8
IND
14
@CHI
8
@IND
27
CIN
21
TEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1DET1882004.56655179.1719.725.777/8986.5%
2@BAL714102.0010010.007.48.436/6060.0%
3CAR1137003.36628194.6712.518.565/7586.7%
4SEA1140003.6489901112.3813.921.954/6385.7%
5@CIN1791005.353650521.6715.618.654/7770.1%
6ATL1234102.836681811.3322.228.252/6975.4%
7@NYG12002.0000000.000.20.23/654.6%
8@NO--------------
9SF--------------
10@TB52010.4018018.00-1.00.030/7042.9%
11@SF00000.0000000.000.00.09/6913.0%
12BYE--------------
13LAR415003.7529024.502.44.415/6423.4%
14PIT319006.332341217.0011.313.322/6036.7%
15CLE36002.0000000.000.60.613/6121.3%
16@SEA23001.5014014.000.71.715/6921.7%
17@LAR00000.0000000.000.00.00/680.0%
Per game7.2326.540.150.083.672.7728.460.313.6210.288.1210.8834.23/68.5448.31%
Totals94345213.673637044710.28105.5141.5445/95948.31%
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