Will David Johnson Return to Fantasy Football Greatness in 2019?

Jun 24, 2019 12:43 PM EDT
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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: David Johnson

  • The Cardinals are poised for an offensive rebound with Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray. Will David Johnson reap the rewards?
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes the running back's chances of a fantasy football revival and whether he's worth a top pick in your draft.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.


The Arizona Cardinals become only the fourth team in the past five seasons to average fewer than 15 points per game en route to their 3-13 record in 2018.

This generally atrocious brand of football resulted in an overhaul of the entire organization. Former Texas Tech head coach and air raid guru Kliff Kingsbury is the man tasked with turning the ship around and developing No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray.

There’s nowhere for the offense to go but up. Still, former All-Pro running back David Johnson is coming off an unremarkable season that left a sour taste in the mouths of his fantasy football investors.

Let’s dive into Johnson’s chances for a revival in 2019 to decide whether he’s worthy of a high first-round investment in your fantasy draft.

David Johnson’s 2018 Wasn’t as Bad as You Remember

Things weren’t great for Johnson and the Cardinals for much of last season, although it was a tale of two halves when it came to his fantasy production.

  • Johnson in Weeks 1-8: 14.5 PPR points per game, overall RB11
  • Johnson in Weeks 10-17: 16.3 PPR points per game, overall RB7

The entire offense benefited from a fairly breezy schedule after its Week 9 bye, and Johnson ultimately rebounded enough to finish as the overall PPR RB9.

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