How David Johnson Trade Impacts His, Kenyan Drakes’ & Duke Johnson’s Fantasy Football Values

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Mar 16, 2020, 07:45 PM EDT

The new league year kicked off with a blockbuster trade that will send David Johnson to the Texans.

The deal, which includes shipping DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals,  has fantasy implications for skill players on both teams. In this piece our trio of fantasy football experts — Sean Koerner, Matthew Freedman and Chris Raybon — will focus on how it impacts the outlooks (and their initial rankings) for DJ, Kenyan Drake and Duke Johnson.


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What It Means for David Johnson

Freedman

Wow. It’s bad enough that the Texans traded away DeAndre Hopkins and his team-friendly three-year, $39.9 million contract and got back only a second-rounder. It’s even worse that the Texans also included a fourth-rounder in the trade and had to take on Johnson and his painful contract, which calls for $10.2 million this year and carries a cap hit of $11.2 million.

If the Texans were to cut him before June 1, he would count against the salary cap with $16.2 million in dead money.

Ugh.

In his prime, Johnson was a fantasy gawd. His All-Pro campaign in 2016 was a beauty to behold, as he led the league with 2,118 yards and 20 touchdowns from scrimmage and all running backs with 120 targets. He was even fine in 2018, when he returned from a season-ending injury in 2017 and put up 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Last year, however, Johnson was abysmal. By the end of the season, he was nothing more than a change-of-pace backup, and his 715-yard, six-touchdown effort suggests that the elite athleticism he once owned is gone.

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