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


Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: David Johnson

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.

Tom Brady Free Agency Promo! Bet $5 and Win $100 if TB12 picks any team with the exception of the Jets, Bills or Dolphins

What It Means for David Johnson


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.


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.

Get the EDGE

Unlock The Action EDGE

Become an Action EDGE member to see our experts' fantasy analysis for David Johnson, Kenyan Drake & Duke Johnson.

Get the EDGE
model helps you find edges when betting moneylines and over/unders for the full game
Follow Action Network Staff on Twitter

Top Offers

Odds Boosts
See More >
Odds boosts are simply regular bets offered at enticing odds. They're available to everyone and there's no limit to how many you can bet.
Sportsbook Reviews
See More >
Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks.
Expert Picks
See More >
See what plays the Action Network experts are making for all of today's games.
PRO Membership
See More >
Access betting systems and signals to get daily, actionable picks.
Download the App
See More >
Download the Action app to track all your bets in one place. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions.
See More >
The best sports betting newsletter with trends, insights and news - condensed in a two-minute read.
Live Odds
See More >
See live odds and the best lines for every game.

Follow Us On Social

Top Stories