Cardinals running back David Johnson had his breakout year in 2016. He became a Pro-Bowler and a First Team All-Pro that year. During the 2017 season, Johnson dislocated his wrist in the season opener and didn’t see the field the rest of the season following surgery. It was expected Johnson would come into the 2018 season fully healthy and continue where he left off from the 2016 season.
Now, 2018 left Cardinals fans, NFL fans, and fantasy football owners puzzled by the lack of production from the 2016 Pro-Bowler after having the worst year of his career.
In the upcoming season, fantasy owners will be drafting running backs like Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and Ezekiel Elliott with their first round picks, while Johnson should come into this season as one of the best bargains who will be capable of delivering at RB1. That’s a lot of confidence for someone coming off of his worst year ever, but David Johnson is about to have a great year and could actually be the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year next season.
After a disappointing 3-13 season in 2018, the Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Steve Wilks after just one season. The Cardinals hired former Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury as their new Head Coach.
Kingsbury ran a very explosive offense as the play caller during his time at Texas Tech University. In all six seasons, the Red Raiders averaged at least 30 points per game, 470 total yards, and 300 passing yards per game. In four of those six years, the offense averaged at least 140 rushing yards per game. Johnson happens to be a threat both through the air and on the ground giving the newly found offensive identity someone to help make the Arizona offense something to fear.
Johnson also has a lot of confidence in the offensive system that Kingsbury will bring to the team.
“I definitely hope that a thousand/thousand is reachable and that’s always going to be my goal, with the team coming first.”David Johnson on expectations for 2019
While Johnson may not be your top option at running back, he will be someone to keep an eye on. If your league decides to skip over him because we haven’t seen a really great year since 2016 then you’re going to find yourself a great bargain to help you bring home that Fantasy Football championship.