Fantasy Football: Arizona Cardinals RB outlook
The Arizona Cardinals have had a rough time running the ball through the first two games of the season. With starter, and most likely a top 2 pick in your draft, David Johnson, getting injured in Week 1, the Cardinals have had to rely more on their passing game as the team ranks 5th in passing attempts through two weeks. So far in 2017, the Cardinals rank 30th overall in rushing yards and 28th in yards per rush. Starting any running back on the team has not worked out well through two games, but over time, Arizona should figure out who will get the bulk of the carries until their star running back returns from injury.
Kerwynn Williams was given the start in the team’s Week 2 matchup, but could not get anything going as he finished with 9 rushes for 22 yards. Andre Ellington was in the same boat as Williams as he could only muster 2 carriers for 11 yards and 3 catches for 12 yards. Newly resigned veteran Chris Johnson had a much better outing with 11 rushes for 44 yards. Although Johnson’s numbers won’t jump off the page, he was clearly the most effective option out of the backfield and might be in line for an expanded role going forward. In 2015, Johnson had a resurgence with the Cardinals with 196 carries, 816 yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns. Last season was a different story as he played in just four games and only had 25 rushes for 95 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. With David Johnson on the shelf for a while, the opportunity might be there for Chris Johnson to be the lead back in Arizona. If he were to receive a significant role, he may become a viable fantasy option as a low end RB2, if you’re shallow at the position, or as someone to play in your flex position.
Until David Johnson returns, the Cardinals are going to have to patch up the running game and hope that they can get some kind of production out the position. I don’t believe that Andre Ellington is worth adding to your team due to his severely limited role in the running game so far this season. Although he might have some value as a receiver out of the backfield, there are better options to consider in Arizona. Both Kerwynn Williams and Chris Johnson should be added from free agency and for right now fantasy owners should just wait and see how the Arizona run game plays out. Both running backs have an opportunity to get the majority of the carriers from now until David Johnson returns. However as of right now, I would say that Chris Johnson is the better option due to his track record as a number one running back and his performance in Week 2 compared to that of Williams. Johnson may not be what he used to be, but he can still play, and with that, could become fantasy relevant once again.
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