Since David Johnson authored the ninth-best PPR scoring fantasy football season of all-time in 2016, he has been a nightmare for fantasy football managers. An injury ended his 2017 season after only 46 snaps. In 2018, Johnson finished 11th among running backs in fantasy points per game, but was a disappointing investment as the 2nd running back of most draft boards.
So why should fantasy managers assume an elite season in 2019? Because the circumstances surrounding Johnson's 2019 situation are far more similar to those that led to the 2016 campaign:
- Increased Role: Johnson will be used as a receiver again in 2019
- Increased Volume: Arizona won't be second-to-last in offensive plays run this year
- #NarrativeStreet: If Kliff Kingsbury truly has free reign over his offense, he'll need to lean on Johnson
- Versatile Skill Set: Johnson is a three-down player. Game script shouldn't keep him off the field
These factors make 2,000 yards from scrimmage a scenario within reach for Johnson, putting him squarely in elite RB1 territory.
Imagination is Creation
Last year, Johnson wasn't utilized as a receiver nearly as much as he was under the previous regime with Bruce Arians leading the way. Johnson isn't the kind of player who should be run repeatedly into the backs of his offensive linemen. Most fantasy footballers are already aware of the difference in usage between Johnson's 2016 and 2018 seasons, but the table below provides an easily-digestible refresher of his usage as a pass-catcher.
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