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I have a great wife and two children, all of whom I love very much, but David Johnson may be my favorite person.

You’re a huge Cards fan and you thought Johnson injured his leg?  

We may not know until after the game starts.. 

On 11/8/2020 at 1:50 PM, Milkman said:

He was amazing in his first 2-3 seasons. Sucks that injuries kind of ruined the back end of his career. That season ending wrist injury game one in 2017 was the worst. Glad he got paid. A true athletic freak like no other. 

When he had that extra gear, no doubt an elite talent. Why so many took him #1 the year he got hurt with the wrist.

Now he is just a guy and his injuries rendered him that way.

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15 hours ago, The Frankman said:

Now that they're free of BOB their sched isn't that scary that they couldn't win 5 of their next 6 or 7.

They're 2-6 and barely beat a Jake Luton led Jags team last week, which is the only team they've beaten so far this year. Currently 14th out of 16 teams in the AFC playoff standings, just lost their starting RB, and their schedule is far from easy the rest of the way- they aren't making the playoffs.

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11 hours ago, Razors Edge said:

When he had that extra gear, no doubt an elite talent. Why so many took him #1 the year he got hurt with the wrist.

Now he is just a guy and his injuries rendered him that way.

Dude is constantly injured and heals incredibly poorly/slowly, what RB ever lost their extra gear after injuring their wrist?

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1 minute ago, kyoun1e said:

Worth picking up if somebody dropped?

Should be off IR soon. Odd to be on IR for a concussion anyway.

 I dunno, he could be hot garbage, this is his schedule once he returns:

IND

CHI

IND

CIN

YIKES..... that is a brutal 3 game stretch.....CIN should be fine, but that is week 16

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Dropped in my league. Looks like there's a good chance he's back.

DJ rank above the usual suspects at RB this week on the wire such Akers, B. Hill and other hot garbage?

 

DAVID JOHNSONRB, HOUSTON TEXANS

David Johnson (concussion, injured reserve) is eligible to return for Week 13 against the Colts. 

Interim coach Romeo Crennel is apparently "hopeful" it will happen. It is not a guarantee we will get an update Wednesday, as the Texans do not have to list the practice status for players who are on injured reserve. We should get word from the assembled media, however, on whether or not Johnson takes part. Duke Johnson has failed to run with starting duties during David's absence. David would be returning to low-end RB2 status. 

SOURCE: The Athletic

Dec 1, 2020, 5:55 PM ET

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Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel said "there's a possibility" David Johnson (personal) could miss Week 14 against Chicago.

Johnson missed practice Friday and is away from the team for a personal issue. There's a chance he doesn't travel to Chicago, leaving Duke Johnson to handle an every-down role. Johnson just returned from a three-game concussion absence last week. Playing against a defense that's allowed only nine rushing touchdowns, Houston's Week 14 backfield should be avoided for the fantasy playoffs.

SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Dec 11, 2020, 11:37 AM ET

 

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6 minutes ago, Twenty-Four Eighty-Four said:

Just put on the COVID list.

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Texans placed David Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list. 

Fantasy managers who planned on rolling with Johnson in Week 14 against Chicago will have to look elsewhere. Johnson, who rushed 10 times for 44 yards and a touchdown last week against the Colts, will miss another game, opening up snaps and carries for Duke Johnson. Fantasy managers should consider Duke Johnson a low-end RB play in PPR formats against the Bears. He should see at least some of the team's high value touches with David Johnson out. 

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SOURCE: Houston Texans on Twitter 

Dec 11, 2020, 4:02 PM ET

 

 

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Texans head coach Romeo Crennel said he expected David Johnson back from the reserve/COVID-19 list this week. 

Johnson was considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for the virus. He missed Week 14 against the Bears, as Duke Johnson handled ten touches in a blowout loss. Duke Johnson should be dropped in most formats if David Johnson is back for Week 15 against the Colts. Neither back has much upside in the flaming rubble of the Texans offense. 

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SOURCE: Aaron Wilson on Twitter 

Dec 14, 2020, 11:42 AM ET

 

 

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Texans activated RB David Johnson from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Coach Romeo Crennel said he expected Johnson to be activated after sitting out Week 14. Johnson will return to lead the Texans' backfield, but his ceiling is capped in a pass heavy offense that projects to be playing from behind. Johnson shouldn't be in lineups for the fantasy semifinals.

Dec 16, 2020, 5:10 PM ET

 

 

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13 hours ago, Faust said:

 

I hear this, but I have to think he'll be ready to go.  Very rested, and a good pass-catcher out of the backfield.  I would expect DJ to be a nice outlet for Watson to help control the pass-rush.  What am I missing here?  Is Buckner still out for IND?  That could open up some running lanes.  

Even two weeks ago when they played IND without DJ, it was a 20-26 ball game.  I don't understand the "pass-heavy" comment.  They were pass-heavy last week mainly b/c Duke couldn't run the ball.  They also had one WR and a bunch of JAGs helping him.  If Cooks is back and DJ at 100%, I'd think this would be a better game this week.

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36 minutes ago, Peak said:

I hear this, but I have to think he'll be ready to go.  Very rested, and a good pass-catcher out of the backfield.  I would expect DJ to be a nice outlet for Watson to help control the pass-rush.  

 

What is baffling is that despite DJ's pass-catching prowess, they don't use him that much in the passing game. Seems like they use Duke more there.

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23 minutes ago, Peak said:

I hear this, but I have to think he'll be ready to go.  Very rested, and a good pass-catcher out of the backfield.  I would expect DJ to be a nice outlet for Watson to help control the pass-rush.  What am I missing here?  Is Buckner still out for IND?  That could open up some running lanes.  

Even two weeks ago when they played IND without DJ, it was a 20-26 ball game.  I don't understand the "pass-heavy" comment.  They were pass-heavy last week mainly b/c Duke couldn't run the ball.  They also had one WR and a bunch of JAGs helping him.  If Cooks is back and DJ at 100%, I'd think this would be a better game this week.

They were pass heavy in that game vs. Indy 2 weeks ago as well, Watson had 38 pass attempts vs. 19 team rushing attempts (10 from DJ, 7 from Watson). Yes, DJ is a very good pass catcher, but they don't really utilize him much for whatever reason (0 catches on 2 targets in that game).

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David Johnson said he expects to be "fully in" this week against the Colts. 

He's in. Johnson missed Week 14 because he was a close contact of someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. He still lead the Texans in total opportunity (rushing attempts plus targets) and profiles as a high-end RB3 based on volume alone this week against the Colts. He gets enough pass game involvement to stay afloat in PPR formats. Duke Johnson fades back to fantasy irrelevance. 

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SOURCE: Sarah Barshop on Twttier 

Dec 17, 2020, 4:11 PM ET

 

 

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9 hours ago, Peak said:

I hear this, but I have to think he'll be ready to go.  Very rested, and a good pass-catcher out of the backfield.  I would expect DJ to be a nice outlet for Watson to help control the pass-rush.  What am I missing here?  Is Buckner still out for IND?  That could open up some running lanes.  

Even two weeks ago when they played IND without DJ, it was a 20-26 ball game.  I don't understand the "pass-heavy" comment.  They were pass-heavy last week mainly b/c Duke couldn't run the ball.  They also had one WR and a bunch of JAGs helping him.  If Cooks is back and DJ at 100%, I'd think this would be a better game this week.

Buckner is listed as questionable and was listed as limited in practice today. 

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David Johnson rushed eight times for 27 yards in the Texans' Week 15 loss to the Colts, adding 11 receptions for 106 additional yards. 

100-yard rushing days have become a pipe dream for 29-year-old Johnson, but with Duke Johnson sidelined, David randomly revived to lead the Texans in receiving. He notched 26- and 31-yard grabs for two of the Texans' biggest plays of the day. Huge for this week, but not a bankable formula going forward. Johnson entered Week 15 having caught more than two passes twice. The Bengals, of course, are a plus matchup, one that will keep Johnson in the low-end RB2 mix for the fantasy finals. 

Dec 20, 2020, 5:17 PM ET

 

 

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Duke Johnson remained out with his neck injury during Wednesday's practice.

It is the same injury that kept Duke out for Week 15 and allowed David Johnson to dominate touches, including over 10 targets against the Colts. Without Duke on the field, David will likely be viewed as a RB2 against the Bengals.

Dec 23, 2020, 9:35 PM ET

 

 

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David Johnson rushed 12 times for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Bengals, catching 3 passes for 11 yards and another touchdown.

Johnson had just 19 yards on the first six drives. He got 100 yards on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. This was the first 100-yard rushing game for Johnson, who's missed four games to injury and struggled when healthy. Johnson will try to close out the regular season on a high note against the Titans in Week 17.

- Rotoworld

 

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1 hour ago, zamboni said:

Good for DJ finishing the season strong in what will probably be his final games as a starting RB (barring injury).

I wouldn't say that.  Time-sharing position, sure, since very few teams have one bellcow.  But he'll likely get a strong role somewhere.

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18 minutes ago, Down Under said:

I wouldn't say that.  Time-sharing position, sure, since very few teams have one bellcow.  But he'll likely get a strong role somewhere.

Fair point - he could settle into an RBBC situation for the rest of his career, but seems clear his bellcow days are a thing of the past.

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James Robinson out so in goes David Johnson and man he hasn’t helped me very much since I traded for him last year (right before he got hurt) but he may have just won me my championship so all is forgotten

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I've tried so hard to trade him all season, and he came up huge the last 2 weeks.  

He's been a different guy since he's been back.  And a lot of that may be how they're using him and matchups.  

Hoping to flip him this off-season.

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David Johnson rushed 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 17 loss to the Titans, adding three receptions for 36 additional yards. 

29-year-old Johnson managed to save a little face after his November and December health (concussion, COVID-19) issues, averaging 131 yards from scrimmage over his final three contests. It was too little, too late for both the Texans and fantasy managers, but Johnson had noticeably more juice in his legs after a listless September-November. Johnson ended up finding the end zone eight times in 12 games, averaging a career-best 4.7 yards per carry. He nevertheless failed to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive season.  The man who acquired Johnson is gone, while cutting him loose with free up $6.9 million in cap space. Duke Johnson is a more likely cut than David, but David's chances of returning are not assured for this rebuilding franchise. 

- Rotoworld

 

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On 12/28/2020 at 1:18 AM, jm192 said:

I've tried so hard to trade him all season, and he came up huge the last 2 weeks.  

He's been a different guy since he's been back.  And a lot of that may be how they're using him and matchups.  

Hoping to flip him this off-season.

Potentially a mid-round steal in redraft next year.

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