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James Conner or David Johnson

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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
Expert
Recommendation

60%
Recommended by
70 of 116 experts
40%
Recommended by
46 of 116 experts
Most Accurate Experts 
   
Top Experts 55% 45%
Top RB Experts71%29%
Top Player Experts60%40%
   
Rankings 
   
ECR# 19# 20
Best Rank# 10# 11
Worst Rank# 29# 30
   
Fantasy Points 
   
Season Total111.5105.5
Avg Game11.28.1
Avg Projection158.2174.0
   
Schedule 
   
SOS Rank109
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert
   
Expert Ranks 
James ConnerDavid Johnson
   
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
2 h
#16#23
   
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
2 h
#18#19
   
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
3 h
#15#27
   
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
5 h
#14#17
   
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
5 h
#14#19
   
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
5 h
#18#21
   
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
7 h
#17#18
   
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
8 h
#23#22
   
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
9 h
#22#20
   
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
10 h
#20#11
   
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
11 h
#16#18
   
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
11 h
#15#19
   
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
Locked In Football
16 h
#17#20
   
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
18 h
#29#19
   
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
19 h
#21#20
   
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
19 h
#17#20
   
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
19 h
#24#20
   
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
20 h
#20#24
   
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FFToday
21 h
#20#19
   
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
1 d
#14#23
   
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#19#24
   
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#27#22
   
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
1 d
#23#29
   
Bobby SylvesterB. Sylv...
FantasyPros
1 d
#24#23
   
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
1 d
#24#21
   
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#10#25
   
Michael BellerM. Beller
The Athletic
2 d
#15#18
   
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
2 d
#21#23
   
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
2 d
#21#23
   
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
2 d
#16#25
   
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#24#21
   
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
2 d
#20#14
   
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
2 d
#18#16
   
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
3 d
#25#18
   
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
3 d
#21#25
   
Doug MooreD. Moore
Inside the Pylon
3 d
#18#20
   
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
3 d
#22#29
   
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
3 d
#14#25
   
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
3 d
#18#15
   
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
3 d
#20#25
   
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
3 d
#20#21
   
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
4 d
#20#18
   
Site RankingsS. Rank...
FantasyOMatic
4 d
#18#20
   
Michael FlorioM. Florio
RotoBaller
4 d
#21#22
   
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
4 d
#21#25
   
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
4 d
#16#24
   
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
4 d
#19#20
   
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
4 d
#16#25
   
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
4 d
#22#21
   
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
4 d
#15#16
   
Mark RossM. Ross
Athlon Sports
5 d
#16#26
   
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
5 d
#17#20
   
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
6 d
#24#21
   
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
6 d
#23#18
   
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
6 d
#19#30
   
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
6 d
#25#16
   
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
6 d
#16#25
   
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
6 d
#25#21
   
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
7 d
#18#16
   
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
1 w
#21#18
   
Jacob HubmanJ. Hubman
The Fantasy Headliners
1 w
#18#19
   
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
1 w
#21#16
   
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
1 w
#22#24
   
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
1 w
#27#21
   
Ryan Hodge R. Hodge
FantasyLabs
1 w
#15#21
   
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
1 w
#19#21
   
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
1 w
#19#22
   
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
1 w
#16#25
   
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
1 w
#16#18
   
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
1 w
#15#19
   
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
1 w
#22#17
   
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
1 w
#20#23
   
Heath CummingsH. Cumm...
CBS Sports
1 w
#16#20
   
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
1 w
#21#15
   
Brad EvansB. Evans
FTN
1 w
#15#18
   
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
2 w
#25#13
   
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
2 w
#20#24
   
Matt OkadaM. Okada
BallBlast
2 w
#19#16
   
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
2 w
#22#24
   
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
FullTime Fantasy
2 w
#24#32
   
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
2 w
#19#29
   
M. Starks PowellM. Star...
New Life Fantasy
2 w
#21#16
   
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
2 w
#15#17
   
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
2 w
#20#24
   
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
2 w
#22#23
   
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
2 w
#15#29
   
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
2 w
#21#19
   
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
3 w
#17#23
   
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
3 w
#24#15
   
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
3 w
#22#19
   
SmittyS.
SleeperU
3 w
#25#27
   
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
3 w
#14#22
   
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
3 w
#33#23
   
Lukas KacerL. Kacer
The Fantasy Stock Exchange
4 w
#16#22
   
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
07/06
#20#16
   
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
07/04
#20#16
   
Jennifer EakinsJ. Eakins
4for4.com
07/03
#19#21
   
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
07/02
#17#26
   
Zach BrunnerZ. Brunner
FlurrySports
07/01
#19#22
   
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
Draftwize
07/01
#16#20
   
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
07/04
#25#24
   
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
06/24
#20#22
   
06/23
#16#25
   
Ben RolfeB. Rolfe
The Touchdown
06/29
#22#21
   
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
4 w
#27#20
   
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Roto Ranks
06/07
#23#22
   
Andy SpiteriA. Spiteri
Razzball
2 d
#24#20
   
Frank BonincontriF. Boni...
Fantasy Wire HQ
7 d
#23#21
   
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
05/29
#22#21
   
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
05/24
#23#21
   
Kyle AugustK. August
FF Fellas
3 d
#20#22
   
Anthony AmicoA. Amico
FTN
05/16
#15#16
   
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
05/08
#30#27
   
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
06/10
#13#22
   
Walton SpurlinW. Spurlin
FantasyPros
04/27
#28#19
   
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
01/14
#23#33
   
Player Game Logs Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at NYG at KC
Week 2 vs. DEN vs. BAL
Week 3 vs. HOU at PIT
Week 4 at TEN vs. MIN
Week 5 vs. PHI vs. JAC
Week 6 vs. CLE at TEN
Week 7 at BAL vs. GB
Week 8BYE WEEKBYE WEEK
Week 9 at DAL at JAC
Week 10 vs. CIN at CLE
Week 11 at JAC vs. NE
Week 12 vs. BAL at DET
Week 13 vs. WAS vs. IND
Week 14 at BUF at CHI
Week 15 at CIN at IND
Week 16 vs. IND vs. CIN
Week 17 at CLE vs. TEN
Player Projections Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts201.1223.6
Rush Yards853.9894.5
Rush TDs6.05.7
   
Receiving
   
Receptions38.139.3
Rec Yards302.8364.4
Rec TDs1.52.9
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points158.2174.0
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
2019 Points 
Week 16.519.7
Week 210.57.4
Week 33.712.5
Week 418.513.9
Week 511.515.6
Week 623.922.2
Week 70.2
Week 821.0
Week 9
Week 10-1.0
Week 111.60.0
Week 12
Week 132.4
Week 1411.3
Week 1511.10.6
Week 163.20.7
Week 17
Player Targets Comparison
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
2019 Targets 
Week 147
Week 241
Week 349
Week 4811
Week 505
Week 678
Week 70
Week 84
Week 9
Week 101
Week 1120
Week 12
Week 132
Week 142
Week 1550
Week 1601
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
  James ConnerJ. Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - HOU
David Johnson
Expert 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
7th among RBs in FAN PPG over past 2 seasons (better than Cook, Henry, Mixon, to name a few), but in a prove-it season health wise - figure he's playing for his future in PITIf his health holds, his share of the HOU backfield workload should be major, but his potential in the passing game far outweighs his ground game at this point in career
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Conner was tremendous in 2018 but had an injury-riddled 2019 season and the entire offense was sluggish with Big Ben hurt. Now that both are back, Conner possesses RB1 upside but there is also risk of him not playing due to underlying health conditions.Johnson has never been efficient in terms of yards per carry, but has always caught enough passes and rumbled into the end zone enough to be a fantasy star. He was actually on track to finish as a top 10 fantasy back again last year prior to his injury so the upside still remains. With that said, back injuries and running backs don't mix so unless you can get Johnson at a discount, you'd be better off avoiding him this season.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
If Conner were able to stay on the field, he'd be considered as a top-10 running back in fantasy. Unfortunately, he hasn't done that, and it's led them to draft Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, and now Anthony McFarland. While none of them are better than Conner, it's likely we see them take some of the workload away from him in 2020.The Texans gave their running backs 397 touches last year, and that was with DeAndre Hopkins on the roster. That's a lot of work. The only running back they've added was David Johnson. While Johnson looked horrendous down the stretch, it's possible he just tried to work his way back from injury way too soon. It appears Bill O'Brien isn't convinced that Johnson is done with his NFL career, like some. It's possible that he's not as electric as he once was, but guys, the Texans gave Carlos Hyde (who's still unemployed) 255 touches last year. Opportunity is key in fantasy football, and Johnson appears to be in line for a lot of it in 2020, making him a low-end RB2 with upside for more should he actually be healthy.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
If Conner stays healthy this year, he's almost certainly going to be a draft-day bargain. Through Week 7, before his season was derailed by injury, he was on pace for more than 1400 total yards and 14 touchdowns. Mike Tomlin has come out and essentially stated that Conner is going to be a workhorse back, and he may get even more work in the receiving game if Ben Roethlisberger doesn't push it downfield as much as he used to after elbow surgery. In other words, it's just health with Conner. If he has it, he should be no worse than an extremely strong RB2 in half- or full-PPR leagues. 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 I am COMPLETELY off of DJ this season. He has been a below average or injured back every year since 2016. I repeat, 2016. If you want to bet on a running back renaissance after three years of mediocrity, so be it, I will not be taking that bet.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
People are quick to write Conner off, but injuries are the only difference from this season to last where he was being drafted as a first-round pick. In fact, Big-Ben is back, so Conner should have more running lanes than he did last season when he excelled. From weeks 1-8 last season, Conner saw almost 18 touches per game, was sixth among RBs in fantasy points per snap, and forced the second-most missed tackles on receptions. He's also played at least 10 games every year of his career and is an RB1 whenever he's on the field. He's easily worth the third round pick. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Conner went from 1,470 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2018 to 715 yards from scrimmage and 7 touchdowns in 2019. The big issue for me is durability, Conner has RB1 talent, but missed 3 games in 2018 and 6 games last year. He has a lot of upside due to his ability, but a lot of downside due to his durability.I do not think we will ever see 2016 David Johnson again. He joins a new team this year and he is now the lead back in the Texans offense and that should be an upgrade from RB Carlos Hyde. If he can stay healthy, Johnson should be a RB2 with some upside.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Conner's a dicey pick, but that seems to be built into his ADP right now. If everything goes his way this season, Conner will drastically outperform where he's being drafted right now. However, we just simply don't know at this point whether or not he's going to remain healthy for all 16 games. In fact, I might bet against that happening.Johnson's now joining the Houston Texans and there is a huge workload waiting for him. If he can stay healthy, Johnson should easily return value this season. However, the last time that we saw Johnson, he looked like a shell of his former self. Additionally, Johnson's true fantasy value has come through his contributions in the receiving game. In Houston, with Duke Johnson also on this roster, it's difficult to see David Johnson seeing significant volume. If you draft David Johnson this year, you're betting on him staying fully healthy and him seeing a ton of work in the receiving game. Otherwise, he may go down as a wasted pick when it's all said and done.
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
 Will be taking advantage of his 1 highly publicized run while injured in 2019, of him trying to run around the corner at the speed of your grandpa while injured. Expecting amazing health? Not necessarily, but we've seen what a 1 dimensional, rather bland back can do with the reigns, in Carlos Hyde, in 2019. I'll gladly scoop Johnson as my RB3
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
What an awful season 2019 proved to be for those who draft James Conner in the first round of drafts. Big Ben was injured, the offence fell apart, Conner's body fell apart and other backs like Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and even Kerrith Whyte (who oddly didn't look too bad) swarmed in. With Ben back, Conner ripped like a flying squirrel and another RB in 4th rounder Anthony McFarland in the mix, 2020 has turned into a real crap shoot. With a 4th round price tag though, Conner might just be worth the risk as an upside gamble returning to a good offence where he should be the lead back.Bill O'Brien has a long history of leaning on (often mediocre) running backs for 220-270 carries. Arian Foster, Alfred Blue, Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde all became somewhat fantasy relevant in this offence and David Johnson is next on the list. The real question is how he fits in the passing game and that will make all the difference. The other D. Johnson, Duke, will certainly be a hindrance but we've seen DJ prove impossible to take off the field when things go right and it's just possible he explodes for a big season. I don't love the odds of that but even though this is very must Deshaun Watson's offence, I do think David Johnson has a very solid floor and provides a nice safe pick with solid upside.
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
As long as he's healthy, he has RB1 potential. Up.