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RB - ARI
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RB - PIT
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  David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. WAS at CLE
Week 2 at LAR vs. KC
Week 3 vs. CHI at TB
Week 4 vs. SEA vs. BAL
Week 5 at SF vs. ATL
Week 6 at MIN at CIN
Week 7 vs. DENBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. SF vs. CLE
Week 9BYE WEEK at BAL
Week 10 at KC vs. CAR
Week 11 vs. OAK at JAC
Week 12 at LAC at DEN
Week 13 at GB vs. LAC
Week 14 vs. DET at OAK
Week 15 at ATL vs. NE
Week 16 vs. LAR at NO
Week 17 at SEA vs. CIN
  David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts280.5257.5
Rush Yards1,084.41,149.2
Rush TDs8.68.6
   
Receiving
   
Receptions75.372.4
Rec Yards745.5593.9
Rec TDs3.22.6
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points247.4237.2
   
  David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Points 
Week 17.14.7
Week 29.1
Week 315.8
Week 430.6
Week 59.3
Week 625.1
Week 719.2
Week 812.1
Week 9
Week 1011.2
Week 1110.3
Week 1216.3
Week 1324.2
Week 1430.5
Week 1522.5
Week 1615.7
Week 17
  David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Targets 
Week 196
Week 24
Week 37
Week 46
Week 510
Week 66
Week 73
Week 83
Week 9
Week 106
Week 1111
Week 1214
Week 136
Week 1410
Week 156
Week 168
Week 17
  David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
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Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Johnson was the league-leader among fantasy backs in 2016 with 20.7 fantasy points per game. He missed all but 1 game of 2017 with injury, but should be back and ready to dominate. The big question mark surrounding him is the quarterback situation, QB Sam Bradford is not a very stable option and will allow teams to stack the box with defenders to stop Johnson and the running game.Bell was given the franchise tag and he averaged 17.4 fantasy points per game last year playing under the tag. He is a duel-threat runner and receiver that can dominate fantasy games. He is a bit of a risk with the holdout, but he still needs to be taken in the 1st round and handcuffed with RB James Conner.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Arguably NFL's top receiving weapon from RB position - has 33 TDs in 33 career games - hard to look at ARI offense and think DJ won't vie for lead in touchesTime keeps on slipping, slipping into the future, and still we wait for Bell to report to the Steelers. His O-line has started speaking out against him, rumors of a holdout until Week 10 are gaining steam ... lots of question marks, the kind that you don't want hanging over your Rd. 1 pick
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
Drafters are mostly pretending that Johnson didn't suffer a season-ending wrist injury in Week 1. If you want the back who won 2016 leagues with 2,118 yards and 20 TDs, you're going to have to spend a top-five pick. He should quickly return to a bulky featured role, but Johnson at 100 percent will still struggle to out-earn Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell in an Arizona offense led by Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen.The league's truest featured back, Bell played a whopping 945 snaps last season. No other rusher recorded 800. He parlayed a gargantuan 406 touches into 1,946 yards and 11 TDs in 15 games. That weighty workload put him firmly in the No. 1-pick conversation, but he should drop in last-minute drafts because of an ongoing holdout that could reportedly span well into the season.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Some have Johnson as high as No. 1 in our consensus rankings, but I'd urge against drafting him with a top-three pick. Did you know that 73.3 percent (22-of-30) of top-six running backs over the last six years have come from top-12 scoring offenses? I'd argue that the Cardinals would likely be a bottom-10 scoring offense in 2018, and there's been just three running backs who have overcome that to become a top-six running back over the last six years. Johnson scored 20 touchdowns in his magical 2016 season, something that's not repeatable. It's also worth noting that since Week 6 of 2016, he's averaged just 3.63 yards per carry on 191 carries. The offensive line wasn't great to begin with and they just lost their starting center for the season. He's still worth a mid-first-round pick, but I'd take someone in a better offense over him. Despite having a less-successful year than his 2016 campaign, Bell still finished No. 2 among fantasy running backs. His contract dispute is not going away any time soon, which moves him down under Todd Gurley due to safety. We fully expect Bell to suit-up when the lights come on in Week 1, but there's always a chance he doesn't. Another added risk is that he'll have a new offensive coordinator in 2018, though Randy Fichtner doesn't appear to be shy running a fast-paced offense. Update: It appears that Bell may not report to the team like he initially said, as his agent was interviewed on Sirius XM radio and said it's possible that Bell holds out until Week 10 to take less of a toll on his body before free agency. If you draft him, you absolutely need to reach for James Connor in the top eight rounds.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
When he's healthy no one is better. He's coming off a season-long wrist injury so the legs are fresh. The Cards were 8-8 without DJ last year so even with a bottom rung O-line DJ could reach his 1000/1000 season goal. "To all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I'm sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date..." @LeVeonBell 400+ touches last year, regression in production is most likely scenario.
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Johnson is a workhorse for now but the Cardinals will likely add some competition for snaps in AprilHoldout threat looms but remains a top three pick
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Some are clamoring that Johnson should even be the top overall pick. Now, you shouldn't go that far because his touchdown rate from 2016 is entirely unsustainable, but he is without question the workhorse in Arizona and ought to bounce back to a high-end RB1 this season.The sentiment for drafting Bell first overall is fair and understandable, but he is substantially more injury prone than Gurley, dealing with a potential holdout and finished more than 60 points behind him last fantasy season too. He comes with more risk than I'd recommend with a top two pick in fantasy drafts.
Staff Rankings
QB List
If you drafted David Johnson with your first-round pick last year, I feel bad for you. After suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1, a lot of Johnson owners were stuck with a crisis right away. The bonus to Johnson suffering the injury in Week 1 is that he's had a lot of time to heal, and he's really healthy and ready to go for the start of this season. There's no doubt about Johnson's talent, but there is doubt about the rest of the Cardinals, who have a new head coach and a new quarterback in Sam Bradford (or, if we're being honest, a mix of Mike Glennon and Josh Rosen because we all know Bradford's probably going to get hurt). The team also has a very questionable offensive line. Mike Iupati and Andre Smith have had success in the past, but they also have injury questions. That being said, the Cardinals offensive line was solid in short-yardage situations and was middle-of-the-pack in keeping their running backs from getting stuffed, but they were dead-last in second-level yards (runs of 5-10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage) and open field yards (runs of more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage) which will likely prove a challenge for Johnson.I know a lot of people would put Todd Gurley here and I wouldn't blame them at all. But I tend to be risk-averse in fantasy, and I think some regression is coming for Gurley, which is why I'm more inclined to roll with a high-floor guy like Bell. I'm not worried about Bell sitting out training camp, he did the same thing last year and he was amazing, posting 1,315 yards and a solid 7.9% DVOA along with that. Not only that, but Bell is on the last year of his contract, and I'm betting he doesn't negotiate an extension. As a result, I bet the Steelers run him as hard as they can, and the more times Bell has the ball in his hands, the better for fantasy players.
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Johnson is 100-percent recovered from his wrist injury and poised to be among the league leaders in yards from scrimmage. This is likely to be Bell's last season in Pittsburgh, so expect the Steelers to give him all the touches he can handle, making Bell a candidate for the No. 1 PPR scorer of 2018.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Everyone seems to have forgotten what a stud DJ can be. He has high goals and elite ability. He's my top RB going into 2018.Contract talks are annoying, so I'm dropping Bell slightly, but he's still a top 5 lock as long as he doesn't sit games out
Andrew Erickson
Gridiron Experts
Not concerned coming off the wrist injury. Not a lower-leg injury or a head injury. Should be fully healthy. Leadig scoring from 2016 actually had more points than Todd Gurley did in 2017. Main focus in the offense. Will see a ton of volume. Sitting out OTAs gonna be fresh for the season. The Steelers probably won't re-sign him so I think that they are gonna drive him into the ground. 61 red zone rushinhg attempts in 2017 2nd most in the league. 107 passing targets 2nd most of any RB, 2nd most on team. Tied for most in red-zone passing targets at the RB spot with Kamara.