RB - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Chris Johnson placed on injured reserve
The Arizona Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (groin) on the injured reserve list.
Johnson is suffering from a groin injury that could ultimately end his season. He was placed on IR on Tuesday but would be eligible to be removed from the designation after eight weeks per league rules. Andre Ellington should now be considered David Johnson's handcuff while Chris Johnson is on the mend.
Chris Johnson leaves with a groin injury
Chris Johnson had six carries for 34 yards Sunday before leaving the game with a groin injury. He's scheduled to have an MRI today.
You were never going to start Chris Johnson as long as David Johnson remained healthy, but now his value even as a handcuff is in question. With the Cardinals playing in the Thursday night game this week, it's unlikely Chris Johnson will suit up. If Chris Johnson's injury turns out to be serious, Andre Ellington could be worth stashing in deep leagues.
Chris Johnson sees limited opportunities
Chris Johnson had just 2 carries for 5 yards against the Bills in yesterday's loss.
After last week it seemed that Chris Johnson might start eating into David Johnson's production, but yesterday all but proved that's not the case. It seems Chris Johnson will only have value when the Cardinals are up big and just running out the clock. With how inconsistent the Cardinals have been so far, it's going to be hard to predict those situations. Unless David Johnson gets hurt, Chris Johnson has little value.
Chris Johnson finds the end zone
Chris Johnson had 16 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown yesterday, good for 11.4 standard fantasy points.
If nothing else, Chris Johnson's usage yesterday confirmed that he's ahead of Andre Ellington on the depth chart. Beyond that, it's hard to say how much the Cardinals will lean on him going forward. This was likely a result of the game script; the Cardinals were up 24-0 at half time. In close games, I expect David Johnson will carry most of the load.
Chris Johnson slow in opener
Unlike his sophomore counterpart David Johnson, Chris Johnson failed to do much in Friday's game against Oakland. Johnson stayed in a series longer than Palmer, Floyd, and Fitzgerald, yet still only totaled 9 yards on his 3 carries.
A poor night for Chris Johnson, especially given how David Johnson and Andre Ellington played. With age creeping up on him, it's worth asking if he'll hold down the #2 spot, let alone get sufficient #1 touches. If you're looking for David Johnson's handcuff, the balance is currently slightly in Ellington's favor.
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