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Houston Texans running back David Johnson (thigh, illness) is inactive for Sunday's meeting with the Colts. Expect to see Rex Burkhead handle most of the rushing duties on Sunday, but Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels could see some snaps as well. Consider Burkhead an RB3 option with limited upside this week.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson (thigh, illness) is not expected to play against the Colts on Sunday, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. This is hardly a surprise considering Johnson did not practice this week. With the 29-year-old set for the inactive list, Houston will deploy Rex Burkhead as its starter, followed by Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels in depth roles. Of the trio, Burkhead is the only one with fantasy relevance. Even then, he falls into the mid-range RB3 territory due to the struggles of the Texans' offense and the prowess of the Colts' defense.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson (illness, thigh) missed practice all week and is questionable to play in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts. Already a low-upside RB3/flex in fantasy while sharing touches in the backfield with Rex Burkhead in one of the weakest offenses in football, Johnson is even more unattractive now that he's dealing with an illness and thigh injury. If the 29-year-old is ruled inactive on Sunday morning, Burkhead would have low-end RB2 upside for the expected increase in volume alone, although the Colts defense has also allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to RBs in the last three weeks. Royce Freeman would have a bigger workload next to Burkhead if Johnson is out, but he won't have any standalone fantasy appeal.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson (illness, thigh) remains out of practice for the second straight day this week on Thursday. There's a non-COVID-19-related illness going around the Texans locker room this week, with Johnson and wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Chris Conley also missing both practices. Also dealing with a thigh issue, Johnson will need to get back on the practice field on Friday to have a shot at playing in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts. While he has seen more work the last two weeks, the fact that he's still splitting the workload with Rex Burkhead makes him a low-ceiling RB4/flex if he's active. Royce Freeman would see a larger role alongside Burkhead if Johnson isn't cleared for Week 13.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson (illness, thigh) did not take part in Wednesday's practice. Johnson limped off the field in the Week 12 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh issue, but he returned to the game and should be fine to play in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts if he can practice later this week. The Texans have run the ball more in the last two games, which has allowed Johnson to reach double-digit carries in back-to-back games for the first two times all season, but as long as he continues to split touches with Rex Burkhead in this non-explosive offense, he'll have a low ceiling as more of an RB4/flex. Johnson is averaging an ugly 3.1 yards per carry and has just one touchdown on the year, a receiving score back in Week 1.
Heading into Week 12, Houston Texans running back David Johnson was expected to be the passing-down back while Rex Burkhead got the majority of the carries. It turns out we will see more of an even split between the two. Johnson saw 10 carries for 39 yards and three targets, which he converted into two catches for 16 yards in the loss to the New York Jets. Burkhead saw near identical numbers, with neither reaching the end zone. The two of them splitting the workload kills any fantasy value either player may have had, and with quarterback Tyrod Taylor the preferred goal-line back, it is highly unlikely Burkhead or Johnson produce a worthwhile fantasy score moving forward.
Running back David Johnson is expected to be the passing-down back for the Houston Texans in their matchup versus the Jets in Week 12. Johnson is receiving a 16.9% target share but he has only averaged 4.6 rushing attempts per game. The Texans should keep this game close, and Rex Burkhead is expected to dominate the rushing attempts, neither of which bodes well for Johnson. It is very unlikely Johnson puts up a fantasy line that anyone notices. He's a last-resort PPR option.
The Houston Texans running game was the worst in the NFL last year, and they have actually regressed in yards per carry (3.16), EPA per carry (minus-0.31) and success rate (24.4%). They also rank last in yards before contact per rush (0.72) and are 28th in yards after contact per rush (2.44) through Week 11. Mark Ingram II has been traded and Phillip Lindsay was released this week. David Johnson and Rex Burkhead are now sharing the backfield touches, but both players might not be back in 2022. As a result, the Texans could give rookie Scottie Phillips some more run once he returns from Injured Reserve to close out the year. Until then, Johnson and Burkhead are both low-upside RB4/flex options in deeper leagues.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson carried the ball four times for 11 rushing yards while adding three catches for 29 receiving yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. Johnson was more involved in the offense this week but still failed to be fantasy-relevant. The veteran runner has had two disappointing games since the departure of Mark Ingram II- and it doesn't seem like he's going to approach anything close to a lead-back role this season. He'll head into the bye week before a divisional tilt against the Titans.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson is on shaky fantasy ground heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Dolphins. Johnson was seemingly poised to take control of the backfield following the trade of Mark Ingram II but instead saw just three touches. Of course, the tough matchup against the Rams played a factor, which gives fantasy managers hope for Week 9, as the Dolphins are a far more favorable draw. Miami has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Johnson carries some risk but could be PPR flex-worthy in what should be a back-and-forth affair between two 1-7 teams.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson carried the ball twice for four rushing yards, adding a catch for negative yardage in Sunday's loss to the Rams. With Mark Ingram's absence expected to free up more touches, Johnson saw just three total opportunities in a bizarre turn of events. The veteran runner now seems to be a part of another backfield committee comprised of Rex Burkhead, Scottie Phillips, and Phillip Lindsay. The Texans backfield continues to be one of the most confounding for fantasy purposes.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson could have some sleeper appeal in PPR formats against the Rams defense. With Mark Ingram II now in New Orleans, Johnson figures to see a larger slice of the opportunity pie alongside Phillip Lindsay- though the latter has been rather unimpressive this year. The 29-year-old Johnson has seen four or more targets in four games this year and is Houston's best impression of an all-purpose back with Lindsay likely to operate as a change-of-pace option. As good as the Rams defense has been this year, the unit is weaker against the run, having allowed 25.07 fantasy points per game to halfbacks, while yielding the 10th-most receptions to the position. Johnson could rack up five-plus catches against Los Angeles, giving him some appeal in PPR formats.
Houston Texans running backs David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay will have bigger roles moving forward after the team traded Mark Ingram II to the New Orleans Saints. Through seven weeks, Ingram led the team with 294 rushing yards despite averaging only 3.2 yards per carry. Johnson is expected to be the feature back with Ingram gone, and Lindsay should also have an expanded role. Johnson is averaging 3.9 yards per carry and has 104 yards on 27 carries and 19 catches for 154 yards and a TD on 24 targets as the third-down back. Lindsay has rushed for 97 yards on 38 carries, averaging just 2.6 yards per rush. The impending return of quarterback Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) will help this offense for sure, and Johnson's value increases with Ingram out of the picture, but he'll still be a low-upside RB4/flex in an extremely tough matchup with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson finished with an atrocious 25 yards off seven touches during the Week 7 loss to his former team, the Arizona Cardinals. While the veteran did manage to catch five passes, his 27 yards on the receiving end didn't do much to salvage things for his fantasy managers. With only one touchdown and a timeshare with Mark Ingram II this season, Johnson is nowhere near the player he once was. As sad as it may be, the upside is gone completely, so managers should immediately consider cutting ties with him. Things likely won't change for him moving ahead as long as he remains in Texas.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson saw a combined 15 touches in the previous weeks heading into Week 6, but saw just three total touches last week. His fantasy standing is on shaky ground heading into a matchup with the undefeated Cardinals. Arizona's defense has allowed the 13th-most receptions to opposing running backs, and as 17.5 point favorites, they could quickly be in the driver's seat against Houston. Johnson has a chance to be relevant in PPR formats, though it's entirely too risky to trust him in redraft formats.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson saw just three touches, his second-fewest total of the season, in Sunday's 31-3 rout to the Colts. Johnson was barely involved in the gameplan, taking a firm backseat to both Mark Ingram II and Phillip Lindsay in terms of touches, though he certainly didn't do himself any favors by fumbling the ball. The veteran halfback was seemingly trending in the right direction as a pass-catcher but just wasn't utilized enough to produce anything of note. The Texans' backfield is far too unpredictable to rely upon for fantasy purposes, though Johnson still seems like the best bet to emerge eventually.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson could be poised for a solid game in Week 6 against the Colts. Johnson has led the backfield in snaps in each of the last two weeks while producing his best receiving output of the year so far, tallying eight catches for 73 receiving yards in that span. The Colts have been stingy to opposing backs, though the pass-heavy game script could result in more looks for Johnson. He could have low-end flex value in PPR formats, especially for managers dealing with injuries or bye weeks.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson carried the ball twice for five rushing yards, adding five catches for 46 receiving yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Patriots. Johnson went nowhere as a runner but had his best game by far as a receiver, as he tied for the team lead in targets and receptions. The 29-year-old hasn't had many productive box scores in Houston this year but slowly seems to be playing his way into a flex-type role, having seen at least four targets in three of five games played. He could be on the flex radar in Week 6 against a Colts defense that could funnel the Texans towards passing more often.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson will be tough to trust for fantasy purposes in Week 5 against New England. Johnson has yet to exceed eight touches in a game this season, though he's the only back in Houston to have somewhat of a role in the passing game, having seen four targets in two games this year. That role hasn't translated to production, making it impossible to trust Johnson against a tough Patriots defense.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson totaled 21 rushing yards on five attempts while hauling in three receptions for 27 receiving yards in a 40-0 loss to the Bills. Johnson led the Texans backfield in touches and was the second-most targeted pass-catcher, though it didn't amount to much on a day where the Texans couldn't get anything going offensively. The veteran has the best shot at fantasy value in this backfield thanks to his ability on both the ground and through the air- though the best-case scenario for Johnson's value is a flex option in this unfriendly fantasy environment. Up next is a tough matchup with the Patriots.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson faces a tough matchup in Week 4 against the Bills. Johnson has led the Texans backfield in snaps over the last two weeks but has placed third in touches. The veteran back has been on the field more often in game scripts where the Texans are trailing, a situation they could face once again as 16-point underdogs Sunday. Johnson's unpredictable workload makes him hard to trust for fantasy purposes- but he could have a chance at hauling in a few receptions, even in a tough matchup against a Bills defense that allows the second-fewest to halfbacks.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson tallied two carries for 11 rushing yards in Thursday's loss to the Panthers. Johnson led the backfield in snaps by two plays- but oddly finished third among the Texans' backs in total touches. The veteran halfback also failed to haul in a reception for the first time this season. Johnson could have better days, but they won't be anytime soon with this unpredictable backfield usage in Houston. He shouldn't be anywhere near lineups for a Week 4 matchup with Buffalo.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson saw an increase in playing time in Week 2 against the Browns. Despite a tough Week 3 matchup with Carolina, Johnson appears to be trending in the right direction, as he played 43 percent of the snaps- a fairly significant uptick from 28 percent in Week 2- totaling season-highs in both rushing and receiving yards. Unfortunately, the tough matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs, as well as the crowded Texans backfield makes Johnson hard to trust for fantasy purposes. Still, he's one to monitor moving forward, as he could have some sneaky PPR value moving forward.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson accumulated 47 scrimmage yards on eight touches in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Browns. Johnson played the highest percentage of snaps of Houston's running backs, totaling an impressive 4.2 yards per carry on his six totes. After he seemingly operated as the team's best pass-catching option out of the backfield last week, Johnson was overshadowed by Phillip Lindsay in that regard, as it was the latter who hauled in a receiving touchdown. The 29-year-old Johnson would seem to be the best fantasy option in the Texans running back room but is impossible to trust with an inconsistent role.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson could be more involved in Week 2 against the Browns. Johnson played just 28 percent of the snaps, second among the team's running backs, though he managed to see four targets in a game where the Texans were leading for much of the contest. Even against a Browns defense that was tough on running backs last year, Johnson could be busier with the Texans, 13-point underdogs, likely throwing more to keep up with Cleveland. The veteran back could be flex-worthy in deeper PPR leagues, though he doesn't come with much upside.
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