Fantasy Football: David Johnson can have surprising season for Houston Texans

David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans could have a sleeper in David Johnson if he goes back to past form.

When one thinks of current Houston Texans running back David Johnson, do they do so as a sleeper in the world of fantasy football in 2020? This article will take a look at David Johnson in that way because of the fact he was traded by the only teams he’s ever played for, and the fact he was benched for another running back in his final season with the Arizona Cardinals.

David Johnson had one of the greatest seasons ever in the world of fantasy football in 2016, and that season he led many fantasy football teams to the championship or at least to the championship game.

In the wonderful world known as the 2016 season of David Johnson, the then-Arizona Cardinals running back did everything at a high level, whether it be rushing the football or catching the football. When Johnson had the football, good things were going to happen for fantasy teams.

In 2016, Johnson had 293 rushes for 1,239 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, all while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He also caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per reception.

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That 2016 season, Johnson in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers caught three passes for 98 yards, and in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, he had a game with 27 rushes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, plus caught three passes on six targets for 28 yards.

The game of 157 yards was the start of a three-week span full of fantasy points for teams, as David Johnson followed that up with a 22-carry, 111-yard and three-touchdown performance against the New York Jets. That game also saw him make three receptions for 27 yards. Next was a game against the Seattle Seahawks, where on 33 carries Johnson totaled 113 yards, plus he had eight receptions (13 targets) for 58 yards.

That 2016 season, Johnson had a total of four games of over 100 yards rushing, and he had a combined 10 games of over 80 yards rushing. In the same season, Johnson was targeted no less than four times in the air by the Cardinals, including four games of at least 11 targets per game. That season also saw Johnson collect no less than three receptions in each game.

Those type of seasons are once in a lifetime, but exactly what can David Johnson accomplish with the Houston Texans in 2020? Next are three reasons why Johnson can have a great season his first year with the Texans, but he’s also coming into the ’20 season as an undervalued player, even with his recent history from 2017-19.