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How to handle David Johnson’s injury in Week 6 fantasy football

Johnson is dealing with a back injury heading into Week 6. Here’s what that means for fantasy purposes.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson runs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson returned to practice on Friday. A back injury kept him off the field earlier in the week. The team officially listed him as questionable on the weekly injury report, but the fact that he got some work in on Friday bodes well for his chances of playing this week.

For now, he’s considered a game-time decision. However, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Friday afternoon that Johnson is “likely” to play this week against the Falcons.

Johnson had his best game of the season last week against the Bengals. He carried the ball 17 times, accumulating a total of 91 yards and 156 yards from scrimmage thanks to three passes he caught. He did not, however, find the end zone, something he hasn’t done since the second week of the season.

Johnson’s back started bothering him in Arizona’s Week 5 game, and he still managed to have a pretty nice day for his fantasy totals.

Fantasy football analysis, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson

Nothing gets a fantasy football general manager’s stomach acid flowing like the words “game-time decision.” The Cardinals play at 4:00 p.m. Eastern too, which doesn’t give you any leeway for last-minute lineup moves. Still, for a veteran like Johnson, a couple days off from practice is likely a precautionary move. The Falcons struggle against the pass, something a pass-catching running back like Johnson can take advantage of this week.

If Johnson can’t play, look for Chase Edmonds to step into the three-down back role. He had a season-high 11 touches last week with Johnson hurting, and scored his first touchdown of the season.