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David Johnson sits out a second straight day of practice

The Cardinals threw fantasy football owners a curve with David Johnson and Chase Edmonds in Week 7, but Week 8 looks like it could be more straightforward. We break down the fantasy implications of Thursday’s injury report.

David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball against De’Vondre Campbell of the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals move closer to their Week 8 contest against the New Orleans Saints, and it seems more and more likely running back David Johnson will not play. Johnson sat out Thursday practice due to his ankle injury, marking the second straight DNP for him. Chase Edmonds is taking No. 1 reps in Johnson’s place.

Last week, Johnson was a DNP on Wednesday, but then limited on Thursday and Friday. He was active on Sunday, but left the game after three snaps and Edmonds was the guy the rest of the way. There’s a chance for those kinds of shenanigans once again, but an inactive DJ seems more likely this week. He is missing more practice, and the team, signed signed Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner as backup options. They could release one or both, but it is a stronger indicator of Johnson’s injury concerns.

Fantasy football analysis, Cardinals RBs David Johnson, Chase Edmonds

It’s too early to say what will happen with this, but I’d bet heavy on Johnson being inactive this Sunday. If he is a DNP for Friday’s practice, I would not be surprised to see him listed as doubtful or out for Week 8.

Edmonds is the start and is a solid fantasy option. Even if Morris and Zenner remain on the roster into Sunday, Edmonds is the only one worth starting. The Saints defense is solid, but Edmonds has a ton of upside in this matchup.