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What to do with David Johnson in Week 1 fantasy football

Can David Johnson bounce back as a viable fantasy option with the Houston Texans.

David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The Texans defeated the Cardinals 34-24. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

David Johnson was once heralded as an elite fantasy football running back but fallen by the wayside in recent years. The Houston Texans acquired him from the Arizona Cardinals via trade over the offseason, and a change of location might be just what he needs to get back on track. Can he be a threat against the Kansas City Chiefs in Houston’s season opener on Thursday?

Fantasy Football Analysis: Texans RB David Johnson

The Chiefs ranked 26th against the rush in 2019, according to football outsiders. That bodes well for Johnson, even though he’s only tallied one 1,000-yard season in his career. His PPR upside should remain string, as backup Duke Johnson totaled 44 receptions last season. He has a good chance to exceed that mark in 2020 as the primary back despite the fact that he’ll likely have to split time in the backfield. Houston also ranked 27th in pass protection, so Johnson could be used as an escape outlet frequently if Deshaun Watson is under pressure.

Start/Sit Recommendation

There’s an air of uncertainty when it comes to Johnson, but he’s worth a RB2 or flex play because of the Texans’ questionable receiving corps.