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Todd Gurley or David Johnson?


Obviously we have two very dynamic football players here and we know projecting out numbers with a minimal sample size comes with risk. When David Johnson assumed the role of RB1 for the Cardinals last five regular season games he generated some incredible numbers so much that if we were to use his per game average to forecast his 2016 production it would look something like this 288 attempts, 1,414 yards, 13 Td’s, 54 receptions, 691 yards and 3 Td’s. As it seems by the buzz he is receiving that is what is happening. His performance in the last five, (four) games could not have come at a better for fantasy owners than weeks 13-16, if you played your Championship week 17, Sorry!

Remembering Johnson was the only RB the Cardinals had left standing in that stretch so putting those game averages together over the course of 16 games and assuming he will play all 16 games would almost be irresponsible, the resigning of Chris Johnson is evident Bruce Arians likes his veteran guys so we can figure Chris Johnson and a healthy Andre Ellington will get their’re work. When asked how he will determine the running back rotation the Cardinals heach coach would use terms such as ‘”riding the hot hand”’ and ‘game to game basis’. That question won’’t be asked at Rams’ camp. How much stock do we put into CoachSpeak? I figure David Johnson to account for 55% of the Cardinals rushing attempts. As for the Rams, I have Gurley slated for 70% of the Rams rushing attempts, nothing against Cunningham and Mason, well maybe Mason? This could be the season that answers the some distant rumblings that questions if Gurley may just be a two-down back? I think it is interesting how these two players stack up both 6-’1, 224 Lbs with the same skill sets, playing in the same division, facing the same defenses, will make all things equal when vying for NFC West ground supremacy.

2016 Projection

Todd Gurley 304 attempts, 1473 rushing yards, 13TDs; 35 receptions, 316 receiving yards, 1TD
David Johnson 233 attempts, 1025 rushing yards, 8TDs; 54 receptions, 415 receiving yards, 2TDs

Smitty’s 2015 Redraft Rankings; Smitty’s 2015 Dynasty Rankings.

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Hey STARTERS Nation:

Of course, we have our Draft Analyzer here at STARTERS, which cranks out custom cheat sheets using an industry-leading predictive algorithm. However, I also provide my personal redraft and dynasty rankings outside of the Analyzer rankings, just to give all you fantasy fanatics another list to look at. Use them all, you can never get enough info to mix together! Below are both the updated dynasty and redraft links!

NOTE: Due to endless requests for it, I have added a tiering system to both sets of rankings!

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Spotlight: Chris Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Chris Johnson (RB/FA)

8/11/2015: According to recent reports, the Cardinals have offered free agent RB Chris Johnson a one-year deal. It’s tough to say how accurate these reports are, but even if accurate, it’s even tougher to predict how this will shake out. If you are a dynasty leaguer and have large rosters in your league, he is… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Arian Foster

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Arian Foster (RB/HOU)

8/4/2015: We have bad news for Arian Foster owners, as the runner is going to have groin surgery and will start the season on the reserve/designated to return list. This could have him sidelined until Week 10. While the Texans could sign another player… Read Spotlight

Spotlight: Chris Johnson

2015 fantasy football player spotlights

Chris Johnson (RB/FA)

7/28/2015: According to a few reports, free agent rusher Chris Johnson (CJ2K) has been in contact with the Cowboys, and he has been feeling ‘explosive’ as of late. I will start off by saying that in no way shape or form is Johnson a lock for even landing a job in the NFL, let alone signing with Dallas and beating out all other Dallas rushers, but he should be… Read Spotlight

NEWS: Chris Johnson arrested on a weapons charge on Friday night.

SMITTY: While this is a misdemeanor charge, don’t expect it to help his odds of remaining a Jet in 2015. Unless he lands in a very unique situation in 2015, his days as a starter in the NFL are over. We shall see if that “unique” situation becomes available. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?

NEWS: Jace Amaro, Charles Clay inactive for Week 13 Monday Night Football.

SMITTY: The Jets declared TE Jace Amaro, RE Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, OL Dakota Dozier, and OL Wesley Johnson inactive for Monday night’s Week 13 contest against MIA; Charles Clay (knee) is inactive for the Dolphins. If you were planning on starting Clay, be sure to quickly scoop up and start Dion Sims, who will start in his place. We expect big games out of Lamar Miller, Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry. Landry could be a rising star, so look for him to progress down the stretch here in these final five games of the NFL season. As for those Jets players, only Percy Harvin has decent upside on a weekly basis, and that's only at a WR3 in larger leagues.

NEWS: Bills-Jets game in Week 12 will not be played in Buffalo; the game might be played elsewhere on Monday night.

SMITTY: Stay tuned on this on! Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Chris Johnson does not expect to spend much time on bench in Week 1?

According to ESPN, Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn’t expect to spend much time on the bench in Week 1. “At the end of the day, they wouldn’t have brought me in here if I wasn’t going to have a big role, if I wasn’t going to be a big part of this offense,” Johnson said Wednesday. “That’s something I’m not worried about. I’m not worried about my role and how it’s going to play out. As a free agent, they could’ve chosen a lot of different guys. They already had some guys in here that had some success. They weren’t going to bring me in here for no reason.”

SMITTY: I like Chris Johnson a lot at his late 5th- to early 6th-round ADP/value… that’s around players like DeSean Jackson, TY Hilton, Michael Crabtree… I’m not suggesting that any of those players aren’t solid, but the risk is low when it comes to CJ2K if you ask me… Looking for Chris Johnson Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Eric Decker could be among league leaders in targets in 2014?

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Jets WR Eric Decker “will be among the league leaders in targets” in 2014.

SMITTY: Well, that’s one man’s prediction. Eric Decker might have a decent season, but he has Geno Smith throwing him the ball, not Peyton Manning. Personally, I think Decker can’t live up to that kind of hype in New York. His ADP is only in the 8th- to 9th-round, though, and that’s not a bad price to pay. So, will he be a fantasy WR2 in 2014? I say no, but good thing you don’t have to pay that kind of value for him. Chris Johnson is the high-ceiling/high risk player on that Jets roster entering 2014. He could earn his 5th-round ADP, and that’s not a crazy price tag either given his potential. Looking for Chris Johnson Projections for the 2014 fantasy football season?