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 Tds, 54 receptions, 691 yards and 3 Tds. 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 theirre 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.
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