Winner No. 2: David Johnson
Most don’t think of Johnson in the wake of the NFL Draft, since the Cardinals draft seemed to be centered around fixing the passing game and shifting to head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. But make no mistake: David Johnson will be a huge beneficiary of the new direction the offense is going.
With new quarterback Kyler Murray and new receivers Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler, along with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, the new-look passing game is going to get the attention of defensive opponents. They will not be able to stack the box to stop the run, as nearly all of their opponents did last year. If they try it, Murray should be able to make them pay. So Johnson will see many more open running lanes this year.
In addition, the shift to an offense with a higher passing volume will still benefit Johnson, since he should serve as the primary drop-down option for Murray and is an excellent pass-catcher. With the new offense, Johnson should move back up into the first round of fantasy drafts, despite his relatively uninspiring stats last year.