Better 2020 fantasy season: Todd Gurley or David Johnson?

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Who will have a better fantasy season in 2020: Todd Gurley or David Johnson?

Not that long ago, Todd Gurley and David Johnson were seen as the two best running backs in fantasy football. Now they are on their second teams in the league, fighting to stay relevant in an ever-evolving game. Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams, only to be picked up hours later by the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson was traded to the Houston Texans in a blockbuster deal.

What The Fantasy Footballers are wondering is who will be the better fantasy running back in their new location: Gurley in Atlanta or Johnson in Houston? Per usual, the guys are split on how they feel on this intriguing topic. While Andy Holloway is more of the opinion Johnson will have greater success in Houston, Jason Moore likes Gurley’s situation better in Atlanta.

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Holloway points out Gurley’s injury history and believes Texans head coach Bill O’Brien will make use of his investment by giving him the rock a ton. Look for Johnson to get around the same amount of carries his predecessor Carlos Hyde did in Houston last year. Let’s not forget how valuable Johnson is as a pass catcher out of the backfield either. He can have success in Houston.

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Moore is more in on Gurley because he thinks there’s more tread on the tires. He’s only 25-years-old and didn’t look as washed in his eyes as Johnson did a year ago with the Arizona Cardinals. Moore also mentions the Falcons have a better offensive line than what Gurley had to work with the last year or so in Los Angeles. The Falcons do have five former first-rounders up front.

What this really comes down to is do you think Gurley will be a major upgrade over Devonta Freeman in Atlanta. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is notorious for giving up on the run as soon as it’s not effective. He’ll pass the football for days, which does help Gurley’s fantasy value as a safety valve out of the backfield for quarterback Matt Ryan.

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Because Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has to win this year to keep his job, he and Koetter will likely run Gurley into the ground on their one-year deal. O’Brien may have similar ideas in Houston, but he doesn’t have the same crashing sense of urgency as Quinn does in Atlanta, as he has greater job security with the Texans than his Falcons’ counterpart.