Yahoo Fantasy’s Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don look at the running back’s fantasy value following a series of down seasons and a trade to Houston. Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
DALTON DEL DON: One guy [INAUDIBLE] on your team specifically who have crept up my rankings recently is David Johnson. What are your thoughts? And the situation should be there, right? I mean, the volume-- and I guess he was pretty good last year before getting hurt. So I don't know. Is he washed? What is the deal? Like, I mean, obviously the offensive line's a problem, but, I mean, volume should be there.
MATT HARMON: Oh God. I mean, that's my thought. My thoughts are just like, oh God, David Johnson. Wasn't in the least bit excited to make that pick, but it's the seventh round. And you know what? Like you mentioned, the volume is there.
I don't think Johnson has been a good runner in three-- in, like, three-plus seasons, which makes the trade just so terrible that Houston made. Obviously, like, I don't think we need to go over that. But he was putting up fantasy numbers last year, and I think a lot of that had to do with the offense that he was in. You know, they're running, like, four wide receivers a lot during his time as a starting running back. He was catching a lot of passes.
But you could see a pretty similar situation here in Houston. I think he's going to catch a decent amount of passes. I think they can spread the field with four-plus wide receivers. Maybe they won't, but they at least have the personnel to do it. And like you said, the volume should be there.
I feel like when I make these sort of just this is not a good running back at this point, but the volume should be there, I feel like that usually ends up screwing me. But at the same time, it's the seventh round. Like, and again, I thought he represented a teardrop.
So there was with no conviction, no excitement that I clicked David Johnson's name, but I clicked it, damn it. And like, what-- so I don't know. Those are my thoughts, Dalton. Those are my thoughts on that pick.
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah. No, there was only so many running backs that are projected to get that many touches, and you know Bill O'Brien will want to, for no other reason to make him look good, to have him get his numbers. So, yeah. Now I totally-- round seven, I thought that was fine there.