David Johnson Photo from Arizona Cardinals

We all enjoy a good debate or conversation from time to time. Fantasy football season is creeping up, and one conversation that should be a no-brainer is this year’s number one pick. Without any doubt, that number one pick should be running back David Johnson from the Arizona Cardinals.

David Johnson is coming into the third year of his professional career. After an injury scare in Week 17 last season, Johnson is fully healthy and escaped without having to worry about surgery. Johnson was recently quoted stating that his goal is to reach 1,000 rushing and receiving yards.

“That is my main goal,” he said on NFL Network. “I must get 1,000 rushing and receiving. I definitely want to be one of those players. There’s only two other running backs who have done it. I definitely want to be among those guys.”

Johnson hopes to join the likes of Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk, as the only running backs in NFL history to capture 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season. Johnson combined for over 2,000 yards last season. With 879 of those yards coming by way of receiving, Johnson barely missed the hefty feat last season. With the help of his own team’s offensive scheme, he can easily reach his goal.

The Cardinals running back suited up and played in all 16 games last season. However, he only received 30 or more touches in three of those games last season. The Cardinals did not lean on Johnson as much as they should have last year, and hopefully that changes this coming season. Compare Johnson’s stats from last season to Le’Veon Bell. The running back for the Steelers is also known as a dual-threat running back just like Johnson, and played in four less games last season than Johnson, yet had four games of 30 or more touches compared to Johnson’s three.

The Steelers road their workhorse down the stretch towards a playoff run. See Le’Veon Bell’s stats below of games where he had 30 more touches last season.

Week 7 vs NEP – 31 total touches for 149 total yards

Week 11 @ CLE – 36 total touches for 201 total yards and 1 TD

Week 13 vs NYG – 35 total touches for 182 total yards

Week 14 @ BUF – 42 total touches for 298 total yards and 3 TDs

While the Arizona Cardinals running back only had one less game with 30 or more touches than Le’Veon Bell, it also came in four more games played last season than Bell. See David Johnson’s stats below of games where he had 30 more touches last season.

Week 5 @ SF – 30 total touches for 185 total yards and 2 TDs

Week 7 vs SEA – 41 total touches for 171 total yards

Week 16 @ SEA – 32 total touches for 136 total yards and 3 TDs

In 1999, Marshall Faulk rushed for over 1,300 yards and had 87 receptions for 1,048 yards receiving for the Rams. The prior year, Faulk fell just short of 1,000 receiving yards. This sounds eerily similar to David Johnson who just fell short of 1,000 receiving yards last season.

With any help from better quarterback play, and more importantly better play calling more focused around David Johnson instead of Carson Palmer, Johnson will have no problem capturing 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the 2017 season. David Johnson should be the number one pick in your fantasy football draft without any hesitation whatsoever.

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