Well, this is just horrible, no good news. After sufffering a wrist injury in the Arizona Cardinals' season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions, star running back David Johnson will undergo surgery on a dislocated wrist and will be placed on injured reserve (designated to return).
Johnson is expected to miss 2-3 months.
The No. 1 overall fantasy player heading into the 2017, Johnson recorded 2,118 total yards and 20 touchdowns for Arizona last season. Both numbers topped NFL running backs, as Johnson finished as the No. 1 overall fantasy player in the league last season.
A multi-dimensional threat out of the backfield, Johnson caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns last season. He started the 2017 campaign by catching six passes against Detroit prior to exiting with the aforementioned wrist injury.
With Johnson sidelined, the Cardinals have signed veteran Chris Johnson, who the team released during the preseason. They also added D.J. Foster off the New England Patriots practices squad. Though, we can expect Kerwynn Williams to see the bulk of the action in the desert over the short term. None of these three running backs are viable fantasy options.
On a related note, this also hurts a struggling Carson Palmer big time. He threw three interceptions, including a pick-six, against Detroit on Sunday. Without his safety valve at running back, we can expect continued struggles from Palmer.
We can also now expect Larry Fitzgerald to continue being a PPR stud. Coming off a 2016 season in which he caught 107 passes, Fitz was targeted 13 times in Week 1. Look for continued huge target numbers for the future Hall of Famer.
In terms outside options to replace Johnson on your roster, Tarik Cohen and Buck Allen are solid waiver-wire options.