Rashard Mendenhall Fantasy News
Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm
Ellington should see a bump in touches if the Cardinals don’t re-sign Rashard Mendenhall or bring in another established RB via free agency. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. It's a good sign that Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect 12-15 touches per game.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013, 9:05pm
Cards HC Bruce Arians said RB Andre Ellington was never close to playing with knee injury. Is going to be careful with a young player.
Andre Ellington injures knee, iffy for Week 13
Friday, November 29, 2013, 11:59am
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:31am
“Oh yeah,” Arians said. “There's no doubt.”
Rookie RB Andre Ellington had 15 touches Sunday - and the Cardinals want to get him about 20 a game. Ellington is clearly the most skilled back of the two, and more productive. But the Cards want to limit his work due to his size, so Ellington's fantasy upside appears capped thanks to Mendy.
Cardinals would like to increase Andre Ellington's role
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:42am
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said he’d like to increase Andre Ellington’s touches, although that might come through pass receptions to get Ellington in space. OC Harold Goodwin said he personally thinks Ellington is smart enough to be able to handle a lot of carries, but reiterated he doesn’t want Ellington to get beat up.
Duh. On the season, Ellington is averaging 7.74 YPC compared to Rashard Mendenhall's 3.05 YPC. Due to size/durability concerns, Ellington can't completely take over the feature back role, but he should be seeing more touches than Mendenhall on a weekly basis.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3:05pm
Monday, October 7, 2013, 11:14am
Looks like Ellington has caught up to Mendy as far as snaps go. Ellington had 11 touches to Mendy's 19 this past week. Mendy got the TD but Ellington had more rushing and receiving yards. The bit of bad news is HC Bruce Arians later added that he sees Ellington capping out at 30-32 plays due to his size. Still, if he's performing, it will be hard to keep him off the field. Ellington is worth picking up at least as a guy trending in the right direction, and in deeper leagues could even be a flex play in certain matchups.