Rashard Mendenhall Fantasy News

Rashard Mendenhall retires at 26
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03pm

Huffington Post - [Full Article]

In a piece for The Huffington Post, former Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall explains why he has retired from football.

Fantasy Impact:

Mendenhall's retirement is somewhat surprising. If the Cardinals do not sign or draft another legitimate running back, then Andre Ellington's stock may be out of control by the time 2014 fantasy drafts are in full swing. 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 GM Steve Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect around 15 touches per game, though a bigger workload is possible.

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Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm

Darren Urban, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said RB Andre Ellington will get more work but reiterated team will use multiple backs, not make Ellington "featured."

Fantasy Impact:

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

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashard Mendenhall had 18 carries against the Eagles and would continue to get a bulk of the workload going forward if Ellington remains out. Stepfan Taylor was the backup to Mendenhall.

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Andre Ellington injures knee, iffy for Week 13
Friday, November 29, 2013, 11:59am

Kent Somers, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals RB Kent Somers: "Saw RB Andre Ellington this morning had knee wrapped, says hopeful of playing Sunday. We'll see."

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Ellington is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. Rashard Mendenhall would get a big bump if Ellington can't play. The Cardinals play in the early round of games on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Rashard Mendenhall fumbled late in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals were trying to seal the win, but that didn't diminish HC Bruce Arian's belief in his starter. It's still the same.

“Oh yeah,” Arians said. “There's no doubt.”

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Cardinals would like to increase Andre Ellington's role
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:42am

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Cardinals Inactives
Brittan Golden WR
Ryan Lindley QB
Rashard Mendenhall RB
Kory Sperry TE
Ronald Talley DE
Earl Watford OG
Ryan Williams RB

Fantasy Impact:

RB Andre Ellington is expected to get the start with Rashard Mendenhall out.

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