Almost everyone I know is in search of another running back on their fantasy football team. You can’t have too many good ones. One player to keep an eye on is Arizona’s Andre Ellington. I am not a huge fan of Cardinals’ starter Rashard Mendenhall and sooner or later I think Ellington has a shot to take over the starting job. Granted, the Cardinals don’t have the strongest offensive line, but I would rather take a risk on Ellington than a guy in a committee like New England’s Brandon Boldin or Atlanta’s Jason Snelling. Boldin and Snelling are useful fantasy fill-in players – but Ellington is viewed by coach Bruce Arians “as a back who can carry the load.” Everything is pointing up for this runner.
I drafted Ellington in my dynasty league and, after his injury-plagued preseason, I didn’t think I would get much out of him this year. He was buried behind Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor. He is currently No. 2 on the depth chart and I have to think that will change. In the past two games, Ellington has seven carries for 39 yards and five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. That’s 12 touches for 117 yards and a score. Ellington is lightning in a bottle and if he starts getting 12-15 touches a game – I expect production. He is the most explosive running back on the Cardinals’ roster.
Don’t expect too much in the next four games with Arizona facing San Francisco and Seattle over that span – but by Oct. 27 I would not be stunned if Ellington is Arizona’s starting running back. Again, I would not give up too much for him today – he is a risk – but acquiring the rookie now could help you a month from now. If he doesn’t take the jump – simply drop him and move on.