Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals
|RB - #10||32.13||ARI||Active||2 years||25||5'9||199|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-08-2014 by Brad Kruse
BREAKOUT STUD: Ellington had a strong rookie season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 118 carries. He was an excellent option in the passing game as well, catching 39 passes for an average of 9.5 yards per catch. He had a total of four touchdowns. Ellington served as the RB2 behind Rashard Mendenhall, who had close to double of Ellington's rush attempts. Mendenhall is no longer in Arizona thanks to an early retirement, leaving the door open for Ellington's role expanding. It's unclear if Ellington will be the true feature back, the front end of a committee or how often he'll be used in passing situations as a receiver out of the backfield. Arizona may want to have one of their other backs involved to keep Ellington fresh and dynamic. His range of usage could vary from 50- to 65-percent of the carries. This is a big range and of course opens the possibility of Ellington becoming a legit RB1. His upside is really high if the situation falls heavily in his favor. Head coach Bruce Arians has already declared Ellington the RB1, with the rest of the backs battling to see who the RB2 will be.
Editor's note: Like his fellow Clemson alum, Ellington should earn a lot of comparisons to C.J. Spiller. Both have speed and have a knack for big plays. Both backs have valid injury concerns and drawbacks. They both can even contribute as a receiver on third downs. Fantasy owners would love Ellington if he can do what Spiller has never been able to do: stay healthy, stay productive and not have to share the backfield. His 35.84 ADP is reasonable since he still has something to prove.
The Buccaneers have made it clear that Doug Martin won't be the only person getting carries this season. Head coach Lovie Smith made that even clearer on Thursday.
"We've made it known that we're going to play more than one (running back)," Smith said. "You need a lot. In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least about four that we feel like if we went into a game with them, we could have a good running game."
Those four presumably being, in no particular order: Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey, and third-round rookie Charles Sims. Martin is at the top of the heap with Sims and James competing to be his direct backup. Sims got a fair amount of buzz in the spring, but he's still a rookie and has plenty to prove during preseason. Even if he is the No. 2, James might see some PT as well.
Martin's current ADP is in the late-second or early-third round. He's being taken ahead of, among others, Andre Ellington. While Martin has a better track record and was a bona fide stud in 2012, I don't think I can overlook Ellington's upside in favor of a player who might be sharing his carries with possibly two other pairs of hands.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/1 - Buccaneers reiterate need for an RBBC attack
7/30 - Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor running with first team offense
7/29 - Cardinals RB Andre Ellington sidelined with neck injury
7/25 - Arizona RB Andre Ellington to be a 'bellcow'
7/21 - Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could get short-yardage work
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July 14, 2014
|3.03||FFToolbox - Big-play runner and receiver with lightning speed. Love his upside and should easily outpace this draft position.|
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