Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Cardinals
|RB - #31||ARI||Probable||7 years||26||5'10||225||@R_Mendenhall|
2013 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Aug-25-2013 by Matt De Lima
Rashard Mendenhall left during the first half of Arizona's Saturday night preseason game against the Chargers after suffering a right knee injury. Listed as questionable, Mendenhall did not return. Whether just a precautionary decision or something more serious will be revealed following the game. Before the injury, Mendenhall rushed six times for 47 yards. Before this injury, he's dealt with other phyiscal woes, all of which makes him an increasingly risky pick. Still, if he avoids missing significant time, Mendenhall has decent value with an ADP in the low 30's or those willing to take a shot despite the downside.
If the Cardinals had a better offensive line, fantasy owners might be higher on Rashard Mendenhall. In fact, the Cards have only produced one 1,000-yard rusher since the 2008 season. Just two offseasons ago, Mendenhall was coming off his best all-around season. The former Fighting Illini runner can contribute on all three downs and has been named the starter over backup Ryan Williams by new head coach Bruce Arians. Mendenhall should see around 250 touches this year, making him a decent value considering the public's low expectations and his fifth round average draft position. He would nicely fit as your RB3 or flex.
Unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals will retire, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via his Twitter account Saturday night.
Mendenhall was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2008 draft and played five seasons in Pittsburgh before coming to the desert to play for the Cardinals in 2013. While he did Arizona in rushing yards (687) and touchdowns (8), he was less than impressive when given carries, averaging only 3.2 yards per carry. He spent much of the season simply frustrating a Cardinals fanbase who would have rather seen the bulk of the carries go to rookie Andre Ellington, who averaged 5.5 ypc. Ellington ran for almost as many yards as Mendenhall on 99 fewer carries.Fantasy Analysis:
Mendenhall is retiring... from a fantasy perspective, this is not huge news. Anyone who retires from the NFL at the age of 26, simply doesn't have the desire to play anymore. From my perspective, Mendenhall is to be commended for this decision. He could have stayed in the league for a handful more years, made several million dollars, and frustrated fantasy owners who were just hoping he'd recatch the form that made him a 1,200 yard /13 touchdown back in 2010.
As for what this DOES mean... There was concern that Bruce Arians may try to squeeze another year out of "his guy". He was the one who brought Mendenhall to Arizona, after having coached him during better times in Pittsburgh. Now that this is not a possibility, Andre Ellington is set to be a fantasy beast in 2014. He had a good rookie season that could have been great, given more opportunities. His 5.5 ypc clip is mind-boggling and not surprising at the same time. If you saw the kid play last season, you saw that he had a natural ability to find holes and hit them for big plays. Oh, and he's pretty good at catching the ball out of the backfield, too.
I love Ellington in 2014. Lock him in as a top 10 RB... potentially top 5 in PPR formats.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - Cardinals RB Mendenhall retiring; Ellington's fantasy stock rising
2/25 - Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall hints at retiring. Kind of. Maybe. Perhaps
2/20 - Cardinals say they will use RB Andre Ellington more next season
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|8.01||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|5.11||World Fantasy Rankings #4 - It is not easy to get a starting RB in the 5th round, especially one with the upside of Mendenhall. His history with Bruce Arians should give confidence that he will be the bell cow back here and Arians will play him like he did when he was healthy in Pittsburgh. He took Arians to a Super Bowl and coaches do not forget that.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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