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RB Jonathan Dwyer - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 229Born: 7-26-1989College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Dwyer needs an Andre Ellington injury that requires missed time to have more than desperation play value, but he does seem to be in line for goal line work even while Ellington is in. He's decent depth in very deep leagues.

Week 3: vs San Francisco 49ers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs SD 7 20 0 3 2 8 0 0
2 at NYG 9 31 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 vs SF PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 1 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay 7 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SD (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

While Dwyer never found the end zone like Taylor, he certainly seems entrenched as the number-2 back behind Ellington. Dwyer's 7 carries nearly doubled that of Taylor's total touches, and his additional 3 targets in the passing game hammered home that point. Dwyer did save his best run for last, picking up 7 yards on his last carry to pick up a first down and allow Arizona to run the clock out, but other than that he was mostly terrible. This made the decision to run a direct snap to Dwyer for a two point conversion all the more confusing, and was predictably stopped. In an effort to take some pressure off Andre Ellington, neither Dwyer nor Taylor really showed much.

2014 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 31 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dwyer further cemented himself as the number two running back, getting all the goal line carries this week and scoring the team's only offensive touchdown. Dwyer was also used on a 2-point conversion play, the second time in as many weeks, and was once again stopped for no gain. In both instances the play-calls have been highly questionable and even less successful. Dwyer did break off one long run of the day, picking up 20 of his total yards on one play, but often displays a disturbing lack of vision. Several times a hole was available with the right cut, but often times Dwyer simply plowed into the back of his line for a very minimal gain. He'll likely see a lot more opportunities around the goal line as the season continues, and will have to be effective in that area for his value to remain.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Andre Ellington active today (Sun Sep 14, 12:16 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) is active Sunday, Sept. 14.

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Cardinals | Andre Ellington limited Sunday (Mon Sep 8, 11:17 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited again in the walkthrough Sunday, Sept. 7, according to general manager Steve Keim. The team will evaluate him in pre-game warmups Monday, Sept. 8, before determining whether he will play or not.

Our View: Fantasy owners should have already made plans to play without Ellington this week.
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Cardinals | Andre Ellington limited (Sat Sep 6, 06:40 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was limited in practice Saturday, Sept. 6, and is questionable for Week 1.

Our View: Again, this is a situation to avoid as there is too much uncertainty around and too much of a chance you'll end up in a position where you are stuck with nobody to change out due to the late kickoff time.
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Cardinals | Jonathan Dwyer prepared to start (Sat Sep 6, 01:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer said he's prepared to start this week if RB Andre Ellington (foot) can't play. Dwyer said each running back prepares as if they're going to start every week.

Our View: We don't know if Dwyer will play, how much or whether we'll see Andre Ellington. We'd pass on this uncertain situation, especially for a late Monday night game.
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Cardinals | Andre Ellington not at practice (Fri Sep 5, 04:44 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) was not present at practice Friday, Sept. 5, and he's scheduled to be looked at by a local foot specialist. It's unknown if he'll be able to play in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept. 8. If he can't go, RB Jonathan Dwyer will start in his place. Dwyer had 49 carries for 197 yards with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Footballguys Articles

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  Jene Bramel - September 7
Targets and Landmines: Preference Planning
  Chad Parsons - August 25
The New Reality No.25: Preseason Observations Week 2
  Chad Parsons - August 22
Dynasty State of the Union: NFC West
  Jeff Tefertiller - August 18
What if Andre Ellington is Lost for the Season?
  Chad Parsons - August 18
Going Deep: Preseason Observations Week 1
  Chad Parsons - August 12
The Gut Check No.306 - Updated PPR Tiers and Notes
  Matt Waldman - August 5
Pre-Camp PPR RB Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - July 29

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Schedule

3vs San Francisco 49ers
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Denver Broncos
6vs Washington Redskins
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs St. Louis Rams
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ St. Louis Rams
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ San Francisco 49ers