RB Andre Ellington - Houston Texans
|5-9, 199||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 12: at Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Tough matchup. Since Deshaun Watson's injury, the Houston run game has predictably fallen a peg or two. And its only source of dynamism, impressive rookie runner Donta Foreman, was just lost for the year to an Achilles' tear. Tom Savage's quarterbacking scares absolutely no one, and his mobility is even less of a threat, so defenses have been able to key relentlessly on Lamar Miller. Miller's "who cares?" season is now even harder, and he's never a safe projection behind his ho-hum 2017 average of 60.4 ground yards. With only Miller and trudging backup Alfred Blue running behind this shaky offensive line (our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it 26th in football), this looks to remain a low-impact unit, one that will have to rely on volume for real fantasy value. Frankly, it's a hands-off unit apart from the rare instances in which Savage is able to keep the Texans competitive enough to afford Miller 20+ attempts - and even then, "who cares?" is generally the proper response. There's a decent floor in place here for Miller, but a rock-hard weekly ceiling. The Ravens run defense remains inconsistent, but has trended toward the smothering of late. After a truly brutal stretch from Weeks 3-7, in which opponents averaged a stunning 169.4 yards per game, things have settled to just 63.7 over the last 3. That includes an impressive Week 9 in which Baltimore neutralized Tennessee's powerful running game, to the tune of just 45 combined yards for DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. It seems clear now that the key to this unit is nose tackle Brandon Williams; his return to the field has allowed the Ravens' mediocre linebackers to attack the ball at the line, rather than pursue runners onto the second level. All told, this looks like a unit set to give the Texans' trudging run game fits.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 5 vs PHI (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 65 / 0 rec)
Ellington only registered one carry on Sunday, but his nine receptions and ten targets were both team highs. Ellington's heavy use in the passing game is in part an extension of an offense heavily built around David Johnson, but more significantly illustrates the team's greater offensive problem; its lack of protection. Palmer's lack of time due to a constant pass rush forces quick, short throws and Ellington is the obvious target. While this strategy does nothing beneficial for the offense, look for it to continue out of pure necessity. Ellington's value in a PPR league may ever so slightly be on the rise.
2017 Week 4 vs SF (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 14 / 9 / 86 / 0 rec)
Ellington played his best game in what feels like forever, doing little on the ground but contributing heavily as a receiver. It was Chris Johnson who led the team in rushing, with twice as many carries as Ellington, but the offense as a whole dropped back to throw 70% of the time, and that is where Ellington made his contribution. Leading the team in targets with 14, Ellington acted as a quick target out of the backfield, in the slot, and as a safety net for Palmer who was constantly under pressure. Ellington did have a few costly drops, and was unable to stay in bounds for a touchdown, but overall played an impressive game and proved he is most adept at filling in for the injured David Johnson.
2017 Week 3 vs DAL (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Ellington led the Arizona running backs in snaps, but his work was concentrated in the later-game zone as the Cardinals were playing catch up against Dallas. Chris Johnson was the clear starter early in the game and Ellington was primarily seeing time as an occasional split out receiver during that time. As the game progressed and Arizona trailed by a touchdown or more in the second half, Ellington was the primary back and seeing draw plays and receptions out of the backfield. With 10 touches, Ellington saw more work than the first two weeks combined. Ellington made most of his yards in space as opposed to breaking tackles and outright winning against defenders with the ball in his hands. Negative game script scenarios like this week offer the most usage upside for Ellington without a Chris Johnson injury going forward.
Latest NewsTexans | Houston claims Andre Ellington (Tue Nov 21, 04:39 PM) - The Houston Texans claimed RB Andre Ellington off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, Nov. 21, according to a source. Our View: The Texans are looking for help at the position, especially with rookie D'Onta Foreman going down with an Achilles' injury in Week 11. Ellington is a good receiver out of the backfield and could eventually earn a spot as the change-of-pace back behind starter Lamar Miller. His main competition for that position would be Alfred Blue.
link to story Cardinals | Andre Ellington released (Mon Nov 20, 04:52 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was released Monday, Nov. 20. Free-agent RB Bronson Hill (Vikings) was signed to the practice squad in a corresponding move. Our View: Hill was undrafted out of Eastern Michigan in 2015 and he's bounced around to now eight different teams. Ellington signed a one-year deal to stay with the Cardinals this year but his role never materialized as a runner or receiver.
link to story Cardinals | Andre Ellington inactive for Week 11 (Sun Nov 19, 11:51 AM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was declared a healthy scratch for Week 11's game against the Houston Texans. link to story Cardinals | Week 11 inactives for Arizona (Sun Nov 19, 11:34 AM) - The Arizona Cardinals have declared LB Bryson Albright, QB Matt Barkley, RB Andre Ellington, DB Harlan Miller, DL Corey Peters, C Max Tuerk, WR Chad Williams inactive for Week 11. Our View: Kerwynn Williams will be the backup running back with Ellington out.
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