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RB Andre Ellington - Arizona Cardinals

5-9, 199Born: 2-3-1989College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Ellington was once an ascendant talent, but he is just a minor role player in a declining offense. He was a waste of a Week 2 waiver pickup after not having an impact against the Colts.

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Cardinals backfield is a mess with the injury of David Johnson in Week 1. Their three backs rushed for only 77 yards last week, with veteran Chris Johnson leading the way (11 carries for 44 yards) despite being out-snapped 18 to 17 by Kerwynn Williams, who rushed nine times for only 22 yards. Andre Ellington was in the backfield for 30 snaps but was only allotted two carries as he is their pass-catching threat. The Cardinals had a tough time sustaining drives, which can mainly be attributed to this struggling run game. Their offensive line was decent despite the loss starting left tackle D.J. Humphries in Week 1. The Cowboys run defense was gashed repeatedly by CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on Sunday night last week. Both Broncos backs combined for a total of 164 rushing yards on 34 attempts, with Anderson breaking off a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in addition to another receiving touchdown out of the backfield earlier in the game. The Cowboys defensive line simply could not get off blocks to catch Anderson, who routinely made the secondary miss and ran through tackles. Demarcus Lawrence played very well on the left side with four run stops, and this week he will match up against the Cardinals weaker right side tackle. This Cowboys defense really took a step back next week, but the Cardinals backfield is one that is tough to trust given the uncertainty brewing among their three backs competing for snaps.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DET 20 0 0 0 3 2 35 0 0 3.5
2 at IND 30 2 11 0 5 3 12 0 0 2.3
3 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 3 * * * *

Latest News

Cardinals | Kerwynn Williams will start this week (Wed Sep 13, 05:00 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams will be the starting running back this week with RB Andre Ellington serving as the No. 2 running back, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: At least we have some clarity now after Arians hinted on Sirius XM that Ellington might be the lead back. Either way, fantasy owners are looking at a two- and maybe three-headed RBBC that includes the newly signed Chris Johnson.
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Cardinals | Arizona turning to Andre Ellington? (Wed Sep 13, 12:05 AM) - Adding more context to an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday, Sept. 12, he is hopeful RB David Johnson (wrist) can return 'by Thanksgiving or Christmas.' In the meantime, Arians hinted RB Andre Ellington would be the player most likely to carry the load for the Cardinals in Johnson's absence.

Our View: Just when you thought this backfield was enough of a mess with a returning Chris Johnson to cut into the touches of potential starter Kerwynn Williams. Ellington has big-play ability and a long history of getting banged up with increasing touches. This backfield is a mess that fantasy owners should avoid until we get more clarity.
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