by Ray Kuhn
Although I didn’t rank him as such this week, that is also attributable to his match-up in Seattle, Andre Ellington is for all intents and purposes an RB1. However, he has not performed as such in the past two weeks.
But, has Ellington really been worthy of RB1 status at all this season?
Ellington has not rushed for more than 100 yards in a game this season and has five receptions on the season; three rushing, two receiving. In fact, Ellington is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, which includes an average of just 1.75 ypc over the last weeks.
There are two things that save Ellington’s value; his receiving skills, and his volume. Especially if you are in a PPR league, then Ellington is worthy of RB1 status because he has caught 41 passes for 356 yards so far this season. The fact that he is used as receiver means that he is one of the few running backs who is guaranteed 20-25 touches per game. And in today’s NFL, that counts for something.
For as bad as Ellington has been over the past weeks, he has faced two strong defenses in St. Louis and Detroit. Last week against the Lions, he gained just 42 yards on 19 carries. But was it all his fault? And can he really be faulted for struggling against the number one rush defense in the league?
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington finished with 42 yards on 19 carries vs. Lions, 34 YAC. Hit in backfield or behind line on 14 of 19 carries
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 19, 2014
To me, that means Ellington really never had a chance. If anything he is lucky and should be commended that he gained as many yards as he did. I would move forward starting Ellington for the rest of the season without hesitation.