Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does The Return Of Rashard Mendenall Drain Andre Ellington’s Potential?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

According to the Cardinals officially website (click here for the article):

Back on the field was running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had been dealing with a bad toe. “Rashard looked very, very good today and it was nice to see him running like that again,” Arians said.

Arizona is coming off their bye week, affording Mendenhall a chance to get healthy. He had missed Week 8, allowing Andre Ellington to play a larger role in the offense as he erupted for 154 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries.

Unfortunately, a healthy Mendenhall will likely help to limit Ellington’s upside. As it is the Cardinals gave Stepfan Taylor 14 carries in Mendenhall’s absence and the Arizona coaching staff has repeatedly said that they want to limit Ellington’s snaps.

Mendenhall has not been good this season, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, but he should continue to handle the load on early downs. That doesn’t make him a viable option, as he is clearly not even the best back on his team.

Opportunity likely keeps him in the FLEX conversation, but that’s about it. As for Ellington, time will tell. He’s likely going to be a low-end RB2/FLEX option and nothing more until Arizona finally decides to give him more opportunity.  There will be week’s like Week 8, where he can explode on limited touches, but it’s hard to count on that type of performance on a weekly basis.

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  1. Eric H says:

    There’s an article from the Cardinals official website that offers some sizable hope that his snapcount will remain the same, but he’ll see 15-20 touches a game rather than his previous 5-15, which is basically what he did last week(17 touches in 33 snaps).

    Adjusted for his season averages that’d project to 133 total yards and .85 total TD’s a game, better than Forte. Even if you cut his averages in half you’re looking at a top 20 RB. I see him as being a solid RB2 going forward.

    The money quote: “That may end up being the compromise. Arians keeps saying he wants to get Ellington about 35 snaps and now, about 15-20 touches.”

  2. RG says:

    Considering his touches go down, Would Ellington be a better option than DeAngelo W?

  3. Bic says:

    16-man league, 1 point per reception. I have Moreno, Mike James, andre brown, Andrew Ellington, and rashad Jennings. All are candidates for 20 touches. which 3 will have the better fantasy line?

  4. RG – I’m avoiding Carolina, so I’d say Ellington

    Bic – for me Moreno and James are the safest. The third spot comes down to Ellington or Jennings so I’d probably go Ellington

  5. Jamal says:

    Do I play Terrance Williams, Andre Ellington or Mike James in a H2H league I have to play 2?

  6. Greg says:

    Start Tony Romo? If not, who is a better option?

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