Andre Ellington

Andre Ellington

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By Steve Painter, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Jun 8th 10:36pm EDT

He has been showing off his elusive quickness in practices. He had a disappointing year last season with a 3.28 yards per carry stat but his proponents say it was because of injuries. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington will try to hold off phenom David Johnson for lead-back carries this year. Watch this situation closely as the battle between he and Johnson is a real one.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, May 4th 1:54pm EDT

When asked about 3rd round draft choice David Johnson's role within the Cardinals' offense, head coach Bruce Arians declared that Andre Ellington will continue in his current, feature-back role. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Specifically, Arians stated "I think Andre will continue his same role. We'll keep him healthy and let him continue to develop as a player, but the nice thing David can do is he can do everything Andre does, so you don't have to change if there was an injury." While this endorsement is nice, the usage of "I think" and the soft endorsement of Johnson makes me believe that the staff is open to giving Johnson more playing time if he shows he's ahead of the rookie learning-curve. If Ellington can return to full health and handle 15-20 touches per game, he's going to be a bargain in 2015. The 3rd year RB is currently FantasyPros consensus #52 player, and 21st highest ranked RB.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Apr 24th 12:32pm EDT

According to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, Andre Ellington's foot injury is "95 percent healed" and there hasn't been a "reoccurance". (Source: Josh Weinfuss via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This has to be a breath of fresh air for managers who have Ellington in their keeper formats. The 3rd year back suffered a major drop-off in 2014, but his stats were propped up by tremendous volume before finally breaking down. Looking ahead to draft-day, the Cardinals project to add another back to share the load with Ellington, but he still looks to have a huge role with the team going forward. Currently Ellington is ranked as the FantasyPros RB25 and 65th overall player, and represents a strong bet to deliver value if he can escape draft weekend without a highly-drafted challenger for touches.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Jan 16th 12:43pm EST

Andre Ellington stated on his personal twitter account "Felt good running for the first time again. #progress." (Source: Andre Ellington via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The formerly explosive back had a relatively disappointing season, but this bodes well for his return by training camp. It seems that Ellington will have a relatively healthy off-season to train, boding well for his 2015 prospects. Ellington's true fantasy value is sure to be a topic of contention leading up to 2015 fantasy drafts.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 11:21am EST

Andre Ellington had successful surgery on a sports hernia on Monday, and tweeted "Surgery went well. Thanks for all your support and prayers." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Along with what I can imagine was an extremely painful hernia, Ellington also dealt with a torn tendon in his left foot and a hip-flexor issue in 2014, and wasn't the same dynamo of a back that we saw in 2013. It should take two to three months to get back to full-speed from this procedure, but Ellington may be limited in the off-season. Look for Arizona to take an RB in a deep 2015 draft class, and for Ellington to slide into a complimentary role, limiting his upside to an RB2/flex play. We wish Ellington a speedy recovery and prompt return to health.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 2:12pm EST

Andre Ellington has been placed on season-ending IR. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is more of a blow for Arizona than fantasy owners. Ellington's numbers have taken a dive since Carson Palmer's injury. Ellington should reemerge next year as a high level RB2.


By Brad Beers, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 3:05pm EST

Arizona RB Andre Ellington has been ruled out for Week 14 due to a hip pointer. Stepfan Taylor will get the start in his place. (Source: ESPN's Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners need to pull Ellington from their lineups and find another option this week. Ellington hasnt been very good in the last month anyways, so this may be a blessing in disguise. Taylor will have a juicy matchup vs. a KC defense who has been shredded on the ground recently, but he is no more than a flex play with upside.


By Brad Beers, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 11:09am EST

Arizona RB Andre Ellington missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. (Source: Rotowire)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington needs to be a full participant at Friday's practice for fantasy owners to feel good about starting him in a crucial Week 14 matchup. If he does get in a full practice, Ellington has a juicy matchup in line for this week with a KC defense that has really struggled against the run in recent weeks. If Ellington does not practice today, expect to see a combination of Marion Grice, Stepfan Taylor, Robert Hughes, and Michael Bush - none of whom should find their way into your starting lineup.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 11:58am EST

Coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL's Late Hits with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt that Andre Ellington's hip-pointer injury is "severe" and he probably wont practice this week, per Marvez. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ellington hasn't been right for quite some time now, and the team (in my opinion) needs to shut him down until he's healthy and explore other options the problem with that is, the other options leave lots to be desired. Ellington's remaining schedule is absolutely brutal, and even if he is brought back, there most likely just isn't any gas left in the tank. He's too talented to drop, but too damaged to start, even in the deepest of leagues.


By Jeff Krisko, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 5:52pm EST

Andre Ellington will not return after suffering a hip injury against the Falcons. (Source: Adam Levitan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington finishes the day with 12 yards on 5 carries. If he is out for an extended time, the handcuff situation is a mess. Marion Grice has run well today, but the squad also recently signed Michael Bush.


By Jeff Krisko, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 5:13pm EST

Andre Ellington was taken to the locker room after injuring his left hip versus the Falcons. He is questionable to return. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Before going down, Andre Ellington mustered only 12 yards on 5 carries. This will be an extremely disappointing afternoon for Ellington owners as he had a great matchup in the Falcons. Marion Grice is currently getting the carries for Arizona.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 6:47pm EST

Andre Ellington (hip, toe) did not participate in practice.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington is still expected to play this week in a great matchup against a bad Falcons defense. The toe injury is new and should be monitored throughout the week.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 11:29pm EST

Andre Ellington had 10 rushes for 24 yards while catching five passes for 39 yards in the loss to Seattle in week 12. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: This was arguably Ellington's worst fantasy performance of the season. With the loss of Carson Palmer for the season and Larry Fitzgerald this week, the Seahawks were able to stack the box and focus more on stopping Ellington. His 2.4 yards per carry average was horrible as well. On a positive note, it should get easier for Ellington next week as Arizona faces the horrific Atlanta Falcons defense at Atlanta.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Nov 22nd 12:51pm EST

When asked about Andre Ellington's usage this season, Bruce Arians stated "I'd still like to see [Ellington] catch the football more, but carries-wise, yeah, he's had more than enough." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ellington is already being handed the 4th largest workload in terms of carries and catches, and with his already diminished efficiency, one has to ponder if this is going to stretch him even thinner. Ellington was drafted to be a scat-back, and has exceeded those expectations, but is still built slightly and seems suited to handle 15-20 touches a week, not the 20+ he's received this year. He's already the 4th most targeted RB in the NFL this year, and while a spike in receptions is music to PPR managers ears, it could come at the cost of even further depressed efficiency, Ellington has a good week to get back on track ahead of him, as Seattle has been gashed by injuries.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 12:26pm EST

When asked about Andre Ellington's declining production, Bruce Arinas stated that he believes its due to Ellington needing to be held out of practice with multiple injuries. Arians stated his disappointment in no uncertain terms "It's showing up too much on Sundays right now," Arians said. "Then, obviously, he can't run well enough in the passing game for us to do some things. He saw a ghost on the screen pass out there, turned around and lost 4 yards when he should've had about 20. Just some of those things." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: While Ellington has been matched up against stout run defenses, his fantasy production has been driven by the fact that he's the only option in the Arizona backfield. Ellington's YPC has dropped from a sparkling 5.5 in his rookie year to a Mendehallian 3.4 in 2014. Look for the Cardinals to find ways to rest him down the stretch, and for Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice to take on larger roles.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 12:23pm EST

Andre Ellington found the sledding mighty tough in Week 11, rushing for only 42 yards on 19 carries, and added 24 yards on 4 catches.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington picked up all his receiving yards on one play and rushed for an anemic 2.2 yards per carry, and he's averaged a horrid 1.8 yards per carry over the last two weeks. Ellington seems to be the undisputed feature back, and can contribute as an outlet receiver, but it seems that he's hit a wall. Ellington is still a decent RB2 play going forward, but temper your expectations, as the little fantasy engine that could seems to have broken down.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 11:37pm EST

Andre Ellington has been dealing with a partially torn tendon in his foot all season, is now dealing with a hip issue as well. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With no viable alternatives on the roster, Ellington continues to answer the bell when his number is called, which has been 23.7 times per game in 2014. Ellington will continue to be the feature back in Arizona, but look for the team to find creative ways to give him a breather going forward.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 12:39pm EST

Andre Ellington ran the ball 18 times for 23 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's win over the Rams. He added 5 catches for 19 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are pleased Ellington got in the endzone, or it would have been a disastrous day. The Cardinals were completely unable to run the ball on the Rams. Now with Carson Palmer expected to be out for the year, Ellington could receive even more touches. However, next week Arizona has a matchup with the run-stuffing Lions. Ellington will need to get his work done through the air if he hopes to have success against Detroit.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 1:06am EDT

Andre Ellington posted 24 carries for 88 yards rushing while also gaining 6 receptions for 72 yards through the air in Arizona's week 7 win. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The workload was more than Ellington has seen all year. While he hasn't been very efficient on the ground (3.7 yards per carry in week 7), the added bonus of all the receptions helps his cause. Ellington posted 160 total yards this week. The TDs may continue to be hard to come by as the season continues but the touches and yardage more than make Ellington an every-week starting option.


By Raphael Rabe, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 2:53pm EDT

With the Arizona Cardinals quarterback situation being uncertain all week, Andre Ellington is in line to receive 20 plus touches versus the Washington Redskins defense.

Fantasy Impact: Although he is still on the injury report with a foot injury, this could be Ellington's biggest fantasy week this season, so don't hesitate to get him into your lineup for Week 6's action.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 5:10pm EDT

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington carried the ball 16 times for 32 yards (2.0 ypc) while having 4 receptions for 112 yards receiving. Ellington also had 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving). (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is the game fantasy owners have been waiting for from Ellington. Ellington looked much stronger coming off the bye week. On one play, 3rd string QB Logan Thomas threaded the needle on a pass to Ellington for an incredible 81-yard score that showed off Ellington's speed. The bye week seems to have done wonders in helping Ellington's ailing foot. The touches the past 3 weeks have been very strong as well (20, 21, 16). Keep Ellington in your lineups as a strong RB2 going forward.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 1:05am EDT

Andre Ellington posted 21 total touches Sunday against San Francisco on Sunday (18 rushes, 3 receptions) while totaling 75 total yards (62 yards rushing, 13 yards receiving). (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The workload itself should make fantasy owners very happy. We're still looking for Ellington's first TD of the season but the touches are very encouraging. Next week, Ellington will be on his bye, which should give his ailing foot a week of rest to recover. All signs point up for Ellington in the near future.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 12:37am EDT

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington nearly put up his first 100 yard rushing game of the season, posting 91 yards rushing along with 1 catch for 10 yards. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington looked a lot better than he did in week 1 and it seems his foot injury he suffered in preseason is getting better. Ellington averaged 6.1 yards per carry, which is an incredible number for anyone! In week 1, Ellington saw 18 touches, while in week 2 he saw 16 touches. Expect the talented RB to post 15+ touches every week that he is healthy.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:19am EDT

Andre Ellington, listed as questionable with foot injury, is expected to play, per source of Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington has stated that his foot injury cannot be made worse by playing, so there is a high percentage chance that he will be in the lineup weekly, barring unforeseen setback. Ellington still has top notch talent and is a must-start if playing.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 1:57am EDT

Ellington saw a good amount of action on Monday night as he recorded 13 carries for 53 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and 5 receptions for 27 yards (5.4 yards per reception). (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: A lot of people were worried about Ellington's workload when it was announced right before the game that he would be playing. Ellington had a slow start in the first half, having a fumble lost, but got things going in the second half. For a guy that was rumored to be out 4-6 weeks, this was a successful game. The yardage wasn't necessarily there but it is a very positive sign seeing him post 18 touches while dealing with a nagging foot injury all week. Ellington was involved in rushing and passing downs. The Cardinals travel to New York to face the Giants in week 2.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Sep 6th 10:00pm EDT

Head coach Bruce Arians stated he was optimistic Andre Ellington will play Monday night against San Diego. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is very good news to all Ellington owners. It seems as if Ellington will not require surgery and as of right now is a game-time decision for Monday nights game. It still is unclear as to what role Ellington will play Monday but it does not seem like he will miss the extended period of time some have been saying he would. Be sure and keep very close tabs on Ellington up until the first wave of games on Sunday and make sure you have a backup option at RB just in case the Cardinals decide to keep him out of the game.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 1:32pm EDT

According to's Ian Rapoport, Andre Ellington is hopeful that there is still a chance he can play on Monday night. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It appears Ellington has a soft tissue injury to his left foot. The good news is that it does not appear Ellington will require surgery and it's positive hearing from Ellington that he is hopeful to play. The bad news is that Ellington might be sidelined for a period of time. Owners of Ellington are in a wait-and-see approach right now. As of now he is questionable for Monday night's game. Be prepared with another option at RB for week 1 just in case.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 2:13am EDT

According to XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki, Andre Ellington had an MRI on his left foot following practice on Thursday. (Source: Rotoworld)

Fantasy Impact: This is not the news fantasy owners wanted to hear out of Arizona. Not much is known beyond the fact that Ellington was having some discomfort in his left foot. With the Monday night kickoff, this also puts fantasy owners in a bit of a bind. Hopefully more will be known within 24 hours. If Ellington isn't able to go on Monday, the Arizona backfield will probably see a committee approach consisting of Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Aug 31st 12:30pm EDT

Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell had much to say about Andre Ellington, stating "He's a great route runner. He's excellent in terms of vision and the ability to catch and the ability to cut. He's very serviceable as a pass blocker. He can stay in and be an every-down back, which a lot of teams don't do nowadays." He also went on to state that Ellington "can do it all." (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The coaching staff in Arizona is very high on Ellington this year, as this isn't the first gleaming report we've heard from them this offseason. The fact that Stump used the words "every-down back" is fantastic to hear. Ellington will be receiving a much larger work load this season and has a lot of upside because of it. Ellington staying on the field only helps add to his value overall. Target Ellington as a high-end RB2 in drafts. He is the consensus 15th ranked RB according to fantasy


By Graham Barfield, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 11:15am EDT

Andre Ellington continued his "workhorse" duties Sunday night against the Bengals. He played on 26-of-29 the first team snaps and recorded nine carries for 46 yards. (Source: Stat - Adam Levitan )

Fantasy Impact: It seems as if Bruce Arians and the Cardinals are comfortable giving the 5'9", 199 pounder a full-plate of touches each and every week. There was some speculation that veteran running back Jonathan Dwyer and second-year-man Stepfan Taylor may be used a bit more, but if preseason usage is any indication, Andre Ellington is in for a big role this year. The biggest concern is whether or not Ellington can stay healthy with a big dose of work; he did battle through some minor injuries while at Clemson. He is currently being drafted in the mid-3rd round and is FantasyPros' consensus ranked RB15.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 2:42pm EDT

According to James Brady of, the Arizona Cardinals are looking towards getting Andre Ellington the ball "20 or so times a game". The Cardinals are hoping to keep Ellington outside the tackles due to durability concerns. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: It seems the Cardinals want to get Ellington in space a lot this season and try to keep him fresh in the process. Ellington's small frame (199 lbs.) has some worried that the high volume he may receive this season will cause him to get hurt. Ellington is still the lead back in a pass first offense and the fact that he is an incredible pass-catching RB bodes well for fantasy purposes. Ellington should be targeted as a RB2 in standard leagues and a low-end RB1 in PPR.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 11:09am EDT

RB Andre Ellington rushed 2 times for 7 yards against the Texans on Saturday while playing only one series. (Source: TD Monk)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington remains locked in as RB2 with RB1 upside, especially in PPR. He should see more action in the next two preseason games.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 10:30am EDT

The Cardinals plan to be judicious in running Ellington between the tackles given his 5'9", 199 lb frame. HC Arians says, "Andre could start on our team as wide receiver, so you want to be able to use that skill and still have another back in the game who can do everything else. It's fun creating things with a player like him." (Source: azcentral)

Fantasy Impact: In camp, the Cardinals often have used a two-back set, with Ellington and 5' 11" 235lb Robert Hughes, who is an excellent blocker, lined up together. "With Andre back there and another running back, how are they going to play that situation?" Arians said. "If they are going to play that in their base defense, then he's getting covered by a linebacker or a safety. That's a mismatch." Ellington has learned all 3 WR positions this summer and could be a PPR monster.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 6:35pm EDT

During Cardinals condition tests, HC Bruce Arians continues to insist Ellington will be a bellcow RB this season. He also states he needs to continue his development catching the ball. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In addition to increasing Ellington's touches, there have been several team reports indicating the Cardinals will occasionally move Ellington out in the slot. It appears the team will scheme to get Ellington out in space to utilize his superior quickness.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 12:34pm EDT

Cardinal GM Steve Keim reported Thursday that RB Andre Ellington looks as though he added approximately 8-10 pounds in the off season. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keim also compared Ellington to Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson in terms of size and skill. Ellington appears to be preparing for the expected increase in workload this season, although we would not expect him to reach 25-30 touches per game as HC Bruce Arians stated earlier this year. Ellington has RB1 upside, but with the Cards expected to use Jonathan Dwyer/Stepfan Taylor in short yardage/goal line packages, he remains more of an RB2. Cards begin practices tomorrow and we will keep an eye on Ellington's usage.

The NY Times | Jun 28th
Will resume RB1 role but third round pick David Johnson will help lighten the load.
Breaking Football | Jun 18th
Ellington showed glimpses of top-10 fantasy ability, but ultimately his lack of size tore him down. He'll be a high risk/high reward guy again in 2015.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 5th
I question Ellington's ability to stay healthy at 20.5 touches per game, which is what he averaged when playing in 2014. He is still young and has a ton of upside, but injuries are a major concern for Ellington.
EDSFootball | May 13th
Four of our contributors began a new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft over the weekend. As picks are made in our "slow" mock draft, I am posting the individual picks along with my comments. View image | With that said, here are the Round 4 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 4.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals The good news i...