Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Chris Johnson's carries "will likely go up this week." Johnson led the backfield with 11 attempts and 44 rushing yards in the Week 2 win over the Colts -- although he wasn't targeted in the passing game. We'd still try to avoid this backfield in Week 3 fantasy lineups, but Johnson looks like the best bet if you need to dabble.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians talked on Wednesday about his plans for a David Johnson-less backfield. "Kerwynn [Williams] will start in this game [against the Colts]," Arians said. "Andre [Ellington] will spell him and play third down. And Chris [Johnson] will get some carries." Arians didn't mention RB Elijhaa Penny, but we're still looking at a 3-man committee. Williams is the top Week 2 play but should be considered no better than a RB3 or flex. Johnson could end up playing a bigger role if Williams falters. And Ellington has a shot to emerge as the top PPR play in the backfield.
The Cardinals have signed RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old was released at final cuts after a rough preseason. He's now the most experienced back on Arizona's roster, but the fact that Kerwynn Williams was kept instead of Johnson a few weeks ago makes Williams the better fantasy bet. At least for now. With Andre Ellington and potentially Elijhaa Penny also involved, this is quickly becoming a backfield to stay away from.
Cardinals RB David Johnson will undergo surgery on his dislocated wrist this week and is expected to be sidelined 2-3 months, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson will be placed on IR but has a chance to be tabbed the "designated-to-return" player. Still, we're looking at a mid-November return -- or somewhere around Week 10 or 11 -- as the best-case scenario. He'll be tough to carry on fantasy rosters unless your league has an IR spot or deep benches. With Johnson sidelined, Arizona will turn to a committee backfield of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and possibly Elijhaa Penny, D.J. Foster and/or a free-agent addition. Williams is the best fantasy bet, but we're treating him only as a RB3 or flex at this point. Ellington has a shot to be an asset in PPR leagues.
The Cardinals have plucked RB D.J. Foster from the Patriots' practice squad. He went undrafted last year and totaled just 8 touches as a rookie. The Arizona State product goes 6'0, 195 pounds and played some RB and WR over a 4-year college career that featured 444 carries and 222 catches. We'll keep an eye on Foster, but he's not yet worth owning in fantasy football. His addition is a sign, though, that the Cardinals won't lean too heavily on any 1 back in David Johnson's absence.
Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to miss an "extended period of time" with the wrist injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Getting more opinions, but an IR candidate," Rapoport adds. It's unclear if Johnson would be out for the season or a "designated-to-return" candidate. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more. Check the Week 2 Free Agent Focus for our thoughts on the Cardinals backfield without Johnson.
We passed along word from insider Kent Somers earlier this offseason that the Cardinals planned to move Andre Ellington to WR. HC Bruce Arians made it official on Wednesday, saying that Ellington will work with the WRs this offseason. The 5'9, 199-pounder has struggled to hold up as a runner. But he's a plus pass-catcher who's hauled in 112 balls for 999 yards (8.9 YPC) over 4 seasons. There's opportunity in what was once a deep Cardinals WR corps. Larry Fitzgerald turns 34 in August, John Brown has struggled to stay healthy and Michael Floyd is gone. Ellington still seems unlikely to carve out a big enough role to be a reliable fantasy option, but his transition will be worth monitoring.
The Cardinals plan to run Andre Ellington primarily at WR in 2017, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Altering Ellington's role certainly makes sense. He has struggled to hold up physically in the backfield, and David Johnson emerged as 1 of the NFL's best RBs -- and an all-situations player -- last season. Ellington showed his playmaking chops most prominently while splitting the backfield with Rashard Mendenhall in his rookie campaign. Getting his skills on the field should help the offense. Somers reports that Ellington will still see some RB work. The question, of course, will be whether he can find enough touches to gain fantasy relevance. We're not betting on it. More likely, Ellington will flash with a few nice fantasy lines driven by big plays but be too inconsistent to be worth owning. We'd bet on Arizona also adding backfield depth. RB Chris Johnson's a free agent.
The Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (groin) on IR. It's unclear if he's done for the season or has a chance to return in 8 weeks, but he can be dropped from all fantasy rosters. Johnson had stolen 25 carries from David Johnson through the season's first 4 games. Andre Ellington will step in as Arizona's #2 RB and is worth rostering in deep leagues.
Cardinals 2nd-year RB David Johnson's already going in Round 1 of early fantasy drafts. HC Bruce Arians doesn't seem likely to hurt that standing at all. "David's earned the right now to be the bell cow," Arians said this week, per ESPN.com. "Everybody's got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open." It'll take an injury or a seriously disappointing summer from David Johnson for either of those guys to "take it from him." Ellington broke down in his lone turn as the starter. Chris Johnson will turn 31 in September and has never been a good receiver. All 3 guys have garnered more than two-thirds of the team's rushing workload in their starting turns over the past 3 seasons. So when Arians says "bellcow," he means it. Look for Johnson to come out high in our 2016 projections, with Chris Johnson a decent handcuff and Ellington just a late flier.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is active for today’s game against the Packers. We’re expecting him to see 6-10 touches behind RB David Johnson. Ellington is just a RB3 flier.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is expected to play against the Packers today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. He's been out the past 3 weeks and figures to return to a change-of-pace role behind RB David Johnson. Ellington is just a RB3 or flex flier. Johnson remains a high-end RB1.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. He put in 2 limited practices this week, and HC Bruce Arians expects Ellington to play. We're not expecting him to see more than a handful of touches, though. David Johnson will be Arizona's clear lead back -- and a high-upside RB1.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Eagles. He’s reportedly on track to return for Week 16. David Johnson gets another game as feature back tonight and is a high-upside RB1.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is not expected to play against the Eagles tonight. He returned to practice on Friday and is on track to play Week 16, per Rapoport. David Johnson remains locked in as Arizona's feature back and is a good bet for 20+ touches tonight.
The Cardinals don't expect RB Andre Ellington to play tonight against the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ellington shouldn't have been in your fantasy football plans anyway, but his continued absence can only help RB David Johnson's touch count. He has seen feature work as a runner and receiver through his 1st 2 starts and makes for 1 of this week's strongest plays in the fantasy backfield.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians labeled RB Andre Ellington (toe) a game-time decision for Sunday night’s tilt with the Eagles. Ellington returned to a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. If he’s active on Sunday night, he’ll likely play a change-of-pace role behind David Johnson. Ellington shouldn’t be in Week 15 fantasy lineups. Johnson is an RB1 regardless.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's a long shot to play against the Eagles on Sunday night. That'll again make RB David Johnson a good bet for 20+ touches -- and a strong RB1 in fantasy lineups.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) has been ruled out Week 14. RB David Johnson is a strong bet for 20+ touches on Thursday night against a banged-up Vikings defense. The rookie is a high-upside RB1.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians confirmed on Tuesday that RB Andre Ellington (toe) is "likely out" for Thursday night's game against the Vikings. He's yet to practice this week and has no timetable for return. Arians also said that he'd like to get RB David Johnson 25 touches vs. Minnesota. He said the same thing last week, and Johnson racked up 24 touches. The rookie is a legit RB1 for Week 14.
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