Cardinals RB Andre Ellington says he's happy with his new, more limited role in the backfield. “Because I’m able to be myself now,” he told the Arizona Republic on Friday. “I’m not dealing with a banged up knee or anything like that. It feels good. It’s been a while since I’ve been feeling this way.” Ellington's not only healthy but also probably in the role that best fits his build and skills. We always thought him overworked as the Cardinals' feature back, and Arizona's offense has run quite well with the current RB split. Ellington added Friday that rookie RB David Johnson will be "special" once he's ready for more work. The new role certainly limits Ellington's fantasy value, though he'll carry weekly big-play upside for deeper leagues in which he makes sense as a low RB2 or flex option. Consider Ellington a committee member going forward as you assess his long-term dynasty value.
The Buccaneers have reached a deal with RB Andre Ellington. The 30-year-old started his career in Arizona under new Bucs HC Bruce Arians. They showed us then that Ellington's not a workhorse. There's room for him to work into a Tampa committee, however. Last year's 2nd-round pick, Ronald Jones, returns, and Peyton Barber (a restricted free agent) will likely remain in the mix. Signing Ellington certainly shouldn't keep the Bucs from making any other backfield moves this offseason. We'll see what this depth chart looks like after the NFL Draft and early free agency.
The Texans claimed RB Andre Ellington off waivers. While he's a capable pass-catching back, landing with a team quarterbacked by Tom Savage makes Ellington a poor bet for fantasy value the rest of the way. We wouldn't bother rostering him outside of deep PPR leagues. RB Lamar Miller's value takes just a slight hit with this move. RB D'Onta Foreman, of course, is out for the year.
The Cardinals have released RB Andre Ellington. A big part of the offense just a little more than a month ago, Ellington had totaled just 7 touches in his last 3 games. He was a healthy scratch for Sunday's loss to the Texans. RB D.J. Foster stepped into Ellington's role in that one, finishing with 2 catches for 26 yards. He's not worth grabbing in redraft leagues. Ellington turns 29 in February and isn't a particularly good bet to re-emerge as a fantasy asset.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is inactive for today's game against Houston. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Arizona is clearly planning to go extremely run-heavy with Adrian Peterson in this one.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quad) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He was limited in practice all week, so it’s possible that he’s still not at 100%. Ellington does have a nice matchup against a defense that’s allowed the most receiving yards to RBs.
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