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Running Back, Arizona Cardinals

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Draft: 2013 Round 6 (19)
College: Clemson
Ht: 5’9”  Wt: 199 DOB: 1989-02-03 Age: 26

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2013 ARI 15 - 118 652 5.5 3 57 39 371 9.5 1 126.3 8.4
2014 ARI 12 - 201 660 3.3 3 64 46 395 8.6 2 135.5 11.3
2015 ARI 2 - 15 132 8.8 2 3 1 7 7.0 0 25.9 13.0
2015 (Projected) ARI     167 767 4.6 4   47 385 8.2 2 151.2  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
The Cardinals offense was absolutely decimated by injuries in 2014, and running back Andre Ellington might have been the biggest loss. After playing through a foot injury through most of the season, Ellington eventually was sat down and missed the final four games of the regular season with a hernia injury. Ellington had a ton of hype heading into 2014 after a monster rookie season saw him average 5.5 yards per carry, but the combination of a lack of passing game, injuries and overall decline in explosive ability saw his yards per carry tank all the way down to just 3.3 in 2014. Fantasy owners ended up very disappointed, as Ellington scored just three rushing touchdowns on the year, making him a mid-to-low-end RB2 in most weeks.

Where Ellington did excel was in the passing game. The second-year back made his presence known by catching 46 passes for 395 yards, a mark which would have put him on pace for more than 60 receptions and over 500 yards on the year. He also added two touchdowns as a receiver. Ellington is certainly the No.1 running back heading into 2014, but there’s no question that the Cardinals are concerned about his long-term prospects as the team’s primary ball carrier. At 5’9” and roughly 200 lbs., Ellington is undersized and is already beginning to show signs of a deteriorating body at age 26. The Arizona offensive line has long been weak, and the team has not had a consistently productive running game in recent memory, so Ellington being selected in the early 20s in drafts makes sense. Not only that, there is now strong competition at the position, as the Cardinals selected running back David Johnson in the third round of April’s draft. Still, Ellington is the lead dog in what should be an improved offense in 2015, so now that he’s back to being fully healthy, he’s not a bad upside pick given his ADP.
Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB3 Chris Johnson
RB2RB2 David Johnson
RB3RB1 Andre Ellington
RB4RB4 Stepfan Taylor
Cardinals Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury RB Ellington set to return
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Oct 7, 8:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (

FFToday's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.

Injury Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
By: John Canario | Fri Oct 2, 6:05 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Johnson’s career prospects didn’t look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the team’s lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnson’s made the most of it. He’s gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last week’s rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the team’s starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)

FFToday's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.

Injury RB Ellington at practice three days after injury
Wearing brace with sprained PCL
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Sep 16, 8:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
They might not play on Sunday in Chicago, but two key members of the Cardinals offense were at practice on Wednesday and were able to be on the field. That’s an encouraging sign for both running back Andre Ellington and left guard Mike Iupati, who were expected to be sidelined for another week to three weeks. Ellington has a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Iupati is recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians said it was a bit of a surprise that Ellington was able to test his knee this soon after injuring it just three days earlier.“Yeah,” he said. “He’s in a brace and we’ll see what he can do and what he can’t do.” (

FFToday's Take: Andre Ellington's presence at practice is a good indication that the sprained PCL injury he suffered in week 1 won't keep him out any more than the one to three week time-table originally stated. However, Ellington's inability to stay healthy gives the team and HC Bruce Arians more reason to lighten the load on Arizona's lead back when he returns. Chris Johnson is projected to see the majority of the carries Sunday versus the Bears in week two with David Johnson being mixed in as well.

Injury Andre Ellington could miss 2-3 weeks
Grade 1 PCL Sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 14, 1:01 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ellington battled injury last season as off on the wrong foot to start 2015. Expect Chris Johnson to get the start this week against the Bears with rookie David Johnson operating as the No.2 back.

Injury Possible PCL injury for Andre Ellington
Right knee
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 13, 9:00 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington’s bad luck with injuries didn’t change on Sunday. He suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. The severity of the injury is unknown. Coach Bruce Arians said it appears the injury is the posterior cruciate ligament, but that’s not certain. (Arizona Republic)

FFToday's Take: Ellington's fragility made him a risky pick in fantasy drafts and for good reason. We don't have a firm diagnosis yet on the injury but if Ellington is out for an extended period of time, Chris Johnson and David Johnson would likely shoulder the running back load.

CJ2K impresses in Cardinals' final preseason game
HC: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp"
By: John Canario | Fri Sep 4, 4:20 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through the air. Johnson showed no visible signs of the hamstring injury that kept him off the field during the preseason, leaving coach Bruce Arians to say, per The Arizona Republic: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp." (

FFToday's Take: For fantasy purposes, there is an unfortunate running back situation brewing in Arizona. Any touches that Chris Johnson gets will be at the expense of Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. While Ellington is still the favorite to carry the bulk of the load, he has a couple of backs nipping at his heels for playing time. His starting job is far from secure.

Injury CJ?K out 1-2 weeks with pulled hamstring
Cards veteran RB may not see live action until regular season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sun Aug 23, 10:22 am

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona. Coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: It's been a difficult year for Johnson, who got shot in the shoulder during a "drive-by" in March, and couldn't even catch on with the Cowboys, where there were reports of interest and an uncertain backfield. He didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. His already dubious fantasy value is falling faster with rookie David Johnson running well and Andre Ellington still atop the depth chart

David Johnson virtually uncoverable in practice
Back at practice after dealing with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 20, 7:25 pm

Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson has looked pretty good as a receiver out of the backfield the last couple of days. Yes, Johnson is a running back. He still has to show he can carry the ball, and he talked Wednesday about learning a very big playbook. But while he cautioned that hamstrings can be “tricky,” Johnson has run well the past couple of practices. And catching the ball, he has looked every bit the player Bruce Arians said he’d be in that role. In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover him, making one think about the matchup issues Johnson can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game. (

FFToday's Take: One thing is for sure: Arizona is more prepared for an injury to Andre Ellington than it was last year. Chris Johnson was added earlier this week while Ellington and David Johnson were both on the mend, but both are back practicing. The Cardinals' running back situation is becoming a mess for fantasy purposes, however, since all three players are supposedly vying for a starting gig. Ellington's grasp on the job is tenuous at best.

Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal
Expected to push Andre Ellington for playing time
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 17, 9:25 pm

Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals and free-agent RB Chris Johnson agreed on a one-year deal Monday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the deal could be worth up to $2 million. The Cardinals were thin at running back the first two weeks of training camp. Both starter Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson were out with hamstring injuries. Chris Johnson was arrested this offseason in Orlando, Florida, for openly carrying a weapon, but officials decided not to pursue charges. In a separate incident, he was shot in the right shoulder during a drive-by shooting that left a friend with bullet wounds and the driver of their car dead. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Chris Johnson, who failed to rush for at least 1,000 yards for the first time in his seven-season career with the Jets last season, fits the mold of Arizona's other backs as players with electric speed that have little interest in running between the tackles. The addition of the soon-to-be 30-year-old back could very well mean Ellington will be splitting carries at some point and David Johnson will have a hard time getting much playing time in 2015.

Cards name Robert Hughes short-yardage back
Ellington, Robert Johnson remain atop depth chart
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 13, 3:45 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Barring an injury, Robert Hughes will be the short yardage back for Arizona. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hughes had more receptions (eight) than rushes (seven) last year as a part-time halfback and fullback. The news isn't that important from a real-football standpoint since last season's short-yardage back (Stepfan Taylor) managed only one score, but is a bigger deal for Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson since it takes both players off the field in prime scoring position. Ellington is an injury-prone RB2 with limited upside for fantasy purposes in 2015.

Injury Backfield issues making it difficult for Arizona
Team falling behind at practice?
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Aug 12, 4:36 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Arians called his running back situation a “pain in the ass” because Andre Ellington and David Johnson aren’t practice. “You’ve got packages for them and you can’t install them,” he said, “because it’s not fair to the other guys because that’s not their skill set. So you modify your practice and all your scripts. “The other runners run different runs better and they damn sure aren’t the receivers those two guys are. So you are not practicing a lot of the things you really want to use during the season.” (

FFToday's Take: This is a messy situation for fantasy owners right now. Arians' frustration also reveals a strong desire to use running backs with pass-catching abilities. Though a RBBC still looms in the desert, Ellington appears to be the best bet to have the most fantasy value entering the year.

Chris Johnson to sign with Cards?
Arizona reportedly offers CJ2K one-year deal
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 11, 8:55 am

Arizona Cardinals
Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN tweeted that free agent RB Chris Johnson has been offered a one-year contract to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. (ESPN/Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cards have a mishmash of notoriously fragile players (Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson are both nursing hamstring injuries) and other less-than-exciting options in Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams, so it's interesting to see a former rushing champ in the mix. Even if Johnson signs, he'll likely be caught in a timeshare or committee unless Ellington or Johnson go down for good.

2015 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NO W 31-19 12 69 5.8 1 3 1 7 7.0 0 13.6
5 at DET W 42-17 3 63 21.0 1 0 0 0 - 0 12.3

2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 SD W 18-17 13 53 4.1 0 5 5 27 5.4 0 8.0
2 at NYG W 25-14 15 91 6.1 0 3 1 10 10.0 0 10.1
3 SF W 23-14 18 62 3.4 0 4 3 13 4.3 0 7.5
5 at DEN L 20-41 16 32 2.0 1 7 4 112 28.0 1 26.4
6 WAS W 30-20 19 67 3.5 0 9 6 26 4.3 0 9.3
7 at OAK W 24-13 24 88 3.7 0 9 6 72 12.0 0 16.0
8 PHI W 24-20 23 71 3.1 1 6 3 14 4.7 0 14.5
9 at DAL W 28-17 21 95 4.5 0 4 4 39 9.8 1 19.4
10 STL W 31-14 18 23 1.3 1 5 5 19 3.8 0 10.2
11 DET W 14-6 19 42 2.2 0 4 4 24 6.0 0 6.6
12 at SEA L 3-19 10 24 2.4 0 8 5 39 7.8 0 6.3
13 at ATL L 18-29 5 12 2.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.2

2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at STL L 24-27 0 0 - 0 3 1 13 13.0 0 1.3
2 DET W 25-21 4 20 5.0 0 2 2 42 21.0 1 12.2
3 at NO L 7-31 3 19 6.3 0 6 3 36 12.0 0 5.5
4 at TB W 13-10 4 29 7.3 0 6 3 22 7.3 0 5.1
5 CAR W 22-6 7 52 7.4 0 4 4 31 7.8 0 8.3
6 at SF L 20-32 7 56 8.0 1 5 5 36 7.2 0 15.2
7 SEA L 22-34 3 3 1.0 0 5 2 10 5.0 0 1.3
8 ATL W 27-13 15 154 10.3 1 2 2 8 4.0 0 22.2
10 HOU W 27-24 11 55 5.0 0 4 2 18 9.0 0 7.3
11 at JAC W 27-14 8 3 0.4 0 2 2 10 5.0 0 1.3
12 IND W 40-11 10 50 5.0 0 2 2 21 10.5 0 7.1
14 STL W 30-10 11 46 4.2 1 2 2 17 8.5 0 12.3
15 at TEN W 37-34 10 71 7.1 0 5 4 87 21.8 0 15.8
16 at SEA W 17-10 15 64 4.3 0 3 2 8 4.0 0 7.2
17 SF L 20-23 9 30 3.3 0 6 3 12 4.0 0 4.2

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