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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 FFPts FFPts/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 (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
RB1RB1 Andre Ellington
RB2RB2 David Johnson
RB3RB3 Chris Johnson
RB4RB4 Kerwynn Williams
RB5RB5 Stepfan Taylor
RB7RB7 Marion Grice
Cardinals Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.

2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
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 FFPts
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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