Andre Ellington looking for fantasy revival
[MUSIC PLAYING] BRAD EVANS: Welcome to the Rodney Dangerfield all-stars. Andre Ellington, the Arizona running back, might be the most disrespected rusher in early drafts. This is a guy going around pick number 70 overall in Yahoo exercises, and I would not be at all surprised if he greatly exceeds that expectation. Now, remember last year, despite playing on an extremely painful split tendon in his foot, this is a guy that ranked top 20 in standard league per game average and top 12 in PPR per game average. Now, I know what you’re thinking. The Arizona Cardinals added David Johnson, a third round pick out of Northern Iowa, in the NFL draft. He’s expected to spell Ellington at times, but I don’t think he’s going to tote the lion’s share by any stretch. I’ll be not all surprised if it’s a 70/30 split when it’s all said and done down in the desert. The other thing that you have to consider as well is that Arizona’s offensive line is still a work in progress. However, they made a couple of splashy moves in the off-season, and I think that offensive line could be a top-15 unit in the league overall in terms of a run blocking perspective. Better yet, Ellington gets back Carson Palmer, and Bruce Arians has said that he plans to install a no-huddle attack, which plays perfectly into the skill set of the young rusher. Now don’t forget, Ellington, his rookie season, averaged over five yards per carry. Better yet, he was top 10 in yards per route run, breakaway percentage, and also elusive rating. He was an absolute stud his rookie season, and I think that’s going to translate now that he’s healthy this year. Coming off the foot injury, coming off hernia surgery, he is all good in the hood physically right now, and I think he’s going to flourish in Arizona. So if you’re looking for a statistical oasis in the desert, look no further than Andre Ellington.