Fantasy Football: Andre Ellington's Upside Limited by Bruce Arians' Ignorance

By Dan Freeman

It’s incredibly frustrating watching someone refuse to do something they know they should simply because they don’t like other people suggesting it constantly. Can you blame us, Bruce Arians?

Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, is infuriating both the team’s fans and fantasy owners everywhere to no end these days. Despite having an absolute gem of a running back in Andre Ellington, Arians has been completely unwavering in his insistence on keeping Rashard Mendenhall as the team’s starter.

Ellington has outplayed Mendenhall to a laughable extent this season but for some reason, Arians is being hard-headed and refusing to hand the rookie the keys.

Ellington is averaging an incredible 7.2 yards per carry this season, second in the league among players with at least 50 rushing attempts. Mendenhall, on the other hand, is averaging 3.1 yards per carry and his longest rush of the season went for 12 yards. Not only is Ellington a superior rusher, but he’s an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield as well. He has 24 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown in very limited action.

Why Arians would be so stubborn is beyond absolutely everyone who’s been watching. The most carries Ellington has received in a single game this season is 15, which he had in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. He rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown in that game.

The situation is terribly frustrating for Ellington’s owners. Here’s a player who’s obviously brimming with game-changing talent who’s unfortunately playing for an idiot that won’t give him the opportunity to reach his potential. Who knows what he would be able to do with a heavier workload? The sky seems to be the limit for this kid.

At least Ellington’s owners can take solace in the fact that the Cardinals take on the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars this week and their sorry excuse for a run defense. He might only get between 10-15 touches, but you can bet he’s going to make the very most of them.

Continue trotting Ellington out as a mid-range RB2/flex until Arians comes to his senses or gets some smacked into him.

Dan Freeman is a Fantasy football writer for Follow him on Twitter @DanFreeman88.

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