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2013 Fantasy Football Player Profile: Rashard Mendenhall Still Has It

Name: Rashard Mendenhall

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Position: Running Back

Years Pro: 5

Draft stock: (Rising)  Everyone loves a sleeper and Mendenhall’s change of scenery has plenty of fantasy football owners excited about the Cardinals’ new running back. Mendenhall is slated to be an opening-day starer in the NFL, so the opportunity is there for this breakout candidate.

2012 fantasy impact: For all intensive purposes, 2012 was the worst season of Mendenhall’s five-year career. In his last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers Mendenhall rushed for a mere 158 yards and only started in four games. Not to mention, the Steelers’ running back didn’t have a single rushing touchdown for the first time in four years.

Best-case scenario: Mendenhall is the Cardinals’ No. 1 back and nails home double-digit touchdowns for an offense that finally hits its stride. At 26 years old, Mendenhall’s career has gotten its second wind.

Worst-case scenario: For the second straight season, Mendenhall misses time due to injury and an unexpected surge by Ryan Williams makes the former obsolete.

Where you should draft him: Low-risk high-reward running backs like Mendenhall are a dime a dozen this season, so don’t reach for this journeyman. However, Mendenhall has earned a seventh-round selection in my eyes.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.