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Andre Ellington: The Bruce Arians Buzzkill

Andre Ellington may be limited to 30-35 snaps most games going forward, he may not; coaches lie all the time. However, assuming it is legit, Ellington is still a top-20 running back for the rest of the season. He’s
Pierre Thomas

only with the ability to take it to the house on any given touch. Thomas isn’t a world beater at running back, but right now he is 13th ranked running back through five weeks and the last time he played a full season under Sean Payton he tallied almost 1,000 total yards with 50 receptions with six touchdowns. Not bad for a part time running back off waivers, huh?

Ellington is in a very similar role to that of Thomas. He’s the primary passing down running back and also gets carries in the base offense. His quantity of work has steadily increased as well, netting 11 total touches in Week 5 against Carolina. If he plays 30-35 snaps it’s reasonable to expect his workload to be in the 12-15 touch range with 3-5 receptions each week. We should not expect him to maintain his gaudy yards per touch of 8.5, but it’s certainly encouraging. He has the makeup to break any play open and he’s showing the ability to churn out the tough yards, too.

Anytime a new regime takes over, it’s smart to take notice of the players they hand pick in season No. 1. Based on their offseason moves, it was obvious they were unhappy with the running back situation. Arians brought in
Rashard Mendenhall

, whom he has worked with before, and drafted two running backs with very different profiles.
Stepfan Taylor

’s profile indicates that he would benefit if Mendenhall’s workload were to decrease, but there is no competition for Ellington’s role. This is it, Ellington gives fantasy owners everywhere an option that can roll out 60-70 yards per week plus a few receptions and the ability to take it to the house.

FanDuel players should look elsewhere as San Francisco in Week 6 may not be the greatest place to start, and Seattle isn’t much better next week, but these will be good measuring sticks to see how reliable he will be for the stretch run. If he’s still available go pick him up. He’s going to help take you to a title.

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