With training camp still over two weeks away for the Arizona Cardinals, now is a good time to take a look at a fantasy football sleeper for the 2014 season since fantasy football drafts are now underway.
His name is Andre Ellington.
Red Birds fans and fantasy football owners are very familiar with the University of Clemson product. Ellington burst onto the NFL scene as a rookie last season and led the NFL with a 5.53 yards per carry average. Ellington should get 20-25 touches per game as both a swift running back and a dynamic pass catcher out of the backfield.
Ellington will have to give away some touches to Stepfan Taylor, Jonathan Dwyer and Robert Hughes but no mistake – Ellington is the number one running back for the Cards. He gained 652 yards on just 118 carries, including a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown in a 27-13 victory over Atlanta in week eight last year.
Look for Ellington to be a solid number two RB/strong flex play option in FF leagues. Don't forget his ability to catch the football out of the backfield – Ellington paced Cardinals running backs with 39 receptions for 371 yards (a 9.5 average) and a touchdown. That makes him even more valuable in PPR leagues.
Arizona has upgraded its offensive line entering the 2014 campaign and Jonathan Cooper, their 2013 first round pick, can hopefully make his NFL debut this year after being sidelined all of last season with a broken leg.
It all adds up to this – if you're in need of a very viable running option in rounds 5-6-7 and Ellington is available, don't be afraid to pull the trigger on the second-year player.
You should be richly rewarded.
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