The best run from Week 4 may have come from the likes of Adrian Peterson or Reggie Bush, but Arizona Cardinals spark-plug Andre Ellington, definitely had one of the best runs of the week. Ellington dropped all-pro corner, Darrelle Revis, with a move straight out of Madden. The rookie running back displayed the explosiveness which has made it hard for coaches to keep him off the field in recent weeks.
The Cardinals sixth round pick started the year behind Rashard Mendenhall.But the rookie running back has been making a strong case for an increased workload. As Mendenhall has been sluggish and inefficient, Ellington has shined when given the opportunity. Entering the Cardinals Week 4 matchup with the Bucs, Ellington only had 13 touches on the season, but had produced 130 yards with those opportunities.
Ellington continues to display his talent every time he touches the ball. Meanwhile, Mendenhall struggled as he dropped a pass, lost a fumble and looked a step slow on every play. With Mendenhall criticized by head coach Bruce Arians after the game, it may be time for the Cardinals to bump up the carries for Ellington.
If given the opportunity, Ellington could become a fantasy factor even with his limited touches. Just like Giovani Bernard in Cincinnati, Ellington is a threat to score every time the ball is in his hands. As Mendenhall becomes more of a liability, it will only lead to more touches for Ellington. Smart fantasy owners should stash the rookie as more touches should come his way in the following weeks.