After suffering a knee injury in week one, the timetable for Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington’s return was three weeks. That likely means he’ll be back on the field in week four in a divisional game at home against the St. Louis Rams. Ellington didn’t practice Wednesday due to his sprained PCL, which indicates he’ll be out in week 3, as expected.
In Ellington’s absence during their week 2 win in Chicago, the tandem of Chris Johnson and David Johnson picked up the slack in a big way. David Johnson has been a hot name in the fantasy football community due to his versatility. The rookie returned a kickoff for a touchdown and has averaged 8.4 yards per carry in limited carries, along with 29 yards per catch on 2 receptions. Still, the 3rd round pick out of Northern Iowa is poised for more work in week 3 which makes him a tempting fantasy option. He provides legitimate big play ability and a change of pace back for Arizona.
On the other hand, Chris Johnson received a heavy workload of 20 carries as the starter in week 2 but posted an underwhelming 3.6 yards per carry with a long of 8 yards. Based on David Johnson’s big play ability and versatility, he is in for a breakout game in week 3 in the team’s division opener against San Francisco.
When and if Andre Ellington returns in week 4, he provides a reliable, shifty running back for the Cardinals and will take most of the carries out of that backfield, even with the emergence of David Johnson. He provides a great fantasy option as a FLEX. The Cardinals have emerged as one of the favorites in the NFC, and the return of Ellington will only boost them. Expected to be one of the offense’s key contributors in 2015, the team looks forward to his expected return in week 4.