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Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Date of Birth:  02/03/1989
Age:  33
Height  5'9"
Weight:   210
College:  Clemson
Drafted:  2013 | Round 6 | Pick 187
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Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB


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Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

The Buccaneers have released Andre Ellington.

The veteran has long been a favorite of Bruce Arians, but his release locks in Dare Ogunbowale as the team's receiving back barring another roster move (potentially a trade for Melvin Gordon). Ellington is unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2019.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

The Buccaneers have signed Andre Ellington.

This move is not at all surprising, as Ellington was a Bruce Arians' favorite in Arizona, totaling over 3,000 yards in five years. Now 30, Ellington will look to make the roster and carve out a role for what looks like a wide-open depth chart in Tampa Bay. He's not currently on the fantasy radar, but PPR owners in particular should keep tabs on Ellington throughout the offseason and into the summer.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets four touches in Week 14.

Ellington had three carries for six yards and one reception (on two targets) for 16 yards versus the 49ers. He'll mix in behind Lamar Miller in the backfield, but Ellington isn't a highly-reccomended fantasy option.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets seven touches against the Titans.

Ellington got more work after his cousin Bruce Ellington left the game with a hamstring injury and Braxton Miller left to game with a concussion. Overall, Andre had two carries for -4 yards and five receptions for 56 yards, and he'd offer a decent floor if Bruce and Miller were to miss more time.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

The Texans claimed running back Andre Ellington.

This is pretty cool, as Ellington is cousins with Texans receiver Bruce Ellington, who the team picked up earlier this season.  While getting cut by the Cardinals probably wasn't fun, it's good to know that Ellington is going to a locker room with a very familiar face. With rookie running back D'Onta Foreman done for the season, Andre Ellington should be in line for some snaps in the backfield—though he'll almost certainly be behind Alfred Blue as the primary backup to Lamar Miller.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

The Cardinals waived running back Andre Ellington.

Ellington was inactive yesterday, and the Cardinals are now cutting ties with their 2013 sixth-round pick. The versatile running back had an outstanding start to his career, with 1,023 yards from scrimmage in his rookie season before some injuries got in the way and superstar David Johnson eventually took over the backfield. Arizona is now giving Ellington an opportunity with another team, but there's probably a good chance he's claimed rather than him being able to choose where he signs. After the leg injury to Chris Thompson, the Redskins might be a team to keep an eye on.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington scores in Week 10.

Ellington caught three passes for 26 yards and carries twice for four yards and a touchdown, with the score coming late in the fourth quarter on a goal line carry in a hurry-up offense situation. Ellington will remain a FLEX option in deep PPR leagues, but he doesn't need to be on standard-league rosters.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington records two touches in Week 9 win.

Ellington caught two passes for 14 yards, but didn't receive a carry with Adrian Peterson handling 37 of them. With Peterson dominating touches on a ball-control offense, Ellington isn't a fantasy option.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington (quadricep) is active for Week 9.

Ellington was expected to be ready to go after the team's bye, and he is. He's a FLEX option in deeper PPR leagues with six teams on a bye.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington (quadricep) was limited in practice today.

It's only Wednesday, but it appears Ellington isn't at full strength after the bye. They could use him as they attempt to improve to 4-3 without their quarterback and starting running back.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington (quad) is inactive for Week 7.

Ellington was expected to be out today in London, and this is a hit to Arizona's offense. Adrian Peterson was getting almost all of the early-down carries regardless, but Ellington was a solid weapon on third down. This could mean Carson Palmer looks Larry Fitzgerald's way more today against the Rams.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington (quad) is questionable for Sunday against the Rams.

Ellington was limited on Wednesday before not practicing yesterday and today, so he appears to be very iffy for Sunday. The Cardinals do play in the 1:00 PM ET games, as they are in London for a night game, so you'll have clarity by 11:30 AM ET. With Adrian Peterson now in the mix, Ellington would only be a FLEX option in deeper PPR leagues.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington caught nine passes for 65 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

He also rushed once for negative-two yards. Ellington has caught nine passes in back-t0-back games, and he's beginning to look like a real option in PPR leagues, as Carson Palmer needs to dump it off to his running back with pass rushers routinely closing in. Consider Ellington a solid FLEX option in PPR leagues for Week 6.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington makes impact as a receiver in overtime victory.

Ellington caught a team-high nine passes for 86 yards, and it could have been more if a close play in the end zone was ruled a catch. He also rushed five times for 18 yards. Expect Bruce Arians to utilize Ellington against Philly's linebacker next Sunday, making him a solid FLEX in PPR leagues.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington plays best in Cardinals backfield in Week 3.

Ellington picked up 22 yards on five carries while catching five passes for 59 yards. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson had only 17 yards on 12 carries against the Cowboys. Bruce Arians might opt to limit Ellington's carries and keep him more of a passing down back, but there's a chance he's in line for more carries moving forward. He gets the 49ers next week.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets five touches in Cardinals' win.

With David Johnson out, Ellington worked as the primary passing back for Arizona, catching three passes (one five targets) for 12 yards while adding two carries for 11 yards. For now, Ellington is just a very risky FLEX play.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington caught two passes for 35 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Despite David Johnson leaving the game with a wrist injury, Ellington didn't receive a carry. We think the Cardinals should give Ellington a good look as the primary running back if David Johnson misses an extended period of time (which it unfortunately looks like might happen), but they seem hesitant to do that. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Cardinals sign veteran Chris Johnson or maybe even Ryan Mathews, but Ellington might be worth a waiver claim until the situation sorts itself out.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets five touches in Cardinals' preseason game.

Ellington couldn't get much going, carrying four times for three yards and catching one pass for seven yards. He's in a battle for a roster spot for Arizona, but he has his versatility and previous contributions to the team going for him. Ellington will likely play in the Cardinals' final preseason game on Thursday.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets seven touches in preseason game against the Bears.

Ellington had five carries for 11 yards and two receptions for 14 yards. He's battling for a roster spot on a talented and deep Cardinals team.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets 11 touches in Week 1 of the preseason.

Ellington had seven carries for 20 yards and four receptions for 31 yards, with his longest rush going for 15 yards and his longest reception going for 13 yards. Ellington is probably battling for a roster spot, but he's doing well so far this preseason.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets seven touches in HOF Game.

The 28-year-old back had five carries for 17 yards and a touchdown, along with two receptions for 15 yards. After switching from running back to receiver and then back to running back again, Ellington is battling for a roster spot on a talented Cardinals team.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is back at running back.

Ellington had made the switch to receiver, but now he's back at running back. It's a bit of a surprise, as Ellington was talked up as a receiver, including by quarterback Carson Palmer. Arians said he wants Ellington to run harder and run like he did as a rookie (when he averaged 5.5 yards per carry). Ellington will battle for a roster spot as a backup behind David Johnson.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Carson Palmer is happy with Andre Ellington's transition to wide receiver.

Back in 2013 when Ellington was a rookie, Palmer said if Ellington dedicated to being a receiver, that he could be a number two receiver for teams. Now that Ellington has switched over to receiver, he's making progress. Palmer also noted that Ellington can run good routes, but then when he gets the ball in his hands "he's a running back." The Cardinals have a crowded receiving group, which may prevent Ellington from being a good fantasy option in 2017, but he should be a key contributor for the team.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Head coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington will be a full-time receiver in 2017.

Ellington kind of fell behind Chris Johnson and then David Johnson over the past couple of seasons. He's someone the Cardinals will likely try to get the ball to on screens and quick passes. He might not have much fantasy value this season, but he'll be a help to the Cardinals in real football.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

The Cardinals re-signed running back Andre Ellington.

Ellington has a shot at getting the backup role behind David Johnson if Chris Johnson doesn't re-sign with the team. He would be among the best handcuffs in fantasy if he ends up being the Cardinals' main back behind David Johnson.

Andre Ellington gets 9 touches in Week 17.

He had seven carries for 18 yards and two catches for eight yards. Ellington didn't get much work this season and finishes with 34 carries for 96 yards and 12 receptions for 85 yards. With David Johnson getting all the work in the Cardinals backfield, Ellington has not gotten much work after getting nearly 250 touches in 2014. The good news is Ellington played in 16 games for the first time in his career.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington doesn't see a carry in Week 12 loss.

Ellington caught two passes for 19 yards. With David Johnson healthy and dominating on an otherwise collapsing Cardinals team, Ellington is just a handcuff on a struggling offense. He can stay on the waiver wire.

Andre Ellington | Free Agent RB

Andre Ellington gets five carries for Cardinals.

He had five carries for 21 yards and one catch for two yards. Ellington isn’t a fantasy option as long as David Johnson is healthy.