Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington has seen an increased workload following David Johnson’s Week 1 injury and is proving himself a valuable fantasy football commodity, especially in point per reception leagues.
The Cardinals fifth-year running back has seen the second most targets (30) on the team, trailing only future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Ellington caught nine passes on 14 targets for 86 yards in the team’s Week 4 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers and has already reeled in 19 catches for 192 yards so far this season.
The Cardinals versatile 5-foot-9, 199-pound running back is also averaging a team-best 4.3 yards per carry out of the backfield and his continued production should lead to more snaps.
Ellington remains less than 44 percent owned in most fantasy leagues and currently ranks 27th in terms of fantasy points for running backs in PPR leagues.
While ranking 27th likely doesn’t leap off the page for fantasy owners, it must be remembered that he has amassed 32.5 points of his total 43.3 points over the past two weeks.
Ellington worked out well as a plug and play option even in standard leagues this past week and should be considered a top target for owners in PPR leagues.
The Cardinals pass-catching running back doesn’t draw the most favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, but is still worthy of a roster spot and should be a legitimate PPR flex option this weekend.
The Eagles have surrendered the seventh fewest fantasy points to running backs through four games but have given up 16 receptions for 149 yards to opposing running backs this season.
Ellington’s fantasy value continues to rise in PPR leagues, making him one of the top fantasy football free agents ahead of Week 5.