Andre Ellington's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 15, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 24:  Running back Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Andre Ellington has become a solid fantasy football option during the 2013 season, and with fantasy playoffs underway, he stepped up for owners in Week 15.

The Arizona Cardinals came away with a thrilling 37-34 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans, and Ellington had a big game in the process.  He finished with 71 yards on the ground and 87 yards through the air on four receptions, giving him 15 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Entering Sunday, Ellington's numbers for the season were solid, running for 487 yards and three touchdowns , while adding another 264 yards and a score through the air.  After not getting more than seven carries through the first seven games, he's had at least 10 in four of his last five.

With an increased workload and a solid team around him, Ellington is finding ways to make big plays.  He was averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception before Week 15, so he racks up the yards when the ball is in his hands.  Unfortunately, the coaching staff seems determined to give him a limited workload, as he hasn't had more than 17 touches in any game.

Overall, Ellington is still a must-start player given his big-play potential.  He might not be a RB1, but he's certainly a decent RB2 or flex player right now.