Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals
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2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-29-2014 by Brad Kruse
Stepfan Taylor was a rookie last year and he averaged a pedestrian 3.2 yards per carry. After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Taylor finds himself in contention for a RB2 role, possibly earning him significant playing time. He's going to be tough to trust unless his role becomes better defined. Looking over the last four years in offenses Tom Moore and Bruce Arians were involved with, they have typically operated shared backfields. The RB who had the most carries out of the backfield did not have the most receptions. This leads you to believe there will be an active third-down back. Ellington is an ideal fit for that role. This suggests the RB2 might play a lot of first and second downs to keep Ellington healthy. As Arizona's backup running back, Taylor will likely see eight to ten carries per week. Even with the early edge to fulfill that role, Taylor does not justify a draft pick at this time in redraft. He should only be considered in dynasties or leagues with really deep rosters.
According to azcardinals.com writer Darren Urban, head coach Bruce Arians said running back Jalen Parmele will start to get the goal-line work for the Cardinals with running back Jonathan Dwyer dealing with assault charges that will likely keep him from playing again this season.
Parmele was signed by the Cardinals on Thursday.Fantasy Analysis:
Initial thoughts were that RB Andre Ellington as well as backup RB Stepfan Taylor would see a spike in fantasy value with Dwyer out of the picture. It appears that will not necessarily be the case. Arians announced Friday that Parmele, a 5-foot-11, 223-pound bowling ball, would be their short-yardage and goal-line back going forward. As always, we won't know it for sure until we see it, but that is what is currently being reported. If this is the case, Taylor has little to no value. Ellington's value will stay the same, which is that of a low-end RB1.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/20 - Cardinals RB Andre Ellington not getting goal-line work
9/17 - Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested for aggravated assault, deactivated
9/8 - Cardinals RB Andre Ellington active for MNF; Chargers TE Antonio Gates also active
9/6 - Cardinals HC Bruce Arians optimistic RB Andre Ellington will play Monday
9/5 - Report: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could miss 'extended period of time'
9/5 - Report: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could miss 4-6 weeks or longer
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