|Week 17 (@SF) - Average||10.0||39.0||0||1.0||9.5||0||3|
|Week 17 (@SF) - Dave Richard||10||35||0||0||0||0||3|
|Week 17 (@SF) - Jamey Eisenberg||10||43||0||2||19||0||5|
|2014 Season - Average||92.5||398.0||3.5||11.0||88.5||0||54|
|2014 Season - Dave Richard||98||385||3||11||80||0||51|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||87||411||4||11||97||0||59|
|Current Player Ranking: 62|
|Red Zone Stats|
|5||7||1|| 13.2||4||4||15||3|| 7.0|
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Cardinals RB situation a complete mess now
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/22/14) Whether it was because he was limited in practice by a knee injury leading up to the game or because the Cardinals fell behind early and needed more of a pass blocker in the backfield, running back Kerwynn Williams, who had performed admirably the previous two weeks, totaling 175 yards on the ground, was hardly a factor Week 16 against Seattle, getting two carries for 4 yards.
Instead, Stepfan Taylor was the lead ball carrier. Of course, he wasn't so effective in the role, picking up 19 yards on 11 carries, but that's bound to happen for any running back going against the Seahawks. He did at least have 25 yards on two catches. Marion Grice and Robert Hughes also each got a carry, but they haven't been as much of a factor with Andre Ellington out.
Williams seems to be the best rusher of the group and the one you'd prefer to see get the carries in Fantasy, but if the Cardinals are that willing to abandon him when the score isn't in their favor, you can never feel confident playing him in Fantasy. Especially now that the Cardinals are down to their third quarterback, the score isn't going to be in their favor so often.
Week 17 at San Francisco should be a more competitive game, but given that the 49ers are tough against the run as well, you should probably pass on Williams for the season's final week.
Cardinals' Stepfan Taylor gains just 19 yards
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/22/14) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a tough game Week 16 against the Seahawks.
Taylor received 11 carries, but only gained 19 yards during the contest. With Ryan Lindley at quarterback, the Seahawks defense could focus on stopping the run all game. Taylor averaged just 1.7 yards per attempt during the contest. He was a slightly larger threat in the passing game, pulling down two receptions for 25 yards.
Taylor will take on the 49ers Week 17.
Cardinals' Kerwynn Williams, Stepfan Taylor split carries vs. Rams
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(12/11/14) Cardinals running backs Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor shared the workload Thursday, with Williams receiving 15 carries and Taylor getting 14 carries in the team's 12-6 win over the Rams in Week 15.
Williams was the star of the rushing attack last week and led the team in rushing again Thursday, gaining 75 yards on his 15 carries while adding 11 more yards on two receptions. But he shared the ball virtually evenly in the running game with Taylor, who racked up 61 yards on 14 carries while not receiving a target in the passing game. Neither player scored a touchdown, but neither team was able to reach the end zone on a night where defenses reigned.
The Cardinals could opt to continue the time share in Week 16 when the Seahawks come to town. If quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) ends up missing that game, the offense could lean heavily on Williams and Taylor again.
Stepfan Taylor gets seven touches Week 14
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(12/7/14) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor ran six times for 19 yards and caught a 7-yard pass in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. He started but gave way to second-year pro Kerwynn Williams, who ran for 100 yards on 19 carries.
Taylor visits the Rams on Thursday.
Kerwynn Williams emerges in Andre Ellington's absence
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(12/7/14) With Andre Ellington sidelined with a season-ending injury, it was Stepfan Taylor who got the start for the Cardinals in Week 14 against the Chiefs. However, recently-signed reserve Kerwynn Williams was ultimately the team's go-to option in the 17-14 win.
Williams who had no career rushing attempts entering play Sunday, became the fourth running back in as many weeks to top the century mark against the Chiefs. He rushed the ball 19 times for 100 yards, the only back on the team to manage 20 yards or more than six carries.
Williams was a non-factor in the passing game, but Taylor made little impact himself as well. With Ellington going on injured reserved, the Cardinals are going to have to turn to these backs for the rest of the season. Williams impressed Sunday, but he was also cut less than two weeks ago, before returning from the practice squad two days ago, so it's hard to say how high they are on him.
Williams looks like the back to own at this point, but his limited track record obviously makes it tough to rely on him down the stretch. Still, he is clearly a must-add player on waivers, given how well he ran the ball Sunday. The Cardinals have another tough matchup on the way in Week 15, however, with the Rams on the way.
|The Cardinals backfield will look different this season with Rashard Mendenhall (retired) gone, and Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor expected to share the bulk of the workload. Ellington projects as the starter, but Taylor could be the one working between the tackles and getting the goal-line work. Ellington and Mendenhall were both Top 25 running backs last year, and Mendenhall had 217 carries for 687 yards and eight touchdowns and 18 catches for 134 yards. While we expect Ellington to get a significant boost in touches and production with Mendenhall gone, Taylor also should improve from his 2013 totals of just 36 carries for 115 yards and eight catches for 71 yards. He is the likely handcuff for Ellington, although keep an eye on Jonathan Dwyer during training camp, and we like Taylor as a sleeper with a late-round pick.
(Updated 6/4/14) |