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30 Stepfan Taylor RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/214 | Birthdate: 6/9/1991 | Birthplace: Arlington, TX, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Stanford | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 17/4 | Average Draft Position: 168.14
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Cardinals RB situation a complete mess now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:38 pm ET) 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
(12:20 am ET) 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
(12/11/2014) 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
(12/7/2014) 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
(12/7/2014) 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. 


Just keeps getting worse for Andre Ellington


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2014) Andre Ellington has technically been one of the best 12 running backs in Fantasy this season, but you wouldn't know it by his recent performance. With just 12 yards on five carries Week 13 at Atlanta, he has averaged 25.3 yards on 13.0 carries in his last four games -- a stretch that almost directly coincides with the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending injury.

Of course, health hasn't been Ellington's ally either. He has contended with a foot injury all season, costing him valuable practice time as well as limiting his ability, and to make matters worse, he suffered a hip pointer Week 13 at Atlanta, leaving before the end of the first half.

So if you're keeping score at home, he was already hobbled and the No. 1 target for defenses with no threat of a passing game, and now he has a second injury that might keep him off the field altogether. I'd say regardless of his actual playing status, you might want to avoid Ellington for Week 14 against Kansas City.

And if he does miss the game, the Cardinals will turn to some combination of Marion Grice, Stepfan Taylor, Robert Hughes and Michael Bush in his place, so good luck sorting out that mess.


Cardinals pass catchers make an impact Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Cardinals backup pass catchers managed to make an impact Week 13 against the Falcons.

Ted Ginn Jr. led the way, picking up 61 yards on four receptions. He finished second on the team in yardage during the game. John Brown only had two catches, but managed to pick up 40 yards. John Carlson also made the most of his receptions, picking up 38 yards. Stepfan Taylor only had one catch, but made it count. He hauled in a 3 yard touchdown from Drew Stanton in the fourth quarter.

They'll look for more Week 14 against the Chiefs. 


Cardinals get offensive contributions Week 11


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Cardinals got many contributions in their Week 11 home win over the Lions. Among them, tight end John Carlson caught all three of his targets for 37 yards, and running back Robert Hughes had a 49-yard reception and a 2-yard carry.

Tight end Rob Housler made a 27-yard catch, tight end Troy Niklas had a 5-yard grab and wideout Jaron Brown added a 5-yard reception. Running back Stepfan Taylor ran twice for 6 yards and made a 4-yard catch. They'll all visit the Seahawks in Week 12.


Andre Ellington among Cardinals cleared for action


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (foot, hip) is active as expected for Sunday's game against the Lions. Also suiting up for Arizona are linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (knee), safety Deone Bucannon (quadriceps), running back Stepfan Taylor (calf) and nose tackle Dan Williams (elbow).

Cardinals enter Week 11 vs. Lions in pretty good shape


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Cardinals enter Week 11 against Detroit relatively healthy. Ed Stinson (toe) was the only player on Arizona's final report ruled out for Sunday. Desmond Bishop (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday and was ruled questionable.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo Alexander (knee), Deone Bucannon (quadriceps), Andre Ellington (foot, hip), Stepfan Taylor (calf) and Dan Williams (elbow) were all labeled probable.


Cardinals RBs Ellington, Taylor probable for Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was officially labeled probable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Ellington was a limited participant all week in practice despite nursing injuries to his foot and hip. He will likely be accompanied by Stepfan Taylor on Sunday. Taylor was a full participant in practice for the first time this week on Friday and was also deemed probable.

Ellington will likely shoulder the load Week 11.


Cardinals list inactives for Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The Cardinals have made Logan Thomas, Stepfan Taylor, Desmond Bishop, Thomas Keiser, Glenn Carson, Alameda Ta'amu and Darren Fells inactive Week 10 against the Rams.

Both Taylor and Bishop had been ruled out prior to Sunday. The other five players listed did not appear on the injury report, and are considered healthy scratches. 


Cardinals list final injury report for Rams game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Cardinals have ruled Desmond Bishop (hamstring), Stepfan Taylor (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Rams. Ed Stinson (groin) was labeled questionable, while Lorenzo Alexander (knee), Marcus Benard (illness), Andre Ellington (foot), Larry Foote (knee) and Bobby Massie (ankle, knee) were ruled probable for Week 10.

Cards RB Stepfan Taylor not expected back Week 10


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said "it's going to be real tight" for No. 2 running back Stepfan Taylor to return for Sunday's game against the Rams, reports ESPN.com. Taylor has missed two straight games with a calf injury.

With Taylor out, rookie Marion Grice spelled starter Andre Ellington last week at Dallas. Grice played nine snaps and ran five times for 12 yards and a touchdown.

"He has grown now in the offense," Arians said of Grice. "He's getting all the terminology down and he's been here over a month. It's time for him to step in."


Cardinals announce Week 9 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Cardinals declared running back Stepfan Taylor (calf), quarterback Logan Thomas, linebackers Glenn Carson and Thomas Keiser, nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, guard Earl Watford and tight end Darren Fells inactive for Sunday's game at Dallas.

Cardinals list mostly probables on Friday injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Running back Stepfan Taylor (calf), who has been ruled out as expected by the Cardinals for their Sunday game in Dallas, is the lone no-go. Safety Tony Jefferson (knee) and tight end Troy Niklas (ankle) are questionable.

The rest on their Friday injury list are probable, including standout cornerback Patrick Peterson (concussion). They are defensive end Calais Campbell (knee), linebacker Kenny Demens (knee), running back Andre Ellington (foot), wideout Michael Floyd (knee) and safety Rashad Johnson (knee).


Report: Cards RB Stepfan Taylor to miss 2-4 weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor, who sustained a calf injury Sunday, will miss two to four weeks, reports Fox Sports.

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor to miss time due to calf strain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday running back Stepfan Taylor is expected to miss significant time due to a calf strain. Taylor was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Cards RB Stepfan Taylor leaves with calf injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor left the game against the Eagles in the third quarter with a calf injury. Taylor did not have a carry in the contest.


Andre Ellington good despite Stepfan Taylor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Fantasy owners don't have much cause to complain about Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, not after the all-around performance he had Week 7 at Oakland, leading the team not only in rushing with 88 yards on 24 carries but also receiving with 72 yards on six catches.

But of course, many will complain because he didn't meet the gold standard of Fantasy greatness: He didn't score a touchdown. Even worse, he could have scored a touchdown (and maybe two) if not for the presence of Stepfan Taylor, who scored one on a 2-yard catch in the first quarter and another on a 4-yard run in the third.

It's an unfortunate development, to be sure. The Cardinals ran four plays from inside the 5-yard line on two separate drives, and Taylor got the ball on all of them. But it's not entirely unexpected either. Ellington has always been seen as a big-play guy, not a grinder.

The good news is that Ellington's touches continue to rise. He went from 20 in Week 5 to 25 in Week 6 to 30 here in Week 7, so the Cardinals are using him as much as they promised coming into the year. And with his big-play ability, enough of those touches will end in the end zone to keep you satisfied.

And hey, now you know who to handcuff to him. You'll want to add Taylor if only for that purpose.


Cardinals' Stepfan Taylor steals some touchdowns Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor managed to steal some scores Week 7.

Taylor did seem more work than usual in the running game, gaining 40 yards on 12 attempts. Taylor managed to pick up a rushing touchdown, though he probably shouldn't have. Andre Ellington was the workhorse on the drive, picking up 76 of the 80 yards on the drive. After seven straight plays with the ball, Ellington needed on breather. On the next play, Taylor ran in a touchdown from 4 yards out. 

He also hauled in a receiving score from 2 yards out on the team's second drive of the game. Taylor finished with two receptions for 19 yards. 

He'll take on the Eagles Week 8.


Cardinals backup runners do little Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Cardinals backup runners played a small role Week 5.

Stepfan Taylor received just one carry for 6 yards during the contest. Robert Hughes also had a carry, but did not gain any yards on the play. Neither player was targeted in the pass game. Both players will take on Washington Week 6.


Stepfan Taylor scores first career touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals second-year running back Stepfan Taylor scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard catch in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Chargers. Taylor finished with three catches for 21 yards and added a 5-yard carry.

He'll continue to mix in behind Andre Ellington and Jonathan Dwyer.


Jonathan Dwyer will likely start Week 1 if Andre Ellington is a no-go


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) If Andre Ellington (foot) is unable to play Monday night against the Chargers, Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer would likely start in his place Week 1, according to the Arizona Republic on Friday.

Ellington is nursing a foot issue that could keep him out an "extended period time," according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910.

Dwyer signed with Arizona in the offseason after starting only six of his first 36 career games. He has totaled 971 yards on 230 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt on the ground. Stepfan Taylor should also see some reps if Ellington sits out the opener.

Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Although Stepfan Taylor has been running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer in training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the running backs are not competing for the backup role behind Andre Ellington. Instead, Arians plans to use each back based on his strengths.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Stepfan and Jonathan," Arians said. "Jonathan had a big, long run (Tuesday) and Stef did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ll use them both.

"We won’t really have a two and a three. They’ll have roles and go into games with roles so everybody knows exactly what to expect. And when your number’s called to increase your role, you better be ready."