Bruce Arians says Andre Ellington to get "25-30 touches per game"

If you felt that the Cardinals coaching staff underutilized the talents of running back Andre Ellington last season, the plan appears to overuse him this season.

On an individual game basis, there is the possibility that Ellington gets 25-30 touches.

Throughout the course of an entire season, however, there is virtually no chance that he averages 25-30 touches and plays in all 16 games. That pace would average out to 400-480 touches.

Only one player in the history of the NFL has reached 480 touches -- James Wilder (492 in 1984). Two active running backs have reached 400 touches in a single season -- Steven Jackson (436, '06) and Chris Johnson (408, '09). Eagles running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches last season.

Regardless of the actual number of touches he gets, the point is clearly that Ellington will be heavily involved in the team's game plans and he has a ton of upside, especially in PPR formats, if he holds up to the workload.

In my 2014 fantasy football rankings, Ellington is my 17th-ranked running back, but I may move him up a couple of spots in my next update.

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