Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 3
New Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall has rushed for 60 and 66 yards in his first two games, scored a touchdown in Week 2 and has 20 fantasy points so far, good for 14th in standard scoring among running backs. He’s no fantasy star, but the case can be made he is close to being a top-20 running back and certainly should be owned in all leagues.
But should he be trusted? After all, the Cardinals have interesting young legs on their running back depth chart, including rookie Andre Ellington, who scored Sunday on a 36-yard pass reception from Carson Palmer. Ellington, a sixth-round pick from Clemson, finished his college career with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and 35 touchdowns, and he looks like a late-round gem capable of handling more responsibility.