Rashard Mendenhall active Sunday; fantasy owners shouldn't bother

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals running back is active after missing a week ago, but he might have lost his touches to a rookie. We break down the fantasy implications.

Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is active Sunday, two weeks after he missed a game with a toe injury. He is expected to be the backup to rookie Andre Ellington as the Cardinals host the Houston Texans.

Mendenhall has 281 yards and three touchdowns on 92 carries this season, adding 66 receiving yards on 10 catches. With Mendenhall out in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, Ellington was a huge performer with 154 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Fantasy impact: Mendenhall was in danger of losing his starting job even before his injury -- after the toe issues and Ellington's huge game, why anyone would have Mendenhall in their lineup is completely baffling.

The team has said it doesn't want Ellington to carry a full load, so if it's a completely desperate situation, sure, maybe Mendenhall gets a few carries. But he only has 3.1 yards per carry this season, there are other mouths to feed in Arizona, and Ellington will dominate the running game. Just ignore Mendenhall.

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