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Pushing the Pocket - Don't Fear Ezekiel Elliott's Unknown

Fahey makes the case for drafting Ezekiel Elliott in the first round.

Rarely will you see a rookie go in the first round of your fantasy draft. Even the very best prospects over the past 10 years haven't been consensus top picks, Adrian Peterson ranked 48th on My Fantasy League back in 2007 and Trent Richardson came in at 29th in 2012. No matter what strategy you use to put your teams together, you will always be making projections based on what each player has done previously. Naturally, that is a scarier prospect for rookies who haven't had the opportunity to establish themselves at this level. To go in the top-12 of the draft as a rookie, you need to find the perfect combination of situation and prospect.

Enter Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott is a consensus top pick in drafts this year. My Fantasy League's ADP ranks him seventh, behind only two running backs — Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley. In MFL leagues specifically(MFL10s, MFL25s etc), Elliott falls to ninth and is the fourth back off the board behind Bell, Gurley and David Johnson. He has gone first overall and has only fallen as far as 19th overall. Football Guys rankers generally agree, ranking Gurley ninth in redraft and 12th in ppr-redraft. You don't need to look too far to find rookies performing to an elite level in fantasy football.