RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

6-0, 225Born: 7-22-1995College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2016

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General News (Mon Dec 2): has had fewer than 100 rush yards in 4 straight games, according to the NFL Media Research Department. The last time Elliott had fewer than 100 rush yards in 4+ consecutive games within a season was in 2013 when he was a true freshman at Ohio State.

Week 14: at Chicago Bears

All RB vs CHI

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Cowboys rushing attack on the year has been disappointing, to say the least, particularly over the last four games as the Cowboys have averaged just 62 yards rushing per game from Elliott. While Elliott is still top-10 in attempts, yards, and touchdowns on the year, he has not been the dominant running back that we have gotten used to or had seen earlier this season where he was a consistent threat to run for over 100-yards. A big part of the recent struggles has been the interior of the offensive line as Travis Frederick and Xavier Su'a-Filo have both struggled over the last few weeks. Su'a-Filo has filled in for Connor Williams and has been an issue so far in his brief time starting. The bigger problem is Travis Frederick who just does not seem to be the same dominant threat that we saw before missing last season with an illness. This is still a good rushing offense, it is just not the elite offense that we had become accustomed to over the last few seasons. There is good news for Ezekiel Elliott this week as Tony Pollard will likely miss this week with an ankle injury. The Bears run defense is still a very good unit as evidenced by allowing just 3.7 yards-per-carry on the season, but it is no longer the defense that it was in 2018 and even in early 2019 where it was almost impossible to run against this team. The reason for this is the injury to Akiem Hicks who was their space-eater that did not allow teams to put such an emphasis on stopping Khalil Mack who has mostly been neutralized this season with double teams. Teams are electing to try to beat this team on the ground as they have faced the 9th most rushing attempts on the year. This is a defense that struggles with downhill type runners as it is a defense that has great defensive ends in Mack and Leonard Floyd as well as great speed on the entire defense. Where they have struggled is with Roquan Smith and his ability to read the play and make the stop on plays between the tackles. This is evidenced by Latavius Murray torching this defense for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns, Josh Jacobs rushing for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, Bo Scarbrough last week rushing for 83 yards, and Jordan Howard ran for 82 yards and a touchdown. When they faced speed running backs they shut down Melvin Gordon, Dalvin Cook, and Saquon Barkley holding them to an average of 42 yards in their three contests.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs MIN 70 20 47 0 3 2.0 16 0 0 6.3
11 at DET 66 16 45 1 3 2.0 28 1 1 18.3
12 at NE 56 21 86 0 4 4.0 40 0 0 12.6
13 vs BUF 69 12 71 0 10 7.0 66 0 0 12.7
14 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 21 * * 3.2 * * * *
14 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 21 * * 2.7 * * * *
14 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 23 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Ezekiel Elliott's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs BUF (12 / 71 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)

Elliott was efficient on his touches against the Bills in Dallas' home loss, seeing 19 touches, one of the lowest totals of the season. Elliott had nearly half of his game yardage total in the first 10 minutes, stringing together three chunk plays including two broken tackles and a well-blocked screen pass. When Dallas shifted to catch-up mode in the second half, Elliott was less impactful, adding only one notable play, showing a nice cut and broken tackle on a chunk run. Elliott has not scored in consecutive games for the second time since Dallas' Week 9 bye as goal line opportunities have eluded the centerpiece running back.

2019 Week 12 vs NE (21 / 86 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Elliott saw a hearty 25 touches in the low-scoring battle against the Patriots in winter conditions. Elliott ran hard versus contact with his highlight gains of 10-15 yards spread across the game. Elliott was not able to break a long run or see short-range touchdown opportunities as Dallas struggled to finish drives overall. Elliott ran over a defender on a chunk run and created 10+ yards from nothing on a dump-off reception as his best moments. Buffalo's exploitable run defense offers a get-well opportunity for Elliott next week.

2019 Week 11 vs DET (16 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)

Elliott had an ominous start against the Lions with an opening carry lost fumble, his second of the season. Elliott was held in check as a runner but excelled as a receiver in his limited opportunities as Dallas were nearly unstoppable through the air. Elliott's most notable sequence on the ground included nearly scoring on a red zone carry, down at the goal line, before churning in for the point-blank score on the following play. Through the air, Elliott picking up a target from his cleat tops and Dallas' well-blocked screen pass beat the blitz to rumble for the red zone touchdown, Elliott's first of the season as a receiver.

2019 Week 10 vs MIN (20 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Elliott had his worst statistical game of the season against the Vikings, struggling to find any clear holes inside as a runner despite seeing 20 carries. Elliott generated little after contact as well as no optimal touchdown opportunities. Elliott's lone chunk gain was on a 10+ yard reception lost in his poor performance. The Lions offer a get well matchup and likely positive game script next week.

2019 Week 9 vs NYG (23 / 139 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Elliott was a force against the Giants, controlling the game from the outset and fueled by a dominant run-game effort of the Dallas offensive line. Elliott gained at least five yards on most of his carries, exploiting interior holes to the second level before winning contact and shedding defenders. Elliott's footwork was at a high level, with strong frequency as he throttled down for a cutback lane or angle through the line of scrimmage. Elliott saw just a single target in the passing game, which had the yards-after-catch-infused play called back by penalty. This was the first game since Week 3 where Elliott had fewer than 25 yards through the air. Elliott did not have any close-range touchdown opportunities against the Giants.

2019 Week 7 vs PHI (22 / 111 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)

For the second week in a row Elliott was a dominant workhorse for the Cowboys, this time with 28 touches and nearly 150 total yards in the Cowboys' impressive home win over the Eagles. Elliott was rarely stopped for more than a few yards on any rushing attempt as the offensive line propelled him to the second level and Elliott was dominant after contact. Elliott was the offensive centerpiece on the opening drive and the sentiment maintained for much of the game until Tony Pollard collected volume of note in the closing minutes of the blowout win. Elliott ran over a defender down to the goal line before converting the point-blank touchdown to cap a score drive and capped his performance with a powerful broken tackle for more than 15 yards on a mid-fourth quarter carry. After more than 60 touches over the past two games Elliott gets a deserved bye week in Week 8 before an ideal matchup against the reeling Giants.

2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (28 / 105 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Elliott was the engine for the Dallas offense in Week 6 with Amari Cooper exiting early with injury and the offensive line sustaining injuries as well. Elliott logged a season-high 33 touches and rarely left the field. Elliott rarely saw easy yards, creating after contact regularly, after two chunk runs in the first quarter for more than 10 yards each. The second half specifically is when Elliott started to control the game for Dallas' offense, breaking tackles on a reception, churning through contact for a goal-line touchdown, and gaining more than 10 yards on two other touches. Elliott did have a screen pass called back, a red zone drop, and drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score. The Eagles have regularly held running backs in check this season and are up next for Elliott and the Cowboys.

2019 Week 5 vs GB (12 / 62 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

The early deficit to Green Bay thanks to a struggling Dallas defense took some of the rushing volume from Elliott's workload in Week 5. However, Elliott found the end zone among his 12 carries for an impressive goal line score through contact. Elliott padded his rushing stat line in the closing seconds of the first half with two consecutive runs totaling 20 yards when neither team had much intention of playing for a score or locking down on defense. Elliott had nearly 20 yards as he squeezed through a crack in the line of scrimmage on a carry called back by holding. One of his more impressive receiving flashes of the season came on a long sideline reception for more than 25 yards through a big hit. The Jets next week offer a matchup and likely game script where Elliott can get back on track as the offensive centerpiece.

2019 Week 4 vs NO (18 / 35 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)

Elliott had his typical workhorse volume but produced minimal results against the stout New Orleans defense. Backup Tony Pollard barely saw the field as Elliott collected his 24 touches and a season-high six receptions, including a one-handed catch. Elliott converted a key fourth-and-one carry but fumbled as he landed, a huge turnover considering both teams' limited scoring opportunities in the game. Elliott salvaged a goal line touchdown in an otherwise muted performance.

2019 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 125 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Elliott gained chunk yards at will against Miami with a number of double-digit gains as he ultimately ceded in the comfortable win to Tony Pollard later in the second half. Even Pollard gained 100 yards in the effort in mop-up duty. Elliott padded his stat line with two strong runs in the closing seconds of the first half when Dallas had minimal intention of pushing for scoring range. Elliott added two receptions but has not been a major passing game weapons to-date this season with not more than three targets in any singular game. Elliott had a nice cutback run in the red zone for more than 10 yards but did not sniff the end zone for a potential touchdown otherwise. Elliott also had two runs of more than 10 yards called back by penalty.

2019 Week 2 vs WAS (23 / 111 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Elliott resumed his typical workload against Washington in Week 2 with 25 total touches. Elliott padded his box score late in the game as Dallas iced the win with a goal line touchdown and a rush of more than 25 yards, exhibiting nice cuts in the process, in the closing minutes. Elliott has been a secondary story to Dallas' overt offensive success through two weeks as Dak Prescott has been the engine and massive uptick from a season ago. Elliott could be in for a managed workload against Miami in Week 3, a likely comfortable win, to find work for promising rookie Tony Pollard.

2019 Week 1 vs NYG (13 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Elliott has a new contract and was managed in his snaps and touches in Week 1 as projected. The Cowboys did not need much from Elliott as the passing game ruled the day against the Giants in the comfortable win. Elliott was subbed out regularly on passing downs and Dallas was able to get additional reps for rookie Tony Pollard in the process. Elliott had a mere two targets but did manage a red zone touchdown late in the third quarter to essentially ice the game, his highlight run in an otherwise pedestrian performance. Washington was gouged for 116 rushing yard by the Eagles' running backs in Week 1 and is on deck for Elliot in Week 2.


Latest News

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott held out of end zone in loss (Thu Nov 28, 07:46 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for 71 yards on 12 carries and caught seven of 10 targets for 66 yards but was held out of the end zone in the Week 13 loss against the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: Elliott was heavily involved in the passing game and ran well all day, but the game script made his rushing ability less important. He'll face the Bears in a big game for the Cowboys next week.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott tops 100 total yards (Sun Nov 24, 11:23 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 21 times for 86 yards and caught four passes for 40 yards in a 13-9 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 12.

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