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RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

6-0, 225Born: 7-22-1995College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Elliott will be suspended for six games of the NFL season under the personal conduct policy. The latest court ruling means that barring any other developments, he'll miss Weeks 7-12.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Elliott's six-game suspension is back on. He'll miss Weeks 7-12 unless there are any new late-breaking developments leading up to the game this week against the 49ers.

General News (Tue Oct 17): has been granted a temporary restraining order. The long-term future is not clear but what does seem to be clear is that he should be able to play this week per ESPN's Field Yates.

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers

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Recent Stats and Projections

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3 at ARI 43 22 80 1 4 3 14 0 0 15.4
4 vs LAR 64 21 85 1 5 4 54 1 0 25.9
5 vs GB 64 29 116 0 2 1 16 0 0 13.2
7 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 23 * * 3 * * * *
7 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 23 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs GB (29 / 116 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Elliott had tough sledding against Green Bay with a season-high 30 touches. His volume was high on the opening drive, but did not begin to find a rhythm until the fourth quarter. Dallas' offensive line has been up-and-down as a run-blocking unit through the opening month of the season and this week was no exception. Elliott found room to the perimeter for 25 yards early in the fourth quarter, turning into a string of quality runs as Dallas looked to secure the win. Elliott, like on the opening drive, was the centerpiece element of Dallas' scoring drive to take lead late in the game. A highlight of Elliott's game was converting on fourth-and-one (ultimately reviewed) with second effort through contact. Elliott did not see an optimal goal line opportunities or much work in the passing game as Dallas worked through their wide receivers more this week and Elliott blocked on plenty of snaps.

2017 Week 4 vs LAR (21 / 85 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)

Unlike tough games against Denver and Arizona the previous two games, Elliott provided a more sustaining element to the Dallas offense against the Rams. Elliott had four rushes on the opening drive alone. Elliott was at his best near the end zone as he powered through two defenders on the sideline, diving for the pylon and the touchdown on one of the four receptions. Elliott got the edge on a goal line carry, ending just short of the end zone only to power in for the score on the next carry. Elliott ran with power consistently on the interior and the initial Rams defender struggled to stop Elliott in space. In the final minute, Elliott charged through defenders on a fourth-and-10 reception, coming up one yard short in Dallas' comeback bid.

2017 Week 3 vs ARI (22 / 80 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Elliott dominated the backfield work for Dallas as expected against Arizona, rarely leaving the field. Nearly 50 of his 80 yards on the ground were collected on two chunk gains, one an outstanding broken tackle at the line of scrimmage and advancing through a cutback angle. Most of Elliott's attempts were met by Arizona penetration as Elliott struggled to take more than a handful of steps before going down. In the closing minutes, however, the Dallas offensive line opened two of their most impressive holes of the game as Elliott logged back-to-back red zone runs, the second ending with the game-clinching touchdown. With Dallas' low-volume passing attack this week, Elliott led the team with four targets on dump-off receptions.

2017 Week 2 vs DEN (9 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)

Elliott had his worst game as a pro in Week 2, stifled en route to 22 total yards on 13 touches. Dallas consistently trailed by multiple touchdowns and Denver's front seven offered little room for error by Dallas' usually strong offensive line. Elliott was the target as opposed to his typical style of doling out contact beyond the line of scrimmage. Elliott's lone glimmers of opportunity were converting a fourth down carry late in the third quarter and receiving a goal line attempt, which was stuffed before it started. Week 3 offers another strong test for Dallas' offense against Arizona.

2017 Week 1 vs NYG (24 / 104 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

With 29 touches Elliott was the central figure of the Dallas offense. Darren McFadden was a surprise inactive after running as the No.2 back for Dallas in the preseason. Alfred Morris rarely saw the field as Elliott dominated snaps against the Giants. It was a slow start for Elliott as he ran into contact for modest gains early on. However, Elliott's opportunities in space expanded as the game progressed. By late in the second quarter Elliott's physical running style - and Dallas' sheer volume of plays in the first half - took their toll and Elliott's rate of breaking tackles increased. Elliott logged three straight chunk gains as the first half concluded and punished the Giants in the second half as Dallas began to milk the clock. Elliott did not see any optimal looks for the touchdown in the game as Dallas' lone drive to the goal line ended with three straight targets in Dez Bryant's direction, a notable change from Elliott's typical chances to churn into the end zone a year ago in those situations.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott not suspended yet (Tue Oct 17, 07:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was given his temporary restraining order against the NFL Tuesday, Oct. 17. His pending suspension is now delayed two weeks or until further proceedings.

Our View: Fantasy owners can do the dance of joy for a couple of more weeks...then we'll see if Elliott is going to be suspended. It looks like Elliott can play in Week 7 and Week 8, and he's an obvious must start. Those that grabbed Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris off the waiver wire will have to wait.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott's future will be decided Tuesday (Tue Oct 17, 03:17 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the NFL will know his fate by the end of Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Our View: Fantasy owners are waiting patiently as more decisions about Elliott's playing status are made. If he's actually suspended, expect the Cowboys to move forward with Darren McFadden as their lead back while Elliott is out.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott wants to stop suspension (Mon Oct 16, 09:01 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott seeking a temporary restraining order to postpone his six-game suspension, and lawyers from the NFL Players Association have filed paperwork with the U.S. District Court on behalf of Elliott.

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Cowboys | Darren McFadden the lead back? (Fri Oct 13, 09:37 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is the likely starter if RB Ezekiel Elliott begins serving his suspension, according to Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com.

Our View: That's the feeling around most Cowboys reporters is that McFadden has been 'saved up' for this possibility. Fantasy owners who can add McFadden should do so via the waiver wire and anticipate that he could post RB2 or at least flex-worthy numbers in the lead role for the Cowboys.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott looking for stay (Fri Oct 13, 07:18 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's lawyers plan to file a rehearing of Elliott's case in front of the 5th Circuit Court of appeals.

Our View: This situation isn't over yet. They could ask the full panel of judges in the 5th United States Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hear the appeal of Elliott's six-game suspension. His lawyers may also ask that Elliott's suspension be stayed until the appeal is heard.
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Schedule

7@ San Francisco 49ers
8@ Washington Redskins
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10@ Atlanta Falcons
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Los Angeles Chargers
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ New York Giants
15@ Oakland Raiders
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ Philadelphia Eagles