RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Great matchup. After being eased in during Week 1, Ezekiel Elliott took back over as the clear leader of the Cowboys backfield last week as he rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown. Elliott averaged 4.8 yards per attempt with 23 carries compared to just four carries for the now clear backup Tony Pollard. Elliott showed no signs of fatigue throughout this game as he played strong from start to finish and looks like the bell-cow back everyone expected him to be. The Cowboys offensive line has now looked strong through two games this season and will remain a top tier option for Elliott to run behind. In addition to Elliott, Dak Prescott reminded everyone how dangerous he can be with his legs as he added 69 yards on the ground--including a 42-yard rush near the end of last week's game. The Dolphins defense is undoubtedly off to a terrible start this season, giving up 102 points through just two games. After allowing an astonishing 265 yards on the ground to the Ravens in Week 1, they came back allowing the Patriots to rush for 126 yards last week. Their defensive line has been overpowered in both games while this linebacker group has been quite subpar. Raekwon McMillan did have a better game last week, but he needs to string together a few good games to instill any confidence in the core of that group. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been the best run defender for the Dolphins, but he is on the way to Pittsburgh as he was traded away for a first-round pick this week. With Fitzpatrick now gone and safety Reshad Jones banged up, the secondary for Miami can't be relied upon for run-stopping support. Given the status of this Cowboys offensive line as one of the best in the league along with what should be a very favorable game script for rushing, Ezekiel Elliott should have little problem putting up impressive numbers this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 37 13 53 1 2 1.0 10 0 0 12.3
2 at WAS 53 23 111 1 2 2.0 9 0 0 18
3 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 21 * * 3.3 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 23 * * 2.0 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 20 * * 2.0 * * * *

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 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 goes over 100 yards in Week 2 (Mon Sep 16, 02:11 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran 23 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for nine yards in Week 2 versus the Washington Redskins.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott seeks more touches (Sat Sep 14, 01:45 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says he's ready for a larger workload after logging 13 rushing attempts for 53 yards and catching one pass for 10 yards in the team's Week 1 win over the New York Giants. 'I think I'm ready now for a normal workload,' Elliott said Wednesday, Sept. 11. 'It just depends on how ... (the coaches) are feeling on Sunday. But if they ask, I'll be able to go out there and do it.'

Our View: The Cowboys were managing Elliott's touches after a lengthy holdout. With that first game out of the way, it's time to start using him as the centerpiece of the offense. We're excited about what Kellen Moore is bringing to the table as the OC of the Cowboys and obviously Elliott is a top RB1 for Fantasy GMs.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott plays limited role in Week 1 (Mon Sep 9, 12:43 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 8. He added one reception for 10 yards.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott on pitch count? (Thu Sep 5, 12:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott impressed head coach Jason Garrett in his return to practice, but Garrett said Thursday, Sept. 5, that it's 'too early' to say if Elliott will be on a pitch count Sunday, Sept. 8, in the season opener.

Our View: You're still starting him anyway as an RB1 for your fantasy team. Elliott may be limited but he could still be productive. Tony Pollard becomes more of a 'what the heck' flex with Elliott coming back.
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