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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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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (head) will not participate in OTAs after he suffered a head injury as a passenger in a minor car accident Sunday, May 21.

Summary

Ezekiel Elliott lived up to his billing as the best rookie running back to come into the league since Adrian Peterson a decade ago. The Ohio State Buckeye stepped into the Cowboys offense and immediately established himself as one of the NFL's best offensive players. While it's true Elliott runs behind an elite offensive line, that shouldn't take away from his well-rounded, top-tier abilities. Unlike most rookies, Elliott was instantly effective as a blocker, as a pass catcher, and generated yards after contact both as an inside and outside runner. In 15 games, Elliott led the NFL in carries (331) and rushing yards (1,631) while chipping in 16 touchdowns and 363 receiving yards. The Cowboys offense returns intact from a season ago, as does the system. Expecting Elliott to be anything less than a high-end fantasy RB1 would belie his talents as well as the situation he finds himself in. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5
RB Redraft PPR - 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 4, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 6, 8, 8, 9
RB Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4

Stats and Projections

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2016 DAL 15 322 1631 15 40 32 363 1 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 327 * * 36 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 315 * * 38 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 315 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 367 * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 2
RB: 2
Overall-PPR: 3
RB-PPR: 3

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Latest News

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott wants to take opponent's will away (Mon Jun 26, 08:28 PM) - Morty Ain, from ESPN.com, reports Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott tries to outphysical his opponent on every play. " I want them to tap out by the end of the game. I try to take my opponent's will away." Elliott recently said in an interview with ESPN The Magazine.

Our View: That's why we love him. Just like Walter Payton back in the day, Elliott wants to take the fight to the defender. The Cowboys are going to continue shoving the ball down the throat of their opponent, and Elliott will be leading the way. Consider him as a top-3 pick in every fantasy draft regardless of format.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott to catch more passes? (Thu Jun 22, 10:36 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will 'absolutely' be used more in the passing game this season, according to running backs coach Gary Brown.

Our View: This report is music to the ears of Elliott's fantasy owners. Elliott was second in rushing/receiving yards last year with 1,994 yards -- but most of it was done on the ground (1,631 yards). Going over 2,000 combined yards seems like a given, and getting used more as a receiver could make him the top fantasy player to own in 2017. His 11.34 yards per catch ranked 2nd in the NFL last year (1st was Spencer Ware, 13.55) for running backs.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott learns off-field lesson, stays home more (Thu Jun 15, 01:29 PM) - According to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is staying at home more now after an off-field incident in March drew scrutiny around the country. Elliott said its a painful and needed lesson to learn, considering how fleeting an NFL career can be if you continue to make mistakes. I think its just life, said Elliott, who was wearing a Stetson hat when he met with the media Wednesday. You learn from your mistakes, and if you dont, it can be brutal. So its just part of life.

Our View: It's a good thing to learn, especially given the outcome hasn't been as bad as it could have been. In today's camera-phone/24-7 news world, privacy for athletes isn't easy to come by and mistakes/bad choices are amplified. Staying home a little more is a good thing, and will keep him from being distracted or a distraction himself. Elliott is going as one of the top two or three players in early drafts, so if you are paying the price for him, you definitely want him focused.
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2017 Schedule

1vs New York Giants
2@ Denver Broncos
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5vs Green Bay Packers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
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