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RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

All RB vs SEA

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Cowboys rushing attack doesn't seem to be the same without Travis Frederick at center. The offensive line has yet to come together so far this season and while Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 4.6 yards per carry in each of his first two games, but has not seen the volume that we typically see from Elliott. The Cowboys averaged giving Elliott 24.2 carries per game last season and so far this year Elliott is averaging just 16 carries per game. This is a unit that will continue to improve each week as the offensive line and center Joe Looney come together to provide more confidence in the running game. The Seahawks run defense has been a surprising strength so far this season as they held a strong Bears running game and essentially shut down Jordan Howard to just 2.5 yards per carry last week. Mychal Kendricks was a welcome addition to the Seahawks linebacking group and this defense is supposed to get even better as they will likely get Bobby Wagner who was the best linebacker in football last season along with potentially getting K.J. Wright back from injury. Jarran Reed has been a nice addition to this team as the first rounder has been a stalwart for this defensive line.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at CAR 59 15 69 1 4 3 17 0 0 14.6
2 vs NYG 50 17 78 1 6 5 9 0 0 14.7
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 20 * * 4 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 20 * * 4 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 4 * * * *

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

2018 Week 2 vs NYG (17 / 78 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 9 / 0 rec)

Elliott looked more explosive against the Giants this week than the non-performance in Week 1 at Carolina. 22 touches is the norm for Elliott but he was notably held in check outside of two runs of 20 yards or more. In the passing game, Dallas' offensive line struggled to set up screens for Elliott to punish second and third-level defenders in space, routinely getting stuffed as soon as he started up the field. On Elliott's lone touchdown opportunity of the game, he made a nice cut and plowed through a defender at the goal line for a successful red zone scoring run to ice the game in the closing minutes. With Dallas' offensive line a concern in pass protection and wide receiver generally lacking separation, Elliott's receiving opportunities are a question mark with a need to set in and protect the passer as opposed to being an outlet receiver.

2018 Week 1 vs CAR (15 / 69 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

It was a tale of two halves for Ezekiel Elliott against Carolina. Elliott saw few running lanes early in the game, consistently been held to minimal gains with an occasional yard or two created after contact. Elliott salvaged a decent performance with a series of successful runs on Dallas' only scoring drive with two power runs of more than 10 yards into the red zone and scoring a touchdown on an option look with Dak Prescott. In general, Elliott looked lethargic from his typical power running self and benefitted primarily from good blocking on his most notable runs. In the passing game, Dak Prescott was inaccurate on a target to Elliott in the flat and Elliott did not beat a defender in a one-on-one open field situation on another occasion.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott totals 87 yards (Mon Sep 17, 03:48 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown and added five receptions for nine yards in Week 2 versus the New York Giants.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott gets going late (Sun Sep 9, 11:21 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 loss against the Carolina Panthers and he added three receptions for 17 yards on four targets.

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Schedule

3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Washington Redskins
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11@ Atlanta Falcons
12vs Washington Redskins
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Philadelphia Eagles
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ New York Giants