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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 the first six games of the NFL season under the personal conduct policy. He is expected to appeal.

Summary

Elliott was suspended for six games due to violations of the league's personal conduct policy. He may appeal the suspension but fantasy owners should be prepared for a minimum of four games, if not the full six. He's dominant enough to not completely disregard on draft day, but he's no better than a third round pick and even that requires an incredible amount of confidence from his prospective owner. It's a shame because Elliott more than 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. (August 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 10, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 15, 16, 24
Overall Redraft - 22, 9, 13, 14, 17, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27, 27, 28, 33, 37, 37
RB Redraft PPR - 10, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 24
Overall Redraft PPR - 25, 14, 16, 17, 19, 19, 20, 23, 25, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37, 37, 38, 54
RB Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4
Overall Dynasty - 3, 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 9

Stats and Projections

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2016 DAL 15 322 1631 15 40 32 363 1 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 12 200 * * 24 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 11 211 * * 26 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 11 216 * * 28 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 11 228 * * 21 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 17
RB: 9
Overall-PPR: 15
RB-PPR: 8

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Latest News

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott could some snaps next week (Sun Aug 20, 02:34 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott might be available for 'a few snaps' in the team's third preseason game versus the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, Aug. 26, according to team owner Jerry Jones.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott appeals suspension (Tue Aug 15, 05:19 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his six-game suspension, according to a source.

Our View: This was the next step in the process. Once Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL we all knew this was going to happen. A hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of the appeal. Many think Elliott could get a reduced sentence (2-3 games) but not an eliminated sentence. Stay tuned.
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Cowboys | Dallas could use committee to replace Zeke? (Tue Aug 15, 01:04 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris may serve in a committee along with Darren McFadden during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer.

Our View: That makes sense, and it doesn't leave a ton for fantasy owners to get excited about. Behind Elliott, guys like Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Ronnie Hillman are competing to establish the pecking order. A two- or three-headed RBBC does not have value for fantasy owners in most every league.
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Cowboys | Dallas to use committee in backfield? (Sun Aug 13, 08:10 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.

Our View: McFadden would likely be the lead back while Elliott is out, but he won't be the only one toting the rock. Earlier reports indicated the team could move on from Alfred Morris, but that might have changed since word of Elliott's suspension. Unlike other backfields (Tennessee springs to mind), there's no stud RB in the waiting behind the starter.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott to appeal suspension (Fri Aug 11, 03:44 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and his representatives released a statement announcing their intentions to appeal the six-game suspension handed to him Friday, Aug. 11 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Our View: No surprise here. Elliott's suspension is at six games right now, but his lawyers will work to get that reduced or outright eliminated. If you're drafting this weekend just take Elliott with the idea that he'll miss a month or so of the regular season.
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