RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 11: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Dallas Cowboys' rushing attack is centered entirely around running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has recorded 4 consecutive 20-carry games, playing over 80-percent of the Cowboys' offensive snaps in each game. Running behind one of the NFL's strongest offensive lines, Elliott's efficiency numbers have been strong for most of the season, eclipsing 100-yards on the ground in 3 out of the last 4. A Sunday night matchup with the Minnesota Vikings last weekend bottled-up Ezekiel Elliott for just 47 rushing yards, but a softer matchup against the Detroit Lions this weekend should foster a more friendly rushing environment. Elliott is one of the few true bell-cow running backs in the NFL that rarely leaves the field and commands a significant workload on the ground each week. Expect the Cowboys' to feed Elliott early and often against the Lions this week in a favorable matchup against the Lions' struggling defensive-front. Last year, under head coach Matt Patricia, the Detroit Lions prided themselves on their strong run defense. This season, however, the Lions field one of the league's weakest run defenses. The Lions are facing high-volume rushing attacks on a weekly basis, and they're allowing 4.6 yards per carry on the year, the 23rd-best mark in the NFL. Detroit's struggles start in the trenches, where Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson, two previously elite run-stoppers, have regressed from elite levels to merely league-average in 2019. The Lions desperately need these two to return to their 2018 levels this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys' elite offensive line. Then, at the second level, Detroit's linebackers have struggled mightily in run-support this season, with all three of Jarrad Davis, Christian Jones, and Jahlani Tavani struggling to fill the gaps and finish tackles this season. So far in 2019, the Lions have allowed 4 different backfields to eclipse 100-yards on the ground. Expect Ezekiel Elliott to approach that mark this weekend in a high-volume game on the ground, escorted by the second-best offensive line in the NFL, according to FootballGuys' Matt Bitonti.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 vs PHI 55 22 111 1 7 6.0 36 0 0 20.7
9 at NYG 57 23 139 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 13.9
10 vs MIN 70 20 47 0 3 2.0 16 0 0 6.3
11 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 21 * * 2.8 * * * *
11 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 22 * * 3.0 * * * *
11 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 22 * * 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 10 vs MIN (20 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Elliott had his worst statistical game of the season against the Vikings, struggling to find any clear holes inside as a runner despite seeing 20 carries. Elliott generated little after contact as well as no optimal touchdown opportunities. Elliott's lone chunk gain was on a 10+ yard reception lost in his poor performance. The Lions offer a get well matchup and likely positive game script next week.

2019 Week 9 vs NYG (23 / 139 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Elliott was a force against the Giants, controlling the game from the outset and fueled by a dominant run-game effort of the Dallas offensive line. Elliott gained at least five yards on most of his carries, exploiting interior holes to the second level before winning contact and shedding defenders. Elliott's footwork was at a high level, with strong frequency as he throttled down for a cutback lane or angle through the line of scrimmage. Elliott saw just a single target in the passing game, which had the yards-after-catch-infused play called back by penalty. This was the first game since Week 3 where Elliott had fewer than 25 yards through the air. Elliott did not have any close-range touchdown opportunities against the Giants.

2019 Week 7 vs PHI (22 / 111 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)

For the second week in a row Elliott was a dominant workhorse for the Cowboys, this time with 28 touches and nearly 150 total yards in the Cowboys' impressive home win over the Eagles. Elliott was rarely stopped for more than a few yards on any rushing attempt as the offensive line propelled him to the second level and Elliott was dominant after contact. Elliott was the offensive centerpiece on the opening drive and the sentiment maintained for much of the game until Tony Pollard collected volume of note in the closing minutes of the blowout win. Elliott ran over a defender down to the goal line before converting the point-blank touchdown to cap a score drive and capped his performance with a powerful broken tackle for more than 15 yards on a mid-fourth quarter carry. After more than 60 touches over the past two games Elliott gets a deserved bye week in Week 8 before an ideal matchup against the reeling Giants.

2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (28 / 105 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Elliott was the engine for the Dallas offense in Week 6 with Amari Cooper exiting early with injury and the offensive line sustaining injuries as well. Elliott logged a season-high 33 touches and rarely left the field. Elliott rarely saw easy yards, creating after contact regularly, after two chunk runs in the first quarter for more than 10 yards each. The second half specifically is when Elliott started to control the game for Dallas' offense, breaking tackles on a reception, churning through contact for a goal-line touchdown, and gaining more than 10 yards on two other touches. Elliott did have a screen pass called back, a red zone drop, and drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score. The Eagles have regularly held running backs in check this season and are up next for Elliott and the Cowboys.

2019 Week 5 vs GB (12 / 62 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

The early deficit to Green Bay thanks to a struggling Dallas defense took some of the rushing volume from Elliott's workload in Week 5. However, Elliott found the end zone among his 12 carries for an impressive goal line score through contact. Elliott padded his rushing stat line in the closing seconds of the first half with two consecutive runs totaling 20 yards when neither team had much intention of playing for a score or locking down on defense. Elliott had nearly 20 yards as he squeezed through a crack in the line of scrimmage on a carry called back by holding. One of his more impressive receiving flashes of the season came on a long sideline reception for more than 25 yards through a big hit. The Jets next week offer a matchup and likely game script where Elliott can get back on track as the offensive centerpiece.

2019 Week 4 vs NO (18 / 35 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)

Elliott had his typical workhorse volume but produced minimal results against the stout New Orleans defense. Backup Tony Pollard barely saw the field as Elliott collected his 24 touches and a season-high six receptions, including a one-handed catch. Elliott converted a key fourth-and-one carry but fumbled as he landed, a huge turnover considering both teams' limited scoring opportunities in the game. Elliott salvaged a goal line touchdown in an otherwise muted performance.

2019 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 125 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Elliott gained chunk yards at will against Miami with a number of double-digit gains as he ultimately ceded in the comfortable win to Tony Pollard later in the second half. Even Pollard gained 100 yards in the effort in mop-up duty. Elliott padded his stat line with two strong runs in the closing seconds of the first half when Dallas had minimal intention of pushing for scoring range. Elliott added two receptions but has not been a major passing game weapons to-date this season with not more than three targets in any singular game. Elliott had a nice cutback run in the red zone for more than 10 yards but did not sniff the end zone for a potential touchdown otherwise. Elliott also had two runs of more than 10 yards called back by penalty.

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.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Breakout coming for Ezekiel Elliott? (Fri Nov 15, 10:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott 'could be in line for a monster day' against the Detroit Lions in Week 11, according to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. Elliott rushed for 152 yards and added 88 receiving yards against the Lions last year.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott stuck in neutral (Mon Nov 11, 01:46 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 20 times for 47 yards during the team's Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Elliott added a pair of receptions for 16 yards.

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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott runs for 139 yards (Mon Nov 4, 11:39 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 23 times for 139 yards in Week 9 against the New York Giants on Monday, Nov. 4.

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Schedule

11@ Detroit Lions
12@ New England Patriots
13vs Buffalo Bills
14@ Chicago Bears
15vs Los Angeles Rams
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Washington Redskins