RB Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): Don't sweat Zeke's quiet Week 1. Reports that had him at least than his usual role were correct, but he was still less of a disaster than some other backs drafted in the early rounds, and Washington is up next.

General News (Sat Sep 14): 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."

Week 2: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ezekiel Elliott ended his holdout from Cowboys training camp in time to return and play in Dallas' week one matchup against the New York Giants. Having not practiced with the team all summer, Elliott was not quite in football shape for week one, and he may not reach that point for a few more weeks. Even in his less-than-ideal physical state, Elliott still played 54 percent of snaps and carried the ball 13 times. Backup Tony Pollard also carried the ball 13 times in the opened, but for only 24 yards compared to Elliott's 53. In week two and beyond, Elliott's snap count and touch count will ascend while Pollard's declines, as the Cowboys, will undoubtedly want to get their money's worth after making Ezekiel Elliott the league's highest-paid running back. Elliott will run behind one of the NFL's most reliable offensive lines once again in week two. After playing just over half of Dallas' offensive snaps in week one, expect Ezekiel Elliott to climb closer to the bell-cow status in week two. While he will not quite reach the usage levels of previous seasons, his near-bell-cow role will likely produce impressive numbers thanks to the remarkable group of run-blockers Elliott will run behind. Washington was expected to field a serviceable run defense in 2019, but unfortunately, the unit was dealt a major blow right out of the gates in week one. Defense tackle Jonathan Allen was lost to a knee injury after just seven snaps against Philadelphia. Allen is expected to miss a few weeks, but filling his shoes is a tall task. On the defensive line, without Allen, Matt Ioannidis turned in one of the worst performances of his career in week one, Daron Payne struggled to stifle the run, and the rotation of defensive linemen filling in for Jonathan Allen was serviceable at best. At linebacker, Jon Bostic failed to replace the production of the recently-departed Zach Brown. Historically, Bostic's impact in run defense has been markedly negative, which shows that this is a trend that is likely to continue. Bostic's running-mates in the linebacking corps were unable to pick up the slack. Washington ultimately allowed Philadelphia's running backs to run for 116 yards on 4.5 yards-per-carry in week one, and this defense is primed to struggle once again in week two.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NYG 37 13 53 1 2 1.0 10 0 0 12.3
2 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 3.4 * * * *
2 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 20 * * 3.5 * * * *
2 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 19 * * 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 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 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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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott to be limited in Week 1 (Wed Sep 4, 09:27 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is slated for 20 to 25 repetitions in Week 1 Sunday, Sept. 8, against the New York Giants.

Our View: That sounds about right. Elliott could still post RB1 numbers even with a low snap count because he just showed back up after an extended holdout. Fantasy GMs who got him at a discount should be over the moon to start him even in a limited role for Week 1.
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Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott deal gets done (Wed Sep 4, 08:05 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott agreed to a six-year, $90 million extension that makes him the highest-paid running back in the league Wednesday, Sept. 4. It's worth $103 million over eight years in total with $50 million guaranteed.

Our View: Elliott surpasses Todd Gurley in annual average salary, now making $15 million per year with this new deal. He's now under contract with the Cowboys through the 2026 season. Elliott may get ramped up in Week 1 with limited snaps, but after that it's on. He's a no-brainer starter as a RB1 for Fantasy GMs every week.
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