Ezekiel Elliott
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The NFL’s decision to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, not only affects betting odds for the Cowboys, it also affects the way fantasy players approach their draft. With the season starting next week, the biggest question on the mind of fantasy players is what to do with Ezekiel Elliot.

 

As a rookie, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards, which is one of the reasons he was expected to be a top pick for fantasy players this year. However, the NFL suspended him for the first six games of the season as a result of their investigation into domestic violence charges against the running back.

 

The silver lining about the suspension is it makes Elliott a great value pick, but when exactly should he be drafted?

 

Before the NFL’s decision to suspend him, Elliott was projected to be a top three draft pick, but now, he is projected to be a second or third round pick on many fantasy websites.

 

On Tuesday, Elliot appealed the NFL’s decision, but most NFL insiders believe he will still have to miss some games. Even if he ends up having to sit out six games, it is still worth it to have him on your bench because you will get a lot of points when he returns.

 

In the 15 games he played last year, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 363 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Based on last year’s numbers, Elliot is still expected to rush for over 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns as well as 242 receiving yards and 1 touchdown if he sits the first six games.

 

For comparison, Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, he also had 462 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Freeman finished sixth in point-per-reception among running backs.

 

Even though Elliot isn’t as good a receiver as Freeman, his rushing skills give him the potential to finish with lower tier RB1 numbers, even if he plays in six fewer games.

 

Something you need to consider before drafting Elliot is the fact that if the suspension is upheld, he won’t be able to participate in team activities, which means even if he works out on his own, he won’t be in football shape when he returns.

 

Unless he has the same genetic makeup as Adrian Peterson, who used to skip the preseason but still finish the season as the top running back in the league, Elliott will need some time to get back into shape, which means he will likely have a slow start to the season.

 

The flip side of that is he will be fresher than most running backs when he returns, which means he won’t falter down the stretch.

 

To fill the void left by Elliott, you can draft running backs like Elliott’s Cowboys teammate Darren McFadden or Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore, who is expected to get a lot of work from the Colts as they await Andrew Luck’s return.

 

You can also take a flier out on Ameer Abdullah of the Detroit Lions, who is fully recovered from a season-ending injury that cut his 2016 campaign short, or Denver’s C.J. Anderson.

Ezekiel Elliott
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It was hardly a major surprise to see the Dallas Cowboys select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft back in May. Elliott is widely regarded as the best young offensive prospect in the National Football League and many pundits have already tipped him to go on and blossom into a very successful running back and with Dallas’ illustrious history at the position, the 21-year-old could be on the road to greatness.
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Whether you play daily or weekly fantasy games, Ezekiel Elliott is a fantastic acquisition and somebody you should consider seriously as the season draws ever closer. Last year, Elliott racked up over 2,000 yards of total offense, with 1,821 on the ground. Just imagine what he could do at Dallas with the best offensive line in the sport? Christ, they even made Darren McFadden look good at times last season…
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As your fantasy campaign approaches, punters can visit bonus.ca for the latest offers and promotions on a number of games – as well as sports betting odds on the NFL’s upcoming fixtures. Dallas were pretty poor on the whole last year but the Cowboys will believe that Elliott’s arrival gives them a fantastic chance of regaining the NFC East title despite finishing at the bottom of the division in 2015.
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Ezekiel Elliott may be a rookie but he is a talented rookie with an exceptional offensive line and that means he could be a fantasy gold mine in 2016. The Dallas Cowboys are keeping their cards close to their chest in pre-season but it is hard to imagine Alfred Morris taking too many snaps from the three-down Ohio State running back. You now face a tough choice; take Elliott in the first round or risk missing out on him if you wait until the second round.
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Jason Garrett may be the best man to take full advantage of Elliott’s skills and Dez Bryant’s presence out wide should keep the opposing defense guessing throughout the year. While the Cowboys run on the majority of first down plays, Bryant’s dominance on the flanks may give Elliott breathing space in the backfield. For example, he is unlikely to face too many blitzes from the secondary; and therefore, he should have very few tackles for a loss.
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Ezekiel Elliott comes with a reputation on the field but his fantasy reputation is also very important to avid players all over the world. The Dallas Cowboys have a real stud on their hands and most fantasy players will be expecting Garrett to unleash him on a regular basis this season. Only time will tell but Elliott is looking like the real deal and fans will be excited to see him in action.
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He probably isn’t “worth” a first round pick just yet but you might have to take him early to hold off competition from your fantasy rivals…


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