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Ezekiel Elliott | Running Back | #21

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/22/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 228
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 1 (4) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Ezekiel Elliott will no longer appeal his six-game suspension.
He'll be eligible to return against the Seahawks in Week 16. Elliott could have brought his case back to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on December 1 to try and get his suspension reduced from six games to four. But in the end, Elliott and his lawyers decided to bite the bullet and serve the full six games, feeling it was the best decision based on the "practical assessment of the current legal landscape." You can read the joint statement released by Elliott's agents Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano in the link below. Daily Slant: Week 11 presents a terrible spot for Alfred Morris as the Eagles are 1st in adjusted yards (2.33, per FO). They are, however, giving up the 2nd-most recs (6.44/g) and rec TDs (0.44/g) to RBs. Rod Smith out-snapped Morris 38-22 last week and with the explosive Eagles coming to town, game flow could be similar. At $3.4k on DK, Smith is an intriguing GPP option Nov 15 - 4:53 PM

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The first hearing in Ezekiel Elliott's "expedited appeal" before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has been set for Dec. 1.

In theory, it means Elliott could maybe have his ban overturned or delayed before it's through in Week 16, but the Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos — who has been all over the case — believes it would be a "fast process for whole thing to be completed within the six weeks." Right now, Elliott seems likely to serve all six games before the Second Circuit can decide on the merits of his appeal. That, of course, would make any victory more symbolic than anything else.
Nov 9 - 4:59 PM

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an injunction, immediately reinstating his six-game suspension.

Elliott has been "granted an expedited appeal of the larger case." His official appeal is still pending, but he's run out of legal maneuvers that would allow him to play while the Second Circuit considers his case. He is well and truly suspended for Week 10, and is eligible to return in Week 16 against the Seahawks. Alfred Morris will start and lead a committee against the Falcons. Rod Smith is expected to be the next man up, with Darren McFadden third. It's possible all three get a chance to establish the "hot hand."
Nov 9 - 3:35 PM

Ezekiel Elliott's hearing with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The temporary stay granted to Elliott last week does not have an end date, meaning he will be eligible to play until the court hands down a ruling. The fact the hearing is so late in the week suggests the court will not have a verdict before Sunday's game, allowing Elliott to play this week against the Falcons. Of course, we have learned to take nothing for granted in this situation.
Nov 6 - 12:10 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos reports Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play until the Second Circuit Court of Appeals hands down a ruling.

Elliott was given a temporary stay on Friday which allowed him to play against the Chiefs. Since the stay did not come with an end date, Elliott will be eligible to play until the court makes a final ruling. A three-judge panel is expected to hear the case sometime this week, but Zeke could be eligible to play the Falcons on Sunday if the court does not rule quickly. As has been the case all season, this roller coaster shows no signs of slowing down.
Nov 6 - 11:45 AM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 9 win over the Chiefs.

The touchdown was Elliott's ninth of 2017. For the first time all season, he was not targeted in the passing game. With eight games in the books, Elliott is on pace for 1,566 yards rushing. That's 65 fewer than he managed as a rookie, but fantasy owners will take it. The question, of course, is if/when Elliott's six-game ban will set in. There's a real chance it's Week 10. We will get further clarity sometime this week.
Nov 5 - 7:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ezekiel Elliott "could play for several months" if he wins his injunction with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Elliott is playing Sunday on a temporary stay of his suspension. There's expected to be a ruling on his injunction this week that should provide more clarity on his status. It's possible Elliott will finish out the year if he wins his next court battle, but that's far from a lock.
Source: NFL Network
Nov 5 - 9:24 AM

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Ezekiel Elliott will practice Friday and start Sunday against the Chiefs.

The team had been operating under the assumption Elliott wouldn't play, so Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden had all been getting reps to get ready for Sunday. All that is now out the window. Elliott gets a dream matchup against a Chiefs defense that has collapsed in recent weeks. They're 31st in run-defense DVOA and allowing 4.98 YPC over the last five weeks.
Nov 3 - 11:48 AM

The Second Circuit Court has granted Ezekiel Elliott a temporary stay of his suspension, and he is eligible to play Week 9 against the Chiefs.

It is effective just for Week 9, so we'll likely go through some more legal drama again next week. This has really become completely ridiculous, but from a pure football standpoint Sundays are more exciting with Elliott on the field. Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden aren't usable in fantasy Sunday. Daily Slant: Elliott has an exploitable spot against the Chiefs, whose defense ranks 30th in adjusted line yards (per FO) and 31st in rush DVOA. In terms of raw numbers, KC has allowed the 3rd-most rushing TDs to RBs (0.9/g) and the 7th-most rushing yards (107.6/g). Over the past three games, Elliott has been dominant with 29.3 carries, 137.7 yards, and 1.3 TDs per game. Dallas is running the ball at the 5th-highest rate (47.6%) and they'll likely stick with a run-heavy approach in a great matchup for that type of attack.
Nov 3 - 10:04 AM

The Southern District of New York has denied Ezekiel Elliott's request for an emergency injunction.

Elliott is now waiting for a decision from the Second Circuit, something he hopes to receive by 7PM ET Wednesday. Fantasy owners should continue to plan to be without Elliott for Week 9 and beyond.
Oct 31 - 6:02 PM

Suspended Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is seeking an emergency injunction in his legal case to stay his six-game ban.

Around and around we go. Elliott's lawyers are seeking an emergency injunction from District Judge Katherine Failla, who dissolved Elliott's temporary restraining order on Monday. If that's denied, the NFLPA plans to "go to the Second Circuit with an emergency motion asking for an injunction pending the appeal in that court." They want a ruling by 7PM ET on Wednesday. As of now, Zeke still seems likely to be suspended for Week 9, but we'd by lying if we said we knew that for certain.
Oct 31 - 4:35 PM

United States District Judge Katherine Failla has dissolved Ezekiel Elliott's temporary restraining order and denied his motion, putting Elliott's six-game suspension back in effect.

We'd be lying if we knew what all this exactly means in layman's terms, but we do know the suspension is back on and will begin in 24 hours, giving Elliott's side a chance to appeal. Who knows what's going to happen Tuesday, but owners need to again plan to be without Elliott the next six games. He's eligible to return Week 15 against the Raiders. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will handle backfield duties, and McFadden is the recommended add off waivers.
Oct 30 - 10:24 PM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 33 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 8 win over the Redskins.

Elliott added a four-yard reception. With wind and rain making the passing game inadvisable, Elliott set a new career high for carries. He now has 373 yards from scrimmage over his past two games, including 297 on the ground. The Cowboys' offensive line was opening up gaping holes this afternoon. The question now becomes Elliott's Week 9 availability. His next court hearing is on Monday, where Judge Katherine Failla of the Southern District of New York must decide if Elliott can be granted another temporary injunction on his six-game suspension. Sit tight.
Oct 29 - 7:42 PM

Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the NFL's request to expedite Ezekiel Elliott's injunction hearing.

The hearing will be held next Monday (October 30), a day after the Cowboys face the Redskins. Elliott will be able to play in that game, but his future after that is in Judge Failla's hands. They are not going to help this week, but Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are worth holding until this situation shakes out. Daily Slant: Elliott plays the Redskins next weekend, presenting a nice spot to target the RB. While the Redskins have limited backs to the 4th-fewest rushing yards (66.0/g), they’re 28th in adjusted line yards (4.66, per FO), and have faced the 2nd-fewest RB carries (17.0/g). Dallas is running the 9th-most (45.2%) and Elliott is coming off a monster performance with 147 rushing yards and a pair of scores. He’s been more involved in the passing game this year and the Redskins are allowing the 3rd-most receptions to RBs (6.8/g) and 6th-most TDs (0.40/g).
Oct 23 - 8:31 AM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 26 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 7 win over the 49ers, adding a 72-yard touchdown reception.

Elliott was reaving souls from the opening whistle, simply running over 49ers defenders. The highlight was his lone reception, a 72-yard screen he housed for a score with absurd footwork down the sideline. The 147 yards rushing were the third most of Elliott's career. The 219 yards from scrimmage were his most. All this in a game where Elliott was supposed to be suspended. For now, Elliott appears likely to be on the field in Week 8, but it's not yet for certain. Owners will need to take things day by day this week, as they have all season.
Oct 22 - 7:06 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Cooper Rush
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Rod Smith
4Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Ryan Switzer
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Noah Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Geoff Swaim
4Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Jonathan Cooper
2Chaz Green
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
2Byron Bell
RT1La'el Collins
K1Dan Bailey
2Mike Nugent