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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
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Ezekiel Elliott rushed 27 times for 103 yards in Week 17 against the Eagles.
It ends a drama filled sophmore year for Elliott, who spent half the season battling the NFL over his suspension. When on the field, Elliott wasn't the same back he was as a rookie, averaging just 4.0 YPC. Elliott had at least 20 touches in 9-of-10 games, so he's still the centerpiece of the Cowboys' offense with no threat for carries. Elliott is a good bet to rebound in 2018, but his off-field baggage remains a concern for his Dynasty outlook. Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:25:00 PM

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Ezekiel Elliott rolled to 97 yards on 24 carries while catching four-of-seven targets for 21 yards Sunday in the Cowboys’ Week 16 loss to the Seahawks.

Zeke was fed early and often in his return from a six-game suspension, particularly in the first half when he rumbled to 73 yards on 15 carries. Game flow worked against Elliott after halftime as the Cowboys spent most of the second half playing from behind. He was the intended receiver on the first of Dak Prescott's two interceptions. Elliott needs 120 yards next week at Philadelphia to clinch his second straight 1,000-yard season, which would be quite an accomplishment considering how much time he missed.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 08:29:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ezekiel Elliott is expected to handle a "heavy load" Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Speaking on Sunday NFL Countdown, Schefter said Elliott reported to the Cowboys "six to seven pounds overweight," but that was "water weight" which he quickly shed. With the Cowboys needing to win out to have any shot at the playoffs, Elliott should get as much work as he can handle. He can safely be put back into fantasy lineups.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 11:03:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys plan to give Ezekiel Elliott "a lot of carries" in his Week 16 return.

Elliott is in "better shape" than he was before his suspension. Dallas has no plans to manage his workload despite missing the last six weeks. Elliott is our No. 3-ranked running back for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 10:24:00 AM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Ezekiel Elliott "looks good."

Elliott had his first practice since serving a six-game suspension on Wednesday. Garrett said he "stepped right in there and did what we asked him to do." After reportedly returning in great shape, Elliott should be ready for close to his normal workload against the Seahawks.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 01:01:00 PM

Ezekiel Elliott has completed his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Elliott is expected to report to the team on Monday, and it would be a shock if he is not back in the lineup against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve. It is great news for a Cowboys team which is still in the playoff hunt and any fantasy teams which managed to survive Elliott's absence. Considering what Todd Gurley did to the Seahawks on Sunday, Elliott could have a big day in his return.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 08:42:00 AM

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.

RotoGrinders.com 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
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 04:53:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 04:59:00 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."
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 03:35:00 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.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 12:10:00 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.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:45:00 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.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 07:47:00 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
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 09:24:00 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.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 11:48:00 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.

RotoGrinders.com 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.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Cooper Rush
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
3Trey Williams
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Ryan Switzer
4KD Cannon
WR21Terrance Williams
2Noah Brown
3Lance Lenoir
4Brian Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Geoff Swaim
4Blake Jarwin
5Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Chaz Green
2Kadeem Edwards
C1Travis Frederick
RG1Zack Martin
RT1La'el Collins
2Jarron Jones
K1Dan Bailey