Ezekiel Elliott has cracked the first round of fantasy football mock drafts.
A highly touted rookie out of Ohio State, the number 4 overall draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft gives fantasy owners the perfect blend of talent and opportunity. The same highly-ranked offensive line that powered DeMarco Murray to 1,845 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns is expected to do the same for Elliott.
He is a well-rounded player who can run, catch, and block. It’s being reported that he is already receiving “LOTS” of first team reps.
However, it is important to keep in mind that he is just a rookie who has yet to play a snap in the NFL. Despite that fact, he is being drafted over players such as Jamaal Charles and Lamar Miller.
Furthermore, he isn’t the only running back in Dallas. Even if he’s the lead back, there is a chance that his workload could be cut into by Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris. There is no guarantee that he will see the same 392 rushing attempts that Murray did in 2014.
Any running back has significant risk, but Elliott is already being priced closer to his ceiling than his floor. If you were hoping to get a discount on him just because he’s a rookie, think again.
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