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Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

Running Back #21
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 9
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 225 lb.
College:Ohio State
Born:July 22, 1995
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:DAL

Ezekiel Elliott: Could benefit from spread formation

Elliott could one of the bigger beneficiaries of CeeDee Lamb's addition to the offense, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: With Randall Cobb on the roster last season, the Cowboys ran plays out of '11' personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) roughly two-thirds of the time, forcing defenses to put an extra defensive back on the field instead of a linebacker. Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per carry out of that formation, the fifth-highest mark in the league, and his 823 total rushing yards from 11 personnel also led the NFL. With first-round pick Lamb now stepping in for Cobb, and the more conservative Jason Garrett gone as head coach, the team will likely increase its use of 11 personnel further, allowing Elliott to face even fewer stacked fronts.

May 18, 2020 6:30 AM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Finds end zone twice in Week 17

Elliott carried the ball 18 times for 122 yards and a touchdown and caught three of five targets for two yards and a second score in Sunday's 47-16 win over Washington.

Analysis: With the Cowboys' playoff hopes on the line, Elliott came through with another big performance, but it went for naught when the Eagles took care of business against the Giants. The fourth-year running back wraps up 2019 with 1,357 rushing yards and 12 TDs on the ground, as well as 54 catches on 71 targets for another 420 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas is likely to have a new head coach, and potentially a new offensive scheme, next season, but given the investments Jerry Jones has made both in Elliott and his offensive line, the RB will likely remain a major part of the Cowboys' attack.

December 29, 2019 6:14 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Modest numbers in Philly

Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards and caught all seven of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: With Dak Prescott unable to generate much offense through the air, the Philadelphia defense was able to concentrate on stuffing Elliott and he was held below 50 rushing yards for the first time since Week 11. The fourth-year back will look to finish the season on a high note in next week's must-win game against a Washington defense that just got steamrolled by Saquon Barkley.

December 22, 2019 7:17 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Huge game against Rams

Elliott carried the ball 24 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns and caught three of four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.

Analysis: That's now back-to-back two-TD performances for Elliott, while the 160 scrimmage yards were a season high as he came through in a big way for those with fantasy shares in him. The fourth-year RB will look to keep rolling next Sunday in Philadelphia with a chance to lock up the NFC East title on the line, against an Eagles defense he gashed for 111 rushing yards and a score in Week 7.

December 15, 2019 6:39 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Scores two TDs in loss

Elliott rushed 19 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and secured two of five targets for 12 yards in the Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the Bears on Thursday.

Analysis: Elliott's play was a bright spot in the Cowboys' third straight defeat, although game script eventually served to cap his workload overall. The Pro Bowler has now logged a sub-20-carry workload in three of his past four games, and he hasn't eclipsed the 100-yard mark since Week 9 versus the Giants. Elliott does continue seeing multiple targets in the passing game on a regular basis, and he'll look to be get back to more robust volume in the ground attack in another tough matchup against the Rams in Week 15, a week from Sunday.

December 5, 2019 8:55 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Piles up yardage in loss

Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards and caught seven of 10 targets for 66 yards in Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: The running back has topped 100 scrimmage yards in two straight games and seven times this season, but his inability to find the end zone proved costly for the Cowboys. Elliott will look to keep rolling next week on the road against a Bears defense that just gave up 83 rushing yards to his former backup, Bo Scarbrough.

November 28, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Tops 100 scrimmage yards in loss

Elliott carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards and caught all four of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Rain put a damper on both team's offenses, but Elliott was still able to deliver triple-digit scrimmage yards for the sixth time in 11 games. The fourth-year RB is now 81 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 for the third time in his career, a milestone he'll try to reach at home next week against the Bills.

November 24, 2019 8:44 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Scores two TDs vs. Lions

Elliott carried 16 times for 45 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions. He also caught two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 35-27 win.

Analysis: Faced with an excellent matchup against one of the worst run defenses in the league, Elliott could only manage 2.8 yards per carry. He did, however, manage a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and added the decisive score on a 17-yard reception midway through the fourth. Although Elliott failed to take full advantage of an excellent opportunity for a breakout game, his two TDs were a boon for fantasy owners and the passing offense continued to flourish. This could eventually mean more room to run for the star tailback, whose next opportunity will come Sunday against the Patriots.

November 17, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Big game in loss to Jets

Elliott carried the ball 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown while catching five of six targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Even with the Cowboys missing both starting tackles from their vaunted offensive line, Elliott still ran for at least 100 yards for the third time in six games and scored his fifth rushing TD. He's been the one consistent element in the Dallas offense this season, but Elliott will have his work cut out for him in Week 7 against a stingy Eagles front seven.

October 13, 2019 8:27 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Solid numbers in loss

Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught two of four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: It was a moderately better performance than he managed last week in New Orleans, but once again Elliott's ability to get into the end zone kept his fantasy line afloat. He's scored a rushing TD in four of five games so far, and stands a good chance of making it five of six in Week 6 on the road against a battered Jets defense.

October 6, 2019 10:05 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Bottled up on ground

Elliott rushed 18 times for 35 yards and a touchdown, adding 30 yards on six receptions (seven targets) in Sunday's 12-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Elliott was seemingly met at the line of scrimmage on the majority of his runs, finishing the with longest run of just six yards and fumbling on a key 4th and 1 attempt in the second quarter. The Saints' defense appeared determined to not let the Cowboys' run game get going, and that strategy paid off in a low-scoring, defensive affair. A positive takeaway for Zeke's fantasy owners would be that the back garnered 100 percent of Dallas' running back carries. The 24-year-old is still the workhorse of the backfield even with backup Tony Pollard (zero touches) blowing up for 100-plus yards last week. The Packers have held opposing rushing offenses to just 86.3 yards per game this season, so Elliott will have to work hard for his yards in the Cowboys' next contest.

September 29, 2019 10:13 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Piles up 139 scrimmage yards

Elliott carried 19 times for 125 yards and caught two passes for 14 additional yards during Sunday's 31-6 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Elliott didn't face much resistance against a poor Dolphins defense as he gashed it for 6.6 yards per carry. He could have fared even better if not for a big game from backfield mate Tony Pollard, who piled up 128 scrimmage yards and a touchdown of his own. Elliott now has 264 scrimmage yards on 46 touches over the last two games and could face an even heftier workload next Sunday on the road against the Saints.

September 22, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Won't face limited snap count

Elliott will return to his usual workload for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys kept a close eye on his snaps following his preseason holdout, and Elliott saw a lower share of offensive plays during the first two games of 2019 (54.4 percent in Week 1 and 76.8 percent in Week 2) than he did in any game last year. The team is confident his conditioning has caught up, however, and are ready to put him on the field for his customary 80-plus percent of snaps. "This is our third game," offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said. "I think he's at that point where we're pretty much playing this thing out at this point. It was good those first two weeks just to be aware of it and then also trust Zeke's response and how he feels and all those things and just balancing that stuff out." Of course, if Sunday's game turns into a rout, Elliott's workload could be curtailed for a completely different reason.

September 20, 2019 5:22 AM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Dominates in workhorse role

Elliott ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries during Sunday's game against Washington. He also caught two passes for nine additional yards in the 31-21 win.

Analysis: After playing in a somewhat limited capacity during the season opener, Elliott took on his usual workhorse role in this one and responded by averaging 4.8 yards per carry against a solid Redskins front. He took a backseat to the passing offense at times in the red zone but topped his day off with a short rushing score in the fourth quarter. Now back up to speed along with what looks like an elite offense, Elliott is primed for a big game next Sunday at home against an abysmal Dolphins team.

September 15, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Gearing up for increased workload

Elliott is prepared for more touches Week 2 in Washington, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. "I think I'm ready now for a normal workload. Just depends on how (running backs coach Gary Brown) and Kellen (Moore) and coach (Jason) Garrett are feeling on Sunday," Elliott said. "But if they ask me, I'll be able to go out there and do it."

Analysis: After his holdout ended with a six-year, $90 million extension last Wednesday, Elliott wasn't a workhorse in his first action of the season, earning 37 of 68 offensive snaps (54 percent) in Sunday's win against the Giants. For comparison's sake, he logged less than 80 percent of the snaps on offense one time in 18 chances (including playoffs) in 2018. Elliott was reasonably efficient with his workload, turning 14 touches into 63 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. Assuming the Week 2 game plan calls for increased snaps, he'll be a poised for a more familiar role and likely push rookie Tony Pollard further out of the backfield mix.

September 11, 2019 3:20 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Finds end zone in Week 1 win

Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Giants.

Analysis: There was plenty of uncertainty regarding Elliott's Week 1 workload after he held out for a new contract through all of training camp and the preseason, but while he wound up splitting carries with Tony Pollard, he did a lot more damage with his opportunities -- capping the scoring on the afternoon for Dallas with a 10-yard TD scamper late in the third quarter. Elliott should see his touches return to normal in the coming weeks as he rounds into form, but his floor in the meantime still seems plenty productive.

September 8, 2019 6:13 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Conflicting reports on workload

Elliott is expected to receive around 20-to-25 snaps in Sunday's game against the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Meanwhile, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports that Elliott is expecting to handle a "normal" workload in Week 1.

Analysis: Unless Elliott is getting the ball on nearly every snap he plays in Rapoport's projection, the two reports are seemingly at odds with one another with regard to the running back's projected workload. Though Rapoport notes that the Cowboys are satisfied with Elliott's conditioning after he logged only three practices this week following an extended holdout, the team reportedly wants to ease the 24-year-old back into the mix and avoid the soft-tissue injuries that can often crop up after a prolonged layoff. Of course, the Cowboys could end up loosening any restrictions if Elliott looks good as the game unfolds, a development that would align with Raanan's report. The lack of definitive word on a touch/snap count for Elliott makes him a riskier DFS option than normal while he's one of the higher-priced options at running back, but he still looks like a solid lineup option in season-long leagues even if he ends up ceding more work than usual to his backup, rookie Tony Pollard.

September 8, 2019 8:00 AM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Eyeing 'normal' workload Week 1

Elliott is expecting to handle a "normal" workload Sunday in the Cowboys' game against the Giants, a source tells Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

Analysis: Despite missing all of training camp and the preseason before agreeing to a six-year, $90 million contract extension Wednesday, Elliott apparently feels as though his conditioning is up to par after logging three practices. Though prior reports suggested that the star running back would be in store for a limited slate of around 20-to-25 plays in Week 1, the Cowboys appear willing to loosen the reins on Elliott if he looks to be in good form early in the contest. If Elliott does in fact handle a normal workload -- which equated to about 25 touches per game in 2018 -- he would represent one of the higher-end Week 1 fantasy options at running back. It would also result in fewer snaps for rookie Tony Pollard, who had been poised to claim an every-down role for Dallas before Elliott put pen to paper on the new deal.

September 8, 2019 5:52 AM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Added to 53-man roster

Elliott was added to the Cowboys 53-man roster, Adam Schefter of ESPNreports.

Analysis: This should come as no surprise considering the Cowboys gave every indication their star running back would be available for Week 1. How much playing time Elliott receives is another question entirely, as Jane Slater of NFL Network reported earlier in the week the 24-year-old would get approximately 20-to-25 snaps despite executive vice president Stephen Jones suggesting Elliott "came in in really good shape." Regardless, the 2016 first-round-pick figures to have some sort of role Sunday against the Giants.

September 7, 2019 9:34 AM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Workload TBD on Sunday

On Thursday, executive vice president Stephen Jones wouldn't touch on Elliott's snap count for Sunday's game against the Giants, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. "He came in in really good shape. Hats off to him," Jones added. "I think he's going to be ready to go ... barring something unforeseen."

Analysis: Jones didn't exactly shed light on the situation as the Cowboys announced Elliott's extension Thursday. Elliott wasn't listed on the first two injury reports of Week 1, so there's no indication he's dealing with a health concern. On the other hand, Jane Slater of NFL Network reported Wednesday that Elliott will get approximately 20-to-25 snaps this weekend, indicating a split of the RB reps with rookie Tony Pollard may come to pass. Whatever the case, Elliott will be involved in the game plan as long as he's active.

September 5, 2019 2:49 PM EST

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