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Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

Running Back #21
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 6
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: Struggles in loss to Washington

Elliott carried 12 times for 45 yards and caught one of two targets for an additional six yards during Sunday's 25-3 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Elliott struggled to the tune of 3.8 yards per carry against a ferocious defensive front, and although he technically avoided turning the ball over, he mishandled an inaccurate pass from Andy Dalton (head) that resulted in an interception in the red zone. To make matters worse, Dalton left the game after taking a cheap shot to the head on a slide and rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci struggled mightily as his replacement. Elliott's fantasy value has taken a large downturn over the last couple of weeks as a result of the tribulation his team has experienced at the quarterback position, and he could be in for another tough outing next Sunday night against the Eagles if the play under center if similarly poor.

October 25, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Night marred by fumbles

Elliott rushed 12 times for 49 yards and brought in eight of 11 targets for 31 yards in the Cowboys' 38-10 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. He also lost two fumbles.

Analysis: Not only did Elliott produce a season-low rushing yardage total, but his first two lost fumbles of 2020 put a serious crimp in any chances of the Cowboys offense finding some continuity in its first game with Andy Dalton as the starter. Elliott first coughed up the ball after a short reception, with Budda Baker falling on the ball at the Cardinals' 46-yard line. That would lead to Arizona's first touchdown of the night, and his second fumble on the very next drive set up Kyler Murray and company at the Dallas 27-yard line, enviable field position that they would cash in on as well. Game script eventually turned Elliott into much more receiver than runner, and he'll look to atone for his poorest performance of the season at the expense of the Washington Football Team in a Week 7 road matchup.

October 19, 2020 8:56 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Scores twice in win

Elliott carried the ball 19 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Giants.

Analysis: After plowing into the end zone from a yard out in the second quarter, Elliott scored his second TD in the third on an emotional 12-yard run, capping the drive on which Dak Prescott suffered a likely season-ending ankle injury. With Andy Dalton now forced to take the reins of the Dallas offense, Elliott could be leaned on even more heavily to help steady things while the team adjusts to its new QB, beginning in Week 6 against Arizona.

October 11, 2020 6:34 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Piles up 125 scrimmage yards

Elliott carried 12 times for 54 yards and caught all eight of his targets for 71 additional yards during Sunday's 49-38 loss to the Browns. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Elliott managed a respectable 4.5 yards per carry but saw his attempts limited as his team yet again played from behind for most of the game. He was quite active as a pass catcher, however, and made his largest contribution in that regard since Week 15 of the 2018 season. Elliott lost a fumble in the first half that directly led to a Cleveland score and has now put the ball on the ground three times through four games, losing two. He also failed to reach the end zone for the first time this season but should have a chance to get back on track next Sunday against the Giants.

October 4, 2020 1:58 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Struggles in Seattle

Elliott carried the ball 14 times for 34 yards and a touchdown and caught six of 12 targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: While a first-quarter TD salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective, it was overall a poor performance from the Cowboys' lead back. He slipped in the end zone and gave up a safety just before his own score, and he dropped numerous catchable passes from Dak Prescott. Elliott will look to bounce back in Week 4 against a Browns defense that just gave up 5.4 yards a carry and a rushing touchdown to rookie Antonio Gibson.

September 27, 2020 7:05 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Eclipses 100 yards, scores TD

Elliott ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries while securing six of seven targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 40-39 win against the Falcons. He also committed two first-quarter fumbles, losing one to Atlanta.

Analysis: Elliott has been an elite rusher since the day he entered the NFL, as exhibited by the 1,631 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns he collected during his All-Pro rookie season of 2016. The back's receiving skills had been a work in progress when he entered the league, but Elliott has now averaged 4.2 catches per game dating back to the start of 2018 (compared to 2.3 receptions per game between 2016 and 2017). Fresh off a comeback win, Elliott and the Cowboys' rushing attack now prepare for a Week 3 matchup against Seattle, and a Seahawks defense that contained Atlanta to 72 team rushing yards in its season debut.

September 20, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Finds end zone twice in loss

Elliott rushed 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions (four targets) for 31 yards and another score in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: This was about as stereotypical of an Ezekiel Elliott performance as you could get; he gained consistent chunks of yardage (4.4 YPC) and finished right around the century mark, found the end zone twice and caught three passes (3.4 receptions per game in 2019). The 25-year-old didn't show any signs of rust against the Rams' front seven following a shortened training camp and no preseason. Backup Tony Pollard was only able to poach four touches away, making it obvious that Zeke is still one of the few every-down backs left in the league. Elliott should be considered a safe top option heading into Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

September 13, 2020 10:09 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Working on receiving skills

Elliott focused on pass catching this offseason, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Elliott says he didn't spend much time on backfield work, instead focusing on his technique lining up out wide or in the slot. Perhaps he's feeling some pressure from backfield mate Tony Pollard, who had 1,292 receiving yards in three seasons at Memphis and could eventually be an option to replace Elliott on passing downs. It sounds like Zeke is doing everything in his power to retain a three-down role, following three consecutive seasons with snap share in the 84-89 percent range. It is possible Pollard takes a larger chunk of the snaps in his second pro seasons, but it'll still be Elliott dominating the rushing workload at the very least. In other news, the 25-year-old seems to have made a complete recovery from his summer bout with COVID-19.

August 17, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Feeling much improved

Elliott (illness) said he's feeling better after testing positive for COVID-19, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "I would say I had maybe one or two days when I felt symptoms," Elliott relayed in a Zoom call Wednesday. "Even then, it wasn't too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, I feel good. I feel normal."

Analysis: Elliott's comments mark his first since word leaked June 15 that he tested positive. Until Wednesday, though, it was unclear whether or not he was symptomatic, which he confirmed was the case. Elliott has another week to go of self-isolation and "still can't work out," per John Breech of CBS Sports. However, with training camp likely a month away, Elliott has plenty of time to get his bearings once he's healthy enough to do so.

June 24, 2020 12:59 PM EST

Ezekiel Elliott: Tests positive for COVID-19

Elliott is reportedly among the multiple Cowboys and Texans players who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, NFL.com's Grant Gordon reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Elliott's agent relayed to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the running back is "feeling good." Gordon adds that none of the players who reportedly tested positive are thought "to have been in their team facilities and the Cowboys and Texans teams followed proper health protocols." In a statement that Rapoport obtained, the Cowboys noted "due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees."

June 15, 2020 9:50 AM EST

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

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