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College: Ohio State | 4 years
Height: 6'0" | Weight: 228 lbs
Birth Date: 7/22/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 8

Total Pts: 31.8
Avg Pts: 15.90
Rank: 3 RB

Free Agent

2019 RTSports Outlook

Elliott was fifth overall in fantasy running back scoring last season. He topped 2,000 total yards for the first time in his career, finishing with 2,001 total yards. Elliott saw a big spike in production in the passion game, catching 77 passes for 567 yards. He had just 58 receptions his first two seasons in the NFL. Elliott had seven 100-yard rushing games. He was the centerpiece of the offense and produced big in that role. Elliott has 1,000-yard rushing seasons two of three and at least 1,000 total yards all three seasons. Elliott will continue to carry the load at running back for the Cowboys. Elliott is a three-down back that excels running behind the Cowboys top offensive line. Elliott has very good vision and breakaway speed. Elliott can do the job inside or outside when running the ball. He also is a plus pass catcher and a willing blocker.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Elliott can make a run at top fantasy back in the game. The only thing holding him back last year was a lack of scores, failing to hit double-digit touchdown. Expect those touchdown numbers to improve. Elliott can get around 2,100 total yards, 14 scores and 70 receptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

While it is unwise to project Ezekiel Elliott to match his 95 targets and 77 receptions from 2018, there is no question that Zeke is a legitimate three down back that will catch passes. On the ground, Zeke has led the NFL in rushing yards per game every year of his career. I am not concerned in the slightest about his 381 touches last season and the fact that he's touched the ball 1,003 times in three years, which includes a season where he played just 10 games. Despite his 381 touches, Elliott scored just nine touchdowns last season. Even if the Cowboys spell Zeke a little more and his touch count drops by 20-30, positive touchdown regression is all but guaranteed. It would not be surprising at all if Zeke pushed for 20 touchdowns. Given his guaranteed volume, three down skill set, involvement in the passing game, and the Cowboys' elite offensive line set to see the return of Travis Frederick, Ezekiel Elliott is my choice for first overall pick in fantasy leagues. Under no circumstances should he fall out of the top four. Elliott is as safe as they come. Wherever you end up drafting him, do so with confidence.

8/30/19 Update: While the foregoing remains true for Zeke while on the field, reality has set in at this point. It does not appear as if Zeke will be on the field Week 1. It is unknown how much time he will miss, but I have maintained throughout the offseason that if Zeke is not signed by Week 1, he will not play a single snap in 2019. The advantage with taking a shot on Zeke is he is one of the few backs with a clear handcuff that can be worth 75-80% of his actual value. If you gamble on Zeke, as much as I am anti-handcuffing as a strategy, you need to reach for Tony Pollard, likely in the seventh round or sooner. I would let someone else deal with the headache as there are plenty of elite options in the first round that we know are actually playing football.

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Fantasy Week
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Player Notes
Sep 16 2:43am ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran 23 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for nine yards in Week 2 versus the Washington Redskins.

Fantasy Spin: Elliott is doing everything in his power to prove working out in Cabo is every bit as effective as training camp. One week after splitting carries with Tony Pollard, Elliott handled 68 percent of the team's carries. Although last year's workload (400-plus touches, including playoffs) is bound to catch up to him at some point, owners should feel good about his ability to deliver top-five production at his position just about every week.

From TheHuddle

Sep 15 4:30pm ET

Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for 111 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown in Sunday's win in Washington.

Sep 15 4:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was excellent in Week 2, running the ball 23 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. He added two catches for nine more yards through the air. Elliott dominated the backfield in this one as expected, ceding only four carries to his backup, Tony Pollard. Back to his regular workload, "Zeke" will be an every-week RB1 regardless of matchups going forward.

From RotoBaller

Sep 14 1:53pm ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says he's ready for a larger workload after logging 13 rushing attempts for 53 yards and catching one pass for 10 yards in the team's Week 1 win over the New York Giants. 'I think I'm ready now for a normal workload,' Elliott said Wednesday, Sept. 11. 'It just depends on how ... (the coaches) are feeling on Sunday. But if they ask, I'll be able to go out there and do it.'

Fantasy Spin: No concerns over Zeke: Fire him up as a RB1 in a favorable matchup Sunday against Washington.

From TheHuddle

Sep 11 5:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said he thinks he's "ready now for a normal workload" heading into Week 2 against the Redskins, but head coach Jason Garrett pumped the breaks on that a bit. Garrett said the team will be mindful of how little practice time Elliott had this summer because of his holdout. Dallas limited the star running back to only 37 snaps in the opener, and he rushed 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. Backup Tony Pollard ran the ball 13 times as well but averaged just 1.8 yards per carry. Even if Elliott doesn't quite have a full workload in Week 2, he needs to remain in all fantasy lineups as an RB1.

From RotoBaller

Sep 11 12:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best running back options in fantasy lineups for Week 2. Elliott only got 13 carries in Week 1, but it was mostly due to the Cowboys being in control throughout the second half, allowing them to scale back Elliott's work. With Week 1 and a full week of practice behind him and his holdout a distant memory, Elliott is ranked as the RB2 overall for the matchup in Washington.

From RotoBaller

Sep 9 12:53am ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 8. He added one reception for 10 yards.

Fantasy Spin: As expected, Elliott's involvement was modest, logging 14 touches on 34 (of 62) offensive snaps. The yardage was far below what fantasy owners will want to see as he rounds into game shape, but Elliott salvaged his performance with a score. Brighter days are ahead for Elliott, who remains a top RB1.

From TheHuddle

Sep 8 7:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in Week 1, helping his team to a comfortable win over the New York Giants. Elliott ran the ball 13 times, gaining 53 yards on the ground. His touchdown came on a solid 10-yard run. He also caught a pass for 10 more yards through the air. Elliott and rookie Tony Pollard each received 13 carries, but those numbers will certainly skew more toward Elliott going forward. He's a locked-in RB1 regardless of matchups going forward.

From RotoBaller

Sep 8 12:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to play 20 to 25 snaps in the regular season opener on Sunday against the Giants. Previous reports suggested Elliott could see a full workload in Week 1 after the team was impressed with his conditioning after a contract holdout that lasted through training camp and the preseason. We won't know exactly how the Cowboys use their leading man until the game plays out, but fantasy owners shouldn't be benching Zeke to start the year. He has a much lower ceiling than normal if he's eased in, but the Cowboys could also completely scrap those plans. Rookie Tony Pollard is much too risky to use in fantasy as a standalone option.

From RotoBaller

Sep 5 1:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said "it's too early for any of that" when asked if running back Ezekiel Elliott will be on a pitch count in Week 1 against the Giants on Sunday. Elliott held out all of training camp and the preseason before finally signing an extension on Wednesday, but he looked good in practice on Wednesday. "There's no question he's been working out, he's in good shape, his weight's good, all of that. But again he hasn't been practicing against pro football players so you just work your way back into it," Garrett said. Previous reports suggested that Zeke could see only 20 to 25 snaps in the season opener. The bottom line is we don't know how much the Cowboys will ease him in, if at all. As a first-round pick in all drafts, Elliott's owners aren't sitting him in Week 1, but he'll certainly be more volatile with a short leash being possible.

From RotoBaller

Sep 5 1:03pm ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott impressed head coach Jason Garrett in his return to practice, but Garrett said Thursday, Sept. 5, that it's 'too early' to say if Elliott will be on a pitch count Sunday, Sept. 8, in the season opener.

Fantasy Spin: Don't expect Elliott to pick right back up with his 2018 per-game average of 25.4 touches, but even if opens with, say, 18 touches, Elliott still is in prime position to turn in a RB1 performance. Start him if you have have him.

From TheHuddle

Sep 4 11:00am ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will practice with the team on Wednesday, but a source said that the plan is for Elliott to see 20 to 25 snaps in Week 1 against the Giants. Rookie Tony Pollard will be behind Elliott, with fullback Jamize Olawale as a third-down guy for pass-protection purposes. Elliott is believed to be in excellent shape, but it remains to be seen how much the Cowboys will put on his plate right away after he missed all of training camp and the preseason. Those that drafted Zeke early in the first round probably aren't benching him in the season opener, but there will be obvious bust potential in Week 1 if he doesn't see his typical workload.

From RotoBaller

Sep 4 9:33am ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is slated for 20 to 25 repetitions in Week 1 Sunday, Sept. 8, against the New York Giants.

Fantasy Spin: The word "repetitions" is vague, but it seems like he'll only play one-third of the average amount of offensive snaps in a game. That can always change, but owner Jerry Jones said during the contract stalemate that the team wanted him healthy for the stretch run. It's entirely possible he is that limited, or they could change their gameplan as things unfold. Elliott would fall to RB2 value in this event, but you have to start him if you own him. He just doesn't make for a good DFS play. Tony Pollard becomes a flex option against the Giants.

From TheHuddle

Sep 4 8:20am ET

The Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott have agreed to terms on a contract extension ending Elliott's holdout. The contract extension is for six years and $90 million in new money, with $50 million guaranteed. Elliott's agent Rocky Arceneaux said the star running back is in shape to play in the season opener against the Giants, but there has been no official word from the team regarding when Elliott will play. Assuming Elliott suits up, he's a must-start RB1 even if the Cowboys ease him back into action and split carries with Tony Pollard for a week or so. Pollard loses most of his fantasy value and has flex appeal at best in week 1 if he and Elliott share touches against New York.

From RotoBaller

Sep 4 8:13am ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott agreed to a six-year, $90 million extension that makes him the highest-paid running back in the league Wednesday, Sept. 4. It's worth $103 million over eight years in total with $50 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Spin: Zeke owners can rest a little easier on the eve of the NFL season as their RB1 is back and ready to go.

From TheHuddle

Sep 3 11:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is "very close" to inking an extension with the Cowboys and his agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said that his client is in shape to play in Week 1 this Sunday against the Giants if there is a contract. Elliott has flown back from Cabo, Mexico, and is currently in Dallas, so it's looking like a resolution could come very soon. Zeke has been a consensus top-five fantasy pick in the first round of drafts, and he might not miss any regular season games. With that said, it's impossible to know how much Dallas will actually use him in the opener if a deal is struck, but fantasy owners won't be benching him if he's active. Tony Pollard will have flex appeal if Elliott doesn't play, but he's mostly useless when Dallas' lead back is on the field.

From RotoBaller

Sep 3 7:23pm ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is in shape to play Sunday if there is a contract done in time, his agent said Tuesday, Sept. 3. 'I think Zeke is showing he's committed by coming back to Dallas We didn't come here not to do a deal,' said agent Rocky Arceneaux.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy managers who've been able to wait this long before their drafts seem to have played it smart. Elliott is clearly in the conversation as the RB1 as long as he's on the field. It's finally beginning to seem as though it is a reasonable expectation.

From TheHuddle

Sep 3 12:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is close to signing a six-year, $90 million contract extension. "Zeke" is back in Dallas after spending time training and working out away from the team in Cabo. The deal, if completed as reported, would keep Elliott in Dallas until 2026. It would also give him an average of $15 million per year, tying him with Rams running back Todd Gurley as the highest paid running back in the NFL. After an offseason of uncertainty, it looks like the Cowboys could have their star running back ready to go for Week 1.

From RotoBaller

Sep 3 12:23pm ET

Updating an earlier report, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's contract talks are in a state of urgency to finalize in the next 24 hours, according to sources. A deal does not appear to be far off, the sources said, but there are still issues that must be agreed upon.

From TheHuddle

Sep 3 12:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly flying back to Dallas on Tuesday. This is significant because recent reports stated that Elliott and the Cowboys were making progress on a multi-year deal. The running back has been holding out and working out away from the team in Cabo. With the Cowboys opening the season in five days, Elliott's travel plans are certainly a good sign but they don't necessarily mean a contract agreement has been reached.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 04-Sep-2019: DAL - Reinstated
  • 04-Sep-2019: DAL - Re-signed - Six-year extension (through 2026)
  • 27-Jul-2019: DAL - Reserve, Did Not Report
  • 24-Apr-2019: DAL - Exercised Option - Fifth-year option on rookie contract
  • 18-Dec-2017: DAL - Suspension Lifted
  • 09-Nov-2017: DAL - Suspended - 6 games (NFL Personal Conduct Policy)
  • 01-Nov-2017: DAL - Suspended - 6 games (NFL Personal Conduct Policy)
  • 13-Oct-2017: DAL - Suspended - 6 games (NFL Personal Conduct Policy)
  • 11-Aug-2017: DAL - Suspended - 6 games (NFL Personal Conduct Policy)
  • 18-May-2016: DAL - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
NFL Week
2019 Season31.803616421319040
Week 1NYG12.80135310110020
Week 2@WAS19.00231111029020
Week 3MIA
Week 4@NOR
Week 5GNB
Week 6@NYJ
Week 7PHI
Week 8bye
Week 9@NYG
Week 10MIN
Week 11@DET
Week 12@NWE
Week 13BUF
Week 14@CHI
Week 15LAR
Week 16@PHI
Week 17WAS