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| Elliott certainly lived up to the hype and early draft position with 1,631 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns to go along with 363 receiving yards last season. The former Ohio State Buckeye star will once again be the focal point of the Cowboys offense, with well over 300-touches likely again in 2017.
The question is will changes to his offensive line limit his effectiveness on the ground and will a tough opening schedule, with road games against Denver and Arizona, and a difficult home game against the Rams, marginalize his fantasy production to start the year?
One area in which Elliott may improve is in the passing game, as the Cowboys did not fully utilize his skills in that arena in 2016. Elliott displayed an excellent ability to pass protect and catch out of the backfield in college and during his first season in the NFL and the Cowboys coaching staff is on record stating that they would like to get Elliott more involved in his sophomore season.
Although there are questions surrounding changes to the offensive line, and a downgrade to the Dallas defense that could lead to less favorable game scripts, Elliott is a consensus top-3 pick in standard leagues and should deliver top-10 fantasy production in 2017.
UPDATE 7/22/17: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in a recent nightclub skirmish.
|Ezekiell Elliott headed for more trouble?|
Allegedly involved in bar disturbance
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Jul 17, 9:30 am
|More information regarding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in what Dallas police called a “disturbance” at a bar on Sunday night has begun to filter out. The police said a 30-year-old man told them he had been assaulted, but did not know who did it. TMZ also spoke to someone identified as “Sgt. Williams” from the Dallas police who said that a friend of the alleged victim also identified Elliott as the assailant and a social media post from Sunday night carried the same message with some NSFW language. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in the skirmish last night.
|Zeke to face 1-2 game suspension?|
NFL investigation is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 14, 2:00 pm
|ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the investigation is still ongoing, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter went on to say that there's a growing sense that a 1-2 game suspension may occur in the coming weeks for the Cowboys starting running back. Nothing is official on this situation, but its enough to give fantasy owners drafting in the top three some pause. Darren McFadden is Elliott's backup.