Breaking news just this weekend, Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended by NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, for 6 games without pay due to alleged domestic violence and violation of league policy. It is reported that Elliott will appeal the decision but the fantasy circle must prepare for the worst.
To Elliott fantasy owners: Panic! Presumably, Elliott’s value has been one of if not the best leading up to the season. Usually been drafted at picks 1-4 of the first round, this will instantaneously turn the landscape of fantasy football on its head. With the regular season beginning in three weeks, any owner who doesn’t have #21 from the Cowboys should consider themselves lucky until the time he comes back.
To add salt to the wounds, the Dallas Cowboys’ bye week is in Week 6 meaning he will come back in Week 8, which translates to almost half a season gone. This will be the fantasy period wherein teams will be preparing for the fantasy playoffs, so having Elliott in the team is certainly a huge gamble as the question of will he heat up early or need a couple of games to get into a flow again, hovering over his value.
You are lucky if you aren’t signed up in a league yet as this suspension can weigh heavily on the draft board on when the Cowboys RB picked. He is projected to drop from a lock 1st round pick to all the way in the 3rd-6th rounds which is crazy. If you pick Elliott, you will have to make sure your RB depth is solid, as he will be on the bench for most of the season. You will have to be patient though. Once he comes through and gets his groove again, you certainly have a scary potential to score lots of points, especially come playoff time. It will be a big gamble on your part but if you are willing to use the high risk, high reward wildcard then you are in for a very interesting fantasy season this year.
With Ezekiel Elliott falling in the RB pecking order, certain running backs will be purple patched more than ever. If David Johnson or Le’Veon Bell isn’t at the top of the list on your to-get list then I suggest you should with matching highlights and exclamation points. These two RBs will be a sure lock now as the #1 and #2 in this draft without the leading rusher of last season available for the opening games. Expect the dual-threat RBs to carry the load for whoever picks them and is a class above the rest, that’s for sure.
In the Dallas Cowboys team, expect the other in the young offensive tandem, Dak Prescott, to shine and be the main weapon while their RB1 is out. Certainly, Jason Garrett will have a headache in adjusting his system with his star back but expect the Cowboys to run more pass plays to pile up Prescott’s fantasy points and add catches to the likes of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Expect Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris to go up in fantasy value as they will be promoted to RB1 and RB2 for the Cowboys for the first six games of the season. The carries will be divided, that’s for sure, but with an O-line as great as the Cowboys’, who knows what can happen. Just two years ago, McFadden was a top 10 running back for rushing yards so you can draft him up in fantasy as your backup. Do not expect Elliott-like stats but serviceable running backs who can get a decent amount of touches and yards, which could be the difference between the championship or an L.
Similar to Tom Brady, Elliott will get the same treatment as the Super Bowl MVP got last season. He missed the first four games of the season and returned as if nothing happened with 28 TDs and only 2 INTs to his name. Though four games to six is certainly a big gap, this certainly shows that a player can still recover from a suspension as grave as this and still put up the points.
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