Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Alfred Morris will serve as Ezekiel Elliott's backup tonight. He's not a fantasy option, of course. But it's now unclear who the Elliott handcuff is.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended 6 games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. He's expected to appeal the decision. We'll see how long a ruling on that takes, but we need to assume Elliott will miss the first 6 games of the season at this point. That obviously puts a massive dent in his fantasy value. We'll see what happens to his ADP, though. Zeke might still be worth a look if he starts dropping into the 3rd or even late 2nd round. RB Darren McFadden is the odds-on favorite to operate as Dallas' lead back while Elliott sits, although RB Alfred Morris could make a push over the next few weeks. We'll have a full breakdown of the fantasy impact of Elliott's suspension later today. For now, check out our updated projections for the Cowboys backfield.
The Cowboys have re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a 1-year deal. A fractured elbow limited him to just 3 games last year, but it looks like he'll get another shot at Dallas' backup job. The Cowboys are reportedly looking to trade RB Alfred Morris. While McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role and won't be a standalone fantasy option, he'll be 1 of the highest-upside handcuffs in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't expected to play more than 1-2 series in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. It's a smart move for a team with nothing to gain. Elliott only figures to see a handful of carries, making him a weak fantasy play. It's unclear exactly how the backfield touches will be divvied between Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar after Elliott exits.
Darren McFadden will be the Cowboys' #2 RB against the Bucs tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Alfred Morris might be inactive, with RB Lance Dunbar remaining in a pass-catching role. McFadden has been out since fracturing his elbow in June, but Morris has mustered just 3.8 yards per carry. McFadden is no threat to Ezekiel Elliott's workhorse role, but he's the handcuff to own now.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott didn't get back on the field after his 2nd fumble in Sunday's win over the Redskins. RB Alfred Morris played the final 6:56, carrying 3 times for 7 yards and the game-winning score. “Obviously you have to protect the football,” HC Jason Garrett said. “That’s line one in football, and certainly line one for a running back. He’ll learn from the experiences.” Elliott didn't have ball-security problems at Ohio State, coughing it up just 4 times on 650 total touches. This looks like just an early-career blip. Look for Dallas to go back to its rookie RB in Week 3.
The Cowboys have placed RB Darren McFadden on the non-football injury list because of the fractured elbow that kept him out through training camp and the preseason. That means McFadden will miss at least the 1st 6 games of the regular season. It also makes Alfred Morris the clear handcuff to RB Ezekiel Elliott if your fantasy football draft is still to come (or if Morris is sitting on your waiver wire).
The Cowboys have received trade inquiries for RB Darren McFadden but "really want to keep him," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dallas would probably deal McFadden if they're blown away by an offer. But the takeaway here is that he remains part of the team's 2016 plans. Alfred Morris has looked good this preseason and figures to open the season as the Cowboys' #2 RB. But McFadden -- once recovered from his broken elbow -- should also have a role. It's why we're not in love with Morris or McFadden as an Ezekiel Elliott handcuff.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will miss "some time" with a hamstring injury suffered on Tuesday, according to VP Stephen Jones. He refused to put an exact timetable on Elliott's return, but ESPN's Ed Werder hears that the rookie is expected to be sidelined "about a week." This sounds like a minor issue, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. With RB Darren McFadden (elbow) also sidelined, RB Alfred Morris will soak up 1st-team reps.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is "on schedule" to be ready for Week 1, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. A scan of the elbow he broke in June came back "good." The missed training camp and preseason time still gives Alfred Morris a shot to win the #2 RB job behind Ezekiel Elliott, though. Both Morris and McFadden are only worth considering in deep fantasy leagues.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden reportedly broke his elbow at home over Memorial Day weekend. He underwent surgery on Tuesday morning and is expected to be sidelined about 2 months. That'd put him back on the field in mid-August. McFadden was already a long shot to hold off rookie Ezekiel Elliott for the Week 1 starting job. This injury puts him in danger of losing the #2 job to Alfred Morris.
The Cowboys grabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a perfect marriage between elite prospect and elite offensive line. Elliott ripped off back-to-back 1,800-yard seasons at Ohio State as a true sophomore and junior. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 41 TDs and 55 receptions over that span. Elliott has plenty of speed and wiggle and is a tackle-breaking machine. He picked up over 1,000 yards after 1st contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Also considered 1 of the top blocking backs to enter the league in recent memory, Elliott is an NFL-ready, 3-down back who should immediately step into a workhorse role. Plus, he doesn’t even turn 21 until July, so there’s still plenty of room for growth. Elliott is the clear-cut #1 pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a potential 1st-rounder in redrafts. He’ll quickly zoom by Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris on Dallas’ depth chart.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Darren McFadden remains the team's starting RB, despite the addition of Alfred Morris. Jones added, though, that Morris will have a "substantive" role. This figures to be a fluid backfield throughout the summer and possibly the season. McFadden has the early edge based on his experience in the offense and last year's 1,000-yard season. But he also turns 29 in August and hasn't exactly been a model of good health. Morris, meanwhile, is only 27 but has seen his rush yards and yards per carry drop each season since his rookie campaign. Dallas also re-signed RB Lance Dunbar, who was busy in the passing game last year before tearing his ACL. We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield all offseason. There's fantasy value to be cultivated behind 1 of the best offensive lines in the league.
Adam Schefter reports that former Washington RB Alfred Morris will sign a 2-year deal with the Cowboys. After a terrific rookie season in both real and fantasy terms, Morris saw his rushing attempts, yards, TDs and yards per carry fall each of the past 3 years. That slipped to 3.7 yards per rush in 2015, when Morris couldn't keep the primary backfield job away from rookie Matt Jones (but also never totally lost it). We wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas also add a mid-round RB in the upcoming NFL Draft, likely a more dynamic player than Morris. But the veteran will give them a steady presence behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. Short of that, Morris will need to fend off and/or share the job with Darren McFadden, while Lance Dunbar remains a passing-game factor. The crowd might challenge Morris' volume and keep him in RB3 range for fantasy football, even if he leads the backfield in touches.
Washington RB Matt Jones (hip) is inactive for today's game against the Packers. That only further solidifies Alfred Morris as the lead back, while likely leaving more snaps for 3rd-down types Chris Thompson and Pierre Thomas.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that RB Matt Jones will be the "odd-man out" of the RB rotation if he doesn't get healthy quickly. The rookie missed the final 2 games of the regular season with a hip injury but put in a limited practice on Wednesday. We'll see how he progresses over the next couple of days, but he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups this weekend. Alfred Morris is the best bet in Washington's backfield.
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip) is inactive for today’s game against the Cowboys. It’s unclear how much RB Alfred Morris will play. RBs Chris Thompson and Pierre Thomas will handle mop-up duty. Avoid this backfield in fantasy lineups.
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. He won’t play. It’s unclear how much work RB Alfred Morris will get in the meaningless finale. Avoid the Washington backfield in fantasy lineups.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that "it’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time" and hinted at resting starters in Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys. “Number one, it’s the health of our football team with these injured guys who are legitimately injured and can’t play," he said. "Then, from there, we’ll have to figure out the able bodies that we have — personnel groupings will be adjusted — and then throughout the course of the game, we’ll make adjustments depending on the situation.” We're not expecting WR DeSean Jackson or TE Jordan Reed to play much, if at all, this weekend. QB Kirk Cousins, RBs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones and WR Pierre Garcon also seem unlikely to play the full game. Try to avoid Washington players in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
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