Ezekiel Elliott Fantasy Football News 2017

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order from the Southern District of New York. It again prevents the NFL from imposing Elliott's 6-game suspension. This restraining order is good for no more than 14 days, so it makes Elliott eligible for Week 7 and potentially Week 8. His legal team will need to again make its case in front of a different judge on or before October 30. (Dallas' Week 8 game is on October 29.) So round and round we go. The simple takeaway: Elliott will play against the 49ers this Sunday. His status beyond that is completely up in the air. RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are still worth stashing on fantasy benches.

ProFootballTalk.com reports that the judge overseeing Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case has informed both the NFL and the NFLPA that Elliott remains eligible to play until the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on his petition for rehearing. It's uncertain how long it'll take for that decision. As usual, Elliott's status is as clear as mud.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's temporary injunction. So his 6-game suspension is reinstated ... for now. As always with this legal stuff, there's a counter-move. Elliott can re-file for a new injunction from the Southern District of New York. It's unclear how long that process will take. Zeke lucks out with a Week 6 bye, but it's certainly possible that he's ineligible when Dallas returns for Week 7. The situation is further complicated by the lack of a sure-fire handcuff. RB Darren McFadden ran with the starters during the preseason, but he's been a healthy scratch for each of the season's first 5 weeks. RB Alfred Morris, meanwhile, has carried 8 times for 87 yards. Both guys are worth stashing as we wait for the situation to hopefully sort itself out.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Thursday that RB Ezekiel Elliott bruised his ribs in last weekend's game against the Rams. Zeke didn't seem impacted by the injury in that one and put in a full practice on Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on this, but consider Elliott's fantasy stock unaffected for now.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's hearing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will take place on October 2, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is in regards to the NFL's move to block the current injunction that's currently allowing Elliott to play. So, at minimum, Elliott will be eligible for Weeks 3 and 4. It's unclear how long it'll take the court to come to a decision after hearing arguments on the 2nd. And, of course, the court could rule against the NFL's request for a stay. There's still some risk that Elliott is forced to serve his suspension this season, but the most likely outcome is that he's eligible for all 16 games.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be eligible for Sunday's game against the Broncos. The league has appealed the injunction that is allowing Elliott to play, but that process figures to take months. Zeke still has a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season.

The NFL has filed an appeal of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's injunction with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If the league wins that ruling, Elliott's suspension would go back into effect. It's unclear how long it'll take to get that ruling and what the odds are that the NFL wins. Stay tuned ...

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 granted a temporary restraining order, according to multiple sources. It means that he can play while his case against the NFL's suspension works its way through the court. It's uncertain exactly how long that will take, but most believe it won't be settled before the end of the season. Simply put: Elliott now seems likely to be eligible for all 16 games this season. Anyone who got him outside the front half of Round 1 got an absolute steal.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s 6-game suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Tuesday. He’s still eligible to play Week 1, while a source told Yahoo’s Charles Robinson that Zeke will fight his suspension “to victory or the complete exhaustion of his legal options.” We’ll share further developments when they become available.

Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that a decision on the temporary restraining order will come by 5 pm ET on Friday. That now pertains to Week 2 and beyond. If Elliott gets the restraining order, he'd stand a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season. If not, his suspension would begin in Week 2.

105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports that the NFL has said Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday. A source reportedly in the courtroom for Elliott's lawsuit said an NFL rep told the judge in that case that Elliott will play Week 1 even if Harold Henderson's decision comes down this week. An upheld suspension would then begin in Week 2. There will, of course, be more to come on this front -- and, let's hope, official word on the situation soon. But for now, fantasy owners can expect to have the Cowboys star available for Week 1.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and his legal team have filed a temporary restraining order, calling for the courts to block his 6-game suspension from the NFL. The team believes there are "serious flaws" in the NFL's case. We're still waiting for arbitrator Harold Henderson's ruling on Elliott's appeal. If Henderson upholds the ban, the court will then decide whether to stay the suspension while it reviews the case. If it does, Elliott would be allowed to play while the case works its way through the legal system. If this all sounds familiar, it's because it's the same action that allowed Patriots QB Tom Brady to play the entire 2015 season, despite a 4-game suspension from the league. Brady, of course, ended up serving the ban during the first 4 weeks of last season. There are still some hurdles for Elliott to clear, but his odds of being on the field for the opener against the Giants are improving. And there's a chance he's available for the entire season. There's also a chance that he's able to play early on but is then forced to serve the ban later on in the year. That'd be even more damaging to his fantasy value than missing the first 6 games.

The NFLPA believes it has a good case against Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension based on "serious flaws" in the league's investigation, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations, reportedly testified during this week's appeal that she recommended no suspension for Zeke. Roberts was not part of the committee who made the final decision on discipline, though, and Commissioner Goodell obviously ignored her recommendation. "As a result, the union concluded that the process by which the NFL arrived at a six-game suspension for Elliott encountered significant flaws somewhere between the investigation itself and the ultimate decision to suspend," Graziano writes. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier on Thursday that arbitrator Harold Henderson is "under pressure" to make a decision on Elliott's appeal by Monday. If the suspension is upheld, Zeke could move to file an injunction. If granted, he'd be eligible to play while the case works its way through the courts. Elliott's situation is as murky as ever right now, putting fantasy owners in a tough spot. If you're drafting this weekend, you'll need to decide how much risk you want to take on Elliott as a potential 2nd- or 3rd-round pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Mike & Mike on Thursday morning that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension stands a good chance of being reduced. "More I hear and more people I talk to, the more I think there's a very real chance Zeke Elliott gets his suspension reduced," Schefter said. Elliott's appeal started Tuesday and has extended into Thursday. It's unclear when it'll be over -- or when arbitrator Harold Henderson will announce his decision. That puts fantasy drafters in a tough spot. A reduction to 4 games would move Elliott into 2nd-round consideration. Two games could make Zeke worth considering at the end of the 1st. Stay tuned ...

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott officially appealed his 6-game suspension on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The appeal will be heard on August 29. That's just 12 days before Dallas kicks off its season against the Giants. It remains plenty possible that this situation isn't resolved by that point. For now, though, fantasy owners need to proceed as if Elliott will be suspended for the first 6 games of the season.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden took all 19 snaps with the 1st-team offense in Saturday night's preseason game. He carried 6 times for 28 yards, but the usage is what's important. McFadden is clearly locked in as Dallas' #2 RB -- and the lead back during Ezekiel Elliott's suspension. The Cowboys face a tough rushing schedule over their first 6 games, but volume and supporting cast will make McFadden a solid fantasy starter.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's representatives confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that he'll appeal his 6-game suspension. "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence," the statement reads, in part. We've seen these appeals drag out, and Elliott would be allowed to play if it extends into the regular season. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. For now, though, we're still projecting Elliott to miss the first 6 games of the year.

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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the "benchmark" for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is 6 games. "Could be fewer," Rapoport adds. 6 games is certainly more than we've been expecting -- and would be harsh for a guy who hasn't actually been charged with any crimes. It sounds like we'll get an official announcement from the league at some point today. If you're drafting in the meantime, consider Elliott no earlier than the late 2nd round.


Recent Analysis

Read All Analysis
Premium Content Week 7 DraftKings Advice

Play Jimmy Graham on DraftKings this week. Then surround him with some of these guys ...

13 hours ago Read More
Premium Content Buy/Sell/Hold Report #3

The latest Buy/Sell/Hold Report features big names in LeSean McCoy, Christian McCaffrey and Alshon Jeffery.

18 hours ago Read More
Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 6 Recap 10-16-17

Aaron Rodgers is down, Mark Ingram's up and Adrian Peterson's way up. What's it all mean?

2:10pm EDT 10/16/17 Read More
Premium Content Week 7 Free Agent Focus

What should we do after the latest development in the Ezekiel Elliott saga? And who are the surprise waiver wire pickups from the Week 6 action?

11:10pm EDT 10/15/17 Read More
Premium Content Week 7 IDP Free Agent Focus

Myles Garrett delivered again Sunday and belongs on a roster in every IDP league. Here are 9 other guys worth a look as well ...

10:10pm EDT 10/15/17 Read More
DFS Podcast: Week 6 DraftKings 10-13-17

Who are the cheap QB targets on DK this week? Is there revenge-game potential at WR? And is there anything to like beyond Rob Gronkowski at TE? Let's get some answers ...

3:10pm EDT 10/13/17 Read More
DFS Podcast: Week 6 FanDuel 10-13-17

Gronk's back! So do you need to play him? Who else should you make sure to get into DFS lineups ... or leave out because everyone else is using him?

1:10pm EDT 10/13/17 Read More

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play