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.
Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will get "most of the reps" in Sunday's finale against the Eagles. Dallas has nothing to gain in that one and no reason to risk injury to RB Ezekiel Elliott. We're not expecting anything more than 10 touches for Zeke, making him a low-end fantasy option. McFadden could get 15+ totes in what figures to be a run-heavy game for the 'Boys.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder that he won't rest starters in tonight's game against the Lions. Dallas has clinched the NFC's #1 seed and could limit or hold out some guys in the regular-season finale. But doing so tonight would mean 3 weeks off between games. QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all safe to use in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
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 Ellliott ran for 107 yards in 24 carries in Sunday night's loss to the Giants. That snapped a 3-game streak of less than 100 yards and marked just his 2nd triple-digit line among the past 7 games. Of course, Elliott surpassed 90 yards in 5 of 6 games before Sunday night and reached 86 yards in the other. He hasn't been a problem for any of his fantasy football owners.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that RB Ezekiel Elliott's 2 fumbles last weekend won't impact his workload going forward. "He's a big man and he carries it properly," Jones said of the guy he spent the 4th overall pick on this spring. "He does a good job of finishing, which means he's trying to give the tacklers more than he's getting in terms of how you absorb hits. All of that makes him a sound ball carrier fumbling wise." Elliott has tallied 21 and 23 touches, respectively, in his first 2 NFL games. He's a good bet for another 20+ against a banged-up Bears defense this weekend.
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 insider Bryan Broaddus believes RB Ezekiel Elliott is still "not in football shape." That makes some sense considering he missed a couple of weeks of camp with a hamstring injury. Zeke looked just fine in his preseason debut on Thursday night, though, carrying 7 times for 48 yards. Broaddus says the rookie "can play better." That's a scary thought for opposing defenses. Elliott has the potential to lead all RBs in fantasy points.
The Cowboys are hoping to get RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) on the field for their 3rd preseason game. "It looks good right now," VP Stephen Jones said. "Obviously that's the goal." Elliott has missed Dallas' first 2 exhibitions after injuring his hammy early in camp. We'd love to see him get some run in the 3rd, but the fact that the Cowboys are even considering playing Elliott means he'll be a full-go for Week 1.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) returned to a "very limited" practice on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater. The team was cautious getting the rookie back on the field and will continue to play it safe with him now that he's practicing. Barring a setback, though, Elliott should be a full-go by the time Week 1 rolls around. His ADP has been holding steady near the bottom of Round 1.
ESPN's Stephania Bell spoke with Cowboys HC Jason Garrett about RB Ezekiel Elliott's hamstring strain. Garrett said the team is doing "what we do with all soft tissue injuries. Keep something that might only require a week or so to get better from turning into an injury that lasts four weeks or longer." Bell said that another player told her Elliott would be playing if this were the regular season. "Sounds like caution is the name of the game, especially in the preseason," Bell said. That's comforting for anyone looking to draft Elliott. It'll be more comforting when he returns to the field, though.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Rams. The rookie has been sidelined for the past 8 days. “He is making progress and again he falls into the category of soft tissue injuries that you have to be pretty deliberate with before you bring guys back,” HC Jason Garrett said. “That’s one of those injuries if you bring him back a day or two too soon all of a sudden you can have a six or seven week injury and we don’t want that for him or for anybody else on our team. He’ll continue to work on the side. He’s done a little bit more each day.” Elliott was reportedly expected to be sidelined "about a week." If his absence extends much beyond this weekend, we might move him down the RB rankings.
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.
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