Ezekiel Elliott Fantasy Football News 2019

ESPN's Ed Werder considers it "likely" that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott reports to the team before Week 1. Werder guesses that'll happen between the preseason finale and the regular season opener. This sounded more like an opinion than a report. But Werder remains 1 of the industry's most plugged-in reporters, so the opinion carries plenty of weight. Zeke carries elevated risk in fantasy drafts until he actually shows up. But we're willing to gamble on him at any point from pick #4 on.

A source tells ESPN's Josina Anderson that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's holdout is "not likely" to last into the regular season. Anderson hears that Zeke won't play without a new contract but that owner Jerry Jones wants to get a deal done before Week 1. Of course, "not likely" doesn't mean there's no chance Elliott misses games. Until he reports to the team -- presumably with a new contract in hand -- he carries elevated risk in fantasy drafts.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott remains away from the team and in Cabo. But at least he's training. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Elliott has been working out at the Diamante Resort with his trainers and doctors. That's the same place Zeke trained when he was serving his 6-game suspension in 2017. He returned from that time off to rack up 259 total yards over the season's final 2 games.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott boarded a flight to Cabo on Monday, according to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. It doesn't sound like Zeke is planning to report to training camp any time soon. Insider Mike Fisher adds that the 2 sides "aren't yet close" on agreeing to a new contract. The important date here is August 6. Holding out past then would mean Elliott forfeiting an accrued season toward free agency. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one. If you're drafting in the meantime, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and even Alvin Kamara are certainly safer picks.

Pro Football Talk hears that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott "has privately said" that he'll hold out of training camp absent a new contract. Zeke has made no public mention of a hold out. He still has 2 years left on his rookie deal, with salaries of $3.85 million this season and $9.09 million next. The problem for Elliott is that Dallas figures to prioritize re-signing QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, who are both entering their final seasons under contract. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, meanwhile, hears that Elliott might ultimately show up to camp if he feels the Cowboys "are making a serious push to get an extension worked." We'll see where this goes over the next couple of weeks. We're not adjusting our projections for Elliott right now, but consider Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara safer picks at the top of drafts.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo hears that a suspension is not expected for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott after Tuesday's meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell about an incident with a security guard at a Vegas music festival back in May. Garafolo described the meeting as more of a "warning" to Elliott, who's been no stranger to off-field drama. We're keeping Zeke at 16 games in our projections -- and he remains a top 2 pick across fantasy formats.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss Elliott's confrontation with a security guard at a Las Vegas music festival in May, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Elliott wasn't arrested or charged for the incident, but that doesn't preclude the league from handing down discipline. Elliott, of course, was previously handed a 6-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. The Las Vegas incident doesn't seem like something that warrants a suspension -- but you never know with Goodell. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore has been promoted to OC and will call plays in 2019, HC Jason Garrett said over the weekend. “I said to everybody, ‘I want those new ideas. I want them thought through far. And if they are not being implemented call me.’ But let’s get in there and do the kinds of things to get the most out of a very talented roster," owner Jerry Jones said. "Kellen has the skill and the right attitude and style to make this work.” This is a huge step for a guy who was a player just 2 years ago. Moore's play-calling ability will be a legitimate question mark heading into 2019.

The Cowboys have fired OC Scott Linehan. Dallas finished better than 14th in total yards or points in just 1 of Linehan's 4 seasons. And the offense took a big step back in 2018, ranking 22nd in both yards and points. We'll see who the 'Boys tab as Linehan's replacement. They have a young core in place with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially inactive for today's game against the Giants. QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are active, but don't bank on either guy playing much.

NFL Network's Jane Slater reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is not expected to play in today's meaningless finale against the Giants. RG Zack Martin won't play, either. And we're not expecting to see QB Dak Prescott or WR Amari Cooper. Per Slater, RBs Rod Smith and Darius Jackson will "split reps" in place of Zeke.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that his team will go "all out" in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Giants. Dallas is locked into the NFC's #4 seed, so we'd be surprised if guys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper played much, if at all. In a meaningless 2016 Week 17 game, Elliott didn't play at all and Dak Prescott played just 15 snaps.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee but should be a full-go for Sunday night’s game against the Texans. Keep Zeke locked into fantasy lineups.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee, ankle) practiced on Wednesday and said he's "good" for this weekend's game against the Texans. “This is the freshest I felt after any Wednesday practice I’ve had,” Zeke added. He's reportedly dealing with a sore ankle and bursitis in his knee, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Keep Elliott glued into fantasy lineups.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that RB Ezekiel Elliott is dealing with "an ankle injury and bursitis in his knee." It's unclear when the injuries occurred, but Zeke played 77% of the offensive snaps and ripped off 240 total yards in Sunday's win over the Lions. We'll monitor his practice participation this week, but he should be fine for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been splitting out wide in camp, according to insider David Moore. It's all part of Dallas' plan to increase Elliott's role in the passing game. "I mean, yeah, they're asking me to do a little more, a couple of different things," Elliott confirmed. "But it's just kind of developing myself more as a route runner. In the past, I really wasn't asked to run as many complex routes but now I have a couple of more routes to add to my route tree. ... I think it's just an opportunity to elevate my game, an opportunity to show that I can do more." Elliott has averaged a massive 22.6 carries per game through 2 NFL seasons but a relatively modest 2.3 catches. There's room for that number to grow significantly in 2018, especially with the 219 targets left behind by Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown expects Ezekiel Elliott to play a bigger pass-catching role this season. "Now we don't have [as many proven pass-catching threats], so now obviously we're going to lean a little bit more on him," Brown said. "... We're going to get Zeke in some situations where he can catch the ball out of the backfield and make things happen as well." Elliott has seen a relatively modest 77 targets through 2 NFL seasons, but he's averaged a big 10.9 yards per catch. He's deserving of a bigger role in the passing game, and there are 242 targets up for grabs in Dallas with the departures of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Brice Butler. Already a threat to lead the league in rushing, Zeke could push to lead all RBs in fantasy points with a boost in receiving production.

 
 
 

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