Show Navigation
Show Menu
FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS

Elliott and Cowboys part ways

By Jared Smola | Updated on Thu, 13 Jul 2023, 2:27 PM EDT
Ezekiel Elliott Headshot

The Cowboys have decided to release long-time former Pro Bowl RB Ezekiel Elliott after seven seasons spent with the franchise. This move will save the Cowboys $10.9 million in cap space. Elliott entered the league in 2016 and immediately led the league in rushing yards (1,631) as a rookie. For as good as the affectionately nicknamed Zeke has been as a pro, his production has seen a precipitous dropoff over time. 2022 saw Zeke post career lows in rushing yards per game (58.4), total touches (248), and PPR fantasy PPG (12.4). It's certainly feasible that Elliott can latch on somewhere as the hammer in a committee, but it's tough to imagine he'll have much of a market entering his age-28 season. This move does, however, free up RB Tony Pollard to take on the lead role in the Cowboys' backfield. The soon-to-be fifth-year back averaged 15.6 PPG en route to an RB8 overall finish in PPR in 2022. Whispers of the Cowboys' interest in Texas RB Bijan Robinson might put a damper on the prospective upside of Pollard. However, if the franchise opts to pair Pollard with another RB of lesser acclaim, he should have a highly productive season in 2023 and find himself well within the RB1 conversation. The absence of Elliott is now one hurdle cleared for Pollard, the RB16 in our dynasty rankings.

Jared Smola Author Image
Jared Smola, Lead Analyst
Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He’s now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.
Ranking Week 17 Matchups for 2024 Best Ball Game Stacks

Ranking Week 17 Matchups for 2024 Best Ball Game Stacks

8:12am EDT 6/14/24

Which Week 17 matchups should you target for game stacks in 2024 best ball tournaments? And how much should you care about stacking Week 15 and 16 games?

Read More »
Best Fantasy Football Draft Board & Tools

Best Fantasy Football Draft Board & Tools

4:02pm EDT 6/12/24

Got a fantasy football draft coming up? You might want to know about this powerful cheat sheet. Plus a bunch more tools to help you win. (Updated 2023)

Read More »
Dynasty Rookie Sleepers for 2024

Dynasty Rookie Sleepers for 2024

2:24pm EDT 6/4/24

Can Giants fifth-round pick Tyrone Tracy become one of the high-impact dynasty rookie sleepers from this class? He leads a list of late-draft targets for your dynasty league.

Read More »
Top IDP Rookies for 2024

Top IDP Rookies for 2024

8:02pm EDT 5/31/24

The Draft Sharks 3D+ Value system puts these 12 top IDP rookies atop the 2024 class. Find out why you should target them ... and who you should avoid.

Read More »
Compare Plans » Compare Plans »

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play