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Ezekiel Elliott or David Johnson

 
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  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
 
 
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  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. NYG vs. DET
Week 2 at WAS at BAL
Week 3 vs. MIA vs. CAR
Week 4 at NO vs. SEA
Week 5 vs. GB at CIN
Week 6 at NYJ vs. ATL
Week 7 vs. PHI at NYG
Week 8BYE WEEK at NO
Week 9 at NYG vs. SF
Week 10 vs. MIN at TB
Week 11 at DET at SF
Week 12 at NEBYE WEEK
Week 13 vs. BUF vs. LAR
Week 14 at CHI vs. PIT
Week 15 vs. LAR vs. CLE
Week 16 at PHI at SEA
Week 17 vs. WAS at LAR
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts288.5247.9
Rush Yards1,278.0994.9
Rush TDs8.87.4
   
Receiving
   
Receptions65.860.8
Rec Yards505.5576.1
Rec TDs2.63.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points242.6215.5
   
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
2018 Points 
Week 114.612.7
Week 214.75.1
Week 311.812.1
Week 430.015.2
Week 58.419.1
Week 617.711.0
Week 74.27.0
Week 810.0
Week 911.2
Week 1030.730.3
Week 1126.115.4
Week 1220.37.9
Week 1319.67.2
Week 1419.26.1
Week 1512.816.1
Week 1610.912.7
Week 178.8
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
2018 Targets 
Week 149
Week 262
Week 384
Week 444
Week 573
Week 615
Week 763
Week 84
Week 95
Week 1079
Week 1183
Week 1263
Week 1362
Week 141310
Week 1586
Week 1665
Week 174
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
David Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Expert 
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
The holdouts with Zeke and Melvin continue. As such, I'll continue to move them down as long as they don't report. 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
If/when he ends holdout, he's the safest justifiable top choice on the board - 12+ PPR FAN PTS in 37 of 40 career games - no non-QB in past 20 years has more in 1st 40 games of a careerAir Raid system of new HC Kingsbury leans heavily to the pass and history of RBs under him is concerning for DJ, but Kingsbury will likely have to conform a bit to NFL and DJ has no competition concerns
Kevin Wheeler
DraftWize
 Kingsbury himself said Johnson will see an "extensive" role that could involve as many as 35 carries or 10 catches in a given game, which could return DJ to his fantasy glory days of 2016. Last season, he got a touch on 34% of plays, but the Cardinals ranked 31st in plays per game with only 56.4. In 2016, Johnson touched the ball at the same rate for a squad that ranked second with 67.9 plays per game, and the result was a league-leading 373 touches and the best fantasy running back season of the past half-decade. @ChrisRaybon
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Elliott is obviously one of the most dynamic running backs in the league, and he took it to another level last year when he got much more involved in the passing game. Without any issues hanging over his head, he's certainly in the discussion for the top selection in any fantasy draft. But, as always, there are issues with Elliott, this time a contract dispute which has prevented him from attending camp. Despite some cap issues, this situation seems likely to be resolved, as Jerry Jones knows all too well from his days with Emmitt Smith the pain of an elite running back holding out. Until we get closer to the start of the season and there are real rumblings of a holdout, continue to keep Elliott near the top of your draft board. He'll likely come in with a new contract and another top-notch season.The Cardinals offense was a disaster last season, and although Johnson saw plenty of work and put up enough fantasy points to be relevant, his production from recent years went down significantly. But all of that should be just a bad memory now, with the addition of Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray. Kingsbury's system doesn't focus all that much on passes to running backs, but given Johnson's talent level, he should make up for it elsewhere. Expect an elite season, albeit perhaps one that falls short of his 2016 level.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards last year and he should be an elite fantasy running back again in 2019. The only issue is that if his holdout spills into the regular season, it could cost him some games and hurt his fantasy value.Johnson was the victim of having a bad coaching staff and supporting cast, hopefully their offensive system will help utilize his special talents. He is a low-end RB1 that should benefit playing with rookie QB Kyler Murray in a fast paced offense.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
All about if he returns. 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Zeke is the biggest risk in the top four but if he plays, he is the best bet to finish #1. He is a durable workhorse behind one of the best offensive lines in football, plus we can expect mostly positive game scripts. Over his career, Zeke averages 2099 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns per 16 games.Now that Melvin Gordon is claiming he will hold out, Johnson is the clear RB5 and will most likely be the 5th pick off the board in most drafts ahead of Hopkins. He was not as good last year, in part because of the offensive line but primarily because the Cardinals ran so few plays. That should change this year under Kingsbury so don't hesitate because of his numbers last season.
Rich Piazza
Fantasy Shed
Elliot is going to continue to slide down my board as we get deeper into August without the star running back in camp. Ultimately, a deal should get done, but until then there is certainly a great deal of risk involved drafting him in the first round. 
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
The only reason I have Zeke ranked as low as I do is because of holdout concerns. The latest reports indicate that the two parties aren't very close on a deal. I'm still surprised Zeke is holding out. He has two years left on his contract, so he doesn't gain all that much by missing time. Regardless, if he hasn't signed or reported by the time your draft rolls around, I don't see how you can feel good about drafting him. If he does sign, then he'll return to my top 3.I have a higher ranking and projection on DJ than most people do. My argument is simple, last season was the absolute worst case scenerio for DJ. His team struggled to score TD's, his QB played terrible, and his offensive coordinator was pathetic at play calling. Despite all of this...he was able to finish as the RB 10 in half PPR leagues. This season the offense should take a complete 180. They have a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury that wants to lead the league in plays run, and they have the first overall pick in Kyler Murray, who's a massive upgrade from Josh Rosen. In 2018 the Cardinals were dead last with just 14.1 points per game, and they ran the second fewest plays per game. At the very least, they are going to improve apon thos numbers...and that's great news for DJ. I cannot stress enough how massive of a boost it would be going from just 56 plays per game, up to 70 per game. Not to mention the fact that they might actually be in the red zone for a few of those plays. Draft DJ with confidence.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
If you wanted to select Elliott at No. 1 overall, you shouldn't feel guilty or bad about it. In fact, he should probably be the favorite to finish as the top running back considering the lack of competence in the Giants offense. Elliott has played 40 regular season games in his career and delivered RB2 or better numbers in 92.5 percent of those games, which is actually better than Le'Veon Bell's 91.9 percent. Elliott is as safe as they come, provided he doesn't hold out. If he's not signed by the second week of the preseason, he's going to fall in the rankings.Now that Steve Wilks is out of town, maybe we'll get back to the normally scheduled programming with Johnson. The air-raid offense that new coach Kliff Kingsbury figures to bring to the Cardinals should give Johnson a lot more work in the passing game. While at Texas Tech, Kingsbury passed the ball on 65 percent of their plays. By comparison, there were just two teams in the NFL who hit that number in 2018. With Kyler Murray presenting elusiveness, it should only help create lanes for Johnson, even if his offensive line is still weak
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
The Cowboys are making strides to make their offense more dynamic in 2019 by promoting Kellen Moore to OC. Zeke's the centerpiece of this Cowboys offense and he's always going to be in contention to push the 300 carry mark each season, but will the Cowboys' efforts mean even more scoring opportunities for Zeke in 2019? There's a world where we could look back at the end of the season and be talking about Elliot as the RB1 over Barkley.David Johnson fell into fantasy football hell last season with Mike McCoy as the OC in Arizona. Now, Kliff Kingsbury is in town with Kyler Murray and DJ is going to be leaned on heavily in this offense. The running lanes should be there with defenses regularly on their heels and DJ is going to soak up targets in this pass heavy offense. It simply comes down a question of Touchdowns...is this offense going to be explosive enough in year one with a rookie QB that David Johnson will get the scoring opportunities needed to be a top-tier RB? If you believe the answer is yes, then you should be all in on DJ at his ADP.