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Ezekiel Elliott or James Conner

 
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  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
 
 
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Avg Projection242.6213.7-
    
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  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. NYG at NE
Week 2 at WAS vs. SEA
Week 3 vs. MIA at SF
Week 4 at NO vs. CIN
Week 5 vs. GB vs. BAL
Week 6 at NYJ at LAC
Week 7 vs. PHIBYE WEEK
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. MIA
Week 9 at NYG vs. IND
Week 10 vs. MIN vs. LAR
Week 11 at DET at CLE
Week 12 at NE at CIN
Week 13 vs. BUF vs. CLE
Week 14 at CHI at ARI
Week 15 vs. LAR vs. BUF
Week 16 at PHI at NYJ
Week 17 vs. WAS at BAL
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts288.5231.2
Rush Yards1,278.01,047.5
Rush TDs8.89.8
   
Receiving
   
Receptions65.854.3
Rec Yards505.5443.9
Rec TDs2.61.6
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points242.6213.7
   
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
2018 Points 
Week 114.629.2
Week 214.714.5
Week 311.89.5
Week 430.06.4
Week 58.430.5
Week 617.724.9
Week 74.2
Week 833.2
Week 911.222.3
Week 1030.713.3
Week 1126.14.9
Week 1220.37.5
Week 1319.619.4
Week 1419.2
Week 1512.8
Week 1610.9
Week 179.4
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
2018 Targets 
Week 146
Week 265
Week 386
Week 447
Week 574
Week 617
Week 76
Week 86
Week 959
Week 1071
Week 1189
Week 1264
Week 1364
Week 1413
Week 158
Week 166
Week 173
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
RB - PIT
James Conner
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 careerWas No. 8 RB in half-PPR PPG and even though I think he'll lose a few more touches to backup J. Samuels this time around, there'll likely be a few more touches to share with WR A. Brown gone
Kevin Wheeler
DraftWize
 In 2018 Conner had 13 total TDs, 55 receptions, nearly 1,000 rushing yards, and nearly 500 receiving yards, 22 carries+targets per games - and 34% of his carries came against 8+ in the box. @JeffHaseley
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. 
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.Conner should be the lead back in Pittsburgh in 2019 and as long as he can stay healthy, he should have RB1 value behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
All about if he returns.Despite missing 3 games last season, Conner ended with 973/12 rushing and 55/497/1 receiving. The Pittsburgh Steelers RB is THE perennial RB you want to own. Don't buy into the Samuels/Snell noise. Even Rashard Mendenhall had back to back years with over 1350 total scrimmage yards and at least 8 TDs. Conner is much better.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 Conner will be a workhorse this season. A Steelers workhorse is someone you want. Please don't overthink this.
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.Through 10 games last year, Conner was a top-tier fantasy back before slowing down and suffering an injury toward the end of the year. He still has that type of potential, of course, with this Steelers offense but there are talks of the workload being split with Jaylen Samuels or Benny Snell which should keep Conner out of the first round of your fantasy drafts.
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.Conner averaged 19.6 half PPR points per game last season. It's worth noting that he averaged 23.5 points per game over his first 8 weeks, then just 12.8 points per game over his final 5. He also had 5 100+ yard rushing performances in those first 8 weeks, then exactly zero games over 65 rushing yards over the last 5 weeks. Part of this was likely due to injuries, but part is also the varience of TD's. He scored 10 TD's over those first 8 weeks, then 3 over his final 5. The 13 total TD's in 13 games is going to regress, and he's now likely to see less of an opportunity share with the emergence of Jaylen Samuels. Furthermore, the offense as a whole is likely to regress in the post AB era. They were 4th in both plays per game and TD's per game last season, both of which are likely to drop this season. Conner isn't a bad pick, there are just so many other good picks
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.When Conner wore down at the end of the 2018 season, did the Steelers get a bit worried? They reached for Benny Snell in the fourth-round of the draft, highlighting they clearly felt running back depth was a need. With Antonio Brown and Jesse James gone, there are over 200 targets that have vacated the team, so it's possible Conner can build upon his strong 2018 season. The slight risk of a timeshare knocks him down into the second round, though he's got top-six upside
Sean Koerner
The Action Network
 benefits from chaotic 2nd half of RB1 Tier
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.Conner undoubtedly has the talent to be the workhorse back in Pittsburgh, but seems destined to have Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell eat into the workload. There's still going to be plenty of work going Conner's way and he should be a steady fantasy contributor week in and week out.