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  Ezekiel Elliott
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  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 at CAR at CLE
Week 2 vs. NYG vs. KC
Week 3 at SEA at TB
Week 4 vs. DET vs. BAL
Week 5 at HOU vs. ATL
Week 6 vs. JAC at CIN
Week 7 at WASBYE WEEK
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. CLE
Week 9 vs. TEN at BAL
Week 10 at PHI vs. CAR
Week 11 at ATL at JAC
Week 12 vs. WAS at DEN
Week 13 vs. NO vs. LAC
Week 14 vs. PHI at OAK
Week 15 at IND vs. NE
Week 16 vs. TB at NO
Week 17 at NYG vs. CIN
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts316.4257.5
Rush Yards1,417.21,149.2
Rush TDs10.78.6
   
Receiving
   
Receptions42.772.4
Rec Yards378.6593.9
Rec TDs1.92.6
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points251.6237.2
   
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Points 
Week 114.04.7
Week 22.29.1
Week 315.415.8
Week 425.930.6
Week 513.29.3
Week 625.1
Week 739.919.2
Week 825.412.1
Week 915.3
Week 1011.2
Week 1110.3
Week 1216.3
Week 1324.2
Week 1430.5
Week 1522.5
Week 1611.815.7
Week 1714.1
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Targets 
Week 156
Week 254
Week 347
Week 456
Week 5210
Week 66
Week 733
Week 823
Week 90
Week 106
Week 1111
Week 1214
Week 136
Week 1410
Week 156
Week 1678
Week 175
  Ezekiel Elliott
RB - DAL
Ezekiel Elliott
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Expert 
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Elliott missed six games with suspension in 2017, but when he played, he averaged 17.9 fantasy points per game. He finished 17 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season, despite playing only 10 games. He is an elite fantasy option entering his 3rd season. Bell was given the franchise tag and he averaged 17.4 fantasy points per game last year playing under the tag. He is a duel-threat runner and receiver that can dominate fantasy games. He is a bit of a risk with the holdout, but he still needs to be taken in the 1st round and handcuffed with RB James Conner.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
If talk of increased usage in passing game comes to fruition, EzE will give Gurley and Bell a run for their money, but tenuous health of O-line standouts Frederick (neck) and Martin (knee) is concerningTime keeps on slipping, slipping into the future, and still we wait for Bell to report to the Steelers. His O-line has started speaking out against him, rumors of a holdout until Week 10 are gaining steam ... lots of question marks, the kind that you don't want hanging over your Rd. 1 pick
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
It would be an upset if anyone besides Elliott leads the league in rushes this year. He fielded 242 carries in 10 games, consistently shouldering the burden with 20-plus handoffs for at least 80 yards in all but one contest. Dak Prescott could also lean on his bruising back more in the passing game after losing Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, making Elliott one of the first round's safest investment.The league's truest featured back, Bell played a whopping 945 snaps last season. No other rusher recorded 800. He parlayed a gargantuan 406 touches into 1,946 yards and 11 TDs in 15 games. That weighty workload put him firmly in the No. 1-pick conversation, but he should drop in last-minute drafts because of an ongoing holdout that could reportedly span well into the season.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The good news is that the Cowboys offensive line has been replenished in both free agency and the draft. The bad news is that there's little talent surrounding Elliott, which could prove to make life difficult on him. While Dez Bryant and Jason Witten weren't in their primes, they demanded attention from opposing defensive coordinators. Unfortunately, Terrance Williams and Allen Hurns don't. Elliott will get all the work he can handle, which is important but just how efficient can he be?Despite having a less-successful year than his 2016 campaign, Bell still finished No. 2 among fantasy running backs. His contract dispute is not going away any time soon, which moves him down under Todd Gurley due to safety. We fully expect Bell to suit-up when the lights come on in Week 1, but there's always a chance he doesn't. Another added risk is that he'll have a new offensive coordinator in 2018, though Randy Fichtner doesn't appear to be shy running a fast-paced offense. Update: It appears that Bell may not report to the team like he initially said, as his agent was interviewed on Sirius XM radio and said it's possible that Bell holds out until Week 10 to take less of a toll on his body before free agency. If you draft him, you absolutely need to reach for James Connor in the top eight rounds.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
Four starting offensive linemen are currently battling injury for the Cowboys as Pro Bowl C Travis Frederick (Guillain-Barré syndrome), LT Tyron Smith (hamstring), and RG Zack Martin (knee) have all been out or limited in camp over the last week. Martin has stayed insistent he'll be ready for Week 1, but the core of Dallas' offense is certainly shaky heading into the team's season opener versus the Panthers. @DMN_George After only playing a very distracted 10 games last year Zeke still ended up being the third best RB in PPR ppg. I think Zeke will be playing with a chip on his shoulder and fresh legs. I hate the Cowboys, but Zeke is gonna EAT!!! (If the O-line can get healthy again, but it doesn't look good)"To all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I'm sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date..." @LeVeonBell 400+ touches last year, regression in production is most likely scenario.
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Stacked boxes against an injury ravaged O-Line causes slip in rankingsHoldout threat looms but remains a top three pick
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Despite missing six games last year, Zeke managed to still be a top 10 running back. Believe it or not, he scored more standard league points per game than even Le'Veon Bell. So long as he is able to stay healthy, we are looking at one of the top five assets in fantasy football once again.The sentiment for drafting Bell first overall is fair and understandable, but he is substantially more injury prone than Gurley, dealing with a potential holdout and finished more than 60 points behind him last fantasy season too. He comes with more risk than I'd recommend with a top two pick in fantasy drafts.
Staff Rankings
QB List
That six-game suspension last year hung over Elliott's draft status like a massive specter, and it ended up coming at an awful time during Weeks 10-15. Still, Elliott was excellent last year, as you would expect, finishing the year with an 11.9% DVOA (good for eighth-best in the league) and he's got a full season ahead of him behind one of the best offensive lines in football (who got even better by drafting Connor Williams). If the Cowboys offensive line has one weakness, it's that their relatively mediocre in second-level and open field yards, but that's a minor complaint. Expect Elliott to have an excellent year this year, especially in non-PPR leagues.I know a lot of people would put Todd Gurley here and I wouldn't blame them at all. But I tend to be risk-averse in fantasy, and I think some regression is coming for Gurley, which is why I'm more inclined to roll with a high-floor guy like Bell. I'm not worried about Bell sitting out training camp, he did the same thing last year and he was amazing, posting 1,315 yards and a solid 7.9% DVOA along with that. Not only that, but Bell is on the last year of his contract, and I'm betting he doesn't negotiate an extension. As a result, I bet the Steelers run him as hard as they can, and the more times Bell has the ball in his hands, the better for fantasy players.
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Elliott put up top-10 fantasy numbers in only 10 games last season. An expected increase in receptions will allow Zeke to give Gurley a run for his money as fantasy football's top player. This is likely to be Bell's last season in Pittsburgh, so expect the Steelers to give him all the touches he can handle, making Bell a candidate for the No. 1 PPR scorer of 2018.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Zeke should make up for last year's suspension with a monster year.Contract talks are annoying, so I'm dropping Bell slightly, but he's still a top 5 lock as long as he doesn't sit games out
Andrew Erickson
Gridiron Experts
Similar to DJ, Elliot has no competition. A lot of distractions from last year, but now that has been put behind him. In PPR leagues Elliot ranked 3rd in PPG, 2nd in standard, and 3rd in half point out of the RB group. Improving as a pass-catcher. Not as great as a receiver as DJ, but I think we see more of him in the passing game with the lack of weapons in Big D.Sitting out OTAs gonna be fresh for the season. The Steelers probably won't re-sign him so I think that they are gonna drive him into the ground. 61 red zone rushinhg attempts in 2017 2nd most in the league. 107 passing targets 2nd most of any RB, 2nd most on team. Tied for most in red-zone passing targets at the RB spot with Kamara.