Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

Height: 6' Weight: 225 lbsAge: 22College: Ohio StateDrafted: #4 (1st Rd. by Dallas)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
9th easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #23
Best / Worst #3 / #62
ADP #7


Ezekiel Elliott files appeal of suspension

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has officially filed the appeal of his six-game suspension with the NFL Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact

As expected, Elliott filed the appeal of his six-game ban he received for violating the league's personal conduct policy Tuesday. Per league rules, a "date for Elliott's appeal hearing must come no later than 10 business days of the appeal's filing." If his suspension is upheld, he would be eligible to return to in-game action in Week 8 of the 2017 regular season. However, per reports, Elliott is willing to take this to court, a la, Tom Brady and Deflategate. In that scenario, there is a chance Elliott would be able to play the upcoming season in its entirety as his case could linger into the offseason.

Ezekiel Elliott's bar room brawl investigation closed

Pro Football Talk is reporting the NFL has closed its most recent investigation on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Fantasy Impact

The NFL's investigation into Elliott's most recent incident, a bar room brawl at a Dallas night club on July 16, has been closed. The league could not find any reason to discipline the troubled rusher with the evidence presented to them. This is good news for Elliott as he is facing a potential banishment from the league. Currently, Elliott is suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season. However, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, this battle could be taken into the courts, a la Deflategate, and could drag out for a "long time," which means Elliott could be available for the upcoming campaign in its entirety. This situation appears far from over.

Ezekiel Elliott to appeal six-game ban

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will appeal his six-game suspension.

Fantasy Impact

Elliott's appeal of his six-game ban within the three business day deadline is no surprise. Per a statement from his representatives, "the NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence." A report via Yahoo's Charles Robinson is suggesting that "Elliott is willing to take this whole suspension appeal through courts if he has to," which could cause this ordeal to "drag out for a long time." Until there is greater clarity on the matter, Elliott is considered a fantasy risk if he is selected within the first two rounds of upcoming drafts, which is not recommended at this time. If his current six-game ban is executed at the start of the 2017 season, Elliott could be available in the third round or later.

Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL on Friday.

Fantasy Impact

Schefter is adding that Elliott is fully expected to appeal his six-game ban. He has three business days to do so. This is a tremendous blow to the Cowboys and Elliott's fantasy owners alike. Once regarded a top three pick across all fantasy formats, Elliott's fantasy value will take a hit in the wake of his ban. Expect his ADP to fall into the mid-to-late second round or later, especially if he loses his presumed appeal. Also expect Darren McFadden to enter the 2017 season as the Cowboys' RB1, but Alfred Morris could also see significant work as well. The Cowboys' once clear-cut backfield is now a question mark.

Ezekiel Elliott 'expected' to be suspended

Pro Football Talk is reporting the NFL is "expected" to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. A decision could be announced as soon as Friday.

Fantasy Impact

Breaking Thursday night, Pro Football Talk is reporting it's almost inevitable that Elliott will serve a ban in 2017. How much, remains a mystery. Per a league source, a suspension is "definite." Whether it's announced on Friday, or the decision is held back again, it doesn't look good for Elliott, the Cowboys or his fantasy owners. Elliott's fantasy value will almost certainly be affected depending on the ultimate length of the presumed ban. Once regarded as one of the top three picks of fantasy drafts across all formats, Elliott could fall to the mid-to-late first round for a two game suspension, and could even drop into the early second, a la Le'Veon Bell in years past, if it is longer.