Player Outlook
Elliott will be one of the more polarizing running backs of the season. On one hand, he finished last year as the No. 7 running back in Fantasy, has never finished outside of the top 12, and has never missed more than two games in a season due to injury. On the other hand, Elliott looked miserable down the stretch, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and 3.7 yards per target over his final nine games. Tony Pollard certainly looked like the better back, but it's also true that Elliott played most of the second half with a torn PCL. The safest approach is to not draft Elliott before Round 4 and hope he bounces back. In Dynasty leagues, Elliott is terrifying because he's one injury away from having almost no value. If you aren't truly contending in 2022, Elliott should not be on your Dynasty roster.

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2022
2021 1002 4.23 10 1 47 287 2 20412
2020 979 4.01 6 5 52 338 2 17011.3
3y Avg. 1113 4.26 9 3 51 348 2 20712.9
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Fantasy News

  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Likely won't play in preseason

    Elliott isn't expected to suit up for any of the Cowboys' preseason games, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "This is my seventh year (in the NFL). I've seen a lot of football. I don't think I need a preseason game, especially with the joint practices (with the Broncos and Chargers)," Elliott said this week. The decision to hold Elliott out of exhibition action isn't a surprising one, especially considering he played through a knee injury most of last year. The 27-year-old appears to be fully healthy in camp and ready to rebound after posting a pedestrian 4.2 yards per carry and a career-low 58.9 rushing yards per game in 2021, but Zeke is only 62 touches short of 2,000 for his career and it's fair to wonder exactly how much tread he has left on his tires.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Still focal point of backfield

    Elliott will remain the clear lead back for the Cowboys even if Tony Pollard sees increased touches, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "[Zeke] has to be the focal point," owner/GM Jerry Jones said Saturday on the NFL Network. While this isn't a big surprise, it does seem to rule out the possibility of Elliott falling into a timeshare with Pollard, who has been more efficient and explosive with his touches over the last three seasons. In particular, Elliott's skills in pass protection would seem to ensure he'll retain a three-down role, while Pollard has seen reps as a slot receiver early in training camp as the Cowboys try to figure out ways to get the ball into his hands more often. Elliott's 1,289 scrimmage yards last year was the lowest total of his career for a full season, but he did play through a knee injury and a rebound is possible in 2022 if he can stay healthy.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Fully healthy ahead of camp

    Elliott has no injury concerns ahead of training camp, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. "I think the biggest thing with Zeke is he's completely healthy now and he's had a tremendous offseason," Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "The weight that he has been pushing in the weight room, just the numbers that he's been cranking out have been very, very impressive. I can't tell you it's been the best of his career, but he's in top shape. So, I think he's definitely set himself up for [a strong season]." Elliott played last season with a torn ligament in his knee but still ran for 1,002 rushing yards and 10 TDs, and if he's 100 percent in 2022 it should only improve his performance. The 26-year-old is closing in on 2,000 touches for his career, however, so while being in great shape during the offseason is preferable to the alternative, there's no guarantee he'll stay that way through a 17-game schedule.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: 'Looks great' during workouts

    Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Elliot (knee) "looks great" during Dallas' offseason workouts, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Elliot played through a partially torn PCL during the 2021 campaign, but he's expected to be fully healthy by training camp. McCarthy added that the veteran running back was clocked at 22 MPH during a workout Tuesday, but the team hasn't been doing any contact drills. After struggling the last two years, a healthy offseason could bode well for a potential bounce-back season from Elliott in 2022.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Plays through knee injury in 2021

    Elliott said after Sunday's 23-17 wild-card loss to the 49ers that he played through a partially torn PCL during the 2021 season, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. After doing just enough in Week 18 to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth time in six pro campaigns, Elliott didn't fare as well in Dallas' sole playoff game, eking out 31 yards on 12 carries and gathering in one of four targets for no yards. Game script played a role in his lack of touches, as the Cowboys were in catch-up mode for much of the contest, forcing Dak Prescott to go to the air 44 times. Afterward, Elliott provided an update on his health, which was reflected on injury reports for much of the season, first in Week 5 and then again Weeks 10-18. However, he didn't miss a game and doesn't expect to require surgery on his knee. Knowing that, Elliott should be back to full health by the start of the offseason program.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Increased workload in finale

    Elliott rushed 18 times for 87 yards and caught one of three targets for three yards in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles. Elliott garnered his most carries since Week 5, as running mate Tony Pollard was unavailable due to a foot injury. With his increased workload, Elliott also racked up his most rushing yardage since Week 5, with Saturday actually being the first time he's topped 70 yards on the ground since then as well. Although he didn't find the end zone in Dallas' blowout win and wasn't very involved in the passing game, Elliott's performance still saw him surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the campaign, sending him into the playoffs fresh off a notable personal accomplishment.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: May not play much Saturday

    Elliott may have a smaller workload than normal Saturday at Philadelphia, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. With Tony Pollard (foot) not traveling with the Cowboys for this Week 18 NFC East matchup, Elliott was the name running back to make the trip. However, the team elevated JaQuan Hardy and Ito Smith from the practice squad Saturday, indicating Elliott may take a step back or not have a role at all in the regular-season finale. If the preceding comes to pass, Corey Clement could lead Dallas' backfield, with Hardy and Smith available for any reps that linger.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Shut down by Cards

    Elliott carried the ball nine times for 16 yards and caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals. The Cowboys' ground game was stuffed all day by the Cards, as Dak Prescott wound up leading Dallas in rushing with only 20 yards. Unlike Tony Pollard, who racked up 49 receiving yards, Elliott couldn't get anything going through the air either. The poor performance leaves him 85 rushing yards short of his fourth career season with 1,000, and given that Dallas won't have much to play for in Week 18 against Philadelphia, Elliott may not get many touches to go after the milestone.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Scores twice in blowout win

    Elliott rushed nine times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for five yards and another score in Sunday's 56-14 win over Washington. Elliott got the Cowboys on the board on the team's first drive of the game, and he chipped in another score in the first half before basically taking the second half off in a crooked matchup. The 26-year-old has seen his production dip in the second half of the season while battling injuries and losing some touches to Tony Pollard. Luckily for the tailback's fantasy managers, he has maintained value as a starter in standard formats by scoring four touchdowns over the last five weeks. Elliott and the rest of the Dallas offense should be plenty rested against the Cardinals next Sunday after cruising to the easy win in Week 16.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Records 19 touches in win

    Elliott rushed 16 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 20 yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday. Elliott's 13-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter served as the first points of the afternoon and qualified as his first trip to the end zone since Week 12 against the Raiders. The multi-time Pro Bowler still couldn't break the 60-yard mark on the ground, however, a feat he surprisingly hasn't accomplished since Week 6 against the Patriots. Elliott's next opportunity to boost his yardage level back up comes in a tough matchup against a stingy Washington run defense in Week 16.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Mediocre numbers again

    Elliott ran for 45 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for 15 yards on six targets against Washington on Sunday. Elliott played with a knee brace in this game, which ESPN reporter Todd Archer suspected was a first for the running back this season despite the fact he's been managing discomfort for several weeks. While his willingness to play hurt is admirable, it increasingly appears that his lingering knee issue has meaningfully hindered Elliott's effectiveness. The Cowboys limited the hits on Elliott by giving Corey Clement 13 carries Sunday, which hopefully will give the former the chance to progress in his recovery and capitalize on an otherwise favorable Week 15 matchup against the Giants.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Could get larger role Week 14

    Elliott may be in store for an elevated role on offense Sunday against Washington with top backup Tony Pollard (foot) inactive for the contest, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports. Elliott is already entrenched as Dallas' starting running back, but he hasn't played more than 70 percent of the offensive snaps in any of the Cowboys' last five contests while averaging 15.0 touches per game over that stretch. Dallas has been deliberately managing Elliott's reps while he continues to deal with a lingering bone bruise in his right knee, allowing Pollard to take on an expanded change-of-pace role in recent weeks. However, with Pollard having suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in last week's win over the Saints, he'll be sidelined for at least one game, paving the way for Elliott to potentially take on a more expanded role. Neither of the healthy depth options behind Elliott -- Corey Clement and practice squad call-up JaQuan Hardy -- have had much involvement on offense this season, so the Cowboys seem unlikely to tab either player to directly inherit Pollard's role. If the Cowboys are still eager to manage Elliott's reps, it's possible that head coach Mike McCarthy may opt for a more pass-heavy game plan featuring more four-receiver or two-tight end sets.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Puts in full practice Wednesday

    Elliott (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Last Friday, Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy relayed Elliott has been operating under a rep count for the last month as the team manages the knee issue he picked up back in Week 4. When the Cowboys opened Week 14 prep Wednesday, Elliott was seen on a stationary bike at the start of practice while Tony Pollard worked with the training staff on the side, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. Ultimately, Pollard didn't participate due to a foot injury, and Elliott logged every rep with the first-team offense. Elliott later told Gehlken that his knee should be back to 100 percent in 3-to-4 weeks, but with Pollard now hurt the former may be in store for a bigger workload Sunday in Washington. Beyond Elliott and Pollard, Corey Clement is the other running back on the active roster.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Facing restricted rep count

    Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Friday that Elliott has been on a rep count in games for the past month while the running back continues to manage a knee injury that first cropped up in Week 4, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. "It's part of how we want to play," McCarthy said, while also noting that he believes the Cowboys' 10-day break prior to the team's Week 14 game against Washington will be beneficial for Elliott, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. Elliott's restricted snap counts have been evident just by looking at his recent game logs. Including Thursday's 27-17 win over the Saints, Elliott hasn't played more than 70 percent of the Cowboys' offensive snaps in five straight games after topping that percentage in all but two of Dallas' first seven contests. The decline in snaps has come with a small downturn in touches (16.9 carries and 3.7 targets per game Weeks 1 through 8, 11.0 carries and 4.6 targets Weeks 9 through 13), allowing Tony Pollard to take on a more heightened role in the game plan. Though the longer turnaround for the Cowboys' Week 14 divisional matchup is welcome, McCarthy didn't promise that Elliott would be in store for an uptick in snaps and touches. In fact, given that Elliott is averaging a woeful 3.2 yards per carry over the past four games compared to Pollard's 5.7 YPC during that stretch, it wouldn't be surprising if the latter took on more volume in the weeks to come as Dallas looks to secure a playoff spot.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Tough sledding on ground in win

    Elliott rushed 13 times for 45 yards and brought in two of three targets for three yards in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night. There have been rumblings about ongoing knee stiffness for Elliott, but his lack of success on the ground Thursday can almost certainly be attributed to the Saints' stout run defense more than anything else. The multi-time Pro Bowler gained 10 of his yards on one carry, leaving him just under 3.0 yards per tote on his other 12 attempts. Elliott saw backfield mate Tony Pollard log six fewer rushes yet gain 26 additional yards thanks to a 58-yard touchdown run, but the former should continue helming the ground attack against Washington in a Week 14 road matchup a week from Sunday.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: More touches could be on deck

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that he expects Elliott to handle a "serious load" of opportunities during Thursday's game against the Saints, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Elliott has been managing knee stiffness since Week 4, but he was a full participant at practice Monday. Jones' optimism should be taken with a grain of salt, however -- Dallas has recently opted to limit Elliott's workload, resulting in back-to-back games in which the star running back failed to tally double-digit carries. Even if he does see more work Thursday night, it will come against New Orleans' stout defensive front. Through the first seven contests of the season, Elliott averaged an outstanding 19.7 touches per game.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: In clear for Week 13

    Elliott (knee) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Elliott's ability to take every rep in the Cowboys' first official Week 13 practice clears the way for him to start Thursday's game against the Saints, but that doesn't mean the 26-year-old will be in store for his normal role. According to Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official site, Elliott acknowledged that the knee injury has been bothering him since an Oct. 3 game against the Panthers. While he has no plans to sit out games to fully heal up from the injury, Elliott acknowledged that his workload could become managed more carefully in the contests to come. The Cowboys already have been doing that to some degree over the past four games, as he hasn't played more than 70 percent of the snaps in any of those contests while averaging 15 touches per game. In his preceding seven appearances, Elliott topped 70 percent of the snaps on five occasions and averaged 19.7 touches per game.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: No intention of resting knee

    Elliott indicated Sunday that no one on the Cowboys' training or coaching staffs had approached him about sitting out a game to give his knee a chance to heal, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "No one has come to me and asked me to rest," Elliott said. "If they bring it up to me, I've just got to go with what they think is best for the team, and leave it at that." The running back originally injured his knee Week 4 against the Panthers, but he tweaked it Week 11 against Kansas City and his rushing performance has noticeably declined since then. There had been talk Elliott might be inactive for Thursday's game against the Saints' top-ranked run defense, but if the Cowboys are considering such a plan they apparently haven't shared it with Zeke. Assuming he does suit up against New Orleans, look for him to see a reduced workload once again, with Tony Pollard picking up the slack. Elliott hasn't had 20 touches in a game since Week 8.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Could get time off to heal

    Elliott could be held out to rest his knee injury, with possibilities including an absence from the upcoming Thursday game in New Orleans in Week 13, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Elliott has been managing the injury since early October and still managed at least 49 percent snap share and 13 touches in every game, including the past two weeks when he fell shy of double-digit carries (barely) for the first two times all year. It sounds like he's capable of playing through the injury but might benefit from rest, leaving the Cowboys in a tricky position as they prepare for the final six weeks of the regular season and a likely playoff run. If nothing else, they could give more of Elliott's snaps to backup Tony Pollard, who already has career highs for rushing and receiving yards. The Cowboys wouldn't sacrifice too much by holding Elliott out for a week or two (as long as Pollard stays healthy), but it remains to be seen what they'll do, and it ultimately may depend on how Elliott's knee feels from day to day or week to week.
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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Finds end zone Thursday

    Elliott carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught six of eight targets for 24 yards in a 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. The running back's knee clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Tony Pollard wound up seeing more carries and leading the Cowboys in rushing yards, but Elliott vultured a one-yard TD from his backup just before halftime after Pollard did most of the work on the drive that got the offense to the goal line. With extra time to rest up before a Week 13 clash with the Saints, Elliott could be able to handle something closer to his usual workload, but Pollard's performance -- which included a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown -- should keep him involved in the game plan.
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