Making A Case For Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott

Obviously, when you look at dynasty leagues, troubled Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is almost certainly a first round pick despite his six game suspension that is currently being appealed.

While I am in no way endorsing him as a first round pick(I have him as my RB10 as of right now), there are three cases and a couple of other reasons that support Elliott as a late second round or third round pick in redraft leagues with the hope that the suspension is reduced or stays where it is at.

Eric Dickerson in 1991

Dickerson was pretty well rested in 1991, playing just 11 games in 1990 after being suspended six games because of conduct detrimental to the team. Dickerson still averaged nine points per games in PPR leagues in that season.

In 1991, Dickerson was once again suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, this time for four games, but played only ten games that season.

He ran for just 536 yards that season, but caught 41 passes for 261 yards, averaging nearly 14 points per game.

Michael Pittman in 2004

Pittman was suspended three games in ’04 for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident.

All he did after returning from his suspension was post the best season of his career. He posted career highs in rushing yards (926) and total touchdowns (10). He topped 200 fantasy points that season. Following the 2004 season, Pittman never topped 500 rushing yards.

Marshawn Lynch in 2009

Playing behind Fred Jackson, following a three game suspension following a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, Lynch posted nearly 500 yards, averaging almost four yards per carry. While these numbers do not pop, we all know the carries will be there for Elliott when the suspension is up.

Le’Veon Bell in 2016

We all know what Bell did last year after missing three games because of a marijuana arrest.

Bell was the sixth highest scoring player in all of fantasy football in just 13 games and the third highest scoring running back.

Elliott WILL get the touches

Elliott has an advantage that only Pittman and Bell had coming off the suspension, there is no doubt he is going to be the bellcow. Elliott saw nearly 24 touches per game last season. Even if he sees just 20 touches per game, that is still 260 touches for a season. With the offensive line that the Cowboys have, I feel that you would be hard pressed to find more than 12 running backs you like better fantasy wise than Elliott over 13 games.


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