As the 2019 fantasy football season nears, it's time to examine players who could make or break your fantasy team. Here's a look at Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and his fantasy outlook for the season ahead.
Somehow, Elliott’s workload actually increased after Amari Cooper’s arrival last year. The workhorse drew 17.5 percent of Dallas targets in seven games without Cooper, 21.4 percent in eight games after the trade. He averaged 18.9 carries per game before and 21.5 per game after. The post-trade Cowboys climbed from 54.1 percent pass to 59.0 but also averaged six more plays per game. Elliott is the only NFL back who has averaged at least 20 carries per game over the past three years.
Size: 6'0", 228
Age: 24 (when the season starts)
Bye Week: 8
Amari Cooper’s arrival made the offense better and didn’t hurt Elliott’s workload. Look for more great things from the Cowboys’ workhorse.
Why Zeke Should Be Your No. 1 Overall Pick
How do I love Zeke? Let me count the ways. First, Elliott is heavily involved in both the run and pass game, despite being the league’s leading rusher for the second time in three seasons. Who knows — had he not been suspended for a chunk of 2018, he could be a three-time rushing champion entering ’19! Second, this guy is tough, playing in 40 games and rarely dealing with nagging injuries that affect many tailbacks lacking his tenacity. There were just four games last season where he rushed for less than four yards per carry. Third, his market share was greater than any other non-QB last season, getting more of his team’s touches/targets than any other running back, wide receiver or tight end. With 26.6 targets/touches per game, he led the NFL, with Todd Gurley (24.07) and Saquon Barkley (23.88) nearly 10 percent behind. Finally, the Cowboys offense is gearing up to be one of the best in the league, which means more first downs, more touches and more scoring opportunities, allowing him to beat last year’s relatively disappointing nine TDs. — David Gonos, The Athletic
Season Projections for 2019
320 carries, 1,440 yards, 10 rushing TDs; 80 receptions, 585 yards, 2 receiving TDs