2020 Fantasy Rankings
Overall # 7 · RB # 3 (Tier 1)
ADP (12-team PPR): 1.03, 3rd
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Ezekiel Elliott

RB, Dallas Cowboys

Height 6'0" Weight 225 DOB 1995-07-22 Age 25
College Ohio State

Season Projections
Updated Sep 7
Source FPts RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
RotoBaller 266.5 285 1300 4.56 - 11 76 58 525 9.1 - 3 2

2020 fantasy football projections by .

Position Rankings
Rank Name ADP1 Comment
Tier 1
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR 1.01
2 Saquon Barkley, NYG 1.02
3 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL 1.03
4 Alvin Kamara, NO 1.06
5 Derrick Henry, TEN 1.07
Articles
  • 2020 Running Back Rankings Top 12 For Redraft
    Aug 25 · By Mike MacGregor for Draft Buddy
    Takeaway RB3 in Mike's rankings as of this date.
  • Fantasy News Last 90 Days
  • Ezekiel Elliott Confirmed As Week 7 Starter

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was given a vote of confidence from head coach Mike McCarthy on Tuesday, confirming that the star running back would be the starter for Sundays contest against Washington. Elliott lost two fumbles Monday versus the Cardinals, ceding way to Tony Pollard at times, but with Andy Dalton once again to likely receive the start, Elliott will need to be relied upon for Dallas to have success offensively. Unfortunately for Elliott, the teams offensive line is heavily banged up due to injuries. Factoring that in on top of his fumble woes (five in 2020, four of which have been lost), DFS fantasy managers may want to look elsewhere Sunday, especially considering his price tag. Season-long managers can continue to role Elliott out and bank on his perpetual upside paying off.

    Oct 20 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Fumbles Twice In Week 6 Loss

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball 12 times in a Week 6 loss, gaining 49 yards. He saw a team-high 11 targets in the passing game, catching eight of them for 31 yards. It was a rough game for Elliott, who lost two fumbles in the first half and was one of the key reasons this was not even a competitive game. Elliott saw backup Tony Pollard carry the ball 10 times in this one as well. "Zeke" will have better games, but with Andy Dalton under center, opposing teams won't be as concerned with the passing game and will be able to focus on shutting down the running game. Based on volume alone, Elliott will remain a weekly RB1, but he won't be the top-tier option he was with Dak Prescott (ankle) calling the shots.

    Oct 20 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Could Be Even Better Without Dak Prescott

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott remains a surefire RB1 and could even improve his fantasy production without Dak Prescott (ankle) in the lineup. Week 6 will be Andy Dalton's first start as Cowboys quarterback, and while he should be more than able to move the offense, he does not have the rushing talent that Prescott has and won't be running in touchdowns like Prescott did. The Cowboys offense will have to run through Elliott much more than it did with Dak sharing some of the rushing work. "Zeke" has 364 rushing yards and 173 receiving yards with six total touchdowns so far. He's one of the top three running back choices for Week 6 lineups and his fantasy arrow is pointing up despite the overall downgrade to the Dallas offense.

    Oct 15 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Cardinals Focused On Stopping Ezekiel Elliott

    Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson said that they must stop Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in Week 6 and force quarterback Andy Dalton to stop them with Dak Prescott (ankle) now out for the season. "Stop the run," Peterson said on the 'All Things Covered' podcast. "Definitely gotta stop the run and force -- not saying he can't do it -- but we have to force Andy Dalton to beat us." Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowler with 31,705 career passing yards, 204 touchdowns and 118 interceptions, so he's no slouch, but he'll be a step down from what Prescott was doing through the first five weeks of the season. Defenses will be keying more on Elliott now, but he remains a must-start RB1 that could get fed even more often.

    Oct 14 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Scores Twice In Week 5 Win

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in two touchdowns in a Week 5 37-34 win over the New York Giants. Elliott ran the ball 19 times, gaining 91 yards and adding a catch for 14 more yards. "Zeke" didn't see much action in the passing game in this one, logging just two targets. His first touchdown came on a one-yard plunge in the second quarter and his second was on a 12-yard scamper in the third. With Dak Prescott (ankle) almost certainly out for the year, the Cowboys offense will need to feature Elliott and the running game even more. The every-week RB1 has his fantasy arrow pointing even further up.

    Oct 11 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Trying To Correct Fumbling Issues

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has fumbled the ball three times through four games, losing two of them that were returned for touchdowns. "So I just got to get rid of that issue. That can't continue to be something that I do for the rest of the season. I can't give up the ball anymore," Elliott said. He has the most fumbles lost (seven) on runs and catches (18) -- excluding quarterbacks -- since he entered the league in 2016. Elliott has the seventh-worst rate of touches per fumble among 41 players with at least 500 touches since 2016, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Despite the fumbling issues, Elliott is a must-start fantasy running back week in and week out. He failed to find the end zone for the first time this year in Week 4, but he made up for it with eight catches in Dallas' comeback attempt. Start him with confidence this Sunday against the winless Giants.

    Oct 7 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Set For Another Productive Game In Week 5

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is set up for another productive fantasy performance in a Week 5 matchup against the New York Giants. Elliott ran the ball 12 times last week, gaining 54 yards, but added eight catches for 71 yards as well. It was a rather pedestrian performance for him, but his involvement in the passing game was good to see. Since the Cowboys Defense is giving up points like they're going out of style, the Cowboys will need to throw a lot. Elliott's rushing efficiency hasn't been great this year, but if he can get it done through the air, his fantasy managers won't mind. Elliott remains an easy RB1 in all formats against a Giants Defense that hasn't done much against opposing running backs.

    Oct 7 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Totals 125 Yards In Week 4

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott totaled 125 yards in a Week 4 loss to the Cleveland Browns. "Zeke" ran the ball 12 times for 54 yards and added eight catches for 71 yards. He was targeted eight times in the passing game, catching all of the balls thrown his way. Elliott hasn't been as efficient as we're used to yet this season, but he's still seeing enough volume to be a weekly RB1 option. This was the first week this season that he did not score a touchdown.

    Oct 4 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott A Top Running Back Option In Week 4

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is a top running back option in fantasy lineups for a Week 4 game against the Cleveland Browns. Elliott hasn't been particularly efficient on the ground, but he's being targeted in the passing game more than before, and he's been able to find the end zone four times already. With the volume he gets every game, he does not need to be super efficient to be one of the top-five running backs in fantasy football lineups each week. Plug him in as an RB1 every time he takes the field.

    Sep 30 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Saves His Day With A Touchdown In Week 3

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was held in check for once in Week 3. The Seattle Seahawks Defense did a good job keeping Elliott from doing much. He ended up running the ball 14 times, gaining just 34 yards but scoring on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. He added six catches on 12 targets, gaining 24 yards through the air. "Zeke" tied for the team lead with the dozen passing targets, but couldn't do much with them. It was a down game from the elite RB1, but he should get back on top of things next week against the Cleveland Browns.

    Sep 27 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott One Of The Best Running Back Options

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best fantasy running back options in a Week 3 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks Defense has been good against the run this season, but they've also only taken on the Falcons and the Patriots, two teams who don't focus on the running game much. Meanwhile, "Zeke" has 185 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards already. He's a surefire RB1 with easy-to-see overall RB1 upside this week.

    Sep 23 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Scores Again In Week 2 Comeback

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in Sunday's incredible comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Elliott ran the ball 22 times for 89 yards and a score, adding six catches for 33 more yards. Quarterback Dak Prescott ended up scoring three of his own rushing touchdowns, so this could have been an even bigger game for Elliott, but anyone who had him in their fantasy lineups likely wasn't too disappointed. Elliott gets a tough matchup with the Seahawks Defense next week but will be an RB1 like he is every time he suits up.

    Sep 20 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Set To Pick Up Where He Left Off For Week 2

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is an excellent fantasy option in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. Elliott checks in as the overall RB2 for a matchup with a Falcons Defense that ranked 29th against the run. "Zeke" scored two touchdowns in Week 1 and could easily match that this week as well. Almost never off the field when the team is on offense, Elliott has one of the highest running back floors in fantasy and one of the higher ceilings in standard scoring as well. He's a must-start in all leagues.

    Sep 16 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Scores Two Touchdowns In Week 1

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored two touchdowns on Sunday Night Football, essentially operating as the entire Dallas offense. "Zeke" ran the ball 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for 31 yards and another score. Elliott's rushing touchdown came on a one-yard plunge while his receiving score came on a 19-yard catch and run. Elliott looked good in this one, and didn't seem to suffer much from a Cowboys offensive line that somewhat surprisingly struggled. He'll be another excellent option in Week 2 against the Falcons.

    Sep 14 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott A Great Week 1 Option

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is, as usual, a great option for Week 1 fantasy lineups. Elliott dealt with a positive COVID-19 test along with other drama earlier in the offseason, but he is reportedly fine now and ready to go as one of the few running backs left in the league that rarely leaves the field. "Zeke" is the only running back in the NFL to finish in the top-six of fantasy running backs three times in the past five years. With what could be an even better offense in Dallas, Elliott could find himself in the top-six once again in 2020.

    Sep 4 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Open To Splitting Carries

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott talked about his willingness to do anything that will help the team win in an interview on 105.3 The Fan this Tuesday. Elliott said, "If they ever came to me and asked me to split carries, Im gonna do it. Im gonna do whatever they ask me to do to win. He discussed his love for being a "bell-cow" in the interview, but was clear about his desire to win above all else. Elliott's backup Tony Pollard could see a bit of an increased role this year, but it's hard to imagine Elliott ceding too much work due to how dominant he's been since he first set foot on an NFL field. Don't downgrade Elliott in your rankings because of this interview. He should still be considered right at the top of your draft.

    Aug 26 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Ezekiel Elliott Shuts Down Reduced Role Speculation

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was quick to respond to Ed Werder's Twitter post regarding a potentially reduced role for the former rushing champ, quipping "we all gonna eat." Though Elliott is a shoo-in, first-round pick in fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, many still wonder how he will co-exist on an offense that has plenty of mouths to feed, notably Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and 17th overall pick, CeeDee Lamb. Elliott finished 2019 as a top-five back in the majority of formats. Under new head coach Mike McCarthy, who has overseen some productive runners throughout his career, the 25-year-old could be in store for another productive year.

    Aug 5 · Source via Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott
  • Running Back
    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Season Team G FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    2016 DAL 15 295.4 713 (71.2%) 322 1631 5.07 - 15 40 32 363 11.3 - 1 1
    2017 DAL 10 177.2 591 (85.5%) 242 983 4.06 56 7 38 26 249 9.6 6 2 1
    2018 DAL 15 254.2 890 (89.1%) 304 1435 4.72 74 6 95 77 567 7.4 22 3 2
    2019 DAL 16 261.6 942 (83.4%) 301 1357 4.51 0 12 72 54 419 7.8 0 2 2
    2020 DAL 6 97.7 390 (82.5%) 101 413 4.09 0 5 44 32 204 6.4 0 1 4
    2020 RotoBaller 266.5 285 1300 4.56 - 11 76 58 525 9.1 - 3 2

    2020 fantasy football projections by .

    2020
    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 LAR L 17-20 24.7 63 (87.5%) 22 96 4.36 0 1 4 3 31 10.3 0 1 0
    2 ATL W 40-39 18.2 76 (92.7%) 22 89 4.05 0 1 7 6 33 5.5 0 0 1
    3 SEA L 31-38 11.8 80 (97.6%) 14 34 2.43 0 1 12 6 24 4.0 0 0 0
    4 CLE L 38-49 12.5 63 (76.8%) 12 54 4.50 0 0 8 8 71 8.9 0 0 1
    5 NYG W 37-34 22.5 54 (81.8%) 19 91 4.79 0 2 2 1 14 14.0 0 0 0
    6 ARI L 10-38 8.0 54 (60.7%) 12 49 4.08 0 0 11 8 31 3.9 0 0 2
    2019
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 NYG W 35-17 12.3 37 (54.4%) 13 53 4.08 0 1 2 1 10 10.0 0 0 0
    2 WAS W 31-21 18.0 53 (75.7%) 23 111 4.83 0 1 2 2 9 4.5 0 0 0
    3 MIA W 31-6 13.9 48 (66.7%) 19 125 6.58 0 0 3 2 14 7.0 0 0 0
    4 NO L 10-12 12.5 56 (96.6%) 18 35 1.94 0 1 7 6 30 5.0 0 0 1
    5 GB L 24-34 15.1 67 (93.1%) 12 62 5.17 0 1 4 2 29 14.5 0 0 0
    6 NYJ L 22-24 21.2 75 (91.5%) 28 105 3.75 0 1 6 5 47 9.4 0 0 0
    7 PHI W 37-10 20.7 55 (78.6%) 22 111 5.05 0 1 7 6 36 6.0 0 0 0
    9 NYG W 37-18 13.9 57 (80.3%) 23 139 6.04 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
    10 MIN L 24-28 6.3 70 (98.6%) 20 47 2.35 0 0 3 2 16 8.0 0 0 0
    11 DET W 35-27 19.3 66 (89.2%) 16 45 2.81 0 1 3 2 28 14.0 0 1 1
    12 NE L 9-13 12.6 56 (87.5%) 21 86 4.10 0 0 4 4 40 10.0 0 0 0
    13 BUF L 15-26 13.7 69 (88.5%) 12 71 5.92 0 0 10 7 66 9.4 0 0 0
    14 CHI L 24-31 21.3 72 (98.6%) 19 81 4.26 0 2 5 2 12 6.0 0 0 0
    15 LAR W 44-21 28.0 50 (71.4%) 24 117 4.88 0 2 4 3 43 14.3 0 0 0
    16 PHI L 9-17 8.4 60 (96.8%) 13 47 3.62 0 0 7 7 37 5.3 0 0 0
    17 WAS W 47-16 24.4 51 (68.0%) 18 122 6.78 0 1 5 3 2 0.7 0 1 0
    2018
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 CAR L 8-16 14.6 59 (92.2%) 15 69 4.60 3 1 4 3 17 5.7 0 0 0
    2 NYG W 20-13 14.7 50 (94.3%) 17 78 4.59 5 1 6 5 9 1.8 0 0 0
    3 SEA L 13-24 13.8 56 (94.9%) 16 127 7.94 4 0 8 3 11 3.7 0 0 1
    4 DET W 26-24 30.0 53 (76.8%) 25 152 6.08 8 0 4 4 88 22.0 4 1 0
    5 HOU L 16-19 8.4 50 (80.6%) 20 54 2.70 4 0 7 7 30 4.3 1 0 0
    6 JAC W 40-7 17.7 63 (86.3%) 24 106 4.42 6 1 1 1 11 11.0 1 0 0
    7 WAS L 17-20 4.2 66 (100.0%) 15 33 2.20 2 0 6 2 9 4.5 0 0 0
    9 TEN L 14-28 11.2 52 (88.1%) 17 61 3.59 4 0 5 4 51 12.8 1 0 0
    10 PHI W 27-20 30.7 61 (88.4%) 19 151 7.95 7 1 7 6 36 6.0 2 1 0
    11 ATL W 22-19 26.1 56 (87.5%) 23 122 5.30 7 1 8 7 79 11.3 3 0 0
    12 WAS W 31-23 20.3 65 (92.9%) 26 121 4.65 5 1 6 5 22 4.4 0 0 0
    13 NO W 13-10 19.6 63 (88.7%) 23 76 3.30 5 0 6 6 60 10.0 2 1 0
    14 PHI W 29-23 19.2 86 (86.9%) 28 113 4.04 5 0 13 12 79 6.6 3 0 0
    15 IND L 0-23 12.8 61 (88.4%) 18 87 4.83 4 0 8 7 41 5.9 4 0 1
    16 TB W 27-20 10.9 49 (94.2%) 18 85 4.72 5 0 6 5 24 4.8 1 0 0
    WC SEA W 24-22 22.9 71 (94.7%) 26 137 5.27 6 1 5 4 32 8.0 0 0 0
    DP LAR L 22-30 12.6 56 (96.6%) 20 47 2.35 4 1 5 2 19 9.5 2 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 4, 6, 15, 1, 23, 16, 1, 1
    Receiving: 38, 7, 16

    2017
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 NYG W 19-3 14.0 60 (81.1%) 24 104 4.33 6 0 5 5 36 7.2 1 0 0
    2 DEN L 17-42 2.2 63 (88.7%) 9 8 0.89 1 0 5 4 14 3.5 0 0 0
    3 ARI W 28-17 15.4 43 (91.5%) 22 80 3.64 5 1 4 3 14 4.7 0 0 0
    4 LAR L 30-32 25.9 64 (90.1%) 21 85 4.05 6 1 5 4 54 13.5 2 1 0
    5 GB L 31-35 11.2 64 (86.5%) 29 116 4.00 7 0 2 1 -4 -4.0 0 0 0
    7 SF W 40-10 39.9 50 (66.7%) 26 147 5.65 7 2 3 1 72 72.0 1 1 0
    8 WAS W 33-19 27.4 58 (85.3%) 33 150 4.55 8 2 2 1 4 4.0 0 0 1
    9 KC W 28-17 15.3 62 (92.5%) 27 93 3.44 6 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
    16 SEA L 12-21 11.8 68 (89.5%) 24 97 4.04 5 0 7 4 21 5.3 1 0 0
    17 PHI W 6-0 14.1 59 (86.8%) 27 103 3.81 5 0 5 3 38 12.7 1 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 8, 1, 1, 25, 13, 1, 2
    Receiving: 10, 72