Zeke owners may be pressing the panic button after two disappointing outings from this fantasy football star. Still the 3rd ranked fantasy running back, Ezekiel Elliot has faltered since Dak Prescott’s season ending injury, causing some to fear that this may be the new normal. Tony Pollard was never a big fantasy producer to begin with, and the likelihood of that changing is now greatly diminished. Things don’t look like they will get easier anytime soon, as the Cowboys will take on a tough Philadelphia rushing defense this weekend. Is it still safe to start Elliot as an RB1? Is Pollard even worth consideration for your lineups? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliot has failed to find the end zone or exceed 50 yards on the ground in either of the last two games, averaging 9.0 fantasy points per game in that time. This weekend he faces a Philadelphia rushing defense of similar caliber to that of the Washington Football Team, who held Zeke to 6.0 PPR points in Week 7. The Cowboys offense is expected to struggle even more than the two weeks since Dak went down, as Andy Dalton is now in the concussion protocol and Ben DiNucci will be making his first NFL start. The circumstances are far from ideal, but Ezekiel Elliot has the talent and the workload to overcome even the gravest of situations. You’re still starting him this week, albeit with tempered expectations.
Tony Pollard is the 54th ranked fantasy running back this year, averaging 4.6 PPR points per game. His season high yardage total on the ground is 31 and he has not recorded more than 2 receptions in any game. This backfield still belongs to Ezekiel Elliot and he will get the first crack at any scoring opportunities. Seeing as scoring opportunities may be few and far between for the Cowboys and their puttering offense, Pollard’s outlook is grim. He is best left on your bench as a high value handcuff for now.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Ezekiel Elliot as an RB1
Sit Tony Pollard