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What to do with Ezekiel Elliott in Week 17 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Ezekiel Elliott ahead of the Cowboys Week 17 matchup against the Giants.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Following a 37-17 win over the Eagles, the Cowboys will head to New York to close out the season against the Giants. Both teams have a shot at the division title (crazy, I know), so we shouldn’t see any restraint from either side unless the Giants want to tank for the third pick in the draft (also crazy, I know). Ezekiel Elliott will look to build off of his Week 16 performance, but can we rely on him from a fantasy standpoint?

Fantasy Football analysis: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

It’s been a tale of two parts of the season for Zeke this year. In the first five games with Dak Prescott behind center, Elliott averaged 22.7 DKFP. Since then, the “stud” running back’s fantasy average has been cut in half (11.8 in nine games). Last week provided a sign of optimism for Elliott fantasy managers, as he broke 100 rushing yards for the second time this season and ended with 20.9 DKFP. The Giants are allowing the tenth-most DKFP per game to opposing RBs, so there’s a shot at success for Zeke here. In their Week 5 matchup, which was coincidentally the game that the Cowboys lost Prescott, Elliott ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps he could get there again with the season on the line.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Ezekiel Elliott as an RB2.