Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/20/17 11:34am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott might be available for 'a few snaps' in the team's third preseason game versus the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, Aug. 26, according to team owner Jerry Jones.
Huddle Up: Elliott has yet to play this preseason and almost certainly will play in the exhibition finale, meaning he could go until late October before he sees a snap in a live game if his six-game suspension is upheld, so it might be a good idea to have him get hit once or twice. Darren McFadden figures to get the bulk of the work in the backfield for however long Elliott is sidelined.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/20/17 7:08pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said having WR Dez Bryant healthy all offseason has allowed their 'chemistry' to grow.
Huddle Up: Bryant has been boom or bust in recent years, but he should still be treated as a high-upside WR2 or low-end WR1. Prescott has QB1 potential after an impressive rookie season, but the small sample size is something to consider.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/19/17 5:22pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant finished with two catches for 55 yards and a touchdown while playing only a couple of series versus the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Bryant was in midseason form on the opening drive, throwing down a defender on a 23-yard slant to begin the game before high-pointing a 32-yard throw in the end zone to cap off the drive. The 28-year-old receiver should be able to perform like a low-end WR1 for most of 2017, but his schedule to begin and end the season will do him no favors in that regard.
Dak Prescott - QBPosted 8/19/17 5:06pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott went 7-of-8 for 106 yards and one touchdown in two series against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Prescott had little issue against the Colts' suspect defense on the opening drive, leading a 95-yard drive in seven plays before hitting Dez Bryant on a 32-yard score. The Cowboys are going to need more from Prescott during Ezekiel Elliott's absence and, at least in this contest, he was up to the challenge. The second-year quarterback profiles as a low-end QB1 this season.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/15/17 10:04am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris may serve in a committee along with Darren McFadden during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer.
Huddle Up: This seems unlikely given how Morris was supposedly fighting for a job less than two weeks ago, but he has shown well through two preseason games. At the very least, it appears as if he is well on his way to locking down a roster spot. Elliott owners who have already made room for McFadden may want to play it safe and try to add Morris as well, but a committee approach would likely make both players flex options at best during Dallas' grueling early schedule.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/15/17 2:19pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his six-game suspension, according to a source. A hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of the appeal.
Huddle Up: This appeal process could take some time, but for now Elliott will miss the Cowboys' first six games of the 2017 season. Darren McFadden makes for a suitable fantasy flex at the least if the suspension holds.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/13/17 5:10pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden rushed six times for 28 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 12, but Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes McFadden left some yards on the field and thinks the Cowboys could go with a committee approach while RB Ezekiel Elliott is serving his suspension.
Huddle Up: McFadden and Alfred Morris are the likely candidates to pick up the slack while Elliott is sidelined, but McFadden is still the more attractive option. He will have RB2 potential, especially in PPR formats. Morris should be owned in case McFadden struggles or is injured.
Rico Gathers - TEPosted 8/12/17 9:24pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, his second of the preseason, in a 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Gathers continues to show promise as he makes his transition from basketball player to tight end. If he is available in your dynasty league, he is a worthwhile stash candidate.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/11/17 6:29am ET
Updating an ongoing story, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be suspended, as one league source characterized the suspension as 'definite.' NFL Network's Jane Slater has also heard the length is closer to the six-game benchmark.
Huddle Up: A decision could come Friday, Aug. 11, or it could trickle into next week. There is also an appeals process, which as we learned with Tom Brady the last two years, could prolong the process. A four-to-six-game ban would heavily diminish Elliott's fantasy stock and promote Darren McFadden to potentially an RB3. Zeke would be an RB2 commodity, and you'd need to secure a safe RB3 to use in his place in the meantime.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/11/17 9:13am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to a source. Elliott is expected to file an appeal and has three business days to do so, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice, according to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.
Huddle Up: With the Cowboys' bye landing on Week 6, Elliott will not unable to play until Week 8 against the Washington Redskins, pending the appeal. For fantasy football purposes, Elliott should now drop out of the first round of draft and perhaps into the third round or later, while backup Darren McFadden could be considered a low-end RB1 for however long Elliott must sit out should his suspension be reduced.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/11/17 12:44pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and his representatives released a statement announcing their intentions to appeal the six-game suspension handed to him Friday, Aug. 11 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: As it stands currently, Elliott is expected to be suspended until Week 8 - an Oct. 29 game against the Washington Redskins. Speculating about how much his suspension could be reduced at this point would be foolish, but there is definitely a chance of it happening. Risk-taking owners can use this opportunity to get Elliott on the cheap, as even a two-game reduction would make it more palatable for him to go on the second round of fantasy drafts. Expect plenty more updates in the coming days and weeks.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/10/17 2:13pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott could find out whether or not he is disciplined by the NFL as early as Friday, Aug. 11, according to a source.
Huddle Up: If he is suspended, it probably won't be for very long. Those who draft, or have already drafted, Elliott may want to consider selecting Darren McFadden if a suspension is given. Elliott remains a top-tier RB1 no matter the decision.
Rico Gathers - TEPosted 8/3/17 8:55pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in a 20-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: The former college basketball player has size and athleticism to spare. If he can put it all together, he could become a viable fantasy option whenever Jason Witten decides to call it a career. He is worth stashing on your bench in dynasty formats.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 8/1/17 7:07pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will continue to remain the focus of the offense, but it might come in different ways, according to QB Dak Prescott. 'Zeke can get more catches this year without him playing more plays. I think just his ability with the ball in his hands is valuable to this offense. So in the passing game, (if) the defense is giving us soft coverage, get it to him and let him do what's best,' Prescott said.
Huddle Up: With the specter of Elliott getting suspended hanging over his head, owners could hit it big if they are willing to roll the dice on him. Obviously, if he can improve on his 32-catch rookie season, it increases his chances that much more of hanging with David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell in the elite tier of running backs. Taking him is not for the faint of heart, but the payoff of taking him at No. 6 overall or later could be huge.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/31/17 1:56pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's fate is expected to remain undetermined this week, according to a source. Commissioner Roger Goodell is awaiting the final investigatory work from four outside advisers.
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine Elliott coming away from this scot-free. It seems likely that he will be given a short suspension. If that is the case, Darren McFadden would suddenly have meaningful value to start the season, especially in daily fantasy games.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/30/17 5:15am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott met with NFL officials within the last month regarding the league's year-long investigation into multiple incidents involving him, according to owner Jerry Jones. It remains uncertain if Elliott will be punished in any way, although two people who have seen the report submitted by the NFL to the NFLPA claim there were no recommendations made for disciplinary action.
Huddle Up: Even if Elliott receives a brief suspension from the league, the 22-year-old should still be viewed as an elite RB1 in all fantasy formats.
Jason Witten - TEPosted 7/26/17 12:43pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten will not participate in practice Wednesday, July 26. Head coach Jason Garrett said he wants the veteran players to have a regular schedule during training camp that will not wear them out.
Huddle Up: Bryant and Witten probably will receive days off during the regular season as well because the team wants them to stay healthy. Both players will have big roles in the Cowboys passing game in 2017. Bryant should be considered a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues, while Witten probably should be a low-end No. 1 or No. 2 tight end.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 7/24/17 2:52pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) is prepared to receive a full workload in training camp, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Beasley has been hampered by a hamstring injury that sidelined him during offseason activities.
Huddle Up: Beasley is coming off a career year in which he immediately earned the trust of Dak Prescott. It would behoove owners to draft him primarily in PPR leagues, though, as his play style limits his yardage and touchdown ceilings.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 7/22/17 8:38pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden missed the team charter Saturday, July 22, and will have to take a commercial flight to meet up with the team.
Huddle Up: McFadden enters the season as the No. 2 back behind Ezekiel Elliott, and he should be scooped up as a late-round handcuff in case Elliott goes down.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/21/17 12:00pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not learn of any potential discipline from the league Friday, July 21, or over the weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: Dallas reports to training camp on Saturday, meaning the team will kick off practices uncertain whether or not it will have the services of the league's reigning rushing champ in early September. A resolution is expected in the coming days, as multiple sources said Friday the NFL is nearing the end of its investigation into Elliott's off-field behavior. A short suspension is still expected, so stay tuned. For now, he remains an elite fantasy RB1 who could be had late in the first round.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 7/21/17 2:33pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (illness) was three hours late for his conditioning run Friday, July 21, and did not run. Bryant said he has been dealing with a sinus infection and headaches recently and apologized to the coaching staff for being late.
Huddle Up: Bryant could miss the start of training camp but likely will be back on the field early in camp. He finished the 2016 season with 796 yards and eight touchdowns and has a chance to improve on those stats this season. He should be considered a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/19/17 3:18pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not be charged for his alleged involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar Sunday, July 16, after the Dallas Police Department announced that they have suspended the investigation because of the lack of a complaint by the victim.
Huddle Up: Elliott has had several off-field incidents over the last few years and could receive a suspension from the NFL but has been cleared in this incident. Elliott will be a main focal point in the Cowboys offense in 2017 and should still be a No. 1 fantasy running back even if misses a game or two.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/17/17 6:51am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar Sunday, July 16, but no arrests were made and no police reports have been filed involving Elliott.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like much, but it comes at the worst possible time for Elliott, who was reportedly bracing for a short suspension stemming from a domestic situation in 2016. Reports are that he was expecting to be suspended a game or two, and another incident, no matter how minor, doesn't look good for any sort of league reprieve. Elliott is a stud RB1, but he's likely to start falling marginally in traditional drafts. Know the possibilities when taking him so early.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/14/17 12:09pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is reportedly 'bracing' for a 'short suspension' of between one to two games for his alleged involvement in a 2016 domestic violence incident, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: The mere fact the NFL has dragged its investigation into Elliott this long suggests he is more likely than not to miss some time, although everything is speculative at this point. Early drafters may want to slide him down their cheatsheets a few spots, but a one- or two-game suspension puts him essentially in the same boat as Le'Veon Bell last year, and Bell handsomely rewarded owners who spent a late first-round pick on him. Elliott could easily do the same for his owners and is still very much worth a top-10 pick.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/4/17 3:17pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott can become the fifth running back ever to achieve at least 3,000 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns over his first two seasons. The other four players to accomplish the feat are former NFL RBs Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell.
Huddle Up: Those numbers are certainly within Elliott's reach after last season. He'll need 1,369 yards and 10 touchdowns to join that elite group. While he faces potential punishment for an off-field incident, Elliott deserves to be one of the first three to five players drafted.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/3/17 9:24am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott could still face punishment by the NFL for off-the-field issues, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Schefter said if he were drafting in a fantasy league, he'd be hesitant to take Elliott because he has heard Elliott could still face punishment, or he could avoid it altogether. There have been rumblings that a decision was coming last weekend, but talks have been pushed back.
Huddle Up: Elliott has massive fantasy appeal and upside, but his price tag in fantasy will reflect it just as much. So while it's very possible nothing happens here, you're probably going to have to spend a top-five pick or a copious amount of your auction budget to land him. It's just something to consider when applying the resources to land the stud RB1.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 7/2/17 5:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was the best offensive player during OTAs and minicamp, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer, and Archer said Bryant 'caught everything that came his way.'
Huddle Up: Bryant was a boom-or-bust play last year as he battled injuries, but he still managed to haul in eight touchdowns. Bryant has WR1 upside when healthy, so don't hesitate to scoop him off if he slips a bit in your draft.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 6/14/17 12:59pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) said he has been dealing with his hamstring injury since Week 10 of the 2016 season. He said he would be able to play in a game now if needed and believes rest will heal the injury.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on Beasley's status at the start of training camp to see if he has recovered from the injury. He was a tremendous slot receiver for the Cowboys in 2016 and finished the season with 833 yards and five touchdowns. He probably should be considered a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/8/17 7:13pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer said WR Dez Bryant is his go-to guy for advice, and he is trying to emulate Bryant's ability to pull down contested catches.
Huddle Up: Switzer's biggest contributions in 2017 could come on special teams, but he has the potential to be a dangerous weapon from the slot. You can probably leave him on the waiver wire in redraft leagues, but Switzer should be stashed in all dynasty formats.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/1/17 9:13pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said the way that he's feeling right now has led him to believe that he's 'not dealing with really anything.' He added: 'I feel damn good. I know once I'm 100 (percent), I'm hard to deal with. That confidence is just steady expanding. I'll tell you this, I've never been (more) ready for training camp.'
Huddle Up: Bryant has missed 10 games over the last two seasons due to various injuries, but it looks like he'll be entering the new campaign with a clean bill of health for the first time in awhile. If Bryant can avoid landing on the shelf, he has a very good chance of returning to the form that allowed him to notch 85-plus catches, 1,200-plus receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. In other words, he'll have as high a ceiling as anyone at his position.
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