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Bottom Line: Ezekiel Elliott is, obviously, looking to bounce back from what initially appears a pretty disappointing 2017 campaign. After a 1st Team All-Pro rookie season in which he racked up just under 2,000 yards of total offense and 16 TDs, those numbers were virtually cut in half in 2017. Obviously much of that was due to not only his eventual 6-game suspension and the constant drama surrounding it...
...yet Zeke still finished third in RB PPG (20.3 in PPR), trailing only Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley, while he remained a Top-12 back in all formats despite missing well over 1/3 of the season. He remains arguably the top pure rusher in the league (98.3 rush yds per game topped NFL by nearly 10), is fed a buffet of weekly carries (24.3 also led NFL) in a run-dominant attack built around him, behind a beefy offensive line (No.4 by PFF, despite right side regression). There's enough Surrounding Talent to move the ball, but not enough to threaten his centerpiece role. On-field, he's risk free, but off-field remains another story. Still, with potential increased receiving usage raising his already sky-high ceiling and sturdy rushing floor, Zeke should bounce back huge and will not only threaten for his second rushing title in three years, but also the top-scoring fantasy product. His best is yet to come.
Ceiling Projection: 360 touches (50 rec.), 2,100 tot. Yds, 18 TDs
Floor Projection*: 290 touches (25 rec.), 1,500 tot. Yds, 10 TDs
*Note - Floors are done without injuries in mind. Of course the lowest floor is torn ACL first play of scrimmage. This assumes 16 games
Weight: 225 lbs