2018 Fantasy Football: Ezekiel Elliott Player Profile

Ezekiel Elliott Player Profile

If you like a big belly full of running back, then this fantasy football Ezekiel Elliott player profile is for you. As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated running backs in standard scoring and points per game leagues.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but most of the guys at the top are no longer in the league anymore.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best running back value lies.

Fantasy Football Ezekiel Elliott

Current ADP (As of 9/3/2018):

Standard: Number 3 among running backs.  Number 3 overall.

PPR: Number 4 among running backs.  Number 4 overall.




Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 10 163.1 2 18.1
2016 2 293.4 3 19.6


Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 12 203.2 3 20.3
2016 2 325.4 3 21.7


Carries Carries Per Game Targets Targets Per Game
2017 242 24.2 38 3.8
2016 322 21.5 39 2.6

Overview: Ezekiel Elliott is pretty awesome. If you can find a flaw in his football game, I’d love to hear it.  When he is on the field, he is a game-changer.  In his two years playing football, he has finished top three in points per game.  My only problem with him, which is so infinitesimally small as to make me seem like a hipster that is trying too hard, is that I worry he might get into trouble and suspended at some point in the future.  I’m not so concerned about this that I won’t draft him top four.  It just makes it easier to trust Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, or David Johnson.

Strategy: Quite simply, if you are drafting in the top four and you don’t draft him, you are making a huge mistake.  He deserves to be drafted early.

Ceiling: His ceiling is the best running back in the NFL.  He has as good a chance as anyone of achieving this.

Floor:  What will actually happen is he will do something relatively stupid and inoffensive at the same time that Jerry Jones is caught putting a flaming bag of poo on Roger Goodell’s lawn.  Zeke is banned from the NFL for life.



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