In the video here The Fantasy Executive Corey Parson along with Frank Stampfl, All in Kid Jake Ciely and special guest Brandon Marianne Lee discuss and provide instant Fantasy analysis of the breaking news concerning the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. They also talk about how this news will affect other players in the Dallas offense and what Fantasy owners need to do to address the suspension in upcoming drafts.
The NFL has reportedly suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six games for a domestic violence incident that occurred in 2016. Elliott was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend but prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio declined to press charges after investigating. However, the NFL began a lengthy investigation of their own, a process that has led to several other suspensions for NFL players whether or not formal charges were filed in a court of law. Elliott has the right to appeal the suspension, something he will undoubtedly pursue. The NFL could reduce the suspension by a game or two, but it is not known whether they will entertain the idea of shortening the suspension, especially if there is a pattern of irresponsible behavior by the player.
The NFL has issued suspensions of various lengths in situations that have involved NFL players, especially those that have shown a pattern of troubles with the law. Elliott has some history of irresponsible behavior in addition to the domestic violence accusation. Earlier this year he was accused of pulling down a woman’s shirt on St. Patrick’s Day. It was reported that he was involved in a bar fight last month, and he was cited with a misdemeanor traffic summons for speeding in exess of 100 mph just a few weeks ago.
The suspension with make a significant impact on Elliott’s Fantasy value and will have a trickle down effect on the Fantasy value of the entire Cowboys’ roster of offensive Fantasy players. Darren McFadden is the running back most likely to begin the season as Elliot’s prime replacement. His Fantasy value goes from late draft handcuff pickup all the way up to somewhere in the RB3 realm. Alfred Morris also gains a small measure of Fantasy value, most likely as a short yardage or goal line option. Dak Prescott gains some value as he is likely to run a bit more, especially close to the goal line. Dez Bryant also gains some value, as the team could involve him more often, especially if either McFadden or Morris has difficulty running the ball effectively. However, it is worth noting that the Dallas offensive line is one of the best in the league, especially when it comes to run blocking, and the Cowboys’ offense is centered on a run-first game plan. As such, the team is unlikely to change their primary mode of operation as long as they can run the ball effectively.