Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

We knew a suspension was coming, but now it is official: Ezekiel Elliott has been banned for the first six games of the season. Elliott now has three business days (until August 16th-17th) to appeal the suspension.

This goes without saying, but Elliott is a massive first-round bust if you have already held your draft(s) this summer. But now, based on the news, where should he be going? Where does this leave Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, and possibly another addition in Dallas’ backfield?

Let’s get to it all.

Where Zeke Falls

Elliott’s suspension is tricky. Since it is a six game ban and Dallas has their bye in Week 6, fantasy owners won’t get any production from Ezekiel Elliott until Week 8 in late-October. Granted, fantasy owners won’t be taking a zero for seven straight weeks in Elliott’s spot in the lineup, but there is a clear opportunity cost in taking Elliott in fantasy drafts now.

Let’s go through the numbers.

Pre-suspension, Elliott was our RB3 overall – behind only David J...

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Graham Barfield
Senior Analyst

Graham is a senior analyst for Fantasy Guru and works closely with statistics to produce quanitative analysis for complementary weekly content. He will be appearing before the season and during the season on The Fantasy Guru Podcast with John Hansen and Joe Dolan. Be sure to follow Graham on Twitter at @GrahamBarfield.