Ezekiel Elliott

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Ezekiel Elliott moving more swiftly for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is "way quicker, way more elusive, more fluent" than he was in 2020, per Cowboys running backs coach Josh Hicks.

What It Means:

Elliott posted career-lows last year in rushing yards (979), yards per carry (4.0), rushing touchdowns (6), and 20-plus yard rushes (3). Hicks attributes that regression to "heavy feet" and believes that, after having worked with Elliott this offseason, the two-time NFL leader in rushing yards will return to form. Jon Machota of The Athletic echoed Hicks' praise, saying Elliott "looked fresh and explosive" during organized team activities in front of reporters last month. Elliott and the entire Cowboys' offense is due for a bounce-back season with a healthy Dak Prescott under center.

Elliott finished as the RB11 in standard leagues last year despite being the least efficient running back with at least 200 attempts (-0.04 rushing Net Expected Points per attempt). He is currently the RB8 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 266.7 carries, 1,232.7 rush yards, 63.6 receptions (83.2 targets), 509.0 receiving yards, and 13.4 touchdowns.