Ezekiel Elliott is officially out.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal for an injunction of his suspension was denied on Thursday, meaning that this Sunday, for the first time, he’ll have to sit. There’s still a chance he could appeal the decision further – but in all likelihood, he’s going to have to serve the six-game suspension originally laid out by the league.
So who will the Cowboys turn to in Zeke’s absence? A three-headed monster of sorts. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have gotten 14 and 10 carries this year, respectively. Jane Slater also reports that Darren McFadden will be in the mix.
Zeke suspension means back to Plan B at running back. Alfred Morris to get the ball first with Rod Smith and Darren McFadden getting plenty of touches throughout the game. RB Coach Gary Brown told me last week that Smith will surprise us thinks he can be an every-down back.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 9, 2017
Time for Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden. Officially.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2017
Jeff Sullivan says that Smith will be the player given the most opportunity.
If the Zeke suspension holds, I'm not sure what the legal options are, I think we're going to see a lot more of Rod Smith than anyone realizes. Think he'll have more touches than Alfred Morris over the six games.
— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) November 9, 2017
For the season, Morris has carried the ball 14 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. Smith has 10 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. McFadden has yet to see any action.
If you’re a Zeke owner in fantasy football, it seems like Smith is the player with the most upside. But if we’re being honest – it’s unlikely that any of these players come close to matching Zeke’s output.