|Darren McFadden inactive Sunday night|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 10, 6:00 pm
|Cowboys: RB Darren McFadden, QB Cooper Rush, WR Noah Brown, OG Jonathan Cooper.CB Bene Benwikere, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Jourdan Lewis (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This comes as a bit of a surprise as McFadden was clearly the No.2 running back in rotation during preseason workouts. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith will handle backup duties behind Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants.
|Ezekiel Elliott likely to play all season|
Judge grant injunction to prevent six-game ssuspension
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 8, 5:45 pm
|Federal judge Amos Mazzant III granted a request by the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. With the injunction granted, Elliott will likely be able to continue playing as the legal process plays out. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Elliott will now be able to play all season while the legal process plays out thanks to this injunction granted judge Mazzant. This whole scenario resembles a storyline of the WWF but it does mean fantasy owners who took a gamble on Zeke in their drafts will have the Cowboys running back all season.
|Zeke suspension upheld, will play Week 1|
This saga isn't over
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Sep 5, 8:00 pm
|Arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld the six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Despite the suspension being upheld, Elliott is still eligible to play in the team's season opener Sunday against the New York Giants. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Elliots's 6-game suspension remains but he will suit up Week 1 against the Giants because the ruling came after 4 pm ET. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be available for Week 2 or beyond as the next ruling in the case should come late Friday.
|NFL Network: Elliott likely to play Week 1|
If ruling delays past 4 p.m. today, Zeke will play Sunday night
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 5, 10:25 am
|NFL Network on Twitter: "If Ezekiel Elliott is still on the roster by Tuesday at 3pm Dallas time, he will be eligible to play in the opener." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who reported that Elliott will play Week 1 if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson does not hand down a decision before 4 PM EST on Tuesday. It's not a 100 percent sure thing he's a go for the opener, but it's looking more and more like a probability.
|NFL seeks dismissal of Ezekiel Elliott's case|
NFL going after NFLPA's pre-emptive injunction with its own tricks
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 5, 9:20 am
|The NFL argued in a pair of filings late Monday night that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott does not have the legal standing to challenge in federal court a six-game suspension over domestic assault allegations.
The NFL Players Association filed a petition to vacate Elliott’s suspension and then sought a temporary restraining order hours after Elliott’s three-day appeals hearing ended on Thursday. The NFL-appointed arbitrator, Harold Henderson, has yet to issue his ruling on Elliott’s appeal. (USA Today)|
FFToday's Take: We'll keep updating as news breaks, but it looks like both sides of this are exploring all their options. As of now, Elliott and the team are preparing for him to play in the opener.
|Zeke to know Week 1 fate by Monday?|
Appeals officer under pressure to make a decision
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 31, 7:05 pm
|Harold Henderson, the appeals officer in the Ezekiel Elliott hearing, is under pressure to have a decision by Monday, per source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Barring a complete removal of Elliott's six-game suspension, this is trending toward a prolonged court battle in which he plays out the 2016 season in the same way Tom Brady did in 2015 while his case was in limbo. The league usually doles out discipline no later than Tuesday during the season so teams can plan their week, and that will probably be the deadline here. Owners can't feel secure they'll have Zeke in Week 1, but the odds of it happening seem to be getting stronger.
|PFT believes Ezekiel Elliott could play Week 1|
Hearing scheduled for today, but injunction could delay final ruling
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 29, 10:36 am
|Rob Guerrera (@StatsOnFire) on Twitter: "@ProFootballTalk says the Zeke Elliott appeal is probably going to go to court, which means there's a "very good chance" he plays week one."
Ezekiel Elliott is scheduled for a hearing in the NFL offices today. (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's a range of possibilities covered in Jason Katz's excellent Aug. 11 article: http://www.fftoday.com/articles/katz/17_ezekiel_elliott.html
But Mike Florio could have inside knowledge of Elliott's plans to have a court file an injunction, and given the convoluted nature of previous suspensions, including Deflategate and the Saints bounty scandal, Zeke might actually be available for Week 1, even if the six games stands at the end of today.
|Ezekiel Elliott gets 6-game ban hammer|
Elliott has three business days to appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 11, 12:05 pm
|Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott will appeal the suspension so there's a chance the penalty could be reduced. In the meantime, Elliott's fantasy value takes a significant hit. If the suspension holds, Elliott wouldn't be back on the field in Week 8. Missing that much time drops him down into RB3 consideration for the season as a whole. Darren McFadden, Rod Smith and Alfred Morris are next up on the depth chart with McFadden getting the biggest boost in playing time.
|Ezekiel Elliott decision coming soon?|
Waiting to hear about possible suspension
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 10, 7:10 pm
|Clarity coming on Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott: The ruling on his investigation is expected soon, source said. Could be as early as (Friday). (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: As nice as it will be to get some clarification on his status, we have been promised "decisions" on his status for nearly a month, so don't get your hopes up yet. A two-game suspension should probably send Zeke back into the middle of the first round, while no suspension should be enough reason to take him as early as No. 3 overall. Stay tuned.
|Jarvis Landry denies domestic abuse charges|
Dolphins WR one of several NFL players facing legal and league action
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 8, 1:22 pm
|One day after it was revealed he is the subject of an investigation into a domestic incident, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry said he is cooperating.
(Palm Beach Post)|
FFToday's Take: “I have been upfront with the team,” Landry said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’ve been upfront with law enforcement. Hopefully this gets resolved in a timely fashion.”
Landry is a productive WR2 in fantasy but you'll have to follow these developments as the info filters in. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott also faces possible league discipline stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in Ohio before Zeke's rookie season.
|No decision on Ezekiel Elliott expected this week|
Cowboys RB remains a risky top five pick
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 1, 8:40 am
|Tom Pelissero (@Tom Pelissero) on Twitter: "No Ezekiel Elliott decision expected this week, source said. Commissioner waiting for 4 outside advisors who attended meeting to finish work" (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was some speculation a ban would be announced this past Friday, but now it appears there's nothing even planned for this week. The Cowboys stud RB remains a risky top-five fantasy pick as we head into August.
|Ezekiell Elliott headed for more trouble?|
Allegedly involved in bar disturbance
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Jul 17, 9:30 am
|More information regarding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in what Dallas police called a “disturbance” at a bar on Sunday night has begun to filter out. The police said a 30-year-old man told them he had been assaulted, but did not know who did it. TMZ also spoke to someone identified as “Sgt. Williams” from the Dallas police who said that a friend of the alleged victim also identified Elliott as the assailant and a social media post from Sunday night carried the same message with some NSFW language. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in the skirmish last night.
|Zeke to face 1-2 game suspension?|
NFL investigation is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 14, 2:00 pm
|ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the investigation is still ongoing, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter went on to say that there's a growing sense that a 1-2 game suspension may occur in the coming weeks for the Cowboys starting running back. Nothing is official on this situation, but its enough to give fantasy owners drafting in the top three some pause. Darren McFadden is Elliott's backup.