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Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: EZEKIEL ELLIOTT LOOMING SUSPENSION KNOCKS HIM DOWN FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD

All throughout the NFL offseason, there were rumblings that the league was looking deep into the alleged domestic violence incident involving Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott which went back to before he even played a down the previous year.  While no suspension was handed down in 2016, it looks like things will be changing on that front for 2017 as multiple reports are surfacing that Elliott will face some sort of a short-term suspension to begin the season.  The most widely reported is that Elliott will get 2-3 games and then likely have one chopped off on an expected appeal.  Elliott himself is also reportedly resigning himself to this possibility.  So in response, those in the fantasy football community need to knock Elliott down a few pegs in the first round draft order.  If there were no suspension, Elliott had a case to be the number 1 overall pick coming off one of the greatest rookie rushing performances of all-time.  He would be in a major debate with Arizona's David Johnson and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell on that front.  However the suspension changes things and firmly plants Elliott behind those two and maybe even behind DeMarco Murray, Jay Ajayi, and especially Le'Sean McCoy.  While Elliott would still be a first round pick given the suspension, any missed game right off the bat is a big problem when it comes to the draft.  


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