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If you are an Ezekiel Elliott owner, this is the roller coaster that you signed up for by paying the discount price. It’s like shopping at T.J. Maxx and expecting your shirt not to fall apart the fourth time that you wear it. It’s not all bad news though, here’s what we know so far…

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans sided with the NFL 2-1 to go forward with the 6 game suspension that they originally handed down. The good news for Elliott is that his legal team can put together an appeal in either Dallas or New York. The Cowboys are on a bye this week so Elliot’s legal team has the next week or so to get an appeal pushed through to keep Elliot on the field for the time being.

If an appeal is granted, I expect Elliott to be on the field for a good chunk of time while things are sorted out, perhaps even the rest of the season. I think with how complicated this case is, and with the pissing match between the NFL and the NFLPA, this is a strong possibility. Although this is more complicated and more damning than “deflategate”, Tom Brady’s case can be looked at as an example about how long these things can drag out.

I have no legal experience whatsoever. I wish I did, my house would be nicer. I can’t tell you whether he will be on the field in week 7 or not, I can just tell you that my gut feeling is that he will be. However, if whether you are an Ezekiel Elliot owner or not, rostering Darren McFadden immediately, like right this damn second, is in your best interest. Good luck, I went through all five of my leagues and I couldn’t find one share. In deeper leagues, Alfred Morris is also roster-worthy. I’m talking 14-16 teams, you can pick up Morris. Looking back at 2015, McFadden had 37 more carries and averaged almost a full yard per carry more than Morris. McFadden is a talented back and averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2015 behind this superhero-like offensive line when he last received regular volume.

As for the rest of the offense, it should be business as usual. The Cowboys will still run the ball a lot to set up the passing game. If Elliott misses time, I don’t expect Dak Prescott to start forcing the ball to Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten.

 

 

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  1. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    i don’t know where this comes from
    “This season, McFadden has exactly three times as many carries as Morris has.”
    as mcfadden was been inactive and has no yards, morris has 8 for 87

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: you will be the king if mcfadden does end up being the guy here though over morris, at literally nobody else is saying this (due to having literally evidence for the opposite to be the case)

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Mb: interesting as you have corrected the error, but are still planting the flag, just reworded the reasons why. you should be getting the credit if/when mcfadden plays over morris (assuming zeke actually misses time of course).

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: somebody at cowboys.com agrees with you on this. some other evidence anyway.

  2. JP Morgan says:
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    would you drop Crowell for McFadden Crow sucks I say yes but would like your opinion

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @JP Morgan: yeah I’d do it

  3. Nightpandas says:
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    MB, wanted a second opinion:

    Got an interesting offer 12 team keep 3

    My Cooper and Mixon for his Watkins and D Martin

    My keepers Likely Gurley Gronk and M Thomas

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Nightpandas: I’d hold off. You’re not upgrading anywhere

  4. William Hung says:
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    Another odd move in my league – Jack Doyle was just dropped… I’m guessing he’s a no-brainer waiver add

    Who do I drop? Martavis Bryant, Mike Wallace or Marlon Mack?

    As a reminder, the rest of my WRs are: Cooper, Crowder, Parker, Louis, and Mike Wallace. I’m hesitant to drop Wallace because he has a solid matchup v. CHI and he’s in my flex right now with Ty Mont practicing, but his snap count for sunday could be limited

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @William Hung: I’d probably drop Mack then

      • William Hung says:
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        @Mb: ok thanks!

  5. paul says:
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    Ive been offered Kamara and Winston for Gillislee and Morris. He is the DMC owner. I only need Wilson this week. 1/2pt PPR. Gill is annoying to own and Kamara looks feisty, would you do the trade?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @paul: Wilson or Winston? Doesn’t matter I’d take it just to get Kamara

      • paul says:
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        @Mb: yeah i have wilson, would be adding winston for bye. my bad

        • MB

          Mb says:
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          @paul: all good, do it! Winston> Wilson as a fantasy QB ROS

  6. Pops says:
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    Where is the fantasy feedback from the Thusday night game?

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Pops: Cam Newton looked hurt at the end. Kelvin Benjamin looked good. McCaffery continues to have to be started. Wentz is a QB1, Agholor is actually useful. Legarrette Blount needs to touch the ball more

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Mb: cam looked quite bad before that likely shoulder thing though, but really, it’s thursday, all SORTS of QB’s and offenses in general look awful with half a week rest/plan time. previous week winston was completely awful for about 3.33 quarters too. others have done the same.

  7. Brian says:
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    roster questions on a couple leagues:

    1. PPR league. 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 WR/RB/TE flex. starting julio, tyreek, leveon, cja, gronk. for the 2 flex would you start ASJ, hyde, ty mont (if he plays), james white, martavis,

    2. 1/4 ppr – need 1 rb from martin or howard, and 1 wr from gabriel, martavis, watkins, parker (if he plays)

    3. 1/2 ppr – need 2 flex from cja, rishard, jordan reed, martavis,

    4. 1/2 ppr – need 3 rbs from martin, demarco, marshawn, hyde and 1 qb from carr, brissett, or semien

    • MB

      Mb says:
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      @Brian: 1. White

      2 Howard

      3. CJA and Reed

      4. Bench Hyde, Start Brissett

      • Brian says:
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        @Mb: thanks. for #1, i need 2 flex. so if you white as one, which other guy would you use? ASJ, hyde, ty mont (if he plays), martavis,

        for #2 i also need a wr from gabriel, martavis, watkins, parker (if he plays)

        Thanks!

  8. TBuns says:
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    Elliott owner just sent a trade for my Morris for his Tyreek Hill. Pull the trigger?

    • knucks says:
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      @TBuns: YES!

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @TBuns: that’s bat shit good.

  9. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:
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    Got offered Fuller/Collins for my K. Benjamin/Ellington

    standard scoring, 12 tm, we only start 2 Wrs and a Flex

    My RBs: Gore, Mack, McKinnon, McGuire, Ellington, David Johnson

    My WRs: Hogan, Jeffery, Benjamin, Garcon

    Is collins enough of an upgrade at RB to pull the trigger? Benjamin is a target monster, but in standard scoring Fuller’s TDs have outscored him…

    thanks

    TFD

    • Brent

      The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @The Fantasy Dick: I have Newton and I have Wentz…so I have a Cam/Kelvin stack or a Wentz/Jeffery stack…not sure if that makes a difference in your trade opinion

  10. Benny says:
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    Would you accept this offer –

    My Martavis Bryant and Alfred Morris for his Kamara

    • Benny says:
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      @Benny: also have an offer on the table for Morris and Bryant for Thielen. Would you do either of those? And if yes to both, which do you like more?

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