In the latest installment of the Fantasy Football Q&A, we figure out what to do with Ezekiel Elliot and the best options for the second overall pick.
Billy rapid reaction off of this, how does Zeke's suspension if it holds affect his fantasy value? How far does he fall in the 1st round?
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) August 11, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott’s six game suspension pushes him down on the draft board. Despite being the top rusher last year, he will be out for over half of the fantasy football regular season (six games for the suspension plus his bye week).
For this reason, I wouldn’t take him in the first round at all. He can help your team in the playoffs, but investing your first pick in a player that will miss half your regular season puts your chances of making said playoffs very low.
I wouldn’t take Elliott before the third round, probably not even until the fourth. Will this hurt your chances of getting him? Yes. But I’d rather use my high picks on players who are going to play the entire season.
Avoiding a player as talented as Elliott is tough to do.
But I hate the idea of my first round pick not playing. Give me players who can get plugged in right away over players who are going to take up a bench spot for six weeks due to a suspension.
@wmcine 14-team PPR league, have the #2 pick. Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson or someone else?
— Rick Weiner (@RickWeinerNY) August 11, 2017
With him suspended, I would bet on one of Bell or David Johnson as the first one off the board. Given your choice of the two, I’d take Bell. He averaged more yards and more receptions per game than Johnson did last year.
There is some temptation to take one of Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, or Antonio Brown here — but if Bell is gone, Johnson is probably the best bet. With the depth at wide receiver more robust than running back, you can find better value pass catchers in the late rounds then you can rushers.
If Bell is somehow there at two, take him. If not, Johnson is a lot more than a consolation prize.
Jay Ajayi: over or under 1,100 rush yards
— Pro Sports Fandom (@ProSportsFandom) August 6, 2017
I’m taking the over.
Jay Ajayi had 1,272 rushing yards in 15 games last season. With Ryan Tannehill out for the year and Jay Cutler spending most of the offseason in retirement mode, the Dolphins running game may be the most important aspect of the offense.
And it wasn’t like Ajayi was the workhorse all season long, either. He lost some early-season touches to Arian Foster, who saw his fair share of carries before an injury midway through the season forced him into retirement.
Ajayi should get the majority of carries and has more experience under his belt. Plus, most backs take a big jump in their second year as the lead back.
As long as he stays healthy, Ajayi should pass 1,100 yards.