Fantasy Football: Week 16 RB rankings

Will a fresh and fit Elliott become latest feature fantasy RB to pound Seahawks?

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Although most people go to Cabo to relax and/or party, Ezekiel Elliott went there to stay fit during his suspension. Fantasy owners are most concerned with the appearance of his Week 16 stat line, not the shirt-less Elliott photo we were all treated to by his reps Sunday night or his teammates' rave accounts of his condition upon returning to the club Monday.

Elliott played in 53 consecutive games dating back to Ohio State prior to serving his six-game personal conduct suspension, so there's little we can use on to help us decipher what type of rust coming off previous layoffs.

That leaves us to look at his pre-suspension body of work and the recent results of Seattle's 'D' to form a reasonable expectation of what Elliott will deliver in the biggest week of the Cowboys' — but more importantly fantasy owners' — season.

After somewhat of a sluggish sophomore start relative to his 2016 Rookie of the Year standards, Elliott averaged 23.9 fantasy points over the five games preceding his suspension to lead all backs. In the final three games — all Cowboys wins — Elliott's average shot up to 26.9, or five full points more than his closest pursuer (Todd Gurley).

That's impressive, unlike the recent play of Seattle's 'D.'

After averaging a top-6 ranking vs. the run in each of the past five seasons, none including a finish lower than 10th, the Seahawks rank 17th overall and tied for 12th in yards per attempt. Of course Todd Gurley's 180-total yard, 4-TD annihilation of that wounded unit a week ago won't help those numbers. But fellow feature back Leonard Fournette in Week 14 went 24-101-1, a box score similar to those of Carlos Hyde's and DeMarco Murray's vs. Seattle in September.

Like the Cowboys in welcoming back Elliott, Seattle should get a boost with K.J. Wright returning from his first absence in almost four years and Bobby Wagner (ankle) a bit healthier. But other offenses have had success vs. the Seahawks with the Cowboys' tried and true formula — ride their horse as far as he'll take them. With both desperate clubs in elimination games, having a fresh and fit Elliott ready to shoulder the load is quite an ace in the hole — in fantasy and reality.

1. Todd Gurley, Rams at Titans

2. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers at Texans

3. Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Falcons

4. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs vs. Dolphins

5. LeSean McCoy, Bills at Patriots

6. Mark Ingram, Saints vs. Falcons

7. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys vs. Seahawks

8. Devonta Freeman, Falcons at Saints

9. Melvin Gordon, Chargers at Jets

10. Leonard Fournette*, Jaguars at 49ers

11. Dion Lewis, Patriots vs. Bills

12. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins at Chiefs

13. Latavius Murray, Vikings at Packers

14. Jordan Howard, Bears vs. Browns

15. Alex Collins, Ravens vs. Colts

16. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Buccaneers

17. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders at Eagles

18. Carlos Hyde, 49ers vs. Jaguars

19. C.J. Anderson, Broncos at Washington

20. Jay Ajayi, Eagles vs. Raiders

21. Mike Davis, Seahawks at Cowboys

22. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings at Packers

23. Tevin Coleman*, Falcons at Saints

24. Theo Riddick*, Lions at Bengals

25. Lamar Miller, Texans vs. Steelers

26. Jamaal Williams, Packers vs. Vikings

27. Joe Mixon*, Bengals vs. Lions

28. Samaje Perine, Washington vs. Broncos

29. DeMarco Murray, Titans vs. Rams

30. Isaiah Crowell*, Browns at Bears

31. Frank Gore, Colts at Ravens

32. Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Chargers

33. Kerwynn Williams*, Cardinals vs. Giants

34. Duke Johnson, Browns at Bears

35. Orleans Darkwa, Giants at Cardinals

36. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers at Panthers

37. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Buccaneers

38. James White, Patriots vs. Bills

39. Mike Gillislee, Patriots vs. Bills

40. Devontae Booker, Broncos at Washington

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