Is Ezekiel Elliott playing today vs. the Saints? Fantasy injury update for Cowboys vs. Saints Week 13 Thursday Night Football

Is Zeke Elliott ready to play in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, and should fantasy managers trust him on Thursday?

After much discussion about a bone bruise injury for Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, is he playing in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints? What is the latest regarding the status of Elliott, how has he been performing this season, and can fantasy football managers trust him?

Update 12/02/21: Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially active for their game against the New Orleans Saints.

Is Ezekiel Elliott playing today against the Saints after struggling with an injury?

Coming out of Thanksgiving, the discussion around the Cowboys was that Elliott might be limited this week due to a bone bruise. Elliott has been listed on the Cowboys’ injury report since Week 10 with a knee injury. In Week 12, leading into Thanksgiving, he was listed as limited on Monday before being a full participant on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Therefore, given the discussions around him being limited over the weekend, it was a surprise to see Elliott as a full participant for the Cowboys on Monday. He remained a full participant on both Tuesday and Wednesday and enters Thursday with no injury designation. Unless he suffers a setback, Elliott will be on the field in Week 13.

Elliott has been struggling in recent weeks

Back in Week 5, it all looked rosy for Elliott. He had just rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games and was averaging 90.4 rushing yards per game on the year. Since then, Elliott has not topped 69 rushing yards and hasn’t gone over 50 in the last three weeks. Additionally, after having 5 rushing touchdowns through the first five weeks, he has just 3 since then.

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Elliott has been contributing to the receiving game in 2021, but his efficiency in that area is down this year. He is averaging 3.5 receptions and 20.7 yards per game this season (compared to his career average of 26.6 yards). Still, Elliott has received a lot of targets over the past two weeks (14), pulling in 12 receptions for 60 yards during that span.

What options do fantasy managers have?

It has been a tough stretch for anyone who drafted Elliott in fantasy this year. In standard formats, he has averaged just 10.5 fantasy points per game in the last five weeks. Nevertheless, Elliott has been a borderline RB2 during that stretch. Much of that is in thanks to his 2-touchdown game in Week 10.

Elliott’s 22 receptions in the past five weeks have seen him perform slightly better in half-PPR and PPR formats. He is still just a mid-tier RB2, which is a disappointment for what he was drafted to be. Nonetheless, even with a reduction in production, Elliott has remained an RB2. Therefore, with him seemingly healthy heading into Week 13, fantasy managers really have to roll with Elliott in their lineup.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.


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