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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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How the Eagles trading up impacts Ezekiel Elliott

Prior to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Ezekiel Elliott, the number one overall fantasy rookie, looked destined to be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles at pick No. 8. That was until they decided to mortgage their future to move up to the No. 2 spot, where they will most likely select their quarterback of the future, while also making the Cleveland Browns look like a competent NFL franchise.

The former Buckeye made it no secret that the Eagles were very interested in him with pick No. 8 and make no mistake about it, it would have been a great fit. After DeMarco Murray was shipped to Tennessee, their running back depth chart consisted of glass (Ryan Matthews) and two third down backs in Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner.

However, that ship has now sailed and Elliott will be packing his bags and moving to somewhere else rather than Philly, which will at least save him from getting pegged by batteries at some point in his career.

Truthfully, the 6-foot, 225 lb tailback would start for a majority of the teams in the league, but let’s take a look at where his most realistic landing spot will be and where he would have the greatest fantasy impact.

Dream scenario:
Dallas Cowboys

This would be a match made in heaven for all parties involved.

For Elliott’s benefit, he would be rushing behind the NFL’s best offensive line; with Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick. He would be the main guy, but he would also be kept fresh with Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris backing him up. In addition, unlike Todd Gurley out in Los Angeles, he will have a passing offense around him, which will keep opposing defenses from loading up the box.

From the Cowboys’ point of view, it would get them back to the balanced offense that they had two years ago with DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 1,845 yards. A formidable running game would keep the pressure off of Tony Romo and not to mention, Elliott is the best pass protecting running back to come out of college football in ages. Lastly, Jerry Jones typically goes for the star power and Elliott would bring that to Dallas.

The interest is there between the former Buckeye and the Cowboys, as the Cowboys have worked him out in Columbus, met with him at the NFL combine and had him out for a visit at their facility. However, with the loss of Greg Hardy and the suspensions to defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, there is a high possibility that the Cowboys would be inclined to take Elliott’s collegiate teammate, defensive end Joey Bosa.

Quick reminder: In Elliott’s lone game played at Jerry’s World in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship versus Oregon, he rushed for a decent 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Most realistic destination:
Miami Dolphins

Miami lost the underrated and underutilized  Lamar Miller in free agency to the Texans and they struck out on signing CJ Anderson, after the Broncos surprisingly signed Miami’s offer sheet. On top of that, they looked out of the running in the Ezekiel Elliott sweepstakes after the Eagles sent Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso and the No. 13 pick to the Dolphins for the  No. 8 pick. The Eagles and maybe the Giants were the only real hurdles in between the Dolphins and their future every down back.

Then, the trade happened.

With the Eagles essentially out of the picture and the Giants most likely trying to fill higher needs at pick No. 10, Elliott should land in the Dolphins’ lap. If he does, expect great things from the player who shredded former Dolphins’ head coach, Nick Saban, to a tune of 230 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 Sugar Bowl.

Unlike Dallas, where he would lose some carries (yet stay fresh for all 16 games) to McFadden and Morris, he would be the no-brainer every down back in Miami, with the underwhelming Jay Ajayi, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams behind him. Although the offense line needs some work outside of center Mike Pouncey and left tackle Brandon Albert, the volume and day one impact would be there for Elliott in Miami.

This week,  it was reported by NFL Network’s Albert Breer that Elliott visited South Beach for a workout with the Dolphins.

Darkhorses:
New York Giants and Oakland Raiders

The only realistic team between the Cowboys and the Dolphins to draft the former Buckeye would be the New York Giants. The Giants got very little production out of the running back position in 2015; however, they have a ton of holes to fill on defense. The thought of Odell Beckham Jr. and the addition of Ezekiel Elliott would be frightening for opposing defenses and a joy for fantasy owners.

If Elliott happens to fall past those three teams, expect him to land in Oakland, where Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Elliott would team up to be one of the NFL’s youngest and most lethal air and ground attacks. They would be the early favorites in the AFC West and all three would be valued very high in fantasy leagues.

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