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Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, May 30, 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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Stock Up: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott shines in preseason debut vs Seahawks

It was only a preseason game, but Ezekiel Elliott proved to Dallas Cowboys fans that he was worthy of the No. 4 overall pick, rushing against the most respected defense in the league. Elliott finished with 48 yards on seven carries, and came to blows numerous times with one of the league’s hardest hitting safeties, Kam Chancellor.

“They thought they had to welcome me in because I’m a rookie, so they were giving me all that rookie talk,” Elliott said, “but I had to let them know I belong here.” Zeke only played 15 plays on the night, but boy did he show he belonged there.

First, he showed his elite pass blocking abilities right away on a blitzing K.J. Wright (#50), which will allow him to be trusted on all three downs:

After the running back showed off his talents as a blocker, he then decided to take on Chancellor, who was surprised by Elliott’s physicality and willingness to take on contact.

“I was, because there was no film on him,” Chancellor said, via the Seattle Times. “I didn’t know if he was going to juke me or not, so I was a little surprised. But not the second time. Second time you know I’m bringing that wood. I was a little surprised the first time, but he has a lot of courage for that. I’ll give it to him. But if it was a full game, it would have been a bloodbath.”

If you happened to watch Elliott play at Ohio State, you would know that he excelled running the outside zone play. His patience shows when he extends the play, then once he uses his elite vision to find the slightest crease, he plants his outside foot in the ground and explodes through the hole into the second level. Elliott will not be able to break as many long touchdown runs as he did in college, so instead he will try to run over the defender in his way.

This was the first time he met Mr. Chancellor:

After clearly pissing off the big safety, Chancellor was called for a 15-yard late hit penalty (Welcome to the NFL moment), when he decked the running back on an incomplete pass after the whistle.

What’s best is that Elliott did not back down, in fact he decided to go back at the member of the “Legion of Boom” again:

All in all, Elliott only played two full series in his first game as a Cowboy, but he made his mark against the NFL’s baddest and meanest defense.

What makes the former Buckeye so appealing for fantasy owners are his multiple elite attributes, which will allow him to be a true, three-down back, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s running behind that offensive line. The Cowboys offensive line did an excellent job on Thursday night and they showed why they are known as the best in the league.

“It makes my job really easy when I play behind that great offensive line. I can only think of one run where someone tackled me when I wasn’t in the second level,” Elliott said. “When you’re running on safeties all day it makes your job real easy.”

The only negative on the night for the Cowboys was Tony Romo‘s back injury, which actually could help Elliott, as weird as that sounds. Rookie QB Dak Prescott came into the game and the two rookies shined together. If Romo’s injury is serious or if he does not last all 16 games (he won’t), Prescott’s dual-threat ability will only open up more lanes for Elliott. The Cowboys can run more plays out of the shotgun, which is what the tailback ran 100-percent of his plays out of at Ohio State and they can run the zone read with Dak and Zeke. Sure, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten‘s stock would slip a little, but Prescott has been unbelievable in the preseason and the running game would improve as a whole. This is the first time in a long time that the Cowboys would be in an okay place if Romo were to go down.

If last night was a foreshadow of Ezekiel Elliott’s 2016 season, it would be a major, major mistake to let him fall out of the first round of your fantasy draft. In fact, your league loses all of its credibility if he lasts until the second round.

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