The ongoing legal battle between the NFL and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott continued on Friday afternoon when a district court in Texas granted Elliott a temporary restraining order against the NFL's six-game ban. As a result, Elliott will be allowed to play out the course of the season until the courts hear out both sides and make a decision.
From a fantasy perspective, this changes the landscape. Elliott, a consensus top-three running back and top-four selection in fantasy drafts before he received a six-game suspension, saw his stock fall into the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts after the announcement. Now with the strong possibility Elliott plays out the entire 2017 season with the legal battle taking course over the entire season, fantasy owners who drafted him can rejoice.
Elliott will now slide back in as Dallas' featured back behind one of the best offensive lines in football and look to follow through on an incredible rookie debut. Expectations were set even higher for the 22-year-old running back after he combined for 1,994 yards in his rookie season and fantasy owners grew more excited in PPR leagues with word of his role in the passing game growing.
But that got pushed aside after the NFL announced his six-game ban and the hype train fell off the track for several weeks. Now the hype is back and Elliott is again in position where he could finish as the top fantasy running back when the season comes to an end. The news also represents a massive boost for Dallas' playoff chances after many held concerns over how the team would deal with a much tougher schedule, weak defense and the absence of its top running back for six games.
Fantasy owners who held onto Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris can now cut bait. This is Elliott's job and he should get 20-plus touches per game the entire season.