From Weeks 1-5 of the 2020 NFL season -- in the games quarterback Dak Prescott started for the Dallas Cowboys -- running back Ezekiel Elliott checked in at 22.3 PPR fantasy points per game. That put Zeke at RB3 behind Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook. However, after Prescott's season-ending injury, Elliott's per-game output dropped to 11.1 in a Dallas offense that lacked rhythm and definition.
Today, let's focus on Elliott's 2021 fantasy outlook, discussing why the Cowboys' feature back should be in line to produce a bounce-back season given his total volume and role in one of the NFL's most explosive offensive units.
Bet on the volume
Heading into the 2019 season, I saw Elliott as the league's best running back. He had elite second-level burst, contact balance and the ability to create home run plays.