Ezekiel Elliott Favored to Lead NFL in Rushing Yards in 2019

By Braulio Perez
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams
Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams /

Entering the 2019 NFL season, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows the pressure will be on him to deliver another playoff appearance in order to keep him off the proverbial hot seat. And if the offense wants to keep humming the same way it did in 2018, their will be one major recipe for success: Feed Zeke.

All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott is coming off another brilliant campaign and enters this season as the favorite to lead in the NFL in rushing yards, with 3-to-1 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Last year, the Ohio State product won the rushing title for the second time in three seasons with his 1,434 rushing yards. He added six rushing touchdowns, plus 77 receptions for 537 yards and three more receiving TDs. Though Elliott has once again faced some offseason off-the-field issues, this time with a security guard in Las Vegas, he'll face no suspension from the NFL and is set to be the workhorse in Big D again.

Players on Zeke's tail, according to odds, are Saquon Barkley (+400), Chris Carson (+1300) and Joe Mixon (+1300). Other consensus first-round fantasy picks in Christian McCaffrey (+1400), Le'Veon Bell (+1600) and Melvin Gordon (+1600) could be in position to compete for the 2019 rushing title.

While Elliott will look to deliver another rushing title to the Cowboys this season, we'll have to wait and see how all of these backs deliver come Week 1.

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