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NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap: Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Pollard: 15 carries, 80 yards, 6 receptions, 109 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

Ezekiel Elliott: 15 carries, 42 yards, 2 touchdowns; 1 reception, 5 receiving yards


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Ezekiel Elliott‘s return: Elliott returned to the Cowboys after missing the last three weeks with a knee injury.

  • There were reports before the game that Elliott would still be limited.
  • Tony Pollard was the lead back on early downs, but the backfield was split in more specialized situations.
  • Pollard could be considered a sell-high candidate, as Elliott will likely take a higher percentage of the team’s carries going forward once he’s closer to 100%.
  • The Cowboys face the Titans during fantasy championships. Tennessee has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
  • The week before that they face the Eagles, who have been average against the run but just added two former All-Pro defensive tackles. 

Ignore the Vikings' snap counts: The Vikings rested their starters in the fourth quarter as they were down by over 30 points.

  • Justin Jefferson had played all 45 snaps over the first three quarters, while T.J. Hockenson and Adam Thielen had played all but one snap.
  • Dalvin Cook played 34-of-45 snaps in the first three quarters, which was on par for him.
  • The Vikings players are buy-low candidates in general after this poor performance.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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