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Dr. Roto’s Daily Prescription 8/15: Veteran Running Backs Find New Homes

Doc gives his take on the fantasy football implications of Dalvin Cook joining the Jets and Ezekiel Elliott joining the Patriots.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes a knee in the end zone before the Cowboys played the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dalvin Cook to the Jets

After weeks of speculation, it appears Dalvin Cook is going to sign a one-year contract with the Jets worth about $8.6 million. Aaron Rodgers was in favor of the deal, and Cook really wanted to give himself a shot at winning a Super Bowl. I think this is also a sign that Breece Hall is not 100% just yet and will have to be slowly ramped up at the beginning of the season. I would expect that for the first few weeks Cook and Hall will split touches close to 50/50; If Hall continues to progress, I can see that moving to a 60/40 split in Hall’s favor. Regardless, I think it lowers both of their fantasy values as Hall probably drops from a third-round pick to a fifth-round pick and Cook probably somewhere from a sixth-round pick to an eighth-round pick.

Ezekiel Elliott to the Patriots

The Patriots decided to sign Elliott to a one-year contract to be part of their backfield along with Rhamondre Stevenson. Dallas Cowboys fans were hoping that Zeke would return to Dallas, but at $6 million, I think he could not pass up New England’s offer. I see Zeke getting about eight to 10 touches a game and being the primary short-yardage running back. Expect to see Zeke in all goal-line situations, and I think he has a good chance to get about eight to nine touchdowns. As for Stevenson, I don’t think that Zeke hurts his value much, as Stevenson is clearly the pass-catching back who should be able to get about 18 to 20 touches per game.