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Fantasy Football Fix Podcast: Sleepers, busts and what to do with Ezekiel Elliott

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Fantasy Football Fix Podcast: Sleepers, busts and what to do with Ezekiel Elliott

Slavko Bekovic, Scott Krinch, Glynn Morgan and Tony Andracki break down decisions on suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott and where he should be going in drafts, whether this affects his keeper status and more.

Plus, the CSN Fantasy crew gives their sleepers and busts, including Rob Gronkowski. Leonard Fournette, Kenny Golladay and why LeGarrette Blount is actually on both lists.

Check out the entire podcast here:

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How will Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension affect his fantasy football value?

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How will Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension affect his fantasy football value?

The Fantasy Football community was on pins and needles Friday morning, awaiting the NFL to announce the discipline for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Fantasy owners and Cowboys fans will have to wait a few months to see reigning Rookie of the Year back on the field as the NFL dolled out a six-game suspension for Elliott.

Elliott's suspension stems from a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend which occurred over a year ago in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliott has three days to appeal the suspension, but the chance of him successfully winning an appeal would appear to be a longshot as the NFL has already threatened him with "potential banishment" for additional violations, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Before news of the suspension, the CSN Fantasy crew were all in agreement that Elliott should be the No. 3 overall pick behind Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.

Now, Elliott's draft stock is free falling.

Fantasy owners have to take something into consideration: Elliott will now miss more than half of the regular fantasy football season.

If you own or still plan on drafting the Cowboys running back, your bench is going to have be extremely strong if you want to stay afloat with Elliott sidelined.

While Elliott will likely post his usual monster numbers once he returns, I can't advocate drafting him anywhere within the first two rounds. If you do, you'd be valuing him ahead of running backs like like DeMarco Murray, Jay Ajayi, Jordan Howard and Melvin Gordon.

The area to take a chance on Elliott would be somewhere in the late third/early fourth round as the running backs currently being drafted in this range include Marshawn Lynch, Isaiah Crowell, Carlos Hyde and Ty Montgomery — all players Elliott should outperform if he stays on the field for the final 10 games of 2017.

However, you have to be aware that one more false step off the field could really put Elliott's career in jeopardy.

If you're drafting Elliott, proceed with caution.

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the running backs

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the running backs

With training camp starting next week, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz are looking at three burning questions for each Bears position group heading to Bourbonnais. Today’s group: the running backs.

1. Can Jordan Howard get to the Starting Gate healthy?

By now, there’s no question the franchise’s all-time leading rookie rusher can do it. And after the fifth-rounder answered some durability questions last season, the last thing the Bears need is Howard to be banged-up or unavailable heading into a brutal first month of the season. If the Bears are to compete against the likes of the Falcons, Buccaneers, Steelers and Packers, they’ll need their ball-control game to be effective behind the league’s second-leading rusher last season. The humble star spent the offseason trying to get even better, from eye surgery, to finding ways to get through the second level and outrun defenders.

“Just improving on the little things, my conditioning, my weight, catching passes,” Howard said at last month’s minicamp. “And looking for ways to finish runs better. I feel like I’m in much better shape than I was at this time last year, a little more toned-up.”

2. Spark from Sparty

Jeremy Langford entered last season as the starter following an impressive rookie season of his own, looking like the heir to Matt Forte as he split time with the veteran. But after 28 carries the first two games, the Michigan State product injured an ankle in Week 3 at Dallas after gaining 31 yards on only three carries. He was never the same once he came back, totaling just 31 carries for 84 yards. He remained out of team work during minicamp last month, working out individually on the side in an effort to be full-go for Bourbonnais. Howard took the ball and ran with his opportunity once Langford went down. But it’s not reasonable for him to carry the entire workload once the season begins, unless Dowell Loggains is asking for trouble. Langford returning to his rookie form will help.

3. The 3 C’s

That’s Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Ka'Deem Carey. Carey heads into his fourth season, having bought into special teams roles and being fearless charging into opposing defenders, even pancaking a few in his time here. But unless he finds a way to make himself a core performer on Teams, or if Howard, Langford, Cohen, or Cunningham suffers an injury, one doubts the Bears would enter the season with five running backs, especially if they decide to keep a fullback around. Cohen provides his unique skillset as the “human joystick” third down threat and potential as a returner. The latter is what Cunningham’s built his career upon, and has a similar build as Carey.

“I think it’ll play a key role and benefit me,” the 5-foot-6, 179-pound Cohen said of his stature and waterbug-like moves being a part of the offense. “The linemen are going to be bigger and it’ll be really hard for defenders to see behind my linemen. I didn’t necessarily want to be bigger (growing up), but I wanted to beat the bigger kids.”