When it comes to evaluating fantasy football running backs, a lot of factors come into play. That's less important when we're discussing the top-flight options, but we still need to split hairs in order to determine who's the best and who's the third- or fourth-best.
The top four running backs in terms of average draft position (ADP), per FantasyFootballCalculator, can carry a team to a fantasy championship -- at least on paper. Those four, in order, are Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, and David Johnson.
You can certainly have your preference between them, but one thing is for sure: Elliott has legitimate concerns about his team's offense. With NFL teams running the ball with the lead and passing when down as much now as ever, we need to consider the Dallas Cowboys' struggles at the end of 2017 as we examine Elliott's fantasy value for 2018.
Is the situation bad enough to keep Elliott out of this elite fantasy tier? Let's see if we can find the answer.
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