Yahoo Fantasy analysts Liz Loza and Dalton Del Don discuss runnings backs Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley ahead of 2022 fantasy drafts.
LIZ LOZA: You have Saquon Barkley at 13 and Ezekiel Elliott at 24. I am surprised that you are so much higher on Barkley. You want to talk about that?
DALTON DEL DON: Elliott's ECR, his expert consensus ranking, is 19, Elliott. So about split the difference between us there. Yeah, Barkley is a little bit younger, and we've seen him be the best fantasy player. Listen, it's health, isn't it? I mean, I feel like if Barkley's healthy, he has an upside to be a first-round pick. I don't really see that outcome in Zeke at this stage of his career how he's looked recently.
But I would absolutely have no problem if someone just crossed off Barkley on their cheat sheet and was like, I don't want to deal with that. There's so much injury risk there for a top-three-round pick or whatever, so I would totally understand that. But to me, Barkley, I think his upside is certainly in a different class than Elliott. But maybe I'm off.
LIZ LOZA: I think it's not just the health of the player but the health of the offensive organization. And I have--
DALTON DEL DON: They have Daboll there now. And I don't know. It's an interesting-- way better upgrade in coaching staff there too. So yeah.
LIZ LOZA: There's certainly been a regime change, but Daniel Jones is still Daniel Jones. And after the draft, I'm a little bit nervous about how many of last year's-- I mean, is Kadarius Toney part of the equation? Wan'Dale Robinson was drafted, and there's a lot of skill set overlap between those two players. So I think we might be in a transition space. I'm not saying we don't get there. I think this is a finding out year for Daniel Jones.
And I'm just-- it's hard for me to believe that that offensive unit can help support Barkley and his efficiency. And also, I mean, pass catching is kind of where he made his bread and butter over the first two years. So how much of that is going to be-- I know we're expecting more uptempo passing opportunities from Daboll. But now that they've added other receivers, how much of that realistically will continue to go Barkley's way?
DALTON DEL DON: He was targeted more early in his career, you're right. But I would say best case scenario, if healthy, Barkley is going to just dominate all the touches in that New York backfield. And I like the Dallas offense better. But I think even if Ezekiel Elliott returns healthy, Pollard will still cut into his share big time, like 30%, 40%.
But, yeah, we'll see. Maybe Elliott bounces back. And again, I do like his situation. So maybe I'm being bitter because, as I said, I did buy in last year. And typically, I don't like-- I don't think that's what I'm being here. Running backs in that-- 26, 27 years old, a couple down years, constantly banged up. Yeah, I don't know. I'm fading Zeke.