Which NFC East back should you target in fantasy drafts?

Yahoo Fantasy analysts Liz Loza and Dalton Del Don discuss runnings backs Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley ahead of 2022 fantasy drafts.

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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.