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


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.

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility


D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident


All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.