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When the mega-matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams kicks off in the NFL Divisional-Round playoff game on Saturday night, all eyes will be on two of the best running backs in football -- Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott. 


According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, the Rams are listed as 7.5-point favorites over the Cowboys, and that could ultimately determine who we choose in this scenario. 


Without any further ado, let's decide between you of the two. Would you rather -- Gurley or Zeke in the fantasy playoffs?

Gurley, the 2017 NFL MVP, missed the final two games of the regular season and has only exceeded 20 carries in one of his last six games. To say that he's fully rested heading into Saturday night would be the understatement of the year. 


Regardless, Gurley finished the regular season with 1,831 total yards (1,251 rushing, 580 receiving) and 21 total touchdowns (17 rushing, 4 receiving). 

Zeke, on the other hand, has been ridden like a thoroughbred on a cross-country trip across the United States. He outgained Gurley by going for 2,001 total yards (1,434 rushing, 567 receiving) and nine total touchdowns (6 rushing, 3 receiving) in 15 games. Zeke's rushing total also led the NFL. 

In terms of matchups, Zeke holds the advantage on the ground as the Rams allowed more rushing yards (100.4 - 9th most) to running backs than the Cowboys did (71.3 - 4th best). Through the air, however, Gurley has a slightly-better advantage as the Cowboys allow more targets, catches and receiving yards to opposing running backs. 

All in all, Gurley has to be the choice in this scenario. He has had plenty of rest, while Zeke could be slowing down at any minute, and the Rams favored by a little more than a touchdown helps as well. They could be protecting a lead while the Cowboys could be playing catch up, giving Gurley the edge in attempts as well. 


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