The Footballguys staff was asked to mention their most significant rookie running back for the upcoming season. Most significant can have a lot of meaning, so - in this case - it means we just asked our guys to pick the rookie running back they most wanted to write about. Here are the results.
Player Receiving 12 Votes
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
Alexander: It's impossible to give an honest answer to this question that isn't Ezekiel Elliott. By all accounts, Elliott is one of the most talented running backs to enter the league in the last decade. But even if it turns out he's only an average NFL back, top-10 numbers are still on the way. Dallas finished third in team yards per rush attempt last season (4.6 YPA) despite mediocre talent at running back and defenses stacking the box against a toothless offense quarterbacked by Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore. Their offensive line is the best in football, and Tony Romo's healthy return will boost the offense as a whole. Expect the Cowboys to return to their 2014 rush play percentage (50% -- third-highest in the league) and Elliott to see all the touches he can handle. If Elliott is even 75% as good as the scouting reports suggest he is, we could very well be looking at the best running back in fantasy football.