Ezekiel Elliot was a mild surprise as the Cowboys picked him with the 4th pick in the draft. Many thought that the Cowboy's front office would take Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Now that Elliot will be wearing the star on his helmet, the question becomes where will he be on the depth chart and where should you draft him for your fantasy league?
The former Buckeye runs a speedy 4.47 and stands 6-foot-0, 225 pounds, and is only 20 years old. He excels in all three aspects coaches look for in a running back: elite rusher, solid receiver and excellent blocking skills. Behind the Cowboys' elite offensive line, Elliot is poised for a breakout rookie campaign. As the 4th overall pick in the draft, you can bet the Cowboys will get him involved right away and most likely relying on him heavily as the season goes on. Not to mention the Cowboys will likely want to take pressure off of Romo and mitigate his exposure to injury by handing the ball to Elliott, in an effort to replicate the success they had with Murray in 2014.
In dynasty formats, he should easliy be the #1 overall pick. In standard drafts, expect to draft Elliott in the late 1st to mid 2nd round. McFadden then becomes a nice handcuff option as a late round pick.
2016 projection: 300 carries, 1,410 yards, 10 TD; 50 receptions, 420 yards, 2 TD