1.  
Rush Att
252
Rush Yds
1177
Rush TD
10
Rush Avg
4.7
Rec
96
Rec Yds
833
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
8.7
McCaffrey had a season for the ages in 2019, posting the third-most scrimmage yards in league history (2,392) and falling only 118 shy of the NFL record. With Cam Newton out most of the year, CMac became the unquestioned focal point of the Panthers' attack, racking up a dizzying 403 touches and topping 100 receptions for the second consecutive campaign. He wasn't just an open-field weapon, though. McCaffrey saw 20 carries inside the 5-yard line, good for second in the NFL, and that goal-line usage led to a career-high 15 rushing TDs. The question heading into 2020 is how much that workload will affect his efficiency. McCaffrey's elite elusiveness and speed have allowed him to avoid a lot of big hits, and he has yet to miss a game in his career, but the history of running backs coming off massive workloads is checkered at best. Even within the context of last year he showed a possible weakness, as he managed just 1.8 YPC after contact, ninth fewest among qualified rushers and a drop from the 2.1 he posted in 2018. That said, Carolina's new-look offense with Teddy Bridgewater under center and former Saints assistant Joe Brady as coordinator should be just as committed to getting McCaffrey the ball in optimal situations, and the front office didn't make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL without expecting plenty of production in return.
2.  
RB  NYG
Rush Att
278
Rush Yds
1285
Rush TD
11
Rush Avg
4.6
Rec
74
Rec Yds
675
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
9.1
A September ankle injury cost Barkley any chance of repeating his phenomenal rookie numbers, but when he was fully healthy he proved that his 2018 production was no fluke. Arguably the greatest big-play threat in the league, Barkley averaged 5.2 yards a carry in the six games following the Giants' bye to close out the season, and despite only being in top shape for about half the year he still recorded five gains of at least 40 yards while finishing eighth in rushing yards after contact (605). At 5-11, 233, Barkley's unreal blend of power, speed, elusiveness and receiving skill is basically unparalleled, but he's needed every ounce of that talent working behind an offensive line that was awful in 2018, and merely below average last season. With No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas boosting the O-line and QB Daniel Jones potentially improving, Barkley might finally have a supporting cast worthy of his talent. New OC Jason Garrett knows how to feed a bell cow from his days in Dallas - Ezekiel Elliott has averaged nearly three more touches per game than Barkley in their respective careers - so volume should not be an issue. Don't be surprised if Saquon's rookie production ends up being his baseline rather than his ceiling.
3.  
RB  DAL
Rush Att
286
Rush Yds
1269
Rush TD
12
Rush Avg
4.4
Rec
57
Rec Yds
412
Rec TD
2
Rec Avg
7.2
Elliott played 16 games for the first time last season, a remarkable achievement considering he sat out all preseason in a contract dispute. Once he had a new six-year extension in his pocket, Zeke resumed his role as the focal point of the Dallas offense and barely missed a beat, finding the end zone in six of the first seven games en route to 1,777 scrimmage yards and 14 TDs. Elliott simply does everything well, but it's his ability to handle a huge workload that might be his most impressive attribute. He led the league in red-zone rushes (61) and tied Aaron Jones in TDs from inside the 5 with 10, and only Derrick Henry saw more than Elliott's 301 total carries - the third time in four seasons Elliott has topped 300. The Cowboys head into 2020 facing some significant changes, however. Gone is long-time coach Jason Garrett, and while OC Kellen Moore remains, new head coach Mike McCarthy is likely to favor a more pass-friendly scheme. Perhaps more important, five-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick retired, leaving Joe Looney as the starting center. Elliott posted strong numbers in 2018 when Frederick missed the entire season, but the combination of uncertainty in front of him and a potential loss of some touches to backup Tony Pollard could prevent Zeke from producing at an elite level again.
4.  
RB  NO
Rush Att
177
Rush Yds
833
Rush TD
9
Rush Avg
4.7
Rec
75
Rec Yds
637
Rec TD
2
Rec Avg
8.5
Last season was a disappointment for Kamara, as lower-leg injuries hampered him down the stretch and limited him to "only" 1,330 total yards and six TDs, the lowest totals of his three-year career. When he's in top form, the Tennessee product remains one of the most electric open-field runners in the league and one of the top receiving threats out of the backfield, and he's remarkably hauled in exactly 81 passes in each of his three seasons. Before the injuries began to slow him, Kamara was right on pace for another brilliant campaign, averaging 7.1 yards per target through his first six games but only 4.3 YPT over his last nine, including the playoffs. Kamara's secret weapon has always been his surprising power and sturdiness as a rusher at 5-10, 215. Even in a season when he was often performing at less than 100 percent as he gutted out his injuries, he led the league in broken tackle rate with one for every 5.9 carries. Latavius Murray is still in town as a solid, veteran backup, but the Saints don't have much else behind him and are all-in on the 2020 season, i.e., Kamara has some leverage in his ongoing contract negotiations.
5.  
Rush Att
256
Rush Yds
1133
Rush TD
8
Rush Avg
4.4
Rec
56
Rec Yds
512
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
9.1
If any player could be said to have hit the jackpot in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's Edwards-Helaire. Selected by the Chiefs at the end of the first round, the dynamic running back moves from one championship squad to another after he helped LSU to an undefeated season in 2019. At 5-7, 207, Edwards-Helaire was widely seen as the best receiving back in this year's draft class, but he's far from one-dimensional as his power, low center of gravity, elusiveness and vision make him difficult to bring to the ground. Another back with a similar skill set, Brian Westbrook, thrived under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and CEH seems likely to see a significant role right away in Kansas City's supercharged offense, given the draft capital used to acquire him. Damien Williams initially remained atop the depth chart, but his decision to opt out of the 2020 season could leave Edwards-Helaire unchallenged for the lead backfield role. The upside scenario probably looks similar to what Kareem Hunt did for the Chiefs in 2017 and 2018.
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