- August 13, 2019 at 10:44 am #110397
Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon Holdouts
The only two blackmark at RB1 come with Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon due to both players holding out for new contacts.
The Chargers owe Gordon $5.6 million while being one year away from free agency (2020). His lower salary does point to a lengthy holdout as the risk/reward favors him being healthy for his next deal. LA has some RB talent on the roster, which puts them in a better position to wait on a new contract for Gordon. A Fantasy owner has to proceed with caution with Melvin’s Fantasy draft value in 2019.
I don’t view the Elliott situation the same way. Ezekiel is under contract for the next two years, but he’s only owed $3.8 million in guaranteed money for 2019. His base salary is just over $9 million in 2020, but one injury this year could lead to a cap causality if released by next June. Dallas needs him to win. Yes, they added an intriguing back in the 2019 draft (Tony Pollard), but Dallas is positioned to win this year. They need Elliott in the field, and I expect his contract to be finalized before the start of the season.
In both cases, their draft value will fluctuate within drafts from day to day as Fantasy owners have different risk tolerances. The best teams in 2019 might roster either player below their ADP if their draft is completed when the news is squirrelly on their contract picture.
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