Holdout Is Over, Fantasy Football Managers Rejoice As Ezekiel Elliott Signs Record-Breaking Contract
Ezekiel Elliott Holdout Is Over
The Dallas Cowboys and 24-year-old running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed to a record-breaking deal that officially brings Elliott’s holdout to an end. The 2016 Number Four overall pick singed a six-year, $90 million extension that keeps him in a Cowboys uniform through 2026.
The deal includes an eye-popping $50 million in guarantees and makes Elliott the highest-paid running back in the NFL on an average annual salary basis with $15 million per year, surpassing Todd Gurley’s former record of $14.375 million.
Ezekiel Elliott’s Impact On Fantasy Football
With Zeke under contract, he firmly moves up to Number Two on our Preseason StreetSheet and will no reward all fantasy managers that took the calculated risk of drafting him. It’s quite obvious just how much Elliott can produce for fantasy managers. Since entering the league in 2016 he’s led the league in rushing yards twice in the last three years and has finished as the Number Two (2016), Number 12 (2017 missed six games) and Number Five (2018) running back in PPR formats. The Cowboys Offensive line is one of the best in the business and Elliott is one of the few backs in the NFL that is a true three-down back. Elliott set a career-high in 2018 with 77 catches so even with Rookie Tony Pollard showing a natural receiving ability while filling in for Elliott in Training Camp, Elliott will NOT be splitting time with Pollard this season.
What To Do With Tony Pollard With Elliott Now Back In Action
Handcuffing your stud players is one of our 10 commandments for winning fantasy football here at Bull Market Fantasy. Even with Elliott’s holdout coming to an end, Pollard is still his main insurance policy and Number One handcuff to own for any Elliott owners. So if you drafted Elliott in the 1st Round and grabbed Pollard a bit later, absolutely hold onto Pollard as the handcuff to your stud running back
Did You Draft Pollard But Didn’t Draft Zeke?
Tony Pollard’s value has dropped significantly now that Elliott is back with the team. It’s time to try and trade the rookie back to the Elliott owner and try to get a semi-decent, borderline flex player in return. Otherwise, he’s just wasting a roster spot on your team while you hold an insurance policy for a player (Zeke) that you don’t own.
Bull Market Fantasy’s Jim Cramer drafted Elliott in his fantasy league with the 4th overall pick. Tune in to the Bull Market Fantasy Show Thursday at 10:45 pm (est) for Jim’s reaction to Elliott’s big news.