The “Risk Factor” was something I threw in my positional rankings and we would now like to take it a step further. In Fantasy Football, your top priority in the draft is to avoid risk. Unfortunately, it seems as though certain big names players carry much more risk than others and leave fantasy owners wondering what they should be doing. Ezekiel Elliott has left Fantasy Football players wondering when he will suit up again, hopefully that will be cleared up in this article.
Risk Factor: 1/10
This situation has been far too overblown, probably because it is the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott has no leverage in this situation and can’t actually hold out for more than a week. With the 5th year option in place, the Cowboys are in no rush to extend Elliott because he will be in Dallas next season. In Elliott’s case, he needs to report to camp by August 6th or he will lose this season’s service time – delaying his free agency/leverage another season. Contract talks are progressing well according to multiple sources but even if that was not the case Elliott would still have to be present in camp in just a few days. Nothing to see here, draft Zeke as you please knowing he will be ready to go for week one.
Where do you draft Ezekiel Elliott?
You really cannot go wrong drafting Elliott with any pick in the draft. I have Elliott as the second player on my board behind Saquon Barkley. That said, Zeke is going to go first overall in a lot of drafts, and I do not see anything wrong with that. This holdout situation should wrap up Tuesday, as he will return from his training in Cabo and there will be nothing to worry about.
The “Risk Factor” Series will be posted daily and can be found right here at WTF Sports. Scott Edwards and I will be co-writing the series that will include analysis on the riskiest picks in the game. To see Scott Edwards take on Todd Gurley click here. To see my article on Melvin Gordon click here.