NFL Best Ball: Is Zeke Still a Top-Five Pick if He Holds Out?

Ezekiel Elliott was expected to be taken with one of the first few picks in most draft rooms, but a contract holdout may be a cause for concern. Our experts discuss how far, if at all, the stud running back has fallen down their rankings.

Is Ezekiel Elliott Still a Top-Five Pick if He Holds Out?

STLCards: It’s close, but I will say yes as of now. Elliott doesn’t have as much leverage as Melvin Gordon, especially given his occasional off the field troubles. With two years left on his rookie deal, I don’t see the holdout extending to the regular season. However, this is definitely something to monitor closely.

Beermakersfan: Yes, because Zeke doesn’t have a ton of leverage in this situation. He has to report to camp by Aug. 6 to gain an accrued season, which allows him to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. Not only that, but looking at the Cowboys depth chart quickly shows you that Dallas almost has to make this work. I may move him behind the other stud RBs at some point, but for now Elliott remains my No. 1 player in drafts.

Chris Gimino: Yes. Running backs matter to the Jones family.

JSURab: I would say for now he is still top five. Zeke could easily finish the season as RB1 in fantasy. We never really know with these holdout situations, but the Cowboys and Zeke have been working on trying to make a deal for the last month.

JoshADHD: I would take any discount I could on Elliott. However, I don’t believe he’s a serious holdout consideration. For the sake of argument, though, if Elliott were to hold out of training camp, I would consider dropping him behind Alvin Kamara, but still ahead of Melvin Gordon.

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