Cashing in on Potential Holdouts

Running backs who could benefit from holdouts

With the news of Dalvin Cook potentially holding out of training camp for a new contract, Alexander Mattison has taken on new importance in fantasy football. As a member of the 2017 NFL Draft class, Cook is on the final year of his rookie deal and is looking to extend his contract before taking the risk of the 2020 season.

With a strong class in 2017, there are other contract situations to monitor leading up to the 2020 season.

2017 First Round Picks

The 2017 NFL Draft class saw two running backs selected in the first round: Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette.

McCaffrey has signed a long-term extension with the Panthers, but the Jaguars have declined Fournette’s fifth-year option. This makes Fournette a free agent after the 2020 season. Ryquell Armstead is the current backup, but as a Day 3 pick, he is likely to face added competition before 2021 if Fournette is not re-signed.

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