Le’Veon Bell Can Hold Out Until Week 10 Without Losing Free Agency Status

The Steelers and Le’Veon Bell are at a standstill and a resolution may not come very soon. According to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the window for Bell to report and still be eligible for free agency next offseason is by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday after week 10.

Bell was a consensus top 2 pick in most fantasy drafts, though with the risk of a long holdout factored in, his ADP should drop for those fantasy players who have yet to draft yet. Here is the list of players we would take ahead of him in non-ppr leagues if we were drafting today:

  • Todd Gurley
  • David Johnson
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Alvin Kamara
  • Leonard Fournette
  • Antonio Brown
  • DeAndre Hopkins

Kareem Hunt is another player who could be taken ahead of Bell and there would be no qualms here at Bettors Digest if you decided to take Andy Reid’s top back over Bell’s situation.

It’s worth noting that just because Bell could hold out through week 10 doesn’t mean he is expected to. Bell and the Steelers could come to an agreement tomorrow and he’d be right back in the top-2 conversation in fantasy leagues. Still, there’s risk here.

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