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Fantasy sports podcast: How RB holdouts affect drafts; Pirates free fall

Tim Benz
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) winds up to throw the ball at the wall after reaching the end zone during workouts at the team’s NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

In this week’s fantasy sports podcast, Jeff Erickson of Rotowire helps guide us through draft advice.

The most pressing question this year is similar to one at this time a season ago: Do I draft a holdout running back in the first round?

Last year, it was Le’Veon Bell. This year, it’s Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon.

Erickson is starting to get concerned about the situations in Dallas and Los Angeles. He’ll give you advice on different options to take if you are uncertain about getting burned in the same way owners were by Bell a year ago.

The two of us dive into what we’ll be able to glean from the Steelers in the preseason and how that should influence your drafts.

This week, Bell compared himself to a forgotten star returning after a long absence as if LeBron James had vanished and come back. Is he right? Erickson seems optimistic about what he will be able to produce with the Jets.

There are offensive line concerns in Cleveland. Should fantasy drafters be wary to the degree that they stay away from skill-position guys.

Then we wrap up by talking baseball, specifically how the Pirates appear to be the cure for what ails any struggling baseball player … or opposing team.

And we marvel at the consistency of Christian Yelich.

LISTEN: How running back holdouts impact fantasy drafts

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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