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2011 Contract Year Players
Whit Walters
August 4, 2011
 

Every fantasy football season the calls for contract year players start to come in. Many fantasy owners seek out those players they fell will give an "extra effort" during the final year of their contract, in the hopes of a big payday the next year. The actual numbers may or may not prove this theory to be true, but for those who believe in the contract year theory you will find a list below.

The difficulty with this theory over the past two seasons has been the impact of not having a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NFL and the players. Thankfully that will not be the case going forward.

Due to a great 2008 rookie class and the "limbo" 2010 free agency year, the list this year is peppered with big fantasy names at every position, QB Rivers, RB Parker and WR Edwards to name a few. Keep in mind that some of the players listed, like QB Michael Vick or TE Marcedes Lewis may receive a new long-term deal before the season starts or even during the season. Others, like QB Alex Smith, RB Cedric Benson and WR Mike Sims-Walker, find themselves on this list by signing 1-year deals for this season.

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