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Thursday, July 28, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP WRAPUP: LE'VEON BELL A VIRTUAL LOCK FOR FOUR GAME BAN

The first day of NFL training camps opened on Wednesday and with it goes a slew of fantasy football related items:

-The biggest news of the day is that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is a virtual lock to get suspended four games for missing multiple drug tests by the league.  This of course is the second time Bell has run afoul of the substance abuse policy in the NFL and that is why there is almost zero chance he will get any games shaved off the suspension.  As a result, Bell should be knocked down a few rounds due to the missed games but by the third round he shapes up as a very good value play as there is no debating he is the very best running/receiving back in the game.  That also meane veteran DeAngelo Williams is a must add for all Bell owners and he should a year ago that hs still has plenty of tread on his tires. 

-Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham began camp on the PUP list which was no shock given the gruesome knee injury he suffered a year ago.  The Seahawks expect Graham to be ready for Week 1 but we saw a year ago that even when he was in the lineup, the former New Orleans Saints star was a major bust.  We are not going back to this well. 

-Speaking of the Seahawks, running back Tomas Rawls is unlikely to be ready to go for the start of camp workouts but he might need to go on PUP as he is close.  Rawls is also expected to be ready for Week 1 and remember that he was a revelation as a power running rookie a year ago before suffering a serious ankle injury.  There is boom or bust potential here though as Rawls is far from a proven commodity and the very intriguing rookie C.J. Prosise from Notre Dame at the very least will be the pass receiving back and maybe more.  In fact Prosise is one of our favorite running back sleepers of 2016.

-Arian Foster is fully expected to be the starter for the Miami Dolphins as he checked into camp 100 percent healthy from last year's torn Achilles.  We already heard rumblings that Foster would be the primary pass receiving back for the Dolphins which makes him a big PPR weapon but now with running back duties, he could be a swell RB 2 investment. 

-The Atlanta Falcons already were determined to feed second-year back Tevin Coleman in the running game but now they are ready to include him as a pass receiver as well.  That was almost fully the domain of Devonta Freeman a year ago but Coleman was an adept reveiver in college.  The fact that Coleman is now encroaching both in the running game and receiving game on Freeman puts the latter in clear bust territory as we already discussed earlier. 


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