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Saturday, August 6, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRAINING CAMP WRAPUP: ERIC EBRON AVOIDS ACHILLES DISASTER

Another day around NFL training camps brought forth some more fantasy football items.  Let's get right to it.

-The biggest story of the day was the Achilles injury scare to Detroit Lions emerging tight end Eric Ebron.  The athletic Ebron has been the talk of camp with his pass receiving and upside as the Lions look to replace the receptions lost when star wideout Calvin Johnson retired.  As a result Ebron had been a decent late round sleeper pick at a thin position.  Things looked dicey Saturday however when Ebron went down with what the team feared was a torn Achilles tendon but all signs point to him being al lright and it being nothing bu a scare.  Ebron said as much and pictures were shown of him smiling with teammates.  Thus Ebron seems to be fine and so those who own him should breath a sign of relief.  Of course most of his owners are not using him as a starter right now so it wouldn't have been a tremendous loss. 

-Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said his knee is "100 percent" after last season's MCL and PCL tears.  Of course there is still the matter of Bell sitting out four games with suspension after missing multiple drug tests.  Bell should still be a second round pick at the earliest but the temptation is great here to go that high with him due to his vast running/receiving skills. 

-There have been much speculation about how good Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray will be this season but in PPR leagues he still looks like a slid RB 2.  Unfortunately Murray was just ordinary for most of his 2015 season and didn't wow anyone with any monster games.  DeAndre Washington caused a bit of speculation that he could work his way into playing time but for now it is all Murray.  We don't know where the ceiling is but at least we know for now that Murray has the workload to himself. 

-There are more than a few stories emanating from Baltimore Ravens camp that it will be Terrance West and not Justin Forsett who will start for the team at running back in 2016.  Forsett had an injury-marred 2015 after a bit season the year prior but West apparently is outplaying his counterpart by a decent margin.  West of course was a major bust in Cleveland so there is great debate about how good he really is but this is a situation which needs to be watched closely this summer. 

-Corey Coleman seems set to challenge Sterling Shepard as the top rookie wide receiver this season.  While Sterling has earned nothing but high praise as a slot man, Coleman is doing his magic on the outside for the Cleveland Browns.  Of course RGIII is a shaky proposition at QB but Coleman's stock is rising fast based on his nice start to camp. 


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