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Monday, September 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 ISSUES: NO LE'VEON BELL AT MONDAY'S PRACTICE A BAD SIGN ALREADY

All throughout the summer yours truly has made it his mission to spread the word about trying to avoid Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell at or near the top of 2018 fantasy football drafts.  While I did own Bell in the Experts League last season and through his monster campaign ended up with a runner-up finish, I didn't go back to the well here for 2018 due to a number of reasons and this despite owning the third overall pick in the Experts Draft this summer.  And I ended up having a shot at Bell after Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott went with the first two picks but I wasted no time in going with David Johnson.  So in essence my reasons for avoiding Bell were numerous, with the first being that he represents a big injury risk coming off a 400-plus tough season in 2017 and the guy has quite the extensive history on that front as well.  Then there was the fact that Bell was pretty terrible last September coming off his first summer holdout as he clearly was rusty and it took until October for him to get going.  Finally, Bell averaged just 4.0 per carry last season which was a red flag right there. 

Perhaps the biggest omen here however is the fact Bell has missed the entire preseason slate and training camp with another holdout and there is no telling what kind of shape he will be in again coming off such a big workload and being another year older.  Now we also get word that Bell did not show up for practice on Monday as many assumed he would and that adds another layer of concern.  Is Bell actually thinking of holding out Week 1?  He had to no doubt take notice how fellow holdout Khalil Mack got what he wanted in terms of a new monster deal and so Bell may be chapped regarding that issue.  Be that as it may, if Bell is not back by Wednesday then all bets are off for Week 1.  This is why I said to avoid Bell at all costs this summer as the drama increases yet again. 


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