Eric Ebron Fantasy Football News 2018

11:03pm EDT 3/19/18

The Colts on Monday signed TE Eric Ebron to a 2-year deal. With incentives, it could be worth as much as $15 million. It’s a disappointing landing spot for several reasons: Jack Doyle remains locked in as the Colts’ lead TE after re-signing last offseason. Ebron’s likely to siphon some receiving value from Doyle and also blocks the ascension of intriguing youngster Eric Swoope. Doyle’s presence obviously caps Ebron’s upside as well. The former Lion looks like a low TE2 for fantasy football owners in 2018

The Lions have released TE Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft -- 2 spots ahead of Odell Beckham -- flashed at times but was largely a disappointment in 4 seasons in Detroit. Ebron missed 8 games and totaled just 11 TDs. He did come on over the 2nd half of last season, though, catching 38 balls for 414 yards and 3 scores over his final 9 games. Ebron turns just 25 in April, so we're not ready to throw in the towel on him just yet. We'll see where he lands.

Teams have been calling the Lions to inquire about the availability of TE Eric Ebron, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's unclear if Detroit is willing to deal the former 1st-rounder, although we assume they would be for the right price. Ebron has been a massive disappointment this season, totaling just 13 catches, 102 yards and 1 TD through 6 games. He's played less than 56% of the offensive snaps in 3 straight. A move out of Detroit certainly wouldn't hurt his fantasy outlook going forward. The trade deadline is on Tuesday.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. We believe it was only his 3rd workout since training camp opened. We'll see if he can stay healthy between now and Week 1. Ebron has top-8 fantasy upside but is 1 of the bigger injury risks at his position.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) has been sidelined all week after returning to practice last Friday. HC Jim Caldwell claims it's not a setback, though. "He's just got a couple issues that he's dealing with," Caldwell said. "He's got a couple things and not quite ready yet, so hopefully he'll continue to heal and we'll get him back out there soon." Ebron has had trouble staying on the field as a pro, missing 8 games through 3 seasons. He's not off to a good start in 2017. There's some breakout potential for the 24-year-old, but he also comes with plenty of risk in fantasy drafts.

Lions TE Eric Ebron practiced Friday for the 1st time since suffering a hamstring injury in the team's 1st training-camp workout. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Ebron left the field before the end of practice, but there was no indication that it marked a setback. We'll certainly keep an eye on Ebron's status going forward. Continued participation at any level will make him an attractive fantasy football draft option at his reasonable ADP.

Lions TE Eric Ebron suffered a hamstring injury during the team's 1st training-camp practice on Sunday. "He got a little bit of a tweak but we’ll see, see how bad it is," HC Jim Caldwell said afterward. We'll see how long this keeps Ebron sidelined, but it's obviously not a good start for a guy who's had trouble staying healthy. He's missed 8 games through 3 NFL seasons with ankle, knee and hamstring injuries.

Lions insider Dave Birkett expects TE Eric Ebron's role to grow in 2017. "Ebron is the Lions’ unquestioned No. 1 tight end, and the addition of Darren Fells and Michael Roberts means coaches can move him around more as a chess piece in two-tight-end sets," Birkett writes. Ebron's volume has climbed each year in the league, topping out at 85 looks last season. And that was despite missing 3 contests. Only 8 TEs averaged more targets per game. Now Detroit has 95 unaccounted for targets with Anquan Boldin gone. A healthy Ebron should easily eclipse 100 looks this season. He looks like a solid fantasy starter -- and a value at his 9th-round ADP.

The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.

Lions TE Eric Ebron underwhelmed with just 32 yards on 4 catches in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished tied for 3rd on the team with 5 targets. The talented young TE hasn’t topped 4 catches since Week 9, but he does draw a plus Week 15 matchup against the Giants. He'll be a low-end TE1 for that one.

Lions WR Marvin Jones (quad) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He was limited in practice all week and is no better than a WR4 at less than 100%. TE Eric Ebron (knee) is also active. There was never any doubt about his status.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, but multiple reports say that the team expects him to play. Ebron put in limited practices all week and should be fine to use as you normally would in your fantasy football lineups. We'll confirm his status, of course, when inactives come out.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls WR Marvin Jones (thigh) a "long shot" to play against the Saints today. It's unfortunate news for a guy who needed a plus matchup like this. Jones' absence bumps up the target projections for Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. Andre Roberts is expected to step in as Detroit's #3 WR but is a tough sell in fantasy lineups.

11:37am EDT 10/30/16

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, ankle) is active for today’s game against the Texans. We’d shy away from using him in his 1st action in 3 weeks and facing the league’s 6th-ranked TE defense.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans. He practiced all week, though, and is fully expected to play. Ebron is a risky Week 8 fantasy play in his 1st action in 3 weeks and in a tough matchup.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, ankle) put in a full practice on Thursday. It's confirmation that he'll be back for this weekend's game against the Texans. Ebron averaged 4.5 catches and 52.5 yards over the first 4 weeks of the season. He's a shaky Week 8 fantasy play, though, vs. Houston's 6th-ranked TE defense.

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee, ankle) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Texans, barring a setback in practice this week. He's missed the past 3 games after averaging 4.5 catches and 52.5 yards over the first 4. Ebron would be low-end TE1 if he suits up vs. Houston's 6th-ranked TE defense.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He was spotted running off to the side of practice this week but still has no timetable for return. Ebron's absence should again be good news for WR Golden Tate this weekend.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee) did not practice on Wednesday, but insider Justin Rogers spotted him running off to the side. Ebron is seemingly making progress, although he remains iffy for Week 7. Detroit has gotten no TE production without Ebron the past 2 weeks.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams. He remained sidelined all week and has no timetable for return. Lions TEs combined for 0 targets with Ebron out last week.

 
 
 

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