Week 1 was not kind to Le'Veon Bell, as he totaled only 47 yards on 13 touches. With his salary continuing to be among the highest of all players, are you buying or selling Bell stock this week against Minnesota?
Phil Alexander: I don't even need to see what Minnesota's rush defense looks like on Monday Night Football to know I'll be overweight on Bell compared to the field this week in GPPs. He just torched 30% of tournament lineups, his price hasn't budged (DraftKings), and he's got a perceived difficult matchup. Bell's situation screams (relative) low ownership, which means it's time to be greedy while your opponents are scared.
Mike Tomlin went against his word and eased Bell in against Cleveland, but we're still talking about the same running back who averaged 28 total touches and 6.3 receptions per game last season. Bell will be more involved after another week of practice and he checks off all the boxes you should be looking for in a DFS running back - exceptionally talented, big home favorite (Pittsburgh opened at -7), primary goal line option, game flow agnostic. Minnesota's defense is only a slight concern. They ranked middle-of-the-pack in rush defense DVOA in 2016 and were generally lit up when their opponents fielded a high quality running back.
There might not be a better time all season to play Bell in GPPs.