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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-2, 230Born: 2-18-1992College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2013

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Bell is unlikely to report to the Steelers before the Tuesday, November 13 deadline which would mean that he will not play this year

Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. With James Conner sidelined in Week 14, the Steelers utilized somewhat of a committee in their backfield, giving work to both Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley. Neither answered the bell, however, and this unit appears to be in limbo until Conner is cleared to return. A converted tight end/h-back, Samuels has been far more effective as a receiver than a runner, managing just 87 yards over 34 rookie carries (2.6 apiece). He's built well at 6'0" and 225 pounds but doesn't hit the hole with much explosiveness. Still, he'll likely continue to pace this attack while Conner is sidelined. Just a month from his 30th birthday, Ridley brings little to the table himself, plodding to just 2.3 yards per rush of his own. Neither back looks capable of utilizing the Steelers' powerful run blocking, at least not on Conner's level. The Patriots tend to control the flow of their games, often jumping to big leads and putting the brakes on opposing run attacks. That keeps the fantasy damage down but often hides the massive struggles this group continues to have against the run. Thus far in 2018 they sit 15th in rush yards allowed and second in touchdowns but are giving up the league's sixth-most yards per attempt. In other words, whenever opponents are able to run in this matchup, they often dominate it. Over 13 games, the Patriots have allowed 12 running backs to average 4.5 yards or more per carry when taking 6+ attempts. Last week, the Dolphins blew hole after hole in this unit, with plodders Frank Gore and Brandon Bolden combining for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 attempts. With an inconsistent line - particularly on the edges - this is a front seven that's often pushed aside, leaving wide lanes off the end and through the tackle gaps. On the second level, Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are miscast as run-pluggers and can be run on with success. Game flow will always determine the final numbers, but in general, runners can produce solid efficiency against the Patriots.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

LeVeon Bell's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Footballguys Articles

Roundtable Week 6 - Footballguys
  FBG Staff - October 10
True Fantasy Points: 2018 Running Back Projections - Footballguys
  Danny Tuccitto - August 29
Pick-a-Player: Bell, Elliott, or Johnson - Footballguys
  FBG Staff - August 8
The Sharp Report Week 15
  Ryan Zamichieli - December 13
Fantasy Overview, Week 15 - Footballguys
  Jeff Haseley - December 12
DFS Roundtable: Injury Opportunities
  Chad Parsons - December 6
The Best of Week 14 - Footballguys
  Matt Waldman - December 6
Week 14 Offensive Sleepers
  Sigmund Bloom - December 6
The Sharp Report Week 14
  Ryan Zamichieli - December 5
Roundtable Week 14
  FBG Staff - December 5

Articles from around the web

RB PPR: Three-Year Value Ranking
  Will Weiler - June 6
Which RBs Do You Trust?
  Steve Schwarz - June 18
Is There a Running Back Value in Cleveland?
  TJ Hernandez - June 21
Introduction to Value Based Drafting
  Mike Tagliere - June 22
Characteristics of an Early-Round Bust
  Jennifer Eakins - June 25
Should a Holdout Change a Player's Fantasy Value?
  Steve Schwarz - June 28
100 facts for the 2018 fantasy football season
  Matthew Berry - June 28
LeVeon Bell Should Be the First Pick in Fantasy Football Drafts
  Kyle Dvorchak - July 3
Fantasy Football Profile: Kenyan Drake
  Mike Tagliere - July 4
12 Fantasy Football Busts for 2018
  Staff - July 5

Schedule

15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals