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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. LeVeon Bell seems to have lost a lot of his 2014-16 form. Finally healthy and deployed for a full season, Bell has underwhelmed despite leading the league in rushing, averaging just 3.82 yards per carry - his lowest since his 2013 rookie year. He's reached 80 ground yards just 5 times in 10 games - only once over his last 3 - and topped a 4.00-yard average just 3 times all year. (Consider that, from 2014-16, he hit 80 yards in 22 of his 36 games, playoffs included, averaging 4.87 over that span.) It's hard to blame the front line, which remains stout and draws the No. 6 spot in our Matt Bitonti's rankings. And it's hard to fault the passing game, which has slowed but remains effective enough to open up the field. Bell has seen wide openings into the second and third levels; he's just not making defenders miss nearly as often as we're used to seeing. Bell remains the absolute bell cow of this backfield and often the centerpiece of the Pittsburgh offense, and that won't change anytime soon. But it's probably time to stop merely assuming he'll turn 25 attempts into 125 yards. Bell is still a no-brainer fantasy RB1 regardless of situation or matchup, but he's now blended in with a handful of similar producers rather than soaring above the pack. The Packers run defense has been surprisingly stout in 2017. They've allowed the league's eighth-fewest yards per rush and just 105.7 per game, a feat made even more impressive when we note how negative their game scripts have been. The interior of the front seven, namely defensive tackle Mike Daniels, have been truly stout, and rookie safety Josh Jones has been a revelation as an in-the-box roverback type. Over the past 3 weeks, they've corralled all comers, with Ameer Abdullah, Jordan Howard, and Alex Collins averaging an anemic 50.3 yards (just 2.70 per rush). Of course, failing so hard on offense tends to open up plenty of touchdown opportunity, and only seven teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns. This looks to be one of those sad cases in which a dominant unit is crushed by game flow; they look poised to limit LeVeon Bell's per-touch impact but are prime candidates to allow him into the end zone, perhaps more than once.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 at DET 60 25 76 1 3 2 5 0 1 13.1
10 at IND 65 26 80 0 6 5 32 0 0 11.2
11 vs TEN 68 12 46 0 11 9 57 0 0 10.3
12 vs GB PROJ-Dodds * 25 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 25 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Bloom * 22 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs TEN (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 57 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 12 rushes for 46 yards as he didn't have much room to run. The Titans defensive game plan was focused on stopping the running game. Bell was more of a factor with the passing game as he registered nine receptions for 57 yards. Early third quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and turned it up the right sideline for a 14-yard gain. Late third quarter, Bell had an 8-yard touchdown run reversed as it was confirmed that his knee was down before the ball crossed the plane of the end zone. Bell lost five carries to James Conner as the Steelers coaching staff intended to give the starting running back a few less carries due to the short week.

2017 Week 10 vs IND (26 / 80 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 26 rushing attempts for 80 yards. He added five receptions for 32 yards in the passing game. Bell was often met at or around the line of scrimmage by Colts defenders. The Steelers were persistent and kept putting the ball in the running back's hands throughout the game. The team is now 6-0 this season when Bell has at least 25 touches.

2017 Week 8 vs DET (25 / 76 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with 27 touches for 81 total yards and one touchdown. Bell took what the defense would give him throughout the game. Late 2nd quarter, Bell ran a draw up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. On the play, Bell showed his patience by letting his blocks develop before hitting the hole. Late second quarter on a 3rd and 1, Bell fumbled the ball on the Lions 21-yard line taking expected points before halftime off the board. On the play, Bell was grabbed on his left arm as he lost control of the football.

2017 Week 7 vs CIN (35 / 134 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell was the workhorse with 38 touches for 192 total yards. The offensive line was able to open holes and Bell followed his blockers to perfection. Bell was a force both on the ground and in the air. Late second quarter, Bell caught a screen pass and weaved through three Bengals defenders for a 42-yard reception. On the play, Bell delivered a brutal stiff arm to Dre Kirkpatrick before cutting across the field to the left sideline. The offense leaned on Bell during the second half as they kept the ball away from the Bengals offense.

2017 Week 6 vs KC (32 / 179 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell was a workhorse finishing with 32 rushing attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers leaned on the run after the Chiefs defensive scheme often showed a nickel formation (four down linemen with two linebackers) during the first-half. Solid run-blocking allowed Bell to get to the second level and pick up chunks of yardage throughout the game. On the first play of the second quarter, Bell received a handoff and ran up the middle for a three-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell did a great job keeping his legs churning and fighting his way into the end zone. Late second quarter, Bell ran off the left tackle for a 17-yard gain before being tackled at the two-yard line.

2017 Week 5 vs JAX (15 / 47 / 0 rush, 10 / 10 / 46 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell finished with only 15 rush attempts for 47 yards, good for 3.1 yards per carry. Run-blocking was inconsistent as the offensive line struggled to open holes unlike they did last week versus the Ravens. When Bell was in space, he ran hard and picked up small chunks of yardage. He was a major factor in the short passing game with ten receptions for 46 yards. Bell had four opportunities in the red zone and was tackled on the two-yard line on a short pass reception early in the third quarter.

2017 Week 4 vs BAL (35 / 144 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Leveon Bell dominated with 35 rushes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the focus of the short passing game finishing as the Steelers leading receiver with four receptions for 42 yards. The game plan was to feature Bell, who started the first offensive series with five straight offensive touches. Bell worked well with his offensive line by following his blocks and eating up chunks of yardage. The Steelers won the game in the trenches and Bell reaped the rewards. Late second quarter on a first and goal, Bell ran a draw up the middle for a one-yard touchdown run. Late fourth quarter Bell grinded away at the clock and scored his second touchdown of the afternoon. On the play, Bell took the handoff and patiently followed his blocks around the right side of the line for the one-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 3 vs CHI (15 / 61 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

The Steelers rushing game did not produce to their standards for the third consecutive game. The offensive line has not been opening running lanes to help Leveon Bell gain chunks of yardage. Bell has remained a factor in the passing game with 6 receptions for 37 yards. Bell scored his first touchdown of the season midway through the third quarter when he took a draw up the middle of a one-yard touchdown run. On the play, Bell kept working and crossed the goal line with a strong second effort.

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (27 / 87 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)

After finishing with only 13 touches last week, Le'Veon Bell shook off the rust with 31 touches for 91 total yards in Week 2. Bell was unable to find the open field as he was often met by Vikings defenders just after the line of scrimmage. Late first quarter, Bell patiently ran a draw up the middle for a 11-yard gain, his longest play from scrimmage. Bell received three red zone carries but was unable to find the end zone. He finished the first half with 13 rush attempts for 49 yards. The offense grinded out the clock during the second half on the ground and with the short passing game. Mid fourth quarter, Bell ran up the middle of the defense for a 9-yard gain.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (10 / 32 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Le'Veon Bell finished with only 13 touches and he did not receive his first touch until the final play of the first quarter. He did not have any room to run on the limited amount of touches that he was given. At halftime, Bell totaled 4 rushes for 8 yards and 1 reception for 6 yards. Bell's timing with Ben Roethlisberger was also off on multiple short passes throughout the game. Mid 3rd quarter, Bell caught a short pass for a 10-yard reception. Bell had rushing opportunities on first and second and goal but came up short of the end zone. Late 4th quarter, Bell finished the game with a 15-yard gain while running off the right tackle.

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Latest News

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell tops 100 total yards (Fri Nov 17, 12:16 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards and caught nine passes (on 11 targets) for 57 yards in Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans.

Our View: Bell had a touchdown overturned, and the team didn't overwork him, as they had been doing for many weeks leading up to this short rest game. He should be fresher for Sunday night in Week 12 against Green Bay after a mini-bye.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell has really high usage (Thu Nov 16, 11:19 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is the eighth player since 1950 to have 250 or more touches in the first nine games of a season.

Our View: It may not impact him this season though there's always a chance he hits a wall late in the year but something to pay attention to once the season is over. As for this week against Tennessee, we expect Bell to be one of the better plays for Sunday.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell posts 112 scrimmage yards (Sun Nov 12, 06:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushed 26 times for 80 yards in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts and he added five receptions for 32 yards on six targets.

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