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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Summary

Fantasy owners know what they're getting when selecting superstar running back Le'Veon Bell. If healthy, there's no better running back in the NFL at crushing an opponents will on a weekly basis -- both in the NFL and your fantasy league. Bell went over 100 all-purpose yards in 10 of the 12 games he played in last year, and he was gold in PPR leagues with 75 catches in 2016. Bell missed four games (three to suspension) in 2016 but still finished as a top-10 player in rushing attempts (261), rushing yards (1,268) and yards per rush (4.86). On a weekly basis, projecting 140 all-purpose yards and five or more catches is not out of the question. With all his ability, Bell's not a sure thing as injuries have plagued him at times during his pro career. Earlier this year, Bell underwent surgery to repair a 'core muscle injury' but all signs about his recovery have been positive to this point. It's these injury concerns that may cause Bell to slide from the top overall pick in your fantasy draft. (July 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3
RB Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
Overall Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3
RB Dynasty - 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4
Overall Dynasty - 5, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 14

Stats and Projections

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2014 PIT 16 290 1361 8 105 83 854 3
2015 PIT 6 113 556 3 26 24 136 0
2016 PIT 15 261 1268 7 94 75 616 2 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 288 * * 75 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 290 * * 74 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 300 * * 77 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 308 * * 90 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 2
RB: 2
Overall-PPR: 2
RB-PPR: 2

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Latest News

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell a workhorse in 2016 (Sat Jul 22, 12:27 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, but once he returned, he received 85.6 percent of the team's carries and 21.6 percent of the team's targets over the final 13 games of the regular season.

Our View: No team rides one running back more than the Steelers. Even backup DeAngelo Williams was given enough work to be a strong RB1 when Bell was out in recent years. If third-round pick James Conner can lock down the job, he'll be one of the few handcuffs worth owning in every league.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell will play in Week 1 (Thu Jul 20, 09:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hasn't committed to reporting to training camp on time, but he plans to play in every regular season game.

Our View: Playing in games is the bigger deal, but we're always cautious about a guy who skips a lot of camp. Sometimes, even though they try to keep themselves in shape, they can't stay in game shape. We think Bell ends up in camp for at least part of the time, and he is without a doubt one of the top - if not THE top - running back in fantasy.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell looking to be paid like RB, WR (Wed Jul 19, 08:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he is looking for a deal that will pay him like a No. 1 running back plus a No. 2 wide receiver, according to NFL Network analyst Ike Taylor.

Our View: Aim high. Before he gets that money - and it's a big ask, so he might not - he needs to be on the field for 16 games. Health and off-field issues have hurt that cause the last two years but this is his chance to prove he can be relied upon. With no suspension in the offing and his health good, we expect a big year for Bell and if the eventual payday isn't quite as grand as he hopes, it will still put him in the upper echelon of players. The NFL may not put a premium on running backs anymore, but Bell is a special back.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell had big offer (Tue Jul 18, 02:54 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was given an offer that would have averaged $12 million per year. He would have earned $30 million over the first two years and $42 million over three years, according to sources.

Our View: Instead of getting his long-term deal and getting a big payday, Bell will instead bet on himself with a one-year, $12.1 million franchise tender. We're only left to speculate why Bell didn't sign this lucrative offer. There may have been some provision about suspensions or guarantees. Bell may not report on day 1 of training camp, and he won't lose any money as he's not yet signed his one-year contract.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may sit out camp (Mon Jul 17, 07:13 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell may not sign his franchise tag tender until the Steelers break training camp, in the opinion of an unnamed teammate.

Our View: The chances of Bell missing some part of training camp seem quite high at this time. We're not sure he'll skip all of his camp, but there are no financial ramifications as Bell has not signed his one-year franchise tender.
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