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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Bell had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in mid-March. The recovery is normally six weeks, but the Steelers have not given a timetable for his return.

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
RB Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4
RB Dynasty - 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4
Overall Dynasty - 7, 4, 5, 5, 8, 14

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 15 303 * * 80 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 290 * * 75 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 325 * * 80 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 329 * * 95 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 3
RB: 3
Overall-PPR: 2
RB-PPR: 2

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Latest News

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell 50-50 to sign deal (Tue Jun 27, 10:50 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell signing a long-term deal could go either way, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Both sides have motivation to get it done, but there's no deal in sight for now.

Our View: If no agreement is done, Bell will make $12 million on the franchise tag in 2017. DeMarco Murray (Titans) makes the second-most money behind Bell for a running back with a pricetag of $6.25 million in 2017 per Spotrac.com. Both sides have admitted it will take time and plenty of work but they're striving to make something happen. With less than a month before the July 17th deadline there seems to be a bit more positive vibe around Bell's situation compared to other franchise-tagged players.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell plays ball (Mon Jun 26, 09:14 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) posted a video of him playing basketball over the weekend after having core surgery in the offseason.

Our View: It looks like Bell is at or near full strength. Bell is hoping for a new long-term contract from the Steelers as he was slapped with the franchise tag earlier this offseason. The two sides have until July 17th to work out a deal that could make him the highest paid running back in the league.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell extension iffy before deadline? (Tue Jun 20, 04:10 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has a 50% chance of agreeing to a long-term extension before the July 17 deadline, in the opinion of Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. La Canfora cites Bell's history of injuries and suspensions as logical reasons to take a year-by-year approach with Bell. Plus, Bell counts $12 million against the Steelers' salary cap.

Our View: It's going to happen. The Steelers don't want him to walk, because he will last half a minute on the market. Yes, there is danger because of those suspensions and injuries but you can only string him along for so long before he takes his talents elsewhere, unless you just tag him every season, which gets cost-prohibitive. We expect Bell to be both healthy and not suspended, making him a shoe-in for one of the top running back spots in fantasy again this season.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell's workload being discussed (Thu Jun 15, 11:54 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'

Our View: Bell is a superstar who can attack a defense in multiple ways. The team wants to keep him fresh in 2017 and that's why we could see rookie RB James Conner mixed in to give Bell a breather from time to time.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Cleveland Browns
2vs Minnesota Vikings
3@ Chicago Bears
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Kansas City Chiefs
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
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10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
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