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RB LeVeon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Fantasy owners know what they're getting with Le'Veon Bell. He's a top fantasy running back who can make big plays as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Bell is incredibly patient with the rock and allows his blocks to fully develop before bursting to the second level. As a receiver, Bell can play from the slot or split out wide and run routes. He's dangerous no matter how he's used, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him as the third member of the 1,000/1,000 club. Only Roger Craig (49ers) and Marshall Faulk (Rams) have had over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. Bell is good enough to do that rare feat. He's also good enough to be considered for the first pick in any draft out there in any format. We'll see if his holdout for a new contract continues as he was franchise tagged for the second year in a row by the Steelers. (June 4)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4
Overall Redraft - 3, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4
RB Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3
RB Dynasty - 3, 1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4
Overall Dynasty - 5, 1, 3, 6, 6, 6, 7, 10

Stats and Projections

2015 PIT 6 113 556 3 26 24 136 0
2016 PIT 15 261 1268 7 94 75 616 2 1
2017 PIT 15 321 1291 9 106 85 655 2 2
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 291.0 * * 79.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.0 300.0 * * 82.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 15.0 315.0 * * 79.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 334.0 * * 85.9 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 2
RB: 2
Overall-PPR: 2

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Latest News

Steelers | No deal for Le'Veon Bell (Mon Jul 16, 04:00 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not signed to a long-term deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 16. He will play on his $14.5 million franchise tag and is now slated to be a free agent in 2019.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell deal doubtful? (Mon Jul 16, 08:24 AM) - Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiated all weekend, but parties aren't optimistic a long-term deal will get done. It's expected to go down to the wire Monday, July 16.

Our View: Bell is set to play this year on the franchise tag for the second year in a row. That would put around $14.5 million dollars in his pocket for one year of work. Expect a holdout through training camp if no long-term deal is done.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell extension close to getting done? (Sun Jul 15, 02:04 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell 'wants to get the deal done' ahead of the July 16 deadline for signing players on the franchise tag to a long-term extension, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Our View: This one will come down to the wire. The main variable is probably what Bell thinks he can get in free agency next year. It already appears that the deal he would get now is less than what he was offered last summer, and it's certainly possible that he would get less than he is being offered now next year no matter how well he performs. The smart bet is probably that he plays this year under the franchise tag again, but this year it seems there's a better chance of a long term deal getting done than last year.
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Steelers | Deadline closing in for Le'Veon Bell (Sat Jul 14, 03:21 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has made some progress in long-term contract talks with the Steelers, but it is still uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal before the July 16 deadline.

Our View: We are still unconcerned about the contract issue, though at the end of the day it remains any situation to watch. Bell is arguably the top running back i fantasy. If you want him on your squad, you will have to pay dearly for him.
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell has one week (Mon Jul 9, 04:13 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has exactly one week to sign a long-term deal before he potentially holds out.

Our View: We expect a holdout, as neither side is budging. And we see both sides. An NFL life is short, so of course Bell whose position takes a ton of abuse on the field wants to get paid when he can. Meanwhile, the Steelers know that the running back position is one which has been devalued and whose market has dropped quite a bit. There has to be a middle ground, as Bell is a transcendent running back, and a vital part of the Steelers. We think they will find it at some point, though Bell might bet on himself, sign the franchise tag and enter the free agency market next spring. All of which is the long way to say Bell remains one of the top fantasy backs out there and worthy of a top five pick, holdout or no.
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