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RB LeGarrette Blount - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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Summary

The Steelers helped upgrade their depth at the running back position when they signed LeGarrette Blount in free agency. Blount was a battering ram for the Patriots last year as they made another deep postseason run. This year, Blount will serve as a primary backup behind second-year back Le'Veon Bell. Blount can be a dominant player running the ball between the tackles. He's tough to bring down, running with instant power and burst as soon as he gets the ball. Blount loves to initiate contact, and he will run through arm tackles regularly because of his powerful lower body. He's a big back--a true power back in today's NFL--but Blount also has good speed with the ball in his hands. This means he's more of a threat to break off a 20-plus yard run than some think. This skill set helps in fantasy leagues that reward points for big plays. Blount is a non-factor as a receiver, so the team will only use him as a two-down thumper. In case Bell gets injured, Blount could be counted on as a reliable starter for the Steelers and your fantasy team. He was nothing more than a part-time player for the Patriots until the end of the year last year. Even on this limited basis, Blount still finished as the 29th-best fantasy running back in 2013. Blount is a valuable handcuff for fantasy owners who add Bell earlier in the draft. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 54, 40, 41, 43
RB Redraft PPR - 57, 41, 43, 47
RB Dynasty - 58, 46, 51, 57, 58, 65

Stats and Projections

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2011 TB 14 184 781 5 25 15 148 0
2012 TB 13 41 151 2 2 1 2 0
2013 NE 16 153 772 7 5 2 38 0 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 85 * * 8 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 90 * * 5 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 75 * * 12 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 83 * * 10 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 151
RB: 52
Overall-PPR: 167
RB-PPR: 55

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  John Paulsen - July 10
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  Evan Silva - July 5
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Latest News

Steelers | Preseason to determine RB rotation (Fri Jul 11, 08:42 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.

Our View: We're likely to see Bell as the primary back. He can hammer the rock between the tackles, plus he's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. Blount will be a short-yardage and goal line option for the team. Archer is more like a slot receiver than he is a running back. We're not that confident in Todd Haley to be creative enough to use him effectively.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Cleveland Browns
2@ Baltimore Ravens
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5@ Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Houston Texans
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10@ New York Jets
11@ Tennessee Titans
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals