Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: Fantasy Football Outlook

 
 
 
 
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Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
RB - #2 4.04 PIT Active 2 years 22 6'1 244

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Jun-09-2015 by Shawn Childs

When you look at the play of the Steelers' offensive line in 2014, you're left with feeling that Bell doesn't have a great opportunity in the run game. Pittsburgh gained only 4.1 rush per carry, and that's including Bell's 4.7 YPC average. The team's other running backs averaged just 3.7 YPC. Le'Veon caught 79 percent of his incredible target total of 105. He amassed 83 catches for 854 yards and three receiving TDs. All in all, he took 373 touches for 2,115 yards from scrimmage and 11 TDs. Last year, Bell was electric in Weeks 11, 13 and 14 as he rushed for a total of 484 yards on 80 carries with four rushing TDs. Le'Veon also caught 16 balls during this span for 227 yards and one score. Bell's season ended in Week 17 when he suffered a hyperextended right knee. In the offseason, he was suspended for three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy last August. He is appealing the ruling. The best outcome a fantasy owner can hope for is a two-game suspension.

So, what do you make of his 2015 fantasy value? Last year, Le'Veon scored 370.50 fantasy points in FFWC scoring, which breaks down to 23.16 fantasy points per game. With similar success minus three games, Bell would still be a 300-point back. There were only three other RBs who scored more than 300 fantasy points in PPR leagues last season. The first option a fantasy owner has is to respect Bell's talent and pay full price by drafting him No. 1 overall. You would then have to make sure you choose wisely for your RB2 and especially your RB3, who will have to start for you during Bell's suspension and in the two weeks when he and your RB2 are on bye. The best option for me would be drafting Bell's backup as long as I don't have to pay a premium. A fantasy owner would then be hoping to get 60 percent of Bell's production from the backup (possibly 13-plus fantasy points per game). This would lead to Bell and his backup combining to score about 340 fantasy points. Both strategies are viable, and draft flow will determine the best path to victory. I think Le'Veon is still worth the No. 1 pick despite his tough fantasy playoffs schedule -- at the Cincinnati Bengals, versus the Broncos and at the Ravens. It's really tough to ignore Bell's ridiculous upside if he can just score a few more touchdowns. He has excellent chance at gaining 1,800 total yards with 65-plus catches and 12 or more TDs in just 13 weeks.


Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

Latest Update

Jul-28-15 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiating a settlement to reduce his suspension

Steelers' star running back Le'Veon Bell is negotiating a settlement with the NFL that would reduce his three-game suspension. Bell was suspended three games because of DUI and marijuana charges stemming from last August. If an agreement is reached, he will likely serve a one or two-game suspension. It's extremely unlikely that it will be completely overturned. Especially when you consider the fact that LeGarrette Blount, who was in the car with Bell but not driving, has to serve a one-game suspension.

Fantasy Analysis:

Bell is a first-time offender and marijuana is becoming less of an issue with the general public, which is all the NFL's bumbling commissioner is concerned with. If Bell's suspension is reduced to one game, his ADP will be the highest in the league and should be. This is something to monitor closely. Despite the suspension, he's still being drafted as the first RB off the board and the second-overall player. This could be huge news for fantasy owners.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/28 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiating a settlement to reduce his suspension
7/28 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension reduced to two games
7/27 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell looks 'noticeably explosive' at training camp
7/27 - Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams close to 215 pounds
7/26 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to score 30 points in 'every game'
7/25 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has not yet had an appeal hearing of his three-game suspension
7/25 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says his knee still isn't at 100 percent Injury
7/21 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension will not be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell
7/18 - Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams was asked to keep his weight at 220 pounds or under this season

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
2.02 Dr. Roto - Others may like Ball or Murray, but Bell finished strong last year
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