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 - #5 15.58 PIT Active 3 years 24 6'1 225
Contract Year PlayerContract Year Player

2016 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


Update (7/30): Le'Veon Bell decided to bounce out of a spring piss test, which is an automatic failure to the NFL's drug testing policy. He earned himself a four-game suspension, which may be a good thing as he will have another month to recover from his 2015 knee injury. His game is explosive, and Bell was expected to be one of the top RBs drafted in 2016. I'm sure he'll play well when he returns, but a Fantasy owner now needs to figure out his fair price point on draft day. His handcuff will be expensive thanks to DeAngelo Williams playing so well in 2015. Le'Veon still has a chance at 1400+ yards with close to 60 catches. His TD production will fall in a range between eight and 12 depending on the success of the Steelers rushing the ball in close this season. Due to price point, I would pass on drafting DeAngelo Williams as Fantasy owner will have a much better chance of landing a runner with full-season potential.

After his two-game suspension, Bell flashed his impact upside by rushing for over 100 yards in three of his five full games played while also gaining over 100 combined yards in a 4th game. Le'Veon averaged 21 touches in his first five games including 22 catches on 24 targets. His yards per carry (4.9) came in a notch over his 2014 success (4.7). Bell suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Week 8 ending his season. For the year, Pittsburgh's running backs had 348 carries for 1601 yards and 16 TDs with less value in the passing game (68/535/0 on 81 targets). His recovery from knee surgery puts him on pace for to be ready for the start of the season while earning minimal activity in training camp and the preseason. Le'Veon is one of the best all-around backs in the NFL, but his game may step back a notch in 2016. He's hard worker with motivation to regain his elite form. Bell is one of the few back in the league with a chance at 2000+ combined yards with impact catches and double digit TDs. DeAngelo Williams may steal some early touches giving Le'Veon a chance to get back into game shape. If he's discounted, I'm making the winning investment.

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2016 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
1.05 Adam Ronis - There is some risk since he's coming off an injury, but we are three months away from the start of the season.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
1.03 Roto Experts - Joe Gallina - He’s still only 24 years old and when healthy, Bell’s the best running back in the game. I ended up missing out on him, but I planned on drafting DeAngelo Williams as a handcuff, just in case there are lingering effects from Bell’s MCL and PCL surgeries.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
3.02 Draft Sharks - Jared Smola - I'd been wondering where I'd feel comfy drafting Bell, and this is it. With last year's knee injury looking like less and less of an issue with each passing day, there's a good chance I'm getting 12 games of top 3 RB production in the 3rd round.
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