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Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Draft: 2013 Round 2 (18)
College: Michigan State
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 244 DOB: 1992-02-18 Age: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#3 1 1.02

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2013 PIT 13 244 860 3.5 8 66 45 408 9.1 0 174.8 13.4
2014 PIT 16 290 1,361 4.7 8 105 83 854 10.3 3 287.5 18.0
2015 PIT 6 113 556 4.9 3 26 24 136 5.7 0 87.2 14.5
2016 PIT 12 261 1,268 4.9 7 94 75 616 8.2 2 242.4 20.2
2017 PIT 15 321 1,291 4.0 9 106 85 655 7.7 2 260.6 17.4
2018 (Projected) PIT   266 1,225 4.6 8   80 636 8.0 3 252.1  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
As an annual contender for the No.1 overall pick in fantasy drafts, Bell is just another "what you see is what you get" Steelers player. But there are some major red flags with Bell that you need to consider if you have the opportunity select him. First, word hit this week that this will likely be his last season in a Pittsburgh uniform, as he and the team failed to agree on a long-term contract. This means yet another season he misses training camp, but more importantly, this means he has no incentive to sacrifice himself for the Steelers. He has enough good tape and history of production to present to potential suitors next offseason. I could easily envision a scenario where his health takes precedence over his playing time, and he sits games he would have otherwise played in. Imagine how ugly things could get if the Steelers falter and fail to make the playoffs.

Another red flag for me is workload. He's consistently among the league leaders in both rushing attempts and receptions, and 2017 was no different. His 406 touches easily paced the NFL, and his 321 carries and 85 receptions were both career highs. It's a real good thing he kept up this volume, as his yards-per-carry average (4.0) dropped nearly a yard from 2016's 4.9. While Gurley, Hunt, and Kamara were busting off big plays left and right, Bell's longest play from scrimmage was a 42-yard reception. His longest run was a mere 27 yards! Of the top 25 rushers from last year, Bell's long rush of 27 was behind only the ancient Frank Gore's 21 yard carry. In the last two seasons he's only had seven carries of 20+ yards, when in 2014 and 2015 he combined for 16. His patented patient running style only works when you can explode through the hole and get to the next level with momentum, and he didn't do that enough last season. Is this an aberration, have teams caught on, or is it a sign of slippage?

Bell has had it made from the minute he became part of the Steelers. He's enjoyed one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, has never had to face 10-men in the box, and is given boatloads of touches. I think we've already seen the best Bell has to offer, and the red flags are serious issues to consider. This might not be a popular take, but I think Bell has the biggest bust potential of anyone being considered in the top-5, and I would let someone else take him with a high pick. You know what they say about the top of the draft, a good 1st round pick doesn't win you the league title, but it can certainly lose it for you.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 James Conner
RB2RB3 Stevan Ridley
RB3RB1 Le'Veon Bell
RB4RB4 Jaylen Samuels
RB5FB1 Roosevelt Nix
Steelers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Le'Veon Bell unlikely to play Week 1
Wants to protect his long-term value
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 5, 2:15 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Le'Veon Bell could miss significant playing time over his franchise tag. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is not expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring an unforeseen development, according to a source, and agent Adisa Bakari hinted Bell might be willing to wait this out longer. "He's going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term," Bakari told NFL Live in an appearance Wednesday. Each week Bell skips, he forfeits $852,941. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Assumptions were made during the off-season that Bell would show up around Labor Day, like he did last season. That hasn't happened. His $14.5 million franchise deal remains unsigned. If he doesn't report, James Conner will be the starting running back and carry RB1/2 value into a meeting with the Browns.



2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at CLE W 21-18 10 32 3.2 0 6 3 15 5.0 0 4.7
2 MIN W 26-9 27 87 3.2 0 4 4 4 1.0 0 9.1
3 at CHI L 17-23 15 61 4.1 1 7 6 37 6.2 0 15.8
4 at BAL W 26-9 35 144 4.1 2 6 4 42 10.5 0 30.6
5 JAC L 9-30 15 47 3.1 0 10 10 46 4.6 0 9.3
6 at KC W 19-13 32 179 5.6 1 6 3 12 4.0 0 25.1
7 CIN W 29-14 35 134 3.8 0 3 3 58 19.3 0 19.2
8 at DET W 20-15 25 76 3.0 1 3 2 5 2.5 0 14.1
10 at IND W 20-17 26 80 3.1 0 6 5 32 6.4 0 11.2
11 TEN W 40-17 12 46 3.8 0 11 9 57 6.3 0 10.3
12 GB W 31-28 20 95 4.8 0 14 12 88 7.3 0 18.3
13 at CIN W 23-20 18 76 4.2 0 6 5 106 21.2 1 24.2
14 BAL W 39-38 13 48 3.7 2 10 9 77 8.6 1 30.5
15 NE L 24-27 24 117 4.9 1 6 5 48 9.6 0 22.5
16 at HOU W 34-6 14 69 4.9 1 8 5 28 5.6 0 15.7
DP JAC L 42-45 16 67 4.2 1 13 9 88 9.8 1 27.5
DP = Divisional Playoff

2016 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
4 KC W 43-14 18 144 8.0 0 6 5 34 6.8 0 17.8
5 NYJ W 31-13 20 66 3.3 0 11 9 88 9.8 0 15.4
6 at MIA L 15-30 10 53 5.3 0 7 6 55 9.2 0 10.8
7 NE L 16-27 21 81 3.9 0 13 10 68 6.8 0 14.9
9 at BAL L 14-21 14 32 2.3 0 9 6 38 6.3 0 7.0
10 DAL L 30-35 17 57 3.4 1 10 9 77 8.6 1 25.4
11 at CLE W 24-9 28 146 5.2 1 9 8 55 6.9 0 26.1
12 at IND W 28-7 23 120 5.2 1 5 4 22 5.5 0 20.2
13 NYG W 24-14 29 118 4.1 0 7 6 64 10.7 0 18.2
14 at BUF W 27-20 38 236 6.2 3 5 4 62 15.5 0 47.8
15 at CIN W 24-20 23 93 4.0 0 8 5 38 7.6 0 13.1
16 BAL W 31-27 20 122 6.1 1 4 3 15 5.0 1 25.7
WC MIA W 30-12 29 167 5.8 2 2 2 7 3.5 0 29.4
DP at KC W 18-16 30 170 5.7 0 5 2 -4 -2.0 0 16.6
CC at NE L 17-36 6 20 3.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.0
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship

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