Le'Veon Bell will be a first-round pick in every league. Will he be worth it? Well, how many running backs average 22.8 touches per game like Bell has over his three-year career? How many running backs average 119.0 total yards per game? And how many running backs can say they've hit at least 10 Fantasy points in 18 of their last 22 games, an 81.8 percent success rate? Bell is a beast for Fantasy purposes, but it comes with a notable negative -- he has hurt his knee to end each of his past two seasons. If the Steelers were wise (and they are), they would find a way to mix 2015 rushing hero DeAngelo Williams into the offense to help take some work off of Bell. If that were to happen, Bell would lose a decent amount of yards off his totals but would still be one of the most effective running backs for Fantasy. So, here's the plan -- if you're going to take Bell with a first-round pick, don't fool around and grab Williams with a pick in Round 9 before anyone thinks about taking him.
Bell could be given a four-game suspension by the NFL for missing a recent drug test, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN. The report clarifies that Bell did not fail a test, but simply did not show up for one recently, and the reason a suspension hasn't been announced is because he is appealing the punishment. Bell was suspended for the first three games of last season, which was then reduced to two, for a violation of the league's drug policy, and if he is forced to sit out again, DeAngelo Williams will likely start in his place.
Bell (knee) said Tuesday he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Bell is already doing individual work, including running and cutting, at the first round of OTAs. Although the Steelers will likely take things slow, Bell is nearly seven months removed from tearing his MCL, which should give him more than enough to get ready for camp. Despite suffering season-ending injuries the past two years, he has a strong argument to the first running back drafted, offering an unparalleled combination of running ability, receiving skills and team context.
Bell -- who tore his MCL in Week 8 of the 2015 season -- is pleased with the work he has been doing of late with Owens Recovery Science, ESPN.com reports. Per the report, Owens "focuses on maintaining muscles around a rehabbing knee using a treatment called blood flow restriction." Though Bell's injury rehab appears to be progressing in the right direction, at this stage the Steelers don't have a precise timetable for the running back's return, but Bell does hopes to be back in time to be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season.
Bell, who is recovering from a torn right MCL that he suffered last November, has been jogging of late, ESPN.com reports. That said, Bell indicates that his current injury rehab plan is "real conservative" at this time, though he did note that the only thing he's not cleared for yet "is cutting and sprinting." In any case, while it's encouraging to see Bell progress, the Steelers have not yet placed a timetable on the the running back's return to the field. With that in mind, even if Bell is able to participate in training camp this summer, the report suggests that the Steelers will likely limit the contact that their top running back sees in that scenario.
Bell, who is recovering from a torn right MCL that he suffered on Nov. 1, relayed Tuesday that he has been cleared to run, pennlive.com reports. While Bell's availability for the coming season has yet to be solidified at this stage, the fact that the 24-year-old has progressed to this point following November surgery to address his torn MCL and possible PCL damage, is nonetheless encouraging. As free agency approaches, in addition to Bell, fellow running backs DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson are under contract with the Steelers for the 2016 campaign.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|5||10/09||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|7||10/23||New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|13||12/04||New York Giants||26||20.38|
|3 Year Avg||216||926||6||51||463||1||180|