2017 Outlook: Le'Veon Bell

We thought Le'Veon Bell would play on his franchise tender without incident this year before landing a mega-deal next offseason. We thought wrong. Bell held out of Steelers training camp and didn't report to the team or sign his one-year franchise contract. Reports believe Bell will be back before Week 1, but both coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have publicly questioned Bell's conditioning since he hasn't been in training camp. Moreover, the track record of running backs who hold out and report to their teams just before the start of the season is not very good. They're not getting in game shape in front of their coaches and trainers or getting in rhythm with their teammates. It's pretty frustrating news since Bell is considered one of Fantasy's most reliable assets -- he's been good for 10-plus Fantasy points in an unbelievable 85.3 percent of his games over the past three seasons! Fantasy owners shouldn't take him at No. 1 overall, but taking him with that second spot might be irresistible. Because of Ezekiel Elliott's suspension, the lack of dominant running backs in the NFL and the limited upside of the stud receivers, there really isn't anyone else with as high of a ceiling as Bell. It also helps his cause that he's healthy and faces a favorable slate of run defenses in 2017. If you take Bell, be sure to also grab James Conner, his presumed backup, with a pick in Round 10 through 12 just in case of emergency. 

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