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By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, May 26th 6:10pm EDT

For the second consecutive month, Le'Veon Bell has described his knee as "close" to full health. He recently admitted that what was originally perceived as simply a hyper-extension might have been a more serious knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Regardless of whether Bell's knee is at 80% or 50% he's currently suspended for the first 3 weeks of the regular season. Even if Bell appeals, he's likely looking at a 2 game suspension, so when Bell takes the field he'll likely be ready to roll at 100% after plenty of recovery time. Until then, handcuff Bell with recently signed former Panthers RB, DeAngelo Williams. Don't expect Williams to get anywhere near Bell's production but he can be used in a pinch.

 

By Matt Muller, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Apr 9th 10:04am EDT

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for the first 3 games of the season after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter via ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This was previously expected to be a 2-game suspension. Bell is expected to appeal, but unless the suspension is reduced his value takes a hit - though it's unlikely he'll slip out of the first round in most leagues.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 7:42pm EST

Le'Veon Bell's suspension could last up to 4 games next season for his marijuana situation last year. The new substance-abuse policy imposes a two-game suspension for a first-offense DUI. By landing on probation for a July 2014 DUI arrest arising from marijuana use, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for two games. There’s a catch that could result in a doubling of Bell’s expected punishment. The new substance-abuse policy makes a two-game suspension the standard penalty for a DUI arising from alcohol use. For violations of the law involving other substances of abuse, a first offense exposes the player to a suspension of “up to four” games.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell was easily in the conversation for the #1 overall draft pick in fantasy next season.The potential suspension changes his draft value slightly, moving him to the middle or end of round 1 based on his magical play last season.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Jan 2nd 3:23pm EST

Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out for Wild Card Weekend against the Ravens with a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Undrafted rookie Josh Harris will get the start for the Steelers against a stout Ravens pass defense. Dri Archer and newly signed Ben Tate will rotate in for change of pace running and pass protection. Josh Harris is an interesting low-budget option even in a very tough matchup given the small player pool for Wild Card Weekend. Harris is worth a what the heck flier if you're playing in a daily playoff league with a salary cap based drafting system.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 3:15pm EST

Le'Veon Bell avoided stuctural damage to his knee after taking a nasty hit against the Bengals Week 17 (according to Mike Tomlin) but has been walking with a very noticeable limp and is considered highly questionable for the Wildcard game against the Ravens this weekend.

Fantasy Impact: Bell had a magical fantasy season showing durability and great productivity as an every down running back. He was healthy for every game, rushing for 1,361 yards and 8 TDs. He also added 83 receptions for 854 yards and 3 receiving TDs. He's an early RD1 pick in redraft fantasy leagues for 2015 and a golden dynasty/keeper league prospect. As for his availability for the Wild Card game this weekend against the Ravens, don't count on it. If Bell does play this weekend, he'll likely be less than 100%. If Bell misses time, undrafted rookie Josh Harris should serve as the primary RB with Dri Archer in a change of pace RB role.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 10:57pm EST

Le'Veon Bell took a nasty hit on the knee in the 3rd quarter against the Bengals and is doubtful to return.

Fantasy Impact: It's never good to see a talent at Bell's level go down. Hopefully the knee injury is nothing serious. More details on this as they develop.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 11:48pm EST

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. He caught just one pass for 9 yards on two targets for the day.

Fantasy Impact: We've all been spoiled by his production and today was just one of those games that was bound to happen sooner or later. His goal line score salvaged his day for fantasy owners but those in their Week 16 championships surely were a little disappointed. For those who have playoffs in Week 17, Le'Veon Bell will be a top 3 play against the Cincinnati Bengals as they battle for the AFC North crown Sunday night. Bell had arguably his best game of the season against the Bengals not too long ago.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 8:04pm EST

Le'Veon Bell rushed for just 47 yards on 20 carries (2.4 YPC) yet managed to score twice. Like many times before, he made fantasy owners happy with a receiving line of 5 for 72 on 7 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell continued his fantasy madness with another productive day in Atlanta. He is proving to be a bigger Matt Forte and his stat lines are reflecting as such. Not only is Bell the number one PPR RB in fantasy leagues right now, but he's making a case to be the number one pick in fantasy drafts next year as well. Next week is a matchup with the Chiefs at Heinz Field, The matchup could be better, but Le'Veon Bell has proven himself as matchup proof so fire him up as an RB1 for the championship run.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 4:58pm EST

Le'Veon Bell went off against the Bengals Week 14. Bell carried 26 times for 185 yards with 6 catches for 50 and 3 total touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: This is Bell's third straight game with more than 200 total yards. He's an elite RB1 and will be in the conversation for 1st overall pick in fantasy drafts next season.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 12:39pm EST

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell applied to enter a first-offender's program on Wednesday for the marijuana possession and DUI charges against him in an effort to have the charge removed from his record. Bell and then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested together in preseason.

Fantasy Impact: Take note for next season's fantasy draft and for keeper and dynasty leagues. Le'Veon Bell could face a two-game NFL suspension next season.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 5:37pm EST

Le'Veon Bell became the first Steeler since Rashard Mendenhall (2010) to break the 1,000 yard rushing mark in Week 13. Bell rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries and had eight catches for 159 yards and a TD.

Fantasy Impact: Bell is an every week starter in all formats. His performance for fantasy owners has been phenomenal this year and the pedal is mashed to the metal going forward.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 3:57pm EST

In the wake of LeGarrette Blount's release and rebirth in New England, the RB depth chart behind Le'Veon Bell has grown by one more as Josh Harris was recently promoted to the Steelers 53 man roster from the practice squad. Harris, an undrafted rookie free agent, joins the Pittsburgh backfield behind bell cow back Bell and the third round rookie speedster rookie Dri Archer.

Fantasy Impact: It's a tricky time for owners looking to handcuff stud fantasy RB Le'Veon Bell, as it's more likely that mighty mouse Dri Archer and the larger, more powerful Josh Harris would form a lightning and thunder tandem if Bell went down with injury. Keep in mind Archer is ahead in line for handcuff duties until we see what Josh Harris has to show on the field. For what it's worth, Coach Mike Tomlin said he's expecting a bigger role for Archer moving forward. Josh Harris is a larger, more powerful back, nearly 6 feet and 210 pounds. If Bell missed significant time, we'd likely see Harris take on a lead role with Archer changing the pace with his evasiveness and speed.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 3:21pm EST

As we approach the fantasy playoffs, Le'Veon Bell's remaining schedule comes into focus as a pretty sweet deal for fantasy owners: Week 13 vs Saints - 12th ranked rushing defense. Week 14 at Bengals - 27th ranked rushing defense. Week 15 at Falcons - 24th ranked rushing defense. Week 16 vs Chiefs - 26th ranked rushing defense. (Source: ESPN team rushing defensive statistics)

Fantasy Impact: As if you were going to bench Bell anyway, right? But this is good news for Bell's fantasy owners. All the defenses moving forward allow significant rushing yardage to opposing backs. The toughest of the bunch? The Chiefs. They hadn't given up a rushing TD until Week 12 against Oakland, when Latavius Murray scored two on the ground before leaving with a concussion. But even the Chiefs seem happy to give up yardage on the ground as they're getting gashed, giving up the 7th most yardage on the ground this season. Ride Bell to victory. Go forth and conquer.

 

By Isaac Leicht, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:03pm EST

After Bell's other worldly 33-204-1 game at the Titans Monday night, he's on bye Week 12. Consider these deep plug and play replacements: Darren Sproles (Eagles) and Dan "Boom" Herron (Colts).

Fantasy Impact: Sproles and Herron aren't sure things but should be on waivers and could help in a pinch. Sproles faces the 31st-ranked Titans run defense and should see some touches behind LeSean McCoy against a soft Titans defense. Dan "Boom" Herron is behind Trent Richardson vs. the 26th-ranked Jags run defense. Herron could work as a desperation plug and play this week and has potential for rest of season as Trent Richardson hasn't been too impressive this year.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 12:23am EST

Le'Veon Bell totaled 33 carries for a whopping 204 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' win over the Tennessee Titans. He also added two catches on four targets for 18 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell was just too much for the Tennessee Titans. He had season highs in rushing yards and attempts, and though the receiving yards weren't there like usual, he made up for it with a monster rushing performance. The Steelers are on a bye in Week 12, but Bell will remain a locked-in RB1 against New Orleans coming off the bye.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 8:30pm EST

Le'Veon Bell managed just 36 yards on 11 carries. Once again, he saved his fantasy day with a whopping 8 catches on 10 targets for 33 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It's a tough stretch for those in standard leagues these past two weeks as Bell has faced two teams that are pretty good against the run. For those in PPR leagues, you're loving the value. He is posting very Matt Forte-esque stats in the receiving game and will continue to do so for the rest of the year. Le'Veon Bell broke the Pittsburgh Steelers receiving record for runningbacks today and it's only Week 10. Look for Le'Veon to be a top 10 back next week as the Steelers take on the Titans who have been gashed by the ground game a few times this year.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 12:30am EST

Le'Veon Bell managed a meager 20 yards on 10 carries against Baltimore's tough run defense. Luckily for owners, though, Bell is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league and saved his fantasy teams with five catches on six targets for 38 yards and a score.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell remains one of the most consistent fantasy backs in the league this year, especially in PPR leagues. His receiving skills can always leave fantasy owners at rest when Bell is struggling to get it going on the ground. Le'Veon Bell next takes on a terrible Jets team who actually play the run pretty well. They are still the Jets, so plug him in with confidence as you'll see a rebound in his run game in Week 10.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 4:54pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell ran 24 times for 92 yards (3.8YPC), but made up for low average with 6 catches on 7 targets for 56 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This game was pretty good from a PPR league standpoint. Bell has been very consistent with his receptions and remains heavily involved in the game. LeGarrette Blount was on the field more often than usual, but I think it was just a precautionary thing as Bell had some type on injury early on in the game (though he returned to close out the game with some solid runs). Le'Veon Bell will continue to shine but will likely do more on the receiving end against a tough Baltimore front seven in Week 9.

 

By Rob Hebrank, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 3:40pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell hauls in all 8 of his targets for 88 yards and 1 touchdown against the Texans. The passing volume helped supplant Bell's 57 yards on 12 carries on the ground with a 4.8 yards per attempt average. (Source: Box Score)

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell continued his reign as a top 3 running back in PPR and standard formats. The versatility that Bell brings in the passing game helps insulate him from tough run defenses that could potentially slow him down. Bell is a top 3 RB1 and should be played every week.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 4:59pm EDT

Bell carried the ball 18 times for 82 yards. He also secured 4 of 6 targets for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It was a quiet day for Bell as he has been electric most of the season. It wasn't a terrible day by any means, but much of a RB2 performance rather than the RB1 that we're used to seeing. Fire him up next week as a RB1 against the tough Texans defense because the volume will be there.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 8:58pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell kept up with his productivity with a 5.5 YPC average and hauled in five of six targets for 36 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell continues to be one of the most productive backs this fantasy season. Despite no score, Le'Veon Bell still should be relied on as your RB1 every week due to his volume of touches. It would be hard to argue for anyone else more valuable at the position in PPR leagues. Start him with confidence at Cleveland next week as your RB1.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 9:31pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell managed just 63 yards at 3.3 yards per carry, but made up for it with 6 catches for 46 yards. He leads all runningbacks in scrimmage yards this season.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers couldn't establish the run game how they had hoped, but Bell was still heavily involved with the offense. He is a RB1 regardless of the opponent, and is still proving to be one of the biggest steals this year in fantasy. Start him up with confidence Week 5 as the Steelers travel to Jacksonville

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 7:32am EDT

Bell ran the ball for 147 yards on 21 carries with a nasty seven yards per carry and caught two passes for ten yards on four targets. His 81 yard run in the second half was the longest run by a Steeler in 44 years.

Fantasy Impact: It was just another day in the office for what appears to be the biggest RB steal of your fantasy draft. Le'Veon Bell looked unstoppable against a defense that many NFL analysts believed would swallow the Steelers offensive attack. His off-season weight loss has highlighted his elusiveness as it seems he is juking someone out on every carry. Fire him up as a top RB1 against a Tampa Bay defense that could not catch a cold Thursday night. After three weeks, Le'Veon Bell is the best RB in fantasy.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 3:05pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell toted the ball 11 times for 59 yards and caught all five balls that were thrown his way for 48 yards.

Fantasy Impact: This game should have been bigger for Bell, but the Steelers got down early and had to pass more than expected. Bell looked solid running the ball, showing his elusiveness and making defenders miss with his nasty cut moves while averaging over 5 YPC against a tough Baltimore front seven. He has quickly gained trust for fantasy owners to be plugged in as a solid low-end RB1 and with upside to be a top-5 fantasy RB as seen in Week 1 versus the Cleveland Browns. Bell faces a stout Carolina Panthers defense in Week 3, but can not be benched given his play thus far, especially in deeper leagues and those that awards points per receptions (PPR). LeGarrette Blount has looked mediocre at best and is showing no signs of significantly cutting into Bell's production as a fantasy RB.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 7:53pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell rushed the ball 21 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps more impressively, Bell caught six balls on seven targets for 88 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Bell was a monster on opening day for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Owners who took the gamble on Bell surely were smiling today. Falling into drafts as late as the fourth round after the arrest, Le'Veon Bell could be one of the biggest fantasy values of the year. Bell will try to continue his success against the stout run defense of the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. Start him with confidence against the Ravens, but don't necessarily expect a repeat of today. The Ravens rush defense should prove to be more of a challenge than that of the Browns this afternoon. Given his touches and targets today, Bell is a mid-level RB2 minimum against the Ravens with upside to be a solid RB1.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:19am EDT

Bell is projected for 16 carries for 66 yards and 0-1 TD. He is also expected to receive 3 passes for 27 yards. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland's front 7 is solid and that is reflected in Bell's projected stat line. With the PIT/CLE rivalry as heated as it has been for some time, the play will be very physical on the inside. Bell is an RB2 this week in standard scoring leagues and a borderline RB1 in PPR leagues.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Tue, Sep 2nd 6:45pm EDT

More significant in regard to the season opener is how the Steelers will use Bell and Blount Sunday against the visiting Browns. Tomlin has said that both Bell and Blount will share the workload at running back. But at his weekly news conference Tomlin said he does not necessarily see Bell having to accept a reduced role after averaging just over 20 touches per game last season. When asked if he could see Bell getting 20 to 25 touches a game this season, Tomlin said, “I think we drafted him with that in mind.” (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bell's versatility will help the Steelers keep him heavily involved with offense while also taking advantage of Blount and Archer, who they will try to get the ball in space. Bell caught 45 passes in 13 games as a rookie, and his receptions should rise this season. If Bell also averages around the 17.2 carries he received per game in 2013 he could get well over 300 touches this season provided the former second-round pick stays healthy.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 8:52am EDT

The Steelers hands are tied by the collective bargaining agreement and any discipline they would issue to the players (Bell and Blount) would be subject to a grievance if it does not fall into line with the CBA. In fact, the CBA says they are NOT allowed to discipline them. Here, in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association under Article 42, Section 6 “Club Discipline,” is how it is stipulated: NFL Drug and Steroid Policies: No Club may impose any discipline against a player, including but not limited to terminating the player’s Player Contract, as a result of that Player’s violation of the Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Sub- stances or the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, or for failing any drug test, provided, however, that the fact that a player has violated the Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances or the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, or has failed a drug test will not preclude the (Source: Pitt Post-Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news. Ed Bouchette, the author of this article, is a well-known and respected Steelers' beat reporter. His info is usually "spot on." Bell's ADP has fallen a little bit and this may be due to the uncertainty of any internal discipline to be levied by the Steelers. Still a second round pick in fantasy drafts (11th RB off the board), go ahead and pick up Bell without worry.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 6:29pm EDT

The Steelers could be without one or both of their top running backs when they open the regular season in two weeks against the visiting Cleveland Browns. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reiterated Monday that Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be punished after getting arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday, shortly before the team flew to Philadelphia for a preseason game the following night. Tomlin said the Steelers have not ruled out suspending Bell, who was also charged with driving under the influence, and Blount. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers are known for demanding their players not be a distraction to the team and tolerate very little. It would not be surprising to see the Steelers levy some type of discipline prior to any NFL decision. With fantasy drafts taking place now, there seems to be a couple of ways fantasy owners can take this bit of news. First, they can hope the Steelers do not suspend the players for any game time and draft Bell as they normally would. Maybe the best course of action would be to scan your waiver wire and see if Dri Archer is available. If so, you may want to consider picking him up and storing him on your bench. If Bell plays in week 1, then it can be assumed there was some other type of punishment levied to Bell and Archer could then be safely dropped.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 5:20pm EDT

Steelers will allow NFL to handle any disciplinary measures vs. Bell, Blount. Again, Goodell not likely to act in 2014. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for potential Bell owners. This means that the Steelers will not take matters into their own hands and will wait for Goodell to act. There is recent precedent with the NFL Commissioner waiting until the following year to mete punishment. D. Bowe (WR-KC) was recently suspended for the first game in 2014 for a 2013 drug issue. Bell is currently the 10th RB coming off the draft board. Continue drafting Bell as you previously planned.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:20pm EDT

Bell to face charges on pot possession. Bell also to face DUI charge after getting picked up this PM (Wednesday) in Ross. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dale Lolley reported on Twitter that any punishment from the NFL would not happen soon. As Bell has been charged with 2 separate offenses, it is conceivable that he could be looking at a multiple game suspension. If the first offense (marijuana possession) could be considered Bell's first transgression, a 1 game suspension might be in order. However, with a DUI offense lurking from around the same day, NFL Commissioner Goodell may not look kindly on this and give Bell a 3-4 game suspension. Bell's current ADP is as the 10th RB off the board and 19th player overall. Those numbers may lower slightly as this news filters out and rumors start to fly about a possible suspension. If Dale Lolley is to be believed, go ahead and draft Bell as you normally would, but make sure you have a contingency plan to fall back on. L. Blount was also charged with marijuana possession, so the options of backing up Bell consist of Dri Archer or another strong RB from another team.

 

By Clinton, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:08pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell was arrested after Wednesday nights game for marijuana possession. Bell also faces a DUI charge after getting picked up in Ross. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is not a good way to start the season for Bell who is entering his second year after a very productive rookie campaign. Depending on the outcome of the case, there may be disciplinary action from the league which could drop Bell slightly in ADP depending on the punishment handed down.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 5:03pm EDT

Rather than having a single proprietorship at running back, the Steelers plan to have a partnership...“Nobody is going to sign me to sit me,” said Blount, one of the NFL's most productive runners at the end of last season. Standing nearby, Bell seconded that opinion. “Straight up, for real,” he said. “Straight up.” (Source: Pitt Trib Review)

Fantasy Impact: The dreaded RBBC monster appears to be alive and well in Pittsburgh. Bell may get the slight majority of carries, but Blount is sure to get his fair share as well as the goal line carries. There is also Dri Archer to consider as he has wowed the Steelers with the training camp he had. With an Expert's Consensus Ranking of RB9 (and 16th overall), Bell may be drafted a bit too high based on this news and knowing Archer will be getting the ball in certain packages. Bell is projected to get 1139 yds this year along with nearly 50 receptions. Bell's current overall ADP is 18, which would put it in the middle of the second round in 12 team leagues. Some other players with similar projections are A. Morris (1292 yds and ADP 22) and D. Martin (1171 yds and ADP 24). If you are in a PPR league, 18 might be a good spot for Bell. In standard leagues, there may be better options at 18 with less risk of RBBC.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 8:31pm EDT

LeVeon Bell had 3 carries for 18 yards and 1 reception for 6 yards during the first preseason game. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: His longest run was for 9 yards. Even taking that run out, he still had 2 carries for 9 yards - a 4.5 ypc average. Bell had 45 receptions in 2013 and it appears as though he may get that number again this year. Bell is being drafted as the 10th RB off the board which would be in the mid second round.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 4:54pm EDT

Le'Veon Bell is practicing today although he and LeGarette Blount were held out of the live tackling portion of practice. (Source: Scott Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As hoped for, the Steelers were being extremely cautious with Bell and ensured the hammy felt fine before allowing him to practice again. Bell is currently being drafted as the 10th RB and 17th player off the board.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 4:56pm EDT

LeVeon Bell still sitting out for Steelers' practice. (Source: Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell left practice early Sunday due to a "tightened hamstring." He missed practice Monday and had an off day on Tuesday. For him to miss practice again Wednesday would normally start to raise the danger flag. Because we are still very early in training camp, this situation bears watching through the preseason. Hamstrings do have a tendency to linger and perhaps this is why the Steelers are taking their time in bringing Bell back. Continue to draft Bell as a late first round/early second round pick.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 10:31pm EDT

Starting running back Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) didn't practice. Bell is "day-to-day," Tomlin said, after experiencing hamstring tightness on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It is still too early to worry. When the tightness occurred Sunday, Bell was seen walking off the field under his own power and with no visible limp. The Steelers have an off day tomorrow (Jul 29).

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 5:43pm EDT

Following up an earlier story, Ed Bouchette reports, "Steelers LeVeon Bell has hamstring. Why left practice. "Tightened" Mike Tomlin said." (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A "tightened" hamstring is not a reason for alarm. Had he "pulled" it or "stretched" it, then there may be a little more reason to be fearful. His removal from practice today does seem to be precautionary in nature and should continue to be drafted early in all formats.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 4:47pm EDT

Ed Bouchette, a reporter with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, reports via Twitter, "LeVeon Bell leaves practice field with trainer. Walking fine but something is up." (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears as though Bell was able to walk off the field under his own power. Keep your eyes and ears open for updates, but he probably left the field as a precautionary measure.

 

By Dave Carroll, Steelers Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 5:57am EDT

Two-headed running back attacks: Pittsburgh’s rushing game was tied for 27th in the league after averaging just 86.4 yards per game in 2013. With that in mind, the Steelers upgraded their 2013 backups – Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling – with the addition of the 250-pound Blount, who had 772 yards rushing on 153 carries last season for New England. (Source: Observer-Reporter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers feel the addition of Blount and the speedy Archer will give them more flexibility to go along with starter Le’Veon Bell, who set a team rookie record with 1,259 total yards from scrimmage in 2013. How the carries are divided between the three and who serves what roles remains to be seen. Bell is currently being drafted as the 10th RB and 16th player overall in mock drafts. Training camp starts today and it will be interesting to see how much of an impact the addition of Blount has on Bell's carries. For now, temper expectations for Bell as Blount will more than likely be used to vulture goal line opportunities and TDs.

 
WalterFootball | Jul 2nd
The #1 pick comes down to Bell and Peterson for me. Bell of course will miss the first three games to start the season, but I believe his #1 upside remains as long as he is fully recovered from off season surgery. Bell is one of the few every down backs, who also catches plenty of passes and can lead your team to and through the fantasy playoffs. You are paying up for his ability to win you games like he did for his fantasy teams last year when he was the #1 RB weeks 14-17.
Fantasy Sports LR | Jun 30th
I still like Bell to be the most productive back on a per game basis.
Fantasy Football Empire | Jun 28th
Bell may have been the overall consensus #1 pick this season, but looming is his 3 game suspension to start the season. There is no timetable on his appeal of his suspension, but if it is reduced from the first 3 games to 1-2 games, then I may move him up to the #1 overall ranking. Since this is his first offense, I see a reduction to 2 games. He has even more value in PPR league format with 83 receptions and 854 receiving yards in 2014.
The NY Times | Jun 28th
Youth, dominance in passing game, and elite FPPG average (18) outweighs suspension.
SoCalledFanEx | Jun 26th
Quarterback rankings can spark a few debates in Fantasy Football, but providing running back rankings is like throwing a tub of blood out into the water for a bunch of starving sharks. The return of Adrian Peterson and the four-game suspension of Le'Veon Bell puts a lot of pressure on the first pick in any […] The post 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings appeared first on So-Called ...
Breaking Football | Jun 18th
Bell will have to serve a suspension but he was amazing last year and should only get better. He'll be worth the risk.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Jun 16th
He is missing the first three games and DeAngelo Williams will most likely start for the first three weeks of the season. If you get Bell then get Williams as well.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jun 5th
Bell is arguably the most balanced fantasy running back in the NFL right now. He tallied 290 rushing attempts for 1,361 yards, but also posted 83 receptions for 854 yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns. He is also only 23-years old. The only downside is a 3-game suspension to start the season.
FFLockerRoom | May 19th
Bell is going to miss the beginning of the season because of suspension but that doesn't worry me nonthing. He's going to be a beast for the Steelers once again.
ESPN | May 14th
Should Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension make him a player to avoid in 2015 drafts?