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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 Ho, 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.

Breaking Football | Sep 20th
Bell has been pretty killer but road game vs vaunted CAR D? Ugh...
2MugsFF | Sep 19th
Bell has just started off the season with a bang. Look for him to be plenty busy vs CAR this week.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Sep 19th
The Panthers are 17th against fantasy running backs this year, Bell is going to have to have a big game if the Panthers are going to win on the road.
Rotoworld | Sep 11th
Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 2's top plays while checking in on Le'Veon Bell's monster Week 1.
ESPN | Sep 11th
Christopher Harris analyzes what makes Le'Veon Bell a top-tier running back in 2014.
ESPN | Sep 8th
Christopher Harris analyzes Le'Veon Bell's value.
EDSFootball | Sep 7th
Pittsburgh Steelers second-year running back Le'Veon Bell rushed 21 times for 109 yards and a touchdown and added six receptions for 88 yards on seven targets as well. It was Bell's second career 100-yard game and the first game of his career that averaged at least five yards per carry. Bell now has four straight games with 20-plus carries and a touchdown. There was some concern that teammate ...
Dynasty League Football | Aug 24th
Is Le'Veon Bell overrated? We make a great case to make that claim.
ESPN | Aug 21st
Nate Ravitz and Eric Karabell react to the Browns QB decision, wonder if Le'Veon Bell falls out of the top 10 with his marijuana charge & recap Eric's...
EDSFootball | Aug 21st
So far, Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have been sharing the first-team reps this preseason; now, they share something else in common. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell & RB LeGarrette Blount charged by Ross Twp Police today w marijuana poss. Bell also charged w DUI after stop today.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) August 20, 2014 Per Colin Dunlap, a third person, an ...
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 7th
43.3 percent. As described in excruciating detail earlier this summer, that’s the bust rate of running backs selected inside the RB top-12 since 2009 (Finished outside RB top-15 in per game average). In light of the constant failures and bitter beer faces, many owners have purposely circumvented proven or upside-drenched rushers as though they were lepers. Instead, they’ve opted for t...