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 2-game suspension to start the season. If not for that, he would be my top-ranked fantasy back.
Bell's suspension has been reduced to 2 games. I have him ranked #2 overall in standard leagues and #1 overall in points per reception leagues. He has even more value in PPR league format with 83 receptions and 854 receiving yards in 2014. Handcuff DeAngelo Williams in round 10 as his ADP is 112.5.
If you are able to endure the "2 Games" that Bell will miss to begin the season, he is a no doubt choice at the top of the Draft Board. We are sliding him down further as we are considering his overall standings/numbers at Running Back when the season concludes. Ultimately, when Week 16 roles around ... You won't care that Bell missed Weeks 1 and 2. He puts you in a phenomenal position to win a Fantasy Championship Crown!
He is missing the first two 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. Bell is a solid RB and if you can bear with him for the first three games he will reward you for the rest of the season barring any injury. Should still put up double digit TDs and over 1,000 yards.
The No. 1 pick comes down to Bell and Peterson for me because I want to hit a home run if I'm saddled with the spot. Bell of course will miss the first three games to start the season, but I believe his No. 1 upside remains as long as he is fully recovered from offseason 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 nearly by himself. You are paying up for his ability to win you games like he did for his fantasy teams last year when he was the No. 1 fantasy running back from week 13 through 16 when he totaled 680 yards, 20 receptions and seven touchdowns. The Steelers will once again need to score points as their defense continues to be run of the mill at best, and Bell and Antonio Brown will continue to gobble up yardage to stay in games.
When you draft at No. 1 overall you should make a plan for how to handle Le'Veon Bell missing the first two games of the season. Jamey Eisenberg plots a course for success if you have the first pick on Draft Day.
Although the league upheld the four-game ban for Tom Brady, the NFL reduced the suspension for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell from three to two games. Missing games against the Patriots and 49ers in Weeks 1 and 2, Bell will be eligible to return in Week 3 against the Rams. Even though the Steelers signed veteran running back DeAngelo Williams, Bell will remain a true three-down back...
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