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  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
 
 
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  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Schedule 
Week 1 at DET at CLE
Week 2 at IND vs. MIN
Week 3 vs. DAL at CHI
Week 4 vs. SF at BAL
Week 5 at PHI vs. JAC
Week 6 vs. TB at KC
Week 7 at LAR vs. CIN
Week 8BYE WEEK at DET
Week 9 at SFBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. SEA at IND
Week 11 at HOU vs. TEN
Week 12 vs. JAC vs. GB
Week 13 vs. LAR at CIN
Week 14 vs. TEN vs. BAL
Week 15 at WAS vs. NE
Week 16 vs. NYG at HOU
Week 17 at SEA vs. CLE
  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts283.5293.8
Rush Yards1,178.81,341.9
Rush TDs11.89.2
   
Receiving
   
Receptions75.277.3
Rec Yards747.1634.4
Rec TDs4.12.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points281.9261.3
   
  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2016 Points 
Week 119.2
Week 214.3
Week 323.1
Week 410.417.8
Week 530.515.4
Week 631.812.8
Week 717.114.9
Week 810.8
Week 97.0
Week 1022.125.4
Week 1128.026.1
Week 1222.120.2
Week 1329.516.2
Week 1412.147.8
Week 1522.813.1
Week 1629.625.7
Week 174.4
  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2016 Targets 
Week 16
Week 25
Week 36
Week 446
Week 5611
Week 667
Week 71313
Week 89
Week 99
Week 10710
Week 11119
Week 12115
Week 13127
Week 1485
Week 1558
Week 1674
Week 174
  David JohnsonD. Johnson
RB - ARI
David Johnson
Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Expert 
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ScoutFantasy
The best. Might we see 300 carries, 1300 yards, 20+ TDs, 100 receptions, and 1000 yards receiving? This is like having Faulk back in our living rooms. The most patient runner in all of football. He's an absolute joy to watch.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Johnson was a top 12 running back in 15 of the 16 weeks he played last season. He was also the top fantasy performer by leaps and bounds. With all of that being said, he cannot continue to sustain this type of usage and remain as effective. In fact, he took a significant step backward over the second half of the season. Add in the almost certain touchdown regression and he takes a back seat to Bell who is #1.Had Le'Veon been active for all 16 games, his pace would have put him at over 2,500 all purpose yards. Don't buy too much into the fact that he has several injuries, as all running backs inevitably will. Rather, consider that if he remains healthy, he will carry you to the playoffs.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
Like having a top 5 RB and top 10 WR all in one package."Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when." Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney. https://twitter.com/pyro_hartbeat/status/898624591072862208 https://twitter.com/pyro_hartbeat/status/898232466686697472 There is no doubt Bell is the RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
When you see a 25-year-old running back getting 25.8 combined carries/targets, it's a given to put him as a clear-cut top player, especially when it's a player as talented as Johnson. His goal for this next season is set at 1,000 rushing and receiving yards, and it's well within the realm of possibilities.If Bell can stay on the field for all 16 games, it's quite possible that we see him break total yardage records. He's still yet to have a game in his NFL career with fewer than 7.8 PPR points. There's actually been just three of his 47 games with fewer than 10.9 PPR points.
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
Johnson could easily top Bell this season, but my main concern is Carson Palmer. I think coach Bruce Arians will keep giving Johnson the ball all over the field, but Palmer is hitting an old age wall. The offense could have trouble in 2017.The top spot is a fight between Bell and David Johnson this season, and I'm giving a slight edge to Bell. The Steelers should come back strong in 2017 and get some help back on offense, which should keep Bell in good spots all season long.
Staff Rankings
QB List
The most valuable fantasy asset of 2016 returns to top the RB charts. He's like a running back and receiver rolled into one. With 293 rushing attempts and 120 receiving targets, he was the only player in football to have over 400 touches, and opportunity is king, especially when it's paired with talent like Johnson's. He literally checks every box you'd want in an RB prospect. Age? He's young and ascending. Opportunity? With 293 rushing attempts and 120 receiving targets, he was the only player in football to have over 400 touches. He is his team's offense. Talent? Transcendent. Off field issues? Unlike other residents of this tier, Johnson is a boy scout. Listen to his quarterback Carson Palmer,"He's extremely nice, but he's extremely mature. He's dedicated to his wife. He's dedicated to the baby they have coming (in January). He's beyond his years maturity-wise and extremely intelligent." In other words, at pick 1.1 you take David Johnson ten times out of ten.There is a significant contingent of fantasy enthusiasts who make a persuasive argument that Bell should be the top RB in fantasy football in 2017. He has more years of solid production on his resume. He plays for a better offense on paper and his team is much more balanced. He has a better offensive line. These are all true, However, Bell carries risk that Johnson does not. In his four years in the league, he has only played a whole season once (2014) due to a mixture of injuries and off field issue related suspensions. Still, the upside is there, his 19.95 points per game in 2016 were only a hair shy of Johnson's 20.4, and that was in a year where Bell only scored 9 TDs, a number which is due for some serious positive regression. If Bell falls past pick 1.2 in your league, you are either playing with idiots, or you live in Baltimore.
Sablich Brothers
5th Down Fantasy
HC Arians says he is "too young to overuse;" Johnson says "I can definitely handle 30 touches;" set N.F.L. record with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in 15 straight games; led N.F.L. 29th 20 TDs, 2,118 combined yards and 72 red-zone touches. Finished second in RB targets despite three-game suspension; has missed 14 games over three seasons from injuries and suspensions; offense has scary potential with Bell, Roethlisberger, Brown and Bryant all on the field for first time since 2014.
Brandon Funston
Fantasy Spin
Based on his receiving numbers alone, he would have finished 32nd among WRs in PPR scoring in '16, but, of course, you get to add the ground layer which has amounted to an average of 80 rushing yards and 20 total rush TDs in his past 21 regular-season games.Most talented overall RB in the game? Yeah, probably. But, be it injury, weed or (this year) contract issues, there always seems to be some baggage that comes with
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
Johnson could easily top Bell this season, but my main concern is Carson Palmer. I think coach Bruce Arians will keep giving Johnson the ball all over the field, but Palmer is hitting an old age wall. The offense could have trouble in 2017.The top spot is a fight between Bell and David Johnson this season, and I'm giving a slight edge to Bell. The Steelers should come back strong in 2017 and get some help back on offense, which should keep Bell in good spots all season long.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
DJ is just an all purpose nut and is any other RB more explosive? I doubt it.Bell is a monster but his contract issue and constant suspension/injury woes always concern me. That all still can't keep him from being a top 3 RB.
Corey Parson
RotoExperts
The best offensive player in the NFL sits atop point per reception draft boards. Auction Value $52With no injuries or suspensions to worry about, Bell could average 30 points per game in PPR leagues. Auction Value $52
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
Johnson has 33 career touchdowns in 32 career games. Arizona HC Bruce Arians has stated "He's still too young to overuse...I want to have 30 touches out of him, if possible, because that's going to be a lot of offense."Le'Veon is either going to get a long-term deal before July 17 or be tagged with a 12.1 million franchise tender. Either way, he'll be out to remind everyone who the best running back in the league is. On a PPG basis you can't do better--but Bell comes with more injury risk than Johnson so he slides in at #2 for me.
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Johnson was the best duel-threat running back in the NFL this year with 1,239 yards rushing, 879 yards receiving and a league-leading 20 touchdowns. He is in the prime of his career, escaped a serious knee injury in Week 17 and he should be an elite option again in 2017. The Steelers gave the franchise tag to Bell, so he will be in Pittsburgh at least through 2017. The only reason I have him behind Elliot and Johnson is durability concerns and two prior suspensions under the league's substance abuse policy.