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LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
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  Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
RB - BUF
LeSean McCoy
2017 Schedule 
Week 1 at CLE vs. NYJ
Week 2 vs. MIN at CAR
Week 3 at CHI vs. DEN
Week 4 at BAL at ATL
Week 5 vs. JAC at CIN
Week 6 at KCBYE WEEK
Week 7 vs. CIN vs. TB
Week 8 at DET vs. OAK
Week 9BYE WEEK at NYJ
Week 10 at IND vs. NO
Week 11 vs. TEN at LAC
Week 12 vs. GB at KC
Week 13 at CIN vs. NE
Week 14 vs. BAL vs. IND
Week 15 vs. NE vs. MIA
Week 16 at HOU at NE
Week 17 vs. CLE at MIA
  Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
RB - BUF
LeSean McCoy
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts293.8248.2
Rush Yards1,341.91,208.4
Rush TDs9.29.3
   
Receiving
   
Receptions77.347.8
Rec Yards634.4370.7
Rec TDs2.31.8
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points261.3221.3
   
  Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
RB - BUF
LeSean McCoy
2016 Points 
Week 113.0
Week 29.0
Week 323.6
Week 417.816.8
Week 515.415.8
Week 612.832.2
Week 714.91.1
Week 8
Week 97.012.0
Week 1025.4
Week 1126.110.5
Week 1220.227.4
Week 1316.219.1
Week 1447.816.8
Week 1513.128.9
Week 1625.720.5
Week 171.6
  Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
RB - BUF
LeSean McCoy
2016 Targets 
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Week 25
Week 34
Week 466
Week 5112
Week 673
Week 7130
Week 8
Week 995
Week 1010
Week 1193
Week 1252
Week 1377
Week 1457
Week 1583
Week 1646
Week 171
  Le'Veon BellL. Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
LeSean McCoyL. McCoy
RB - BUF
LeSean McCoy
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ScoutFantasy
The most patient runner in all of football. He's an absolute joy to watch. He's still going strong, with a great offensive line and a top 6 schedule against opposing RBs.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
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.Buffalo's running game last season had the first tier all to themselves, and perhaps the second tier as well. Their running backs averaged half a yard per touch more than the next best team and they scored 6 extra TDs than #2 in the league. While Rex being gone means it is likely to take a step back, even a step back would warrant ranking McCoy among the top handful of backs again this season.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
"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.I need to see how things shuffle out with the new coaching staff, but if the line stays the same he should have just as good a year as last year. I have the feeling the new additions at FB will vulture 4-6 TD's from McCoy, but there's a good chance he could get an extra 200-300 yards as well. All things equaling out, he'll be a RB1 if he stays healthy. Get J. Williams late in best-ball or deep roster leagues. "Bills haven't entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren't entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won't be entertaining trade offers for McCoy. A trade would create only $1 million in net cap space for the Bills, and it would save $6.075 million in cash. But it also would leave the Bills without one of their best players, less than two weeks after trading receiver Sammy Watkins." Since the Elliott news McCoy has been seen jumping up into the third spot in several drafts, but since the Watkins trade he's slid to the mid-back of the first. This report makes it sound like the team wants to build around him, but I'm going to look for a steadier situation with my top of the first-round pick. Many things have changed quickly this off-season, don't be surprised either way this goes, comments could be a smoke-screen.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
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.McCoy and the Bills running backs enjoyed a massive 2.56 yards before contact in 2016, which was 0.29 yards more than the next highest team. With Mike Gillislee now in New England, McCoy should keep his high workload, even with a new coaching staff in tow, as well as get a bit more goal-line work.
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
 Zeke suspension increases his value as new RB3 overall.
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
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.McCoy was right up near the top last season in ability, and despite missing a little time with injuries, he still finished as a Top-3 fantasy running back. How he will be used exactly with Rex Ryan out of town, I don't know, but he still was at the top of his game last year and deserves to be a top pick this year.
Staff Rankings
QB List
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.The Buffalo Bills have lead the league in rushing yards in each of the past two years, and during that time, they have lead the league in rushing play splits, with a nearly 50% rushing rate (the league average is closer to 40%). This is a rushing team, boy, a rushing team. At the top of the depth chart in Buffalo is Shady McCoy, perennial top five back. Supremely talented and in a great situation, Shady easily rolled in as the RB3 overall in 2016 (standard), and that was despite missing a game as well as having backup Mike Gillislee steal nine touchdowns. Gillislee's gone this year, and a wheels-up McCoy should be in line for positive TD regression. The main knocks against Shady is his health (he hasn't played a full season since 2014). His age is also frequently brought up, though 29 isn't that old.
Sablich Brothers
5th Down Fantasy
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. Bills led NFL in rushing for second-straight year; 5.4 YPC in 2016; carry share has dropped from 75 percent in 2011 to 58 percent in 2016; new OC Dennison known for run-heavy attack; health is only concern.
Brandon Funston
Fantasy Spin
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 withShady''s TD production throughout his career has been a box of chocolates - you just don't know what you are going to get. That said, he's coming off a 13-TD campaign that netted out as the 2nd-best fantasy season of his career - despite new coaching regime in BUF, run-heavy approach behind solid O-line should remain, keeping Shady squarely in the Round 1 draft discussion
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
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.Shady doesn't FEEL like the 4th best fantasy back, but that's where we're at.
Chet Gresham
WalterFootball
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.McCoy was right up near the top last season in ability, and despite missing a little time with injuries, he still finished as a Top-3 fantasy running back. How he will be used exactly with Rex Ryan out of town, I don't know, but he still was at the top of his game last year and deserves to be a top pick this year.
Corey Parson
RotoExperts
With no injuries or suspensions to worry about, Bell could average 30 points per game in PPR leagues. Auction Value $52Shady was excellent in 2016. The loss of Anthony Lynn will not sting, as McCoy should be used more as a pass-catcher in the Bills' new offense. Auction Value $35
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
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.Mike Gillislee is now in New England, which should mean more goal-line work for Shady. He should have at least one more vintage season in him at age 29. And if one of the top three should falter, McCoy has as good a chance as any to ascend to that place.
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
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. McCoy is an older player to monitor at this point, he turns 29-years old this year and he has 1,898 career carries and 382 career receptions. I think he has one more elite season in him, but his health needs to be monitored this off-season.