Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
|RB - #45||PIT||Probable||1 year||21||6'1||244|
2013 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Oct-21-2013 by Rob Warner
UPDATE (10/21): The rookie is averaging 20 touches per game over his first three NFL contests. Bel is averaging just 61 yards per game but now is the time to buy low as he's faced back to back difficult matchups (NY Jets and Baltimore). In week eight, Bell should produce solid RB2 numbers against Oakland. He's a three-down back that dominates goal-line carries -- a combination that is becoming a rarity this season especially with the rash of injuries to early round RB selections.
UPDATE (8/21): The mid-foot injury Bell suffered in the Steelers second preseason game has initially been diagnosed as a Lisfranc-type injury. There is no talk of surgery just yet, but it's a possibility. Regardless this could be a lengthy recovery process unless an upcoming second opinion suggests otherwise. For those drafting this week, note that FFToolbox dropped Bell into late RB3/RB4 range until further notice.
UPDATE (8/13): Bell was held out of the first preseason game with mild knee soreness, but he has returned to practice and is expected to make his preseason debut when the Steelers face Washington in their 2nd preseason game.
PROFILE: The 2nd round pick (#48 overall) from Michigan State is penciled in as the starter after Isaac Redman and John Dwyer failed to emerge when given a shot in 2012. Bell (6-foot-1 3/8, 230) amassed 671 carries for 3,346 yards (4.99 YPC) and 33 touchdowns in his three-year Michigan State career and is a solid dual threat as evidence by his 78 receptions. Bell is not a game breaking speedster and needs the O-line to create lanes for him to succeed (ran just 4.60 forty time at the combine). He's solid in pass protection and has the potential to be a true 3-down back at the next level, elevating his fantasy stock. Todd Haley's pass-first offense might have to become more well rounded if Bell makes a smooth transition and the rookie could have chance for 8-10 TDs in his first season as he figures to be the first rushing option in the red zone.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/5 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell goes through full practice Wednesday
12/4 - Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still going through concussion tests but 'looks good'
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Average Draft PositionLe'Veon Bell was drafted in 98% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 74.13
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|5.05||DLF.com - TheFFGhost - Being able to grab a third starting running back should help my team a lot, especially one I was very high on even before the draft. Bell will likely be in play as the offensive rookie of the year and I've very happy to be able to grab him in the 5th!|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|4.05||FFToolbox -Emil - The initial plan is complete.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|3.10||FootballDiehards - The Steelers slipped from 11th and 14th in the league in rushing the two previous seasons to 26th in 2012. The team is dead set on changing that. Enter Bell, who is in line to be a three-down weapon. I expect big things based on opportunity alone. Worthy of RB2 status for me.|
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