23-Year-Old Running Back – Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of ...
Le'Veon Bell Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $4.12 million deal with the Steelers in June of 2013.
Bell had 22 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, adding seven catches for 21 yards on seven targets, in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens.
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Le'Veon Bell: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bell's two-game suspension came to an end over the weekend, and he is now eligible to resume playing for the Steelers. DeAngelo Williams ran the ball well the last two weeks in Bell's place, but he will move into a complimentary role and Bell will be the Steelers' top back from Week 3 onward.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The suspension is the only thing limiting Bell's draft stock, and while he'll still have to miss two games, the decreased punishment makes him that much more attractive to prospective owners. He's almost fully recovered from the knee injury that held him out of last season's playoff game, with various reports suggesting he has regained all of his explosiveness. If not for the suspension, Bell would be the first player off the board in the vast majority of drafts. Even with the two-game ban, a strong case can be made for Bell to be the first running back, or even first player, selected. Boasting superstars at quarterback and wide receiver, along with an excellent offensive line, the Steelers provide their immensely talented running back with the perfect context to succeed.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)In addition to being fantastic news for the Steelers, such a settlement would have a major impact on fantasy drafts. Bell is still widely viewed as a first-round pick, but if not for the three-week suspension, he'd likely be the top overall selection in most leagues. Should the NFL reduce that suspension to one or two games, Bell will suddenly be much more appealing as a top-three pick, though Pittsburgh does face tough front sevens in Weeks 2 (San Francisco) and 3 (St. Louis). Bell was largely unaffected by difficult matchups last season, often making up his lost rushing yards through the air.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bell missed last season's first three games with a foot injury, but gained the lion's share of the Steelers' rushing duties upon his return and ended up staying healthy while averaging nearly 100 total yards per game in his rookie year despite a meager 3.5 YPC. Though he's slow for a running back (just a 4.60 40 time), he's an effective receiver and goal-line back, and should benefit from the Pittsburgh offensive unit getting healthy over the offseason. Though he should be tough to bring down at 6-1, 244, Bell broke only 21 tackles last year, and he'll have to show either more elusiveness or more tackle-breaking ability to hold off import LeGarrette Blount and super-fast draft pick Dri Archer. It's disturbing for Bell that Blount – signed to a two-year-deal – is a very similar kind of back at almost the same size and speed. Worse, Bell only outrushed Blount by 88 yards and one touchdown last year despite rushing 91 more times. Still, Bell has an edge through the air – he averaged a very fine 8.9 yards per reception, though a higher catch rate than last year's 68.2 percent certainly couldn't hurt – and is the incumbent here. Bell will likely take the majority of the carries for the Steelers this year, and it's not unreasonable to expect him to build on the improvement he showed in last season's final five games.
With the 48th pick in this year's draft, the Steelers seemingly drafted Bell to be their starter this season. Gone is Rashard Mendenhall, and Jonathan Dwyer – last year’s leading rusher – and Isaac Redman aren't likely to hold off the rookie who rushed for 1,793 yards at Michigan State last season. Behind an offensive line that features Mike Pouncey and 2012 first-round pick David DeCastro, Bell should find good running room. At 6-2, 237, Bell isn't fast (4.6 40 at the combine), but he has good field vision, nimble feet and powerful legs to push the pile. Moreover, he comes from a program that ran a pro-style offense, which offensive coordinator Todd Haley speculates should make Bell's transition to Pittsburgh's offense easier. LaRod Stephens-Howling will complete for a third-down role, but Bell is expected to stay on the field on passing downs as he's a good blocker and has soft hands (78 career receptions in college). All of which puts Bell in an excellent position to produce as a rookie once he is able to return from a foot injury that will hold him out of action early in the season.