LeVeon Bell Fantasy News
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:07am
Steelers O-line coach Mik Munchak, who compiled a 22-26 record as head coach of the Titans, is highly regarded as an offensive line coach. He very well could have been the Steelers’ best offseason transaction. The Steelers ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing offense last season. Their 1,383 yards were the fewest for the team since 1966. But the offensive line did allow quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to play every offensive snap for the first time since 2008 and surrendered just seven sacks in the final five games after allowing 36 in the first 11.
The Steelers hope an improved line under Munchak will allow them to get RBs LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount going this season and improve on last year's rushing totals. Bell is turning into an attractive, second-round fantasy option in drafts and is ranked 12th among our backs.
Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:55pm
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown on RB Dri Archer's potential workload: "Archer has stiffer competition than Chris Rainey did for carries with LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount ahead of him on the depth chart. I’d like to think that the Steelers will get Archer the ball eight to 10 times a game, but that depends a lot on him and the progress he makes during training camp."
Brown confirmed that the 8- to 10-touch estimate includes returns. Our current projection calls for 3.8 touches per game for Archer. One thing seems clear -- LeVeon Bell's touches are under pressure with Archer and Blount in the fold.
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:47pm
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown on the potential workload of RB LeGarrette Blount: I think Blount should get around eight carries per game but that could mean four to five one week and 10-12 the next.
We currently project Blount for 7.8 touches per game and he's one of the more capable handcuffs in the league. He's going very late in drafts considering his talent and LeVeon Bell's injury history (foot).
Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:40pm
It will be interesting to see how the division of labor shakes out with the Steelers trying to feature RB LeVeon Bell in the offense while also finding touches for LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. Two of the three could play together in different packages given their respective skill sets. And the trio provides offensive coordinator Todd Haley with an opportunity to get creative with his running backs. What is certain is the Steelers are much better equipped to deal with an injury to Bell this season and that they've significantly improved their overall talent at running back.
Blount's arrival caps Bell's upside as the team's feature back.
Steelers beat writer Scott Brown was asked about LeVeon Bell's workload: "I think LeVeon Bell could get 300-plus carries this season but not much more than that even if he plays every game. The Steelers say they are committed to running the ball this season, and I don't think that's just lip service from offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. However, I doubt that the Steelers lean as heavily on Bell as they did last season because of the additions of LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. Bell will start at running back but the other two will get touches as well. I like that approach because I think it will extend the number of productive seasons Bell has in the NFL. That's probably not good news for fantasy football owners who covet Bell, but he will still be a prominent part of the offense and the Steelers will put his receiving skills to good use too."
Bell's touches are under pressure with the addition of Blount and Archer. Blount was very productive for the Patriots last season and is likely to eat into Bell's workload in 2014.
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:33am
After the Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount as a free agent, many suggested he would be used mostly in short-yardage situations. Yet they have mixed and matched him and LeVeon Bell, even splitting them out wide. Dri Archer gives them different dimension and flip-flops between working with the backs and wide receivers.
Blount proved in New England that he has enough talent to put a dent in Bell's upside as the team's RB1. This is something to monitor as the offseason wears on.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:57am
While LeVeon Bell will start, LeGarrette Blount is certain what his role is going to be. And it's not likely to change from quarter to quarter — even if the Steelers and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are experimenting with him in a variety of ways during these May/June practices. He's lined up multiple times with Bell in an old-style, two-back set and has even been in the slot or flanked outside. What he likes is that he's on the field a lot. “I know that is going to be locked down, for sure — I know I'm going to run the football here,” Blount said. “All the other stuff is just added on to the pile, and I'm not going to turn it down because I want the ball any chance I get it."
Blount was more effective as a runner than Bell was in 2013, though that may have something to do his playing in the Patriots offense. He'll serve as Bell's backup and is one of the more talented handcuffs in the league.
When you watch Steelers RB Dri Archer’s highlights from his college career at Kent State, he looks very fast. When you watch Dri Archer on the field with the Steelers, he looks very fast. Very fast against Kent State’s competition is one thing, but very fast on a field filled with NFL-caliber players stamps Archer as a weapon-in-waiting.
The Steelers will use Archer's speed to complement LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, who aren't burners.
What is most attractive about LeGarrette Blount is his career rushing average -- 4.7 yards per carry -- which, at the very least, makes him a dependable back in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The Steelers signed him to spell Bell and get six to eight carries a game.
We currently project Blount to see 6.0 carries per game, but his role could grow a bit if he's successful running the ball. The Steelers don't want to wear out LeVeon Bell with a quality backup like Blount on the roster.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”
It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.
No one in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room should be more excited about the addition of offensive line coach Mike Munchak than rookie running back LeVeon Bell. Bell will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the improvement that should take place up front with Munchak mentoring a young and promising offensive line. He should also thrive in the zone blocking scheme that Munchak is expected to make a staple of the Steelers'offense. Bell is a patient yet decisive runner and that blend is perfect for zone blocking, which requires backs to read and react.
Bell was the #8 RB from Week 4 to Week 17 once he returned from a foot injury that sidelined him for the first three weeks. Given his workload, he could be a low-end 1st round pick by the time 2014 fantasy drafts roll around.
Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:49pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14. Bell will be good to go after a scary Week 13 play where he lost his helmet going into the endzone. He should be a strong start against the Dolphins, who are #26 in RB aFPA.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:40pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Bell will be good to go after a scary Week 13 play where he lost his helmet going into the endzone. He should be a strong start against the Dolphins, who are #26 in RB aFPA.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:36pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Bell will be good to go after a scary Week 13 play where he lost his helmet going into the endzone. He should be a strong start against the Dolphins.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7:18pm
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Bell will get the start against the Vikings this week, though it's tough to get excited about a rookie starting his first game…on the road…coming off of a foot sprain…behind an offensive-line that is struggling to open up holes in the running game. Still, he's worth a pickup if he's still on the waiver wire and deserves flex consideration on his likely workload alone.
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