LeVeon Bell Fantasy News

Tomlin: Going to see 'a lot' of RB Le'Veon Bell

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5:44pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Steelers don't plan on putting RB LeVeon Bell on a pitch count.

HC Mike Tomlin said according to a tweet from the team's account, "You're going to see LeVeon Bell on Sunday, and a lot of him."

Related players: DeAngelo Williams

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers could use the boost. They entered the season expecting to score 30 points per game. But through three games, they're putting up 21.7 points per contest. Against the Eagles on Sunday, they failed to reach the end zone, scoring just three points.

Steelers get back RB Le'Veon Bell

Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

LeVeon Bell's return to the lineup gives the Pittsburgh Steelers more than a top-shelf tailback.

They get an elite pass-catcher at a crucial time, coming off a 34-3 beating in Philadelphia. And Kansas City's talented front seven is lurking Sunday night.

Bell essentially is a slot receiver, catching 83 passes for 854 yards in his last full season.

Just listen to center Maurkice Pouncey.

"It's going to be huge. It changes the passing game," Pouncey said of Bell, who served a three-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy."

Related players: DeAngelo Williams

Fantasy Impact:

Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Bell played a total of 58 snaps together last season. That trio is ready to begin business in earnest. Williams was brilliant for most of the past three games, and he should remain involved in the offense. But the loss to the Eagles showed this team needs more receiving options downfield after the loss of Martavis Bryant for the season.

Steelers Beat: Team should experiment with Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams on field together

Monday, September 19, 2016, 7:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

With Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell healthy, perhaps Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can find a way to capitalize on both tailback's talents. Both players were on the field at times during the third preseason game at New Orleans.

DeAngelo Williams isn't sure how this is going to shake out, but he knows a two-back system can work. Williams and Jonathan Stewart employed one for years in Carolina.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell is still be the fantasy back to own here, but Williams has at least earned some touches and snaps once Bell is back for Week 4. However, as the story said, the Steelers have seemed to favor more of a one-back game plan over the years.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell feels great after first game

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:43pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

If Friday was any indication, LeVeon Bell will be just fine.

The Steelers running back showed no ill effects from last year's knee surgery, churning out 58 total yards in his first game action in 10 months during a 27-14 win over the Saints.

Saying that he felt "great," per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bell added: "I can only imagine how I'll feel in a month."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell faces a three-game suspension to open the season, but is slated to return in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Shaking off a fumble he attributed to "rust," Bell hauled down five passes for 37 yards and rushed for another 21 yards on three attempts against New Orleans. We saw flashes of Bell's juking ability on a 13-yard catch on Pittsburgh's first drive, the story added.

Steelers offense looks to get going this week

Monday, August 22, 2016, 9:03am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Steelers’ battery of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell could take the field together Friday night in New Orleans. Precedent says Big Ben and Brown will play at least a few series together, unless coach Mike Tomlin heeds caution.

The wild card is Bell, who has yet to be tackled to the ground in live action since tearing multiple ligaments in his knee on Nov. 1 against Cincinnati. Bell can’t start his season until Week 4 because of a three-game ban for missed drug tests, so the Steelers might want to get him a few reps before then, especially considering how good he's looked in practice work. He's been a full participant every day, though he carries the ball with the proverbial "bubble" designated for star players, especially ones coming off an injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said WR2 Markus Wheaton, who has missed much of the preseason, could also be part of the game plan. Eli Rogers has emerged in the slot and should be part of three-WR sets, but TE Ladarius Green (ankle) remains on the PUP list.

Suspension of Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell reduced to three games

Friday, August 19, 2016, 4:02pm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers running back LeVeon Bell has been suspended three games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The running back was facing a four-game suspension but appealed to the league. Though Bell will be eligible to practice and play with the team through the preseason, he will miss the team’s first three regular-season games against the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

He will be eligible to rejoin the team in Week 4, when the Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact:

This will boost Bell's projections, but he's still a little dicey as a 1st round pick since he'll miss the first three games of the year. He has extra value in leagues where more than half the teams make the playoffs. He's also recovering from MCL and PCL tears but recently declared himself 100 percent, for what it's worth.

Steelers Beat: Le'Veon Bell to be heavily involved in passing game

Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Expect LeVeon Bell, whether he plays 12 or 16 games, to be heavily involved in the passing game, particularly in the red zone.

Fantasy Impact:

The story was about the status of Ladarius Green, but Bell is mentioned as a possible way the Steelers will adapt should Green not be ready when the season starts. We project Bell for 52 receptions and 477 yards this season for 12 games. However, should Green have to miss the start, or a part, or all of the season, this could drive Bell's value a little higher.

Le'Veon Bell getting big workload in camp

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 1:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seven practices into training camp, Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell is running and cutting without thinking about his surgically repaired knee.

And he wants more.

The fourth-year player has seen a sizable workload in camp.

"As long as my knee's not swelling or having any setbacks, I will continue to do more," said Bell, who tore his medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in November. "My first day running, March 1, I had a vision I'd be ready around this time. This is my goal to be out here ready to compete."

Fantasy Impact:

Of course the concern about Bell is his pending four-game suspension.
While Bell awaits the results of an appeal for missed drug tests - he has declined comment on the dynamics of the case. Aside from that, the story said he's looked like the Bell from 2014. It also said the Steelers may opt to keep him out of preseason games.

Suspension aside, team pleased with Le'Veon Bell's recovery

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10:36am

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

The Steelers surely are concerned with the possibility of not having running back LeVeon Bell for the first month of the season, and for good reason, as he continues to wait to hear the results of the the appeal of his four-game suspension for violation the NFL's drug policy.

As for being concerned about Bell's surgically repaired knee, there are far fewer worries, and that's been solidified through the first three days of training camp at St. Vincent College.

Bell is less than nine months removed from an ugly knee injury he suffered in November against the Bengals that tore his his MCL and PCL, requiring surgery and keeping him out of the final two months of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Through the early stages of camp, you'd be hard-pressed to tell that Bell is recovering from any injury let alone a severe knee injury. You can lump offensive coordinator Todd Haley into that group of being pleasantly surprised, the story all said. That's good news for potential owners and it looks like Bell's injury recovery isn't a cause for a lot of concern. But as the story said, a possible four-game suspension awaits, and we've dropped Bell down our list as a result.

Le'Veon Bell plans to appeal suspension in August

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:34pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

LeVeon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy via missed drug tests, and the Steelers running back is planning his defense.

Bell told the media Thursday he plans to appeal the suspension "sometime in August" and that he was notified of a missed test and his suspension in March, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Bell's appeal will not be heard until the second week of August.

"I don't want to be a distraction to my teammates or to Steelers Nation," Bell added. "So I'm just going to keep moving forward and let everything handle itself."

Fantasy Impact:

The appeals process is bound to interrupt Bell's rehab from his season-ending knee injury, but the running back added he was confident that he'd be ready for the start of the season, whether or not he's suspended. There have been lots of reports about why Bell missed the test, one of which he changed his cell number.

Report: 'Strong sense' Le'Veon Bell loses appeal

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 2:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports there's "a strong sense" the LeVeon Bell suspension will stand, adding that "none in the know believes Bell has a strong chance to win the appeal."

Per Stan Savran of Pittsburgh's 970 ESPN radio, Bell claims he changed his cell phone number and thus wasn't notified of when he was to be tested. However, it's unclear if that defense would be sufficient. Florio suggests Bell might be required to notify the league of any change in contact info, which would put the responsibility back on him.

Fantasy Impact:

ESPN's John Clayton noted Bell has a chance to get out of the suspension if the drug tester can't "show he made good effort to contact" Bell, but added that it will still be hard to win the appeal. From a fantasy standpoint, Bell owners will want to make sure they have DeAngelo Williams.

Antonio Brown to report, eyes new deal

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Despite being one of the best bargains in the league, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, hopeful and confident that his contract will be addressed before the start of the regular season, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

Having Brown in training camp will be one less headache for a Steelers team that already has running back LeVeon Bell facing a four-game suspension and wide receiver Martavis Bryant serving a one-year suspension.

But at some point, Pittsburgh likely will be asked to consider options to compensate Brown like one of the top receivers in the game that he has proved to be, per a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown is obviously a top fantasy pick in all formats, but it looks like owners won't have to worry about a holdout situation. He's coming off a 136-catch season and is schedule to make 6.25 million this year. He still has two years left on his deal.

Steelers Beat: Le'Veon Bell could be facing last strike

Monday, July 25, 2016, 7:58pm

The Times - [Full Article]

There are three stages of intervention in the NFL, and before last week, LeVeon Bell was believed to be in Stage 2.

That was because Bell was suspended three games, later reduced to two games, to start the 2015 season. That ban was the result of Bell's marijuana arrest in the North Hills in August 2014. Coincidentally, that arrest was recently expunged from his legal record after he completed his 15-month probation.

Depending on your perspective, the good news for Bell is that he's only in trouble with the league this time. But another screw-up, another failed or missed test, and Bell is in Martavis Bryant territory, or Stage 3 of intervention.

Fantasy Impact:

The story nicely describes all three stages on how NFL drug testing works. As for Stage 3, the author said: After serving a suspension, players are placed in Stage 3, which unless the medical director chooses to discharge a player from the program, lasts the remainder of a player's career. Like stages 1-2, players are prescribed a treatment plan though testing is now random. A failed test will result in a one-year ban, unless the suspension is for marijuana, in which case it will be 10 games. Bryant was suspended for one year, not 10 games, for multiple failed or missing drug tests.

Le'Veon Bell says he won't miss games due to suspension

Monday, July 25, 2016, 10:25am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Steelers running back LeVeon Bell is indeed facing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test. But Bell continues to insist that he hasn’t missed a drug test — and that he won’t be missing any games.

In a comment to an altered photo on Instagram of Bell wearing a gas mask with a bong, Bell said from his verified account that “I’m not gonna miss games, trust me.”

Many will scoff at the proclamation, given the lingering perception that Commissioner Roger Goodell retains final say over all player disciplinary issues. In 2014, however, the league agreed to use a panel of neutral arbitrators for all punishments arising under the substance-abuse and PED policies. So Bell will have a chance to have a truly independent party assess whether the league’s conclusions are warranted.

Fantasy Impact:

Of course the story from this past weekend is Bell missed several drug tests. He's dropped to ninth in our RB rankings for now and obviously this is a situation to monitor because Bell, you can argue, is the top fantasy back this year. DeAngelo Williams would again see the bulk of the work without Bell in the lineup.

Rapoport: Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell suspended for 'missing several drug tests'

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 6:05pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for missing several drug tests, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per sources informed of his situation.

While Bell's case is still under review, the news cannot be welcome for the Steelers or Bell.

Fantasy Impact:

If he did indeed miss "several" tests (and not just one), it seems much less likely that he'll win his appeal and have his suspension reduced. We've moved bell down to #11 in standard formats and #9 in PPR. He's worth consideration in the second round, but it's difficult to invest an early round draft pick that will miss the first month of the season.

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