LeVeon Bell Fantasy News

Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10. Fitzgerald Toussaint will serve as LeVeon Bell’s backup while Williams is out.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) missed practice again Thursday. He had knee surgery and is probably out 3-4 weeks or longer. Fitzgerald Toussaint will serve as the primary backup to LeVeon Bell.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. With Williams out, Fitzgerald Toussaint will serve as the backup to LeVeon Bell.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11:22am

Jeremy Fowler, Twitter - [Full Article]

Post-surgery outlook for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger shifted from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 weeks. Steelers have NE, bye, BAL, DAL, CLE on slate.

Related players: Landry Jones, Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, LeVeon Bell

Fantasy Impact:

This is obviously a blow to the entire Pittsburgh offense. Since 2015, Roethlisberger has missed four games, and the team's passing yards decreased by 45%, total points decreased by 25% and passing touchdowns decreased by 39%. So all the Pittsburgh receivers take a hit while Roethlisberger is out. Landry Jones will start in the interim. He has a career completion percentage of 57.1% with a good YPA (9.2) and a not-so-good TD-to-INT ratio (3:4). He may work his way into streaming consideration if things break his way, but this is a sizable downgrade at quarterback. Roethlisberger's absence might benefit Bell, who tends to see more carries when his quarterback his out. But last season that increase in carries was offset by a reduced role in the passing game, so it looks like a wash for Bell. UPDATE: Our source in Pittsburgh said that the timeline came from Roethlisberger, who tends to “play up” his injuries so that he looks “tough” when he returns early. Our source said that he was told Roethlisberger is expected to return in Week 9 after the team’s bye. So owners should stream for the next couple of weeks and see how his recovery is going at that point.

Steelers plan to play Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams together

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 11:41am

Tribune - [Full Article]

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday morning extolled the virtues of the versatile LeVeon Bell, the former All Pro running back who's one of the league's best pass-catchers at his position. Roethlisberger said to expect packages in which tailbacks Bell and DeAngelo Williams both take part in snaps.

“Listen, we're not going to put him in at wide receiver and use DeAngelo as the running back,” Roethlisberger said of Bell, who returns from a three-game suspension this week in advance of Sunday night's home game against Kansas City. “But we will, I think, have them both on the field and move him out of the backfield.

“We're not going to take the ‘RB' off in front of his name and put ‘WR” – but I definitely think he's one of our best receivers.”

Fantasy Impact:

When a team has two good-to-great running backs, this is something that is often said but doesn't always happen. The Steelers may be without Eli Rogers (toe), though they could move Markus Wheaton to the slot, where he played (very effectively, by the way) last season before moving to the outside. Bell could also line up as a receiver at times, which would force the defense to adjust. Williams may have standalone value this year, but that wasn't the case last year. Williams saw only 4.5 touches per game in the six games that he and Bell both played.

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.

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