Felix Jones Fantasy News

Le'Veon Bell suffered a concussion
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8:52am

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

A violent goal-line collision in a 22-20 loss to the Ravens left Le'Veon Bell concussed, but the Steelers' rookie running back did some running Monday and is hopeful of playing Sunday against the visiting Dolphins.

"I'm going to take it day by day and see where we're at," Bell said. "The goal is obviously to play, but if [I'm] not able to, I'm not able to."

Bell and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith rammed helmets when they met near the goal line as the former tried to score on a 1-yard touchdown run. Bell fell forward and into the end zone even though the force of the collision caused his helmet to pop off.

Fantasy Impact:

The played was ruled a TD at first but was reversed because his helmet came off before crossing the goal line. He doesn't remember the hit but said he hasn't experienced side effects. Speaking Tuesday, Tomlin said Bell "looked good." His fate is in the hands of NFL protocol, however. The Steelers would likely rely on a committee of Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer in Week 14.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:50pm

CBS Pittsburgh - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers have waived running back Isaac Redman and promoted LB Kion Wilson from the practice squad.

Redman began training camp expecting to compete for the starting job but struggled to stay healthy.

He managed just 12 yards on 10 carries this season and saw his playing time decrease behind rookie Le’Veon Bell and veterans Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer.

Fantasy Impact:

Redman is the odd man out. He survived at first when the team cut Jonathan Dwyer after trading for Felix Jones after Le'Veon Bell hurt his foot. But with Bell back healthy the Steelers had one too many backs and this time it's Redman who gets released.

Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:37pm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

With Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell active for the first time, the Steelers made Redman inactive. It means Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer have moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell scored two TDs in his debut and it seems like the Steelers wanted him back desperately to carry the load going forward.

Glazer: Le'Veon Bell to play Week 4
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:32am

Jay Glazer on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers are now planning to play RB LeVeon Bell this week.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers say Bell has progressed faster than they thought, according to Glazer. It's amazing how that can happen when you're 0-3 with not much of a running game - Bell was originally planning to play Week 6 after a Week 5 bye. Don't be surprised if Bell gets a lot of the workload, but it's also likely Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer see time as well against the Vikings, with the likely scenario being Isaac Redman is inactive, according to other reports. Bell could be a RB3 option when our rankings come out Wednesday. Keep in mind it's a struggling offensive line, but he does have long term value and will likely get a lot of work going forward as long as he can stay healthy. It could be the shot in the arm the Steelers need.

Le'Veon Bell out for Steelers, Felix Jones to start
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7:19pm

Steelers Inactives
Cortez Allen CB
LeVeon Bell RB
Hebron Fangupo DT
Isaiah Green DB
Landry Jones QB
Derek Moye WR
Cody Wallace C

Fantasy Impact:

LeVeon Bell remains out for the Steelers. Felix Jones will get the start at RB. All Steelers RBs are poor fantasy plays until proven otherwise. TE Heath Miller returns to action.

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Tomlin: 'I was encouraged by Felix Jones'
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:13am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin did not find many positives from the game, but he singled out running back Felix Jones, who had 37 yards on 10 carries and played 36 of the team's 58 offensive snaps. The Steelers ran for just 44 yards and 75 yards through two games.

"The running game was below the line," he said. "But I was encouraged by Felix Jones and what he'll be able to do moving forward. He knew when to bounce it and when to put his foot in the ground and get vertical. There were some things we can build upon."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones is a decent waiver add for owners desperate for bodies at RB. He has a career 4.8 YPC, but was a woeful 3.6 YPC with the Cowboys in 2012. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are in the mix, but Redman has been unimpressive and the team chose Jones over Dwyer at the final roster cutdown.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:42pm

Ed Bouchette on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers: RB Le'Veon Bell will ramp up his activity.

Fantasy Impact:

Don't expect him to play in Week 3 though. A logical time frame is Week 6, after the Steelers bye in Week 5, but that's not a given either. Felix Jones led the Pittsburgh rushers carrying 10 times for 37 yards.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:30pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Felix Jones was the Steelers' best running back after he joining them for the final two preseason games, but he didn't get a carry Sunday in part because of his lack of knowledge about the offense.

“He just needs to continue to learn,” HC Mike Tomlin said.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones could also lose time to Jonathan Dwyer, who was resigned and obviously is more familiar with the offense.

Isaac Redman will start Week 2
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 4:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Isaac Redman said that, despite coming off his worst game as a professional, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still had confidence in him.

The veteran running back apparently was right.

Redman will start at running back Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals despite fumbling twice and rushing for just nine yards on eight carries in Pittsburgh's 16-9 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"Obviously he played a bad game," Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "He'll be given an opportunity to redeem himself."

Fantasy Impact:

Don't expect a lot from Redman behind an offensive line that isn't very good heading into Week 2. On top of that, it's a pretty tough matchup against a solid Bengals defense. Felix Jones and Jonathan Dwyer could also figure in on the workload.

Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:22am

Ed Bouchette on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers will resign RB Jonathan Dwyer.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers RB situation isn't good and it shows how desperate they are bring back Dwyer after cutting him just over a week ago. La'Rod Stephens-Howling is done for the year and both Isaac Redman and Felix Jones struggled in various aspects in Week 1. Dwyer could see time in Week 2 at Cincy, but it also looks like a situation to stay away from, on top of it being a tough matchup.

Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10:14pm

Mike Garafolo on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers RB LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a torn ACL today.

Fantasy Impact:

It was another blow to what was a back Week 1 of injuries to the Steelers. Stephens-Howling wasn't a big fantasy factor, but the Steelers will likely sign another back to compliment Isaac Redman and Felix Jones - and eventually Le'Veon Bell.

Isaac Redman will start for Steelers
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 12:30pm

Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirms Isaac Redman will start at RB.

Says, "He's answered the bell for us before and we expect him to do it in a big way."

Fantasy Impact:

This goes against what some beat writers said about Felix Jones getting the start. But either way, Jones will likely factor in the game plan as well after making a good impression in a short amount of time. LaRod Stephens-Howling looks like he'll play on third down. Redman will likely be a bit of a risk to start as anything better than a flex until we see how this situation shakes out.

Beat: Felix Jones expected to start
Monday, September 2, 2013, 9:19am

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Steelers RB Felix Jones is expected to start the season opener against Tennessee next Sunday after rushing for 56 yards on 14 carries Thursday against Carolina.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a bit of a surprise after the team kept Isaac Redman over Jonathan Dwyer. Jones made a quick impression on the Steelers, and even if he starts, Redman should still figure into the game plan. But it does seem like Jones will as well, and this looks like a true committee situation - along with LaRod Stephens-Howling probably playing on third downs.

'Division of labor' for Steeler RBs
Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1:16pm

steelers.com - [Full Article]

Until Le’Veon Bell is healthy enough to return from his mid-foot sprain, the division of labor will be divided among Isaac Redman, Felix Jones, and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

It would make sense for Redman and Jones to share the bulk of the carries from scrimmage, while Stephens-Howling is used in situations that take advantage of his quickness and receiving ability. Too much pounding on his 5-foot-7 body ultimately would limit his effectiveness over the course of a 17-week season.

Fantasy Impact:

The workload division does make sense. Unfortunately it means not a lot of fantasy value for any of the three right now. Redman could get an edge due to possible goal line work. But, it seems like the team can't wait to turn things over to LeVeon Bell when he gets back...