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Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:42pm
Running back LeVeon Bell didn’t get the long-term deal he was hoping for, and he apparently isn’t going to put in any extra time.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Bell’s plan at the moment is to skip training camp “but be ready for the regular season.”
There’s also no plan to skip regular season games, likely because doing so would be forfeiting $852,000 a week and his quest for more money isn’t furthered by leaving piles of it on the table. As we reported earlier, last year Bell got off to a slow start over the first three weeks, perhaps as a result of missing most of camp, so it's something for fantasy owners to keep in mind.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:08pm
A healthy LeVeon Bell can be marked down for 2,000+ total yards and a dozen scores. And a healthy portion of that is going to come in the passing game, where he recorded 85 receptions last season. Bell also should be motivated to once again be a workhorse this season after leading the NFL in touches last season.
Did he dodge a bullet last season by not getting hurt after skipping training camp and showing up days before the opener? That's likely to happen again this year, so there's a chance he gets off to another slow start as he did last season, when he averaged 3.2 yards per carry in the first two games. But, that was against two top-10 run defenses. His average per carry also fell to 4.0 yards last season, down from 4.9 the year before
2018 Bottom Line
You know what you're getting with Bell. He's going to get you right around his career average of 129 total yards per game and average just under a touchdown per game. He also had 107 targets last season, the second time in his career he topped 100. He's good in yardage leagues. He's great in PPR formats and should be in consideration for the top pick. His only drawback is that he won't break a lot of long runs, but you can live with that if he's doing everything else. His workload and talent make him a top-three fantasy pick.
2018 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||21.40||86.07||0.60||0.13||4.02||5.67||43.67||0.13||7.07||7.71||17.11||22.77||63.00/69.93||89.83% |