• LeVeon Bell
  • RB
  • , New York Jets
  • 27
  • 244 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
The 27-year-old Bell should return to action with a bellcow workload for the Jets, but there are a couple of red flags. New HC Adam Gase tends to use multiple backs, but he did have a pair of backs with 240+ carries (Knowshon Moreno in 2013 and Jay Ajay in 2016) in his six seasons as an offensive coordinator or head coach. Also, Gase reportedly did not want to sign Bell to a big contract, and Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was fired after the Draft in May. For what it’s worth, Gase seems to have put his feelings about the signing behind him saying, "Everybody can criticize the contract all you want, but he's here. When you get a chance to coach a great player, I'm excited for that opportunity." The final issue is the quality of the Jets’ offensive line, which was last in the league in Adjusted Line Yards (per Football Outsiders). Since Bell can also generate points as a receiver, this is less of a concern that it would be with more run-oriented backs.

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Scouting report

by Chris Kucharski

NYJ RB LeVeon Bell - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The talent level of LeVeon Bell is unquestionable. The new Jets running back was one of the best in the league in Pittsburgh. Now, he will try to replicate that success for Gang Green. Bell did lead the NFL in touches in 2017, his last full season for the Steelers, including 321 carries. His presence in the passing game is what sets him apart from other backs in the league. He had at least 75 receptions in the three seasons he was healthy and is one of the most versatile backs in the NFL.

Fantasy Downside

Although Bell was effective, he did miss time on the field including sitting out 2018. Could there be rust? Possibly. But he also missed games because of injury (10 in 2015) and suspension (3 games in 2016). Only in 2014 did he play a full season. One other red flag is that he went from 4.9 yards per carry in 2015 and 2016, to 4.0 yards per carry in 2017.

2019 Bottom Line

Bell got his money so you hope he shuts up and plays football. Because when he does, he is a very good running back and a great fantasy addition to your team. However, he is risky too and we don’t think he will be in the top tier of backs in 2019. He is definitely a top 10 fantasy running back but he probably won’t equal the numbers he put up in Pittsburgh. Bell has been going in the mid to late first round in drafts and that’s about right. He is just on the outside of the elite backs but will give you 1,500 total yards in 2019.

2019 Strength of Schedule - NYJ
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
26
BUF
21
CLE
24
@NE
BYE16
@PHI
10
DAL
24
NE
6
@JAX
32
@MIA
30
NYG
15
@WAS
19
OAK
29
@CIN
32
MIA
2
@BAL
5
PIT
26
@BUF

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
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6@CIN--------------
7BYE--------------
8CLE--------------
9@BAL--------------
10CAR--------------
11@JAX--------------
12@DEN--------------
13LAC--------------
14@OAK--------------
15NE--------------
16@NO--------------
17CIN--------------
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