I'm not sure Bell would be thrilled about a situation in which he might be phased out of the offense once Chubb returns, but his best chance of looking good in a small sample might be playing in this run-heavy offense. Back in 2015, when Adrian Peterson was coming off a full season break due to an ACL tear, he rebounded with over 350 touches and finished as the overall RB2. (0:44). Bell should receive 90% of the RB chances if used in New York as he was with the Steelers. These numbers, while obviously impressive on their own, don’t tell the whole story. During Week 6, Bell rushed a season high 24 times, finishing the game with 88 rushing yards against the Arizona Cardinals. Leonard Fournette isn't healthy. Fantasy Football Calculator expects wide receivers Davante Adams, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham to still be on the board at pick eight, and all would be better picks in 2019. Those here at Sports Illustratedknow my thoughts on the insane infatuation for Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. • Football Power Index rankings » Bell’s patient style is entirely reliant upon defensive linemen and linebackers not getting past the line of scrimmage. If you’re set on taking a running back in the first round, go with James Conner or David Johnson instead. Fantasy Football Draft Headquarters. I would simply point out that he did not want to spend the amount of money that they spent on Bell. I wonder whether the 49ers might get particularly creative with Bell and use him less like a pure running back and more like the sort of hybrid back Gase pretended to suggest Bell might become in New York. Jeremy McNichols is currently in that role for Ryan Tannehill & Co. Few teams are throwing the ball more frequently this season than the Seahawks, who have hit their bye at 5-0. Bell missed the entirety of the 2018 season in a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. For comparison, over that same period of time, DeMarco Murray only missed four games and had 1535 touches, and that includes his insane 450 touches 2014. Going into any fantasy draft, it always wise to see who projects to be catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. That won’t be the case in New York, where Sam Darnold is still developing and Robby Anderson isn’t scaring anyone. After sitting out the 2018 season in hopes of a bigger contract, Le’Veon Bell is back on the field with the New York Jets. It’s a non-issue. When told that Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton’s career-high in rushing attempts was 139, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, “take the over,” in regards to the number of carries for Jackson this season. Bell is going to be playing to prove his new coach wrong, the entire Steelers organization wrong, and to re-prove himself to fantasy owners. The code below will display a graph that updates every day to show the ADP data for LeVeon Bell for the past 30 days in 12-team PPR leagues. Bell’s patient style will lead to many small plays on the ground in this offense, but his explosiveness should shine through in many games. While it’s still not the caliber of team that Bell had in Pittsburgh, it will be the first time Gase has all of the right ingredients to make his offense work and that will make all the difference in the world. This move opened a big role for the speedy Curtis Samuel. It’s easily foreseeable that even if there is no change in Gase’s offense, Bell could still see a similar workload to what he had in Pittsburgh. Back in 2017, who would have thought that in just two years I would have to convince you to draft Le’Veon Bell? • Depth charts for every team » There seem to be 3 main concerns for Le’Veon Bell’s fantasy prospects in New York: Starting with the 3rd…I’m hardly going to address it. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 14, and named to his second Pro Bowl on December 20, 2016. Despite missing four of sixteen games, Bell finished 3rd in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage. He sat out all of 2018 in a contract dispute and then did nothing in his time with the Jets after signing in 2019. Bell will still be a good fantasy weapon when on the field thanks to a high workload and his pass-catching prowess. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. fewer running plays. The TLDR was this “If there is one position you can trust on bad offenses, it’s RBs, especially pass-catching RBs.” Now that article is a year old but 2018 further proved my point. On September 29, 2013, Bell played in his first career game, after having missed the first three weeks of the season due to a foot injury. Darnold finished the 2018 season with 594 yards passing, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his final two home games. He should be an RB2 with RB1 upside, but he won’t be the same dominant force he was in Pittsburgh. Après avoir apparemment tenté d’échanger Le’Veon Bell, les Jets de New York ont abandonné leur porteur de ballon cher et l’ont libéré mardi soir. And he certainly did not have an RB as talented as Le’Veon Bell. He thought it could be better used elsewhere. As we all know, tight end is easily the thinnest position in fantasy football. Henry has racked up plenty of volume over his first four games, but he's averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and has never been a great receiver. The Cards could move forward with some combination of Drake and Edmonds, but remember that they traded for Drake a year ago while they had Edmonds and David Johnson on their roster. The player most likely to be a bust for his fantasy owners in 2019 is Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins. He even recently apologized on social media to those who drafted him in 2018 and said that he plans to pay you back with a #FootClanTitle (He said championship but we knew what he meant.” Bell is being drafted in the mid-to-late 1st Round as of this writing and I’m convinced that is where he should be drafted. Every opposing defense will make stopping Le’Veon Bell their primary focus, which obviously means Bell’s production is going to go down. But, what if the Jets offense is terrible? In 2019, Bell was a top-24 back 71% of the time, which placed him in the top 10 in that category. Player: Le’Veon Bell. Your email address will not be published. Instead, they franchise tagged him and playing on a 1-year deal is not good for an NFL RB. Frankly, whichever team signs Bell won't be getting a significant bargain on paper. Valdes-Scantling had four catches of 40-plus yards as a rookie last season, and it’s safe to project that those numbers will only improve as he develops an even stronger rapport with Rodgers. The offense and team will not be very good. What followed was the most tumultuous preseason for a single player in recent memory. Bell is much more similar to Hunt than he is to the former Georgia star, but Bell was an effective runner between the tackles in Pittsburgh, and there's nothing wrong with having two backs who can catch the ball. There is just no way Bell should be falling out of the first round in any PPR leagues based on the projected workload alone. Put simply, it’s hard for that patient strategy behind the line to work when defenders are constantly getting behind the line of scrimmage. Holding out in hope of a new contract, Bell didn’t play a single snap while James Conner thrived in his absence. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (ADP: 85.3, WR41). His 2016 season highlights video is available online. This team desperately needed a spark, but sadly Bell wasn't able to provide that. RB Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets (ADP: 13.2, RB7). More important is the dramatic fall in offensive line quality. For those who cannot make it out to Vegas, the FFWC hosts online drafts starting in June for owners who feel they have an advantage by drafting early. Cook is a player who can give you the winning edge on a weekly basis throughout the season. Not often do kickers make this list, but Giorgio Tavecchio of the Atlanta Falcons finds his way in 2019. To kick off the series in 2019, I will be defending the honor of 2018’s most hated fantasy RB, Le’Veon Bell. In the 2013 NFL Draft Combine, Bell was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 48th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft. TE Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints (ADP: 83.6, TE7). Up-to-date stats for every game played by Le'Veon Bell during the 2019 football season on CBS Sports. LeVeon Bell's fantasy value is measured by his average draft position (ADP) in fantasy football mock drafts.In recent drafts, Bell's current ADP is 3.10, which indicates that his fantasy outlook is in the 10th pick of the 3rd round, and 34th selection overall.
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