Will Rob Gronkowski, Le'Veon Bell be in your fantasy football teams' Week 4 lineups?

      September 27, 2013 @ 15:25:30 PDT

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RB Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

The view through the frames of Bell owners' specs appears to be pretty rosy. The rookie from Michigan State is scheduled to debut a couple of weeks or so sooner than expected. He's reportedly dazzled teammates with his combination of size, strength and agility. On tap: the Minnesota Vikings, who have given up loads of fantasy points to running backs in their first three games.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell
Bell: able to be bell cow?

Wait, Bell has already recovered from a Lisfranc sprain? I just can't shake the idea that this typically isn't such a forgiving injury, even if his was very mild. The chances of aggravation are normally good, too.

Oh, also, he's played in only one NFL contest -- a preseason game in which he carried the ball four times for nine yards against the heretofore unimpressive Washington Redskins. He's supposed to be a great blocker, but he hasn't had to pick up a legit NFL blitz yet. "Practice" and "game" -- two different animals. Just ask The Answer.

Few things shock me these days. Bell may rush for 150 yards and two TDs against the Vikes. He may play in 13 games and set franchise rookie records. That, or anything close, would be "surprising," though, from my perspective. What would someone give you for him in a trade, while vibes are positive?

By the way, most of the damage RBs have done to Minnesota came from the Reggie Bush-Joique Bell combo in Week 1, when defensive tackle Kevin Williams was inactive. Williams still isn't 100 percent, but he returned to action in Week 2, when Matt Forte carried the mail against that unit.

In the wake of the Trent Richardson trade, the Cleveland Browns' band of misfit rushers didn't do jack against the Vikings.

Which of those crews is more like the Steelers'? Is Bell really in the kind of shape required to separate himself from Jonathan Dwyer so soon?

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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