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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell appears to be on track

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:25:35 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.

Fantasy Tip: Bell likely will be limited during offseason workouts but appears to be on track for training camp and the start of the 2016 season. Bell will be a first-round pick in all drafts if he is healthy and will be in contention for the first overall pick.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Kieran Darcy

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell part of initial drug testing

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:50:53 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted that he was part of the initial round of random drug tests Wednesday, April 20.

Fantasy Tip: For what it's worth, Bell also tweeted "good luck with that sample." There has been some doubt whether he'll be ready for the season after his knee injury. When he's right, he's arguably the best running back in fantasy. Devoid of setbacks, he should be among the first few RBs taken.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell conservative with rehab

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:19:53 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is taking a conservative approach with his rehabilitation process. Bell hasn't done much more than jogging just four months after tearing his medial collateral ligament. Bell said the only thing he hasn't been cleared for is cutting and sprinting. There is still no timetable for Bell's return, but Bell's goal is to be 100% when he plays. "I feel like I am going to be a better player at the end of this and that's what I want," Bell said.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is arguably the No. 1 fantasy running back when he's fully healthy. His pass-catching ability makes him all the more valuable in PPR leagues. Assuming he makes a full recovery this offseason, Bell should be one of the first players selected in fantasy drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell begins running

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:54:08 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been cleared to begin running Tuesday, March 1.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is still questionable to be ready for the season opener, but he remains an RB1 in fantasy.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell questionable for opener?

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:25:46 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) had doubt cast on his status for Week 1 by general manager Kevin Colbert Wednesday, Feb. 24. "We can't even say he'll be ready for the regular season because we won't know that until he goes through the whole process," Colbert said. "His health and his ability to return at 100% is the most important."

Fantasy Tip: Bell should still be in the mix of the first five running backs if he isn't slated to miss much time.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell not running yet

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:57:52 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he has not been cleared to run at this time. Bell suffered a torn medial collateral ligament during the season.

Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor his progress during the offseason to see if there will be any setbacks during Bell's recovery. Bell still has a few months to rest so he is not an injury concern at this point. He likely will be selected in the first round of league next season if he is healthy.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | No big offer for Le'Veon Bell?

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:22:46 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell won't receive a "break-bank offer" this offseason, according to beat writer Ed Bouchette.

Fantasy Tip: Bell's injury history is likely a cause for concern, but he is an elite fantasy running back when healthy. He is entering a contract year, and if he performs well in 2016, expect Pittsburgh and plenty of other teams to be lining up to pay him.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | President wants Le'Veon Bell to stay

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:40:32 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is entering a contract year, and team president Art Rooney said he would like Bell's football future to be in Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Tip: The ideal goal for the Steelers will be to sign Bell to a long-term deal, although they may not pay as much as Bell or his agent would like. We'll see what transpires over the next few months, but Bell is a top-tier fantasy running back when healthy.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | Le'Veon to be fine for next year

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:56:00 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to be back in time for the regular season opener in 2016 after injuring the medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his knee. The anterior cruciate ligament in Bell's right knee was uninjured, making it an easier recovery. A realistic timetable for a recovery is six to nine months. It's unknown when Bell will undergo surgery on his knee.

Fantasy Tip: Bell's 2015 season was obviously a big disappointment, considering he went as high as No. 1 overall in a lot of fantasy leagues. He's deserving of the top overall spot again next year (mainly in PPR leagues), and he won't have a two-game suspension hanging over his head this time, either.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell's ACL intact

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:45:29 -0800

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's (knee) anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee is intact, which helps his recovery timetable.

Fantasy Tip: He's still lost for the season, but it is good news. DeAngelo Williams ($6,700, 13.4% of cap) makes a risky RB2 against the Oakland Raiders this week. He looked great early in the season when Bell was suspended, but there's no guarantee that carries over on FantasyScore this week.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to IR, Isaiah Pead signs

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:21:55 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 2, and free-agent RB Isaiah Pead (Rams) was signed to an undisclosed deal in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: You can safely drop Bell in all redraft formats. Pead is nothing more than depth for Pittsburgh's ground game. DeAngelo Williams is the one you want to own now, and he should be picked up immediately in all formats. He performed very well in Bell's two-game absence to start the season and can put up RB1 numbers in the right matchups.

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Steelers | Torn MCL for Le'Veon Bell

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:30:05 -0800

Updating a previous story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has a badly torn MCL and other damage and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: With Bell out of action, DeAngelo Williams ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) becomes a player to grab if he is available in your league. He was productive while starting for two games at the start of the year while Bell served a suspension.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Steelers | DeAngelo Williams set to start?

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:13:30 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams could be in line to start if results of an MRI for RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) confirm that he will miss the remainder of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Williams ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns in two games as the starter while Bell was suspended to start the year, so he has shown what he can do when given a heavy workload. He is a must-add player in seasonal leagues if available.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell likely out for year

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:07:09 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) expected to be put on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury, pending MRI confirmation. RB Isaiah Pead is in line to take his spot on the roster.

Fantasy Tip: With Bell likely done for the year, DeAngelo Williams ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is in line for a big boost in carries. Pick him up if he is available, and he could make a solid option at FantasyScore going forward depending on his price tag.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell may have MCL injury

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 14:35:04 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) had an initial exam that suggested his injury may be a torn medial collateral ligament and not a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,600, 17.2% of cap) may have dodged a major bullet with this injury, but he will still be sidelined for a while either way. It looks like DeAngelo Williams ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) will be the featured back moving forward, and he had 71 yards on nine carries against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell will not return

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 12:45:18 -0800

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will not return to Week 8's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after suffering an apparent right knee injury.

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,600, 17.2% of cap) had 10 carries for 45 rushing yards, along with two receptions for 13 receiving yards, before leaving the game. DeAngelo Williams ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is receiving the bulk of the carries in his absence and would be the starter if Bell is forced to miss an extended period of time. Keep checking back for further updates on Bell's status.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell carted off

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 11:05:24 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) was carted off the field after he suffered a right knee injury during the team's Week 8 game.

Fantasy Tip: It appears Bell suffered a serious injury during the game, but owners will need to look for an update in the next day or two. DeAngelo Williams would start if Bell misses significant time and played well early in the season when Bell was suspended.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell making up for lost time

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 02:30:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is fourth in the league with 511 rushing yards despite missing two games this season.

Fantasy Tip: Even with Ben Roethlisberger ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) potentially returning, Bell should still see plenty of work against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. In fact, he needs to be in the mix as a RB1 at FantasyScore against a Bengals front that is allowing 4.9 yards per carry.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell runs for 111 yards, TD

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:14:15 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell carried 21 times for 111 yards and the game-winning touchdown with no time left in regulation in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Oct. 12. He also added four receptions for 16 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,400, 16.8% of cap) has a rather high price tag, but he remains worth it in FantasyScore since the Steelers are leaning upon him heavily with struggling Michael Vick under center for the injured Ben Roethlisberger.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell returns with a score

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:40:34 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell made his regular season debut in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams. He carried 19 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, and he also added seven receptions for 70 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) was pretty sharp in his first game back after a two-game suspension. He might be leaned upon heavily in the coming weeks with Ben Roethlisberger dealing with a knee injury. He was a safety valve early and often for Michael Vick, and Bell could rack up plenty of receptions in the next few games.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell returns to starting role

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:52:05 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will take over the lead rushing duties after he returns from his suspension in Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, with RB DeAngelo Williams backing him up. The Steelers are expected to use Bell's elite pass-catching abilities all over the field this weekend.

Fantasy Tip: Put Bell ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) back into all of your starting lineups immediately, including at FantasyScore. Williams ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has earned a complementary role behind Bell but will probably be nothing more than a sleeper pick as a flex in daily games moving forward.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | DeAngelo Williams to see some time

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:20:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams will spell RB Le'Veon Bell at times, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. "Le'Veon doesn't like to come out of the game. That's no secret and that's because he's in phenomenal shape," Roethlisberger said. "But I think it's still beneficial not just to him (or) to this team in the short term, but in the long term. You're talking about a long season. If every third series, every fourth series, whatever it is, let DeAngelo come in."

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) returns with a huge price tag on FantasyScore against the St. Louis Rams. He hasn't practiced or taken a hit for a couple of weeks, and DeAngelo Williams ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has been somewhat sensational. It's hard to get a good read on the situation, but Williams could remain involved if the team eases Bell in. Give Bell a week for the team to show its hand before using him on FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell returning for Week 3

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:34:21 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is slated to return for Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams after serving his two-game suspension.

Fantasy Tip: Bell ($8,100, 16.2% of cap) is a top-five talent in fantasy football, but DeAngelo Williams ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has been excellent in Bell's absence. The team could opt to ease Bell in this week because he hasn't been able to practice for two weeks. See if Mike Tomlin drops any clues about Bell's usage before busting out that much of your cap for him on FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Chargers | Danny Woodhead to give Bengals fits?

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:59:12 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, and late in 2014, the Bengals allowed 80 yards receiving to Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and 85 yards receiving to Indianapolis Colts RB Dan Herron.

Fantasy Tip: Woodhead ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) appeared to be both the goal-line back and the primary pass-catching back in Week 1, and given Cincinnati's recent issues defending running backs out of the backfield, Woodhead could be a great option to free up some cap room at FantasyScore.

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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams can spell Bell

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:59:19 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams, who gained 127 yards against the New England Patriots in the season opener, will still be a factor in the running game when RB Le'Veon Bell returns from suspension, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. "I think he's proven he can be a guy who can help give Le'Veon breaks. If he's tired, he won't be nervous to come out because he knows he has a guy who can step up right behind him and do great things."

Fantasy Tip: Sure Williams ($5,900, 11.8% of cap) can help give Bell a blow when he needs it, but the fact remains that Bell is Pittsburgh's bellcow running back, which means there won't be much left over for Williams. After Week 2, Williams' fantasy value will drop significantly, and he'll mainly be insurance for Bell owners.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell thinks he can play better

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:59:18 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes he can play better this season because he thinks he is quicker than he was last season. "A lot of people talk about the season I had last year. They call it a breakout season, but I don't look at it like that," Bell said. "I look at it as me just getting started. ... I still feel like I can do a lot of things better. Last year wasn't even close to me being my best." Bell said he lost four pounds this offseason and is at 2.9% body fat.

Fantasy Tip: Bell will miss the first two games of the season because of a suspension but should still be a first-round pick in most leagues. Bell has the ability to help in the running and passing game and should be a weekly starting option for owners.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | PIT regulars sitting out this weekend

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:42:29 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller, C Maurkice Pouncey and LB James Harrison will all sit out for the team's Hall of Fame Game against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend. The Steelers will be extra cautious with an extra preseason game on their schedule this year. Backup QB Landry Jones will receive significant snaps in the game.

Fantasy Tip: A lot of team's regulars will be rested in preseason games, and that's even more so the case early on in the preseason. There's nothing to see here for fantasy owners.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell's suspension reduced

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:57 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's original three-game suspension has been reduced to a two-game suspension Tuesday, July 28.

Fantasy Tip: Bell has still been drafted pretty high, but his value increases with the extra game he gains via this reduction. Despite the fact that he'll only be playing in 14 games, barring an injury, he could easily still finish as a RB1, if not the top running back in PPR games. DeAngelo Williams is expected to start the first two games of the season, so taking him late in drafts is a worthwhile goal.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Jarrett Bell

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell staying prepared

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:27:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't know yet how many games he'll be missing this season due to an impending suspension. Bell is focused on training camp and being a better teammate, though. He said he's going to give it his all every time he's on the practice field. Bell also said he might be given a lighter load in training camp this time around.

Fantasy Tip: Bell could end up being suspended somewhere between one and three games. Whether his suspension is reduced or upheld, he should still be regarded as a RB1. If his suspension is reduced, he should still be an early first-round pick. If he still ends up serving a three-game suspension, he's more of a late first-round pick to early second-round pick.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell working to reduce ban

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:25:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's legal team and the NFL are negotiating to reduce Bell's three-game suspension to one or two games.

Fantasy Tip: Bell's fantasy stock would firmly be in the top half of the first round of most drafts if a game was knocked off his three-game suspension.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Dan Graziano

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell in rare company

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:46:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell joined RBs Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig last season as the only running backs in history to gain 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same year.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is a special talent, but that talent could be on the sideline for three games if Bell's three-game suspension isn't reduced. He should still be one of the first running backs off the board in fantasy drafts even if the suspension is upheld.

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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams busy as backup

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:39:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams said he "absolutely" received enough work as the backup during the first day of training camp Sunday, July 26, and he expects to be ready to start Week 1 if RB Le'Veon Bell is suspended.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is still waiting to appeal his suspension, but Williams will likely have to start for at least a couple of games. He will have short-term value at FantasyScore while Bell is sidelined, and in seasonal leagues, Bell owners should try to grab Williams as an insurance policy.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell looks explosive

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:31:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell looked explosive during the first day of training camp Sunday, July 26, and he said he is in the best shape of his life.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is still waiting to have his appeal of a three-game suspension, but even if he misses three games, he should still provide RB1 value as the workhorse back in Pittsburgh's powerful offense.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | DeAngelo Williams being challenged

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:11:31 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is not receiving any first-team reps despite RB Le'Veon Bell facing a three-game suspension, head coach Mike Tomlin said. Tomlin also said he is challenging Williams in ways that are uncomfortable for a 10-year veteran.

Fantasy Tip: It seems pretty clear that Williams is only going to have a worthwhile role in the offense while Bell is suspended or if he misses time for another reason. If you draft Bell, consider adding Williams as an insurance policy.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell not 100% yet

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:27:44 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his right knee isn't 100% yet, but he said it's close.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is expected to be ready for training camp, but he still hasn't had his appeal of a three-game suspension heard yet. Bell is still a legit RB1, but missing three games makes him drop a tier.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell appeal update

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:25:43 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he doesn't even have a hearing date yet for an appeal on his three-game suspension.

Fantasy Tip: It's certainly taking a while for the wheels to roll regardin Bell's case. This situation will need to be monitored throughout training camp and the preseason. For now, he should still be viewed as a RB1 even though he may be playing 13 games.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Albert Breer

Steelers | LeVeon Bell appeal not heard yet

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:29:26 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's supposed appeal for his three-game suspension has not been brought to the attention of commissioner Roger Goodell. Bell was suspended for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.

Fantasy Tip: Bell should still be viewed as a RB1 even if his three-game suspension is upheld. He's arguably the most versatile running back in the NFL and should be selected early in the first round of drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

NFL | Pierre Thomas' hands among the best

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:35:20 -0700

Free-agent RB Pierre Thomas (Saints) ranked seventh among running backs with 45 catches last season, and only Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy graded higher at catching the ball, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

Fantasy Tip: Thomas' fantasy value is currently in limbo, but if he lands with a team that needs a reliable third-down back, he could be worth a late-round flier in PPR leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Steelers | No date for Le'Veon Bell's appeal

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:54:00 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he has not had the appeal of his three-game suspension heard at this point and does not know when the appeal will be scheduled.

Fantasy Tip: Bell likely will sit out at least one game but could try to have his suspension reduced to two games. The suspension will affect Bell's fantasy value, but he should still be an option in the first round because of his ability to produce in the running and passing game.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full strength

Tue, 26 May 2015 18:47:59 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to 100% healed from the injury he suffered during the 2014 season.

Fantasy Tip: Bell could take things slow during the offseason workouts but should be ready for the start of training camp. Bell is scheduled to miss the first three games of the regular season but could still be a first-round option since he produces in the running and passing game.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell fine with punishment

Thu, 14 May 2015 16:22:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said Thursday, May 14, that he didn't have a problem with his three-game suspension for being charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. "I made a mistake," Bell said. "I'm going to just have to do my time, whatever the final decision may be. Get past it, and get ready for next season and continuing to be the great football player I know I can be."

Fantasy Tip: DeAngelo Williams will likely start the first three games of the season in Bell's stead. Bell still has RB1 potential if he can play the way he did last season when he amassed over 2,100 total yards and 11 total touchdowns.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Coley Harvey

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full health

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:31:25 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100% after injuring it five weeks ago.

Fantasy Tip: Bell should be good to go for the 2015 season. Keep in mind that Bell has been suspended for the first three weeks of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He should still be a viable RB1 if he can maintain the pace he set in 2014.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell suspended three games

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:42:30 -0700

Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.

Fantasy Tip: DeAngelo Williams will fill in for Bell, who figures to miss at least two games after his appeal is heard. If Bell's three-game absence is upheld, it's really hard to rely on him as an RB1. If you can acquire him as your second running back, you've had a good start to your draft.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell out just two games?

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20:13 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.

Fantasy Tip: DeAngelo Williams figures to take over the starting role for the Steelers' first two games. He'll be a decent flex option with RB2 upside over the first two weeks until Bell returns. Bell should still be considered in RB1 territory despite the two-game suspension.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to miss four games?

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:23:14 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.

Fantasy Tip: Missing four games would really put a dent in Bell's fantasy value, seeing as that's a fourth of the regular season. Bell is still expected to be suspended for at least two games. If he only misses two games, he could still easily be considered an RB1, especially in point-per-reception leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Steelers | PIT planning to be without Le'Veon Bell

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:08:49 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could very well be suspended for at least the first two games of the 2015 season. General manager Kevin Colbert said the team is planning on being without Bell at some point. Bell was arrested in August of 2014 for marijuana charges and driving under the influence.

Fantasy Tip: Bell was the top fantasy running back in 2014 and any suspension would certainly hurt his fantasy value. However, two games isn't a lot of missed time and he should still be able to produce No. 1 fantasy running back numbers assuming he can stay healthy and avoids further trouble.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell expected to be suspended

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:58:17 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Tip: Bell's ability to catch passes out of the backfield will likely make him a top-five pick in PPR leagues next year. The news of a possible two-game suspension will be a hit to his draft value, but he should still be considered an RB1 everywhere.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell facing suspension?

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:08:54 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program after his arrest last August for marijuana. He will also have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he finishes the probation program without incident. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said that Bell will likely face up to a two-game NFL suspension.

Fantasy Tip: If Bell indeed faces a two-game suspension for the start of the 2015 season, that would likely bump him down from a surefire top-five pick in your fantasy football drafts. Stay tuned.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell able to work out

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:56:38 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. "The knee is close to 100%," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90%, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Fantasy Tip: Bell should be ready in more than enough time for next season if he's already running on his banged up knee. In 2014, Bell showed that he's a top-five fantasy football pick, especially in point-per-reception formats.

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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell will not play in Pro Bowl

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:14:13 -0800

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has not been cleared to play in the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Fantasy Tip: Bell is still dealing with the knee injury he suffered in Week 17, but he should be fine for next season. Bell likely will be a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next season because of his involvement in the running and passing game.

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