Fantasy Spotlight: Le’Veon Bell

#2 RB: Le’Veon Bell

There has not been a more dynamic starting running back over the past two years than Le’Veon Bell. Unlike fellow star RB Adrian Peterson, Bell is a threat as a receiver and consistently gets 3rd down snaps. In his last full season, Bell recorded 854 receiving yards (1st among RBs) and also finished second among RBs in targets (106). The Michigan State product also is the only back to have a YPC above 4.7 in both of the past two years.

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Though the upside with Bell is almost endless, he does have his fair share of risks. In fact, he may post the most risk out of any first round fantasy option. He’s missed at least 3 games in two of his three years and has suffered three leg injuries over the past three seasons. Bell also has been suspended twice for drug violations, and he is one suspension away from a full season ban.

Fans have to one, temper their expectations for Bell and recognize his risks, but two, not completely write him off. Bell is far and away the best running back in the NFL (he received a 94.0 rating from PFF, seven points higher than the second-place finisher). If he stays healthy, he should finish as the #1 back in PPR and standard.

 

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