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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (48) / PIT
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Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.
Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards. Jan 15 - 11:43 PM

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell might be held out of Wednesday's practice, but he is fully expected to play this week.

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is also expected to be held out, but neither is in any danger of sitting out Sunday's game. Bell saw 23 touches in his first meeting with the Chiefs in Week 4, and he is a good bet to top that number this week.
Jan 10 - 12:21 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 29 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Dolphins.

He added two catches for seven additional yards. Bell was just ridiculous, using his unparalleled patience and vision to break Pittsburgh's postseason rushing record. There was a stretch in the first half where Bell was gaining 6-7 yards on every play. One of the best players in the NFL at any position, Bell will be a Divisional Round X-factor against a Chiefs team he ripped for 178 yards from scrimmage in Week 4.
Jan 8 - 4:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers will apply the franchise-tag to contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell.

That was always the expected outcome as the Steelers couldn't risk letting Bell test the open market. The franchise tag for running backs should carry about a $12 million value, which will make Bell one of the league's highest-paid backs. Bell has expressed interest in staying with the Steelers long-term and the sides are sure to discuss an extension at some point this offseason. Bell has been suspended for multiple failed drug tests during his Steelers tenure but has otherwise been an absolute stud, earning All-Pro selections in two of his last three seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 12:00 PM

Contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell says he wants to stay with the Steelers beyond this season.

Bell is a prime candidate for the franchise tag unless he's willing to accept a below-market extension. The tag is expected to be worth around $12 million. "Obviously, I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler," said Bell, who turns 25 in February. "So obviously we’re going to try to do everything it takes to make that happen." Bell has been suspended twice for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He also suffered back-to-back year-ending knee injuries to conclude the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:28:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Wednesday that Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown (rest) will not play in Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Browns.

As expected. Tomlin isn't messing around like some of the other teams with nothing to play for in Week 17. He's not going to risk any of his big three stars getting hurt. DeAngelo Williams is the No. 2 back in Pittsburgh, but he could conceivably rest as well as he continues to work back from a multi-week knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint might be the better fantasy option.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he may sit Le'Veon Bell Week 17 against the Browns.

Bell has been an absolute workhorse over his 12 games this season, scarcely missing a snap and racking up 336 touches. It makes perfect sense to give him the week off in a meaningless game. DeAngelo Williams could get the start, but he is still coming back from a knee injury. Fitzgerald Toussaint is the other option.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Bell likely sitting, we can comfortably turn towards either Williams or Toussaint, depending on who draws the start. Williams hasn't handled a carry since early November and with Pittsburgh having nothing to play for, they may not want to risk their insurance policy behind Bell. That would theoretically leave most - if not all - of the work to Toussaint, which would make him a viable DFS play in any format against the league's second-worst run defense.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:35:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and James Harrison to rest in Week 17.

We certainly hope you don't play in one of those fantasy leagues that extends into Week 17. The Steelers are locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed with nowhere to move. Bouchette expects Antonio Brown to "lobby to play," but he will probably be on a snap limit even if he's active. Landry Jones and DeAngelo Williams are likely to start at quarterback and running back, respectively.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 20 times for 122 yards and a touchdown while catching 3-of-4 targets for 15 yards and another score in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Ravens.

Bell had just 32 rushing yards in his first meeting with Baltimore, but he topped that total the Steelers’ first drive, contributing 39 yards on the opening touchdown march. That drive featured a tone-setting run which Bell finished over the top of Zachary Orr. Even with the rest of the offense struggling for three quarters, Bell was outstanding all game, creating yards on his own and making defenders look silly. He was able to get away from Brandon Williams in the backfield before beating everyone else to the corner on a touchdown which got the comeback started in the fourth quarter, and he was outstanding on the next drive which he capped with a seven-yard touchdown catch to give Pittsburgh back the lead. Bell is arguably the best back in the league, and he and Antonio Brown make the Steelers a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 07:42:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 23 times for 93 yards and caught five passes for 38 yards in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Bengals.

This was about as quiet as 131 total yards can be. Bell's long run only went for 12 yards and his long catch went for just eight, but he consistently gained positive yardage and put the offense in good positions against a defense keying on him. Bell was held out of the end zone as the Steelers consistently bogged down in Bengals' territory -- Chris Boswell connected on six field goals -- but Bell still managed to deliver a solid fantasy game. He will have a tough test against the Ravens on Christmas Day, but Bell is always a top-two option.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:32:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Steelers are expected to franchise-tag contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell in the offseason.

We don't often see running backs get tagged, but Bell is a special case as one of the three-best running backs in the sport, along with David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott. Contract negotiations could get complicated, as Bell has already been suspended twice in his four seasons in the league. But expectations remain that he'll be the highest-paid running back by this time next year. Adrian Peterson currently holds that distinction but will probably be cut by the Vikings.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:50:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 38 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers' 27-20, Week 14 win over the Bills.

He added another 62 yards on four catches in a true workmanlike performance. How about that for the first week of the fantasy playoffs? It snowed all day in Buffalo, and the Bills defenders really struggled to find their footing, allowing Bell to pretty much do whatever he pleased on Sunday. Already one of the most patient runners in the game, Bell let his blocks get set in this one and ran through massive holes, even without LG Ramon Foster in the lineup. It's somewhat hard to believe that this was Bell's first career three-rushing touchdown game. He scored the Steelers' only three touchdowns, coming from three, seven, and five yards out. Bell will again be an elite RB1 option next week at the rival Bengals.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:18:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell cruised to 118 yards on 29 carries while snagging six-of-seven targets for 64 yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 13 win over the Giants.

He also threw an incomplete pass (don’t ask us how or why). Bell was stymied in the first half, producing just 31 yards on 11 rushes. But of course, Le’Veon saved the best for last. Bell went bonkers in the second half with 87 yards on 18 carries, though he did lose a fumble that eventually led to a Giants touchdown. As usual, he was heavily involved in the passing game. Even when he isn’t finding the end zone (Sunday broke his three-game touchdown streak), Bell continues to be a dominant force in PPR. Aside from possibly David Johnson, no running back has a higher weekly floor than Bell. Look for him to have another monster game next week at Buffalo.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:36:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rolled to 120 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries while securing four-of-five targets for 22 yards Thursday in the Steelers' Week 12 win over the Colts.

Another game, another 100-yard effort for Bell. Le’Veon didn’t break off many big runs—his longest gain went for just 12 yards—but he took what the defense gave him while showing impeccable vision. Bell might be the most patient runner in football. He’s also one of the most versatile as evidenced by the 57 catches he’s recorded this year. That leads the league among running backs. After going his first five games without a touchdown, Bell has now found the end zone four times in his last three outings. Bell should continue his reign of dominance next week against the Giants.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 28 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Browns, adding eight receptions for 55 additional yards.

Bell chewed up 79 yards on the Steelers' opening drive, and never looked back against the pathetic, tanking Browns. He did what he was supposed to do on a windy day against a bottom-two run defense. Once again operating as the league's best all-purpose running back — sorry, David Johnson — Bell will eat on Thanksgiving night in Pittsburgh's likely shootout with the Colts.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Eli Rogers
WR21Sammie Coates
2Cobi Hamilton
3DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Darrius Heyward-Bey
TE1Jesse James
2Ladarius Green
3David Johnson
4Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell