The bell is ringing loud and clear for Le’Veon Bell fantasy owners this week after the NFL reduced his suspension to just two games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The fantasy focus will now be on this powerhouse who is now easily expected to top fantasy draft boards with his rushing and pass catching prowess.
Bell scored 11 touchdowns last season while racking up more than 22-hundred all-purpose yards. During the 2014 season, he rushed for 1,361 yards and hauled in a staggering 83 receptions for 854 yards. There’s no reason to believe that the Steelers have any plans to do anything except maybe bump up Bell’s number of carries.
During the first two weeks of the season, it’s a good idea to avoid any fantasy RB wearing a Steelers uniform. Pittsburgh is basically stuck with DeAngelo Williams, Dri Archer and maybe even Josh Harris to fill the void at running back. The truth is that the Steelers early schedule is packed with teams that excel at shutting down the run. The Steelers first two games are against the Patriots and the 49ers and that’s two tough defenses that Bell gets to avoid altogether. (Think less wear and tear during a long 16-game season)