In fantasy football, there are always rookies that people expect to have a huge season even before the season starts. Some of these rookies work out, many do not until maybe the next season, or they may never pan out.
There is one rookie this season that many people have labeled as a must-get during the draft. This running back was coming from a Big-10 school that loves to run the ball and play hard-nosed football. This player is Le’Veon Bell.
For almost the entire season, Bell has been injured in some way. He only played one exhibition game against the Washington Redskins. During this game, he injured his foot and has not been able to play since. Going into Week 4 of the NFL and fantasy season, it is possible that Bell could play this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings in London.
The Steelers’ run game has been a non-factor in the games they have played this year. Part of this is because of the “running back by committee” approach, and the other part is because of the terrible play of the offensive line.
If Bell plays on Sunday, he will more than likely be asked to take most of the carries at the running back position. If you are a fantasy owner of Bell, this has to excite you. However, in a recent interview with Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he said that “one day he’s going hard, the next he’s not.”
If the players’ Super Bowl-winning starting quarterback says that they are not working hard in practice, is this a bad sign for fantasy owners? Yes, it most certainly is.
Bell will probably come back on Sunday against the Vikings and he will more than likely be the starting running back. If you need to play him this week because of byes or injuries, do it. If you are looking for a long-term fix at running back, the future does not look good so far.
Be very careful the rest of the year with Mr. Bell. His play may leave you with a bad taste in your mouths and may have you looking for trades for him quicker than you anticipated.