By Jack Delaney on March 28, 2014
If you were planning on drafting Le'Veon Bell in your fantasy football league in 2014, don't freak out about the recent signing of LaGarrette Blount. Bell will still be the lead back in Pittsburgh, and Blount will merely serve as complimentary back.
Here are five reasons why LeGarrette Blount will not hurt the fantasy value of Le'Veon Bell.
Blount has shown he has the potential to be a starting running back, but he will serve as a change of pace back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6-feet tall and 250 pounds, Blount is difficult to take down. He will be a nice compliment for Bell.
This will not become a running back committee. Blount will only have value as a handcuff to Bell, so don't be scared away from drafting Le'Veon in August.
Even if there was some type of competition for the starting job, Bell has a clear advantage because he knows the playbook. The Steelers are looking for a dramatic improvement in 2014, so Mike Tomlin wants players who know the playbook out on the field.
LeGarrette Blount's career high for receiving yards in a season is 148 yards. Le'Veon Bell totaled 399 receiving yards in his rookie year. Pittsburgh will want to go with its dual-threat running back for most plays.
The signing of Blount shouldn't be a surprise. The Steelers scrambled for running backs after the injury to Bell in 2013, and even Felix Jones was brought in out of pure desperation. This move was purely about building depth.
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