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Posted: 5/10/2019 9:49am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's absence from voluntary workouts of his new team has rekindled some unpleasant memories for a number of fantasy GMs, but he remains a solid RB1 fantasy pick, who may be a little undervalued.
Posted: 4/23/2019 9:55am ET
Huddle Up: This absence is just a little different than the one that burned fantasy owners last year in Pittsburgh, and Bell remains a no-doubt RB1 until further notice.
Posted: 4/23/2019 9:13am ET
Huddle Up: The key word in the above is "voluntary," but one would think Bell has had enough time away from football and would want to start off with a good impression on his new team. Until further notice, though, Bell remains a solid RB1.
Posted: 3/26/2019 4:18pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell's tires have plenty of tread after being one of the most dutiful running backs in the NFL for five years before taking last year off. His legs should be fresh coming off the hiatus, and while his fantasy ceiling may not be as high as it was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he's still a top RB1 with added value in PPR leagues.
Posted: 3/14/2019 7:24pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell probably isn't going to finish as the top fantasy back after ending up with the Jets, but his ability to also help in the passing game should help him stay firmly in the RB1 mix.
Posted: 3/13/2019 8:36am ET
Huddle Up: It would have been an even more interesting backfield in San Francisco had this worked out, but the situation is now moot. Bell is the featured back for the Jets and deserves to be drafted later in the first round or early in the second round.
Posted: 3/12/2019 9:20pm ET
Huddle Up: The Jets have been considered the frontrunners for a while and were potentially the only team willing to come close to paying him what he wanted. While New York isn't a dream destination for his fantasy outlook, Bell has no real competition for massive volume with the Jets. He doesn't figure to be the elite fantasy back he was with the Steelers, but he should have no issue being a mid-tier RB1.
Posted: 3/12/2019 12:03pm ET
Huddle Up: It appears the Ravens are looking to sign Mark Ingram, so Bell will need to find another team to join. He will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues not matter where he signs.
Posted: 3/12/2019 11:53am ET
Huddle Up: Bell has been linked to several teams this offseason with the Jets being considered the frontrunner. He can be a factor in the running and passing game and will be a No. 1 fantasy running back no matter where he plays in 2019.
Posted: 3/12/2019 10:34am ET
Huddle Up: Bell reuniting with former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown out West would be intriguing to say the least, but wherever Bell lands, RB1 fantasy expectations will follow.
Posted: 3/12/2019 9:59am ET
Huddle Up: While plenty of other big $$$ has gone elsewhere so far in the first 24 hours of free agency, the market has been cool so far for one of the most notable free agents and prime fantasy stars. Don't be surprised if Bell continues to wait things out.
Posted: 3/11/2019 9:01pm ET
Huddle Up: The New York Jets are considered the frontrunners for his services, but they have made it clear they don't want to bid against themselves and/or break the bank to land Bell. The reality is he probably has a handful of teams willing to spend between somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million per year for him but no one willing to set the market. Wherever he lands, he should see enough volume to be a solid fantasy RB1, but not at the elite level he displayed in Pittsburgh.
Posted: 3/3/2019 5:12pm ET
Huddle Up: Whichever team ends up shelling out big money for Bell is going to make him the centerpiece of the offense, so he'll remain a RB1 no matter where he signs.
Posted: 2/24/2019 9:08am ET
Huddle Up: Bell switching sides of the Keystone State to join the Eagles is one of the more intriguing and prevalent rumors out there (along with Bell landing with the Jets or Colts). Wherever he lands, the elite RB1 expectations will be sure to follow.
Posted: 2/21/2019 10:46pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell and his trainer are trying to sell teams on the idea he hasn't spent all of February recovering from the wear-and-tear of the previous season like every other running back on the free-agent market this spring. It's a good bet the 27-year-old will fetch a big deal on the open market, but the odds are strong owners have seen his best days from a fantasy perspective. It's also debatable if he helped himself long-term by sitting out all of 2018.
Posted: 2/20/2019 5:23pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell likely will receive interest from multiple teams and will be expecting to sign a lucrative contract with a new team. He has not played since 2017 because of his contract situation but should still be one of the top running backs in the NFL. He likely will be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues next season.
Posted: 2/20/2019 1:34pm ET
Huddle Up: Running back will be even more of a need if Isaiah Crowell is not retained. Bell would make a nice fit in green and white but is an RB1 candidate wherever he lands, assuming the weight won't be a big issue.
Posted: 2/20/2019 10:30am ET
Huddle Up: This isn't a big surprise. Gamers will have to wait to see where he ends up to get a true valuation, but Bell will remain in the RB1 ranks, albeit with risk, for 2019.
Posted: 2/9/2019 6:32pm ET
Huddle Up: Replacing Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown with Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins would put Bell in prime position for at least a couple of more seasons of big production. He should be a RB1 wherever he lands, but he'd likely remain an elite option with the Texans.
Posted: 2/8/2019 10:38pm ET
Huddle Up: Demovsky isn't the first person to suggest Green Bay is a good fit for Bell or that the team could (or should) target him in free agency, so this isn't a report to dismiss out of hand. For as talented as Aaron Jones is, he has struggled to stay on the field, and even at 27 Bell should have at least a couple elite years left in him. Putting Bell in the backfield next to Aaron Rodgers would land Bell right back near the top of fantasy drafts.
Posted: 2/3/2019 10:06am ET
Huddle Up: While it is within the Steelers' rights, this seems unlikely given the acrimonious season that just passed between Bell, the franchise and his teammates, and the league and NFLPA already are squabbling over the value of the transition tag with only a possibility of it being applied. In the end, expect Bell to move on, unimpeded, to a new team this offseason.
Posted: 1/31/2019 8:24am ET
Huddle Up: Bell will be an RB1 in fantasy regardless of where he goes, but he will be a risk for a myriad of reasons. His body has to get used to being hit again, and with that, comes a heightened injury risk than his position already provides.
Posted: 11/27/2018 10:42am ET
Huddle Up: There's no shortage of intriguing destinations for Bell, and Indy would rank high on any list with the potential pairing of the All-Pro back and QB Andrew Luck, who's currently enjoying an MVP-worthy comeback season.
Posted: 11/18/2018 9:00am ET
Huddle Up: Bell decided to sit out the entire 2018 season and will be looking for a lucrative contract during the offseason. He should receive interest from multiple teams this offseason, but it is not known if he will be offered the type of deal he wants. He likely will be a No. 1 fantasy running back no matter where he plays next season.
Posted: 11/16/2018 9:25am ET
Huddle Up: It's hard to take that leap right now, especially with the future of the Jets so murky, including the fates of the head coach and GM. Bell will be playing somewhere, though, after missing out on a pile of $$$ and a full season during the prime of his career.
Posted: 11/13/2018 9:45am ET
Huddle Up: Bell has until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to report or forego the rest of 2018 season, but he's still not expected to show, meaning a lost season for Bell's fantasy owners who weren't fortunate enough to pick up stud backup James Conner. Those rostering Conner and Bell, though, are better off if the latter stays away.
Posted: 11/10/2018 6:23pm ET
Huddle Up: If true, James Conner owners will no longer have to worry about Bell crashing the party. All Bell owners can do is wait until Tuesday and hope the reports turn out to be false.
Posted: 11/8/2018 9:03pm ET
Huddle Up: Speculation has been flying hot and heavy this week, but this is the team president talking, and though he stops short of explicitly saying Bell will report next week, he says more than once that he "expects" Bell to be there. As has been noted, Bell must report by Tuesday, Nov. 13, or he forfeits the 2018 season so all will be clear by then. In the off chance he's been discarded in your league, scoop him up post-haste.
Posted: 11/8/2018 5:34pm ET
Huddle Up: Another development in the Bell saga, and it could be one that points to the franchise running back's return. We'll find out by Tuesday, which is the deadline for Bell to sign a contract in order for him to be eligible to play this season.
Posted: 11/8/2018 8:41am ET
Huddle Up: What does this mean? Bell doesn't have to report at all, and he's likely to wind up a free agent after the season. The team is unlikely to tag him at that rate or transition tag him. It's still worth holding onto him, but the chances are high that he sits the entire season.
Posted: 11/6/2018 5:08pm ET
Huddle Up: If true, owners should be able to pretty much write off any chance of Bell returning to the team this season. The good news is this drama will come to a temporary end in exactly seven days, as Bell will be ineligible to play in 2018 if he does not report by then. It's unreasonable at this point for owners to expect any fantasy contributions from Bell, as James Conner has mostly thrived in his absence. Conner should be considered an elite RB1 until further notice.
Posted: 11/6/2018 9:43am ET
Huddle Up: This could turn into a nightmare scenario for those fantasy general managers who own both Bell and James Conner, who trails only Todd Gurley in RB fantasy points per game. If Bell reports this week, he could return to the field as soon as Week 11 and some sort of timeshare would likely ensue, sapping a portion of value for both backs and making for a less-than-ideal stretch run for fantasy owners.
Posted: 11/5/2018 11:31am ET
Huddle Up: The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, so he wasn't going to be a realistic possibility to play in Week 10 anyway. Bell's owners are losing whatever little remaining fantasy trade value Bell's name carried, and it's looking more and more likely James Conner will finish the season out as the team's unquestioned feature back.
Posted: 10/31/2018 5:15am ET
Huddle Up: It doesn't look like he'll be suiting up this week, but things could change. James Conner has a rough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this week, but he remains a RB2.
Posted: 10/24/2018 6:19am ET
Huddle Up: He's not going to play this week, but he could surface after the trade deadline passes for Week 9.
Posted: 10/22/2018 2:44pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell may not report to the team until after the trade deadline next week, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. James Conner will continue to receive most of the work at running back and can be a No. 1 running back in all leagues this week.
Posted: 10/22/2018 9:35am ET
Huddle Up: It was reported last week Bell wants to wait to see if the trade deadline brings about any changes to his status before reporting. He needs to report within the next two weeks in order to get the accrued season he desires toward free agency or else his absence from the team to this point will have been for naught. James Conner should see one - if not two - more weeks of elite RB1 usage at the very least before owners will be forced to make other plans.
Posted: 10/22/2018 6:20am ET
Huddle Up: Bell would be an RB2 if he suits up against the Cleveland Browns this week.
Posted: 10/21/2018 8:43am ET
Huddle Up: It is becoming increasingly likely that if Bell does resume playing in Pittsburgh this season, he would form a two-headed rushing attack with James Conner, as opposed to becoming the lead back. Bell would be a RB2 in this scenario but should be considered a RB1 if the Steelers decide to trade him.
Posted: 10/15/2018 3:33pm ET
Huddle Up: James Conner will continue to be featured in Pittsburgh's backfield as long as Bell stays away. If you haven't traded Bell by now, the best you can do is keep him on your bench and hope he returns soon.
Posted: 10/15/2018 7:44am ET
Huddle Up: The team doesn't have to pay him during the bye, and he may not show up all week. When/if he reports, it's very likely he's going to be part of a two-headed attack at running back, which could push him to RB2 status.
Posted: 10/15/2018 5:13am ET
Huddle Up: Bell is the gift that keeps on giving his fantasy owners this season since he could be an RB2 when he finally returns.
Posted: 10/14/2018 7:49am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's fantasy owners should continue to remain patient, since he is an unquestioned RB1 in all formats. However, it may take him a week or two to shake off the rust once he returns, since he did not have the benefit of going through training camp or preseason games in order to get into game shape. James Conner should be viewed as a solid RB2 option for as long as Bell is out of action.
Posted: 10/8/2018 4:43pm ET
Huddle Up: The Eagles have lost Jay Ajayi for the season, so they probably will go with a committee at running back with Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Josh Adams all candidates to see playing time. Clement and Smallwood probably have the most fantasy value out of the group and could be flex options for owners. Bell is expected to join the Steelers during their bye week and can be a No. 1 running back.
Posted: 10/7/2018 9:15am ET
Huddle Up: Bell reportedly will be joining the team during their Week 7 bye, but nothing is official at this point. He may be a bit rusty in his first few games but can still be a weekly starting option in all leagues even if he is traded.
Posted: 10/2/2018 10:05am ET
Huddle Up: It's been a rough ride so far for fantasy general managers who spent a top-five pick on Bell, but more patience will be required as more twists and turns are likely in this reality show-like saga.
Posted: 10/2/2018 9:53am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's reported return date is still a few weeks away, and much could still change in the meantime. His fantasy owners will have to maintain their patience, but at least there is now a rough timetable/light at the end of the tunnel.
Posted: 10/1/2018 3:52pm ET
Huddle Up: The holdout has to end at some point. He clearly wants to go into 2019 free agency healthy and with less wear and tear than in previous years. As for James Conner, his fantasy value will all but evaporate upon Bell's return. It would behoove fantasy owners to sell high on Conner in the coming weeks.
Posted: 9/30/2018 9:39am ET
Huddle Up: Matt Breida has played well as the starting running back for the 49ers and should continue to have that role moving forward. He is a solid No. 2 back in all leagues. Bell will be a No. 1 fantasy running back when he returns to the field.
Posted: 9/30/2018 9:38am ET
Huddle Up: The Eagles have been using multiple running backs this season, so they could pursue a trade for Bell over the next few weeks. Bell is a No. 1 running back when he is playing, so owners should hold onto him while he is holding out.
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