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RB PIT

College: Michigan State | 6 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 225 lbs
Birth Date: 2/18/1992
2019 Bye Week: 4

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB

2019 RTSports Outlook

Bell sat out all of last season in a contract dispute. He signed with the Jets this offseason to take over as their lead back. Bell should be fresh after not getting any work last year. He is still just 26 years old, so he has plenty left in the tank. Bell has 1,000-yard seasons three of the past four he has played. Bell might be the most complete back in the game. Bell is a big back with strength and speed. He will run over defenders but also has good moves in space. Bell is one of the top pass catchers at running back and a huge asset in pass protection. He is going to get a ton of touches in the Jets offense.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Bell is a little bit of a question mark after last year, but don't get too down on him over missing all of last season. He is an elite, three-down fantasy back. There aren't many backs in the game that can do what he does on the field. He'll get a ton of work for the Jets and is capable of finishing first overall in fantasy scoring. He can get around 1,800 total yards, double-digit scores and 70-plus receptions.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

As we already know, Le'Veon Bell sat out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. He got the long-term deal that he was looking for with the Jets and now the question is, where should he be drafted in fantasy drafts? We assume that he will be the focal point of the Jets offense. But after a year away from football, exactly how much of a workload can we expect Bell to handle without wearing down? We all know about his injury history, and that is something that could come into play in 2019. The passing game for the Jets under Sam Darnold should continue to progress, which will allow Bell room to operate in the backfield and leading the way to a high volume of touches. Expectations are for Bell to be a near 300 touch running back with the Jets in 2019, ensuring that he will be a first-round pick in fantasy. As long as health is not a question with Bell, he should have every opportunity to catch around 60 passes and to bring home double-digit fantasy scores. A sure-fire RB1 in any format, and well worth the draft day price.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Player Notes
Jun 11 3:20pm ET

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Jamal Adams were all absent at organized team activities on Tuesday. Bell was in attendance at last week's mandatory minicamp, but he's gone missing again during OTAs, as expected. Bell wants to work out on his terms with his trainers as he's done for years prior when with the Steelers. We likely won't see Bell again until training camp next month. The All-Pro running back took last year off but should return to being a bell-cow running back in his first year with Gang Green in 2019. There's a little more risk with the Jets, but Bell's versatility in both the running and passing game should make him one of the safer RB1 picks.

From RotoBaller

Jun 6 7:23pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said he does not plan to participate in practices next week and will return to Florida to train.

Fantasy Spin: Bell participated in the mandatory minicamp but will not practice with the team again until training camp. He has not played since 2017 but should still be one of the better running backs in the NFL. He should be a No. 1 running back in all leagues.

Jun 4 7:13pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold said Tuesday, June 4, it'll take time to form chemistry with new RB Bell. 'I don't think there's necessarily a certain time period that you can put on it,' Darnold said. 'It's just kind of when we click, we click. ... I think, me and (Bell), we get along well. So, that's kind of the first step in building that relationship. It's good to kind of go on the same page with him and just see how he kind of runs routes and how he runs out there. I haven't seen him really run and it was good to kind of see him run some routes and throw the ball to him a little bit.' Darnold added that he wants to get some offensive players together for workouts ahead of training camp later this summer.

Fantasy Spin: Bell should be able to reassert himself as an RB1 after sitting out the entirety of the 2018 season. His presence, should he be able to form chemistry with the sophomore QB, could put Darnold on the fantasy radar. The signal-caller will turn 22 years old ahead of the 2019 season and enters as a low-ceiling QB2.

Jun 4 2:03pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said Tuesday, June 4, that he understands if some have forgotten he was the best running back in the league when last played 17 months ago. Bell added that people 'will remember' when he takes the field again.

Fantasy Spin: Bell is still in his prime at age 27 and the year off could very well be a benefit after he totaled a whopping 742 touches the previous two seasons. Value him as mid-level RB1.

Jun 4 3:13am ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell reported to the team's facility Monday, June 3, ahead of the team's voluntary minicamp start on Tuesday, June 4.

Fantasy Spin: Bell is at the facility getting ready to work with second-year QB Sam Darnold and learn the team's new offense, while also getting back onto the football field after a one-year hiatus due to his contract dispute in Pittsburgh. It will be good for him to knock off the rust this summer. He'll be a high-round fantasy draft pick again in 2019.

May 23 12:43pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase on Thursday, May 23, called a recent report 'ridiculous' that the Jets will consider trading RB Le'Veon Bell before he played a down with the team.

Fantasy Spin: The offseason headlines surrounding Bell and his new team haven't been the brightest, but perhaps you can be the fantasy GM who takes advantage of other's fears and swoop up the RB1 Bell at an RB2 price.

May 15 1:33pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell signing with the team didn't please head coach Adam Gase, who didn't want to spend money at the position, according to sources.

May 10 1:03pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be at the team's mandatory minicamp in June. 'I don't expect him not to be there,' head coach Adam Gase said Friday, May 10.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Apr 23 3:40pm ET

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell and inside linebacker Darron Lee are not present for the team's three-day voluntary minicamp this week. The Jets could decide to trade Lee after signing C.J. Mosley in free agency. While the workouts are voluntary, it's still disappointing that Bell, the team's prized free-agent acquisition this offseason, wasn't in attendance. However, Bell was previously taking part in offseason workouts and should be ready to go for training camp and mandatory minicamp in June. Many fantasy owners will be hesitant to take Bell in the first round after he held out all of the 2018 season, but he should be used heavily in New York's offense and will have high-end upside as an RB1.

From RotoBaller

Apr 23 1:03pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was a no-show Tuesday, April 23, on the first day of the team's voluntary minicamp, but head coach Adam Gase didn't appear overly concerned. 'It's voluntary,' Gase said, noting that Bell was with the team earlier this month for the first week of the offseason program and adding that Bell has a strong self-training regimen.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Apr 23 12:23pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was not spotted with his teammates Tuesday, April 23, as the Jets opened a three-day voluntary minicamp.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Mar 26 7:23pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell won't be burnt out with his new team if head coach Adam Gase has his way. Gase said the Jets will keep an eye on Bell's practice snaps and snap count in games. 'This is not going to be [a situation] where we burn him out in the first six months,' Gase said.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Mar 15 3:23am ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell declined to give his current weight during his introductory press conference Thursday, March 14, but he stated he has been working out five days per week since December and will be ready for the offseason program.

Mar 14 11:20pm ET

New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell insists that he's in great shape despite sitting out all of last season. "It's the best my body's really ever felt in my life," Bell declared. "There's nothing that even comes close to comparing how I feel. Literally just resting and letting my body heal. ... My body got so much rest, I've got so much built up in me, it's time to let go. This is the best I've literally ever felt in my life -- that I can remember." Bell will have all offseason and training camp to get into football shape, so we're not really worried about his conditioning for the 2019 season. He does have a lot of tread on his tires already, but he's one of the most versatile and productive backs in the game and should see a heavy amount of touches per game. He'll be in consideration for a top-five fantasy pick with Gang Green.

From RotoBaller

Mar 14 10:33pm ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell said he wants to be a 'security blanket' for QB Sam Darnold.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Mar 14 7:23pm ET

Free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) officially signed with the New York Jets Thursday, March 14.

Mar 13 11:43am ET

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell was a strong target of the San Francisco 49ers before the Jets eventually signed him, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Mar 13 12:53am ET

Impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell's reported four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets includes $35 million guaranteed and has a max value of $61 million, according to a source.

Mar 13 12:50am ET

Free-agent running back Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) and the New York Jets have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $52.5 million on Tuesday, a source said. Bell has been a workhorse over his career, amassing 5,336 rushing yards with 35 touchdowns over the ground over 62 NFL games in five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and gives the New York run game a huge shot in the arm, perhaps their biggest star in the backfield since Curtis Martin. The Jets bolstered their offensive line a bit with the addition of Kevin Zeitler in a trade, but Bell won't have the luxury of as dynamic of a pass attack as he had in Pittsburgh. Still, he improves the pass game with his solid hands out of the backfield. He'll once again be a decent early-round fantasy pick on draft day now that the black cloud of contract impasse in Pittsburgh is in the rear-view mirror.

From RotoBaller

Mar 13 12:33am ET

Impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) reportedly plans to sign with the New York Jets, according to a league source. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the contract will be worth $52.5 million over four years.

Fantasy Spin: 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.

Player Transactions
  • 14-Mar-2019: NYJ - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Four-year contract (through 2022)
  • 13-Mar-2019: PIT - Declared Free Agent
  • 08-Sep-2018: PIT - Reserve, Did Not Report
  • 06-Mar-2018: PIT - Franchise Player Tag - exclusive franchise tag
  • 04-Sep-2017: PIT - Re-signed, Franchise Player - One-year tender (through 2017)
  • 27-Feb-2017: PIT - Re-signed, Franchise Player - One-year tender (through 2017)
  • 27-Feb-2017: PIT - Franchise Player Tag - exclusive franchise tag
  • 27-Feb-2017: PIT - Franchise Player Tag
  • 26-Sep-2016: PIT - Suspension Lifted
  • 19-Aug-2016: PIT - Suspended - 3 games (NFL Substance Abuse Policy)
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