SMITTY: Julian Edelman is probable and should lead the team in yards, receptions, and targets, however, Brandon LaFell, as usual, holds a lot of sleeper appeal. A whole lot of Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski is expected in this game. LeGarrette Blount will be a boom or bust fantasy play, something that could easily be said about him a couple weeks ago in leagues where you pick players once for the entire stretch of the playoffs. He could be a beast for multiple games, or he could do nothing in this game and the Ravens could win. That’s just how these things go, but if you want to go big or go home, Blount fits the bill. Justin Forsett should be a solid low-end RB1 play in playoff formats, and both Torrey Smith and Steve Smith have 70-100 yard upside, with one of the two being a strong bet to score. While I cringe at all the “Joe Flacco is elite” talk that floats around the main-stream sports media these days, he is a solid playoff quarterback and should have a steady outing in this one. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: For now, fantasy owners better plan to be without both players. Of course, we will have updates as we head into kickoff. Also note, Tom Brady could just play one half in this one, that’s coming from several sources, but all of course is speculation. This is the downside of playing through Week 17, something we advise against. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: The stud rusher waived the right to a preliminary hearing on this DUI chargers and is expected to enter a first-offender’s program, which will reportedly dismiss the chargers. There is a bit of guess-work going on with this, so stay tuned. Also, it’s possible Bell sees a two-game suspension because of all of this, but most sources are suggesting that any suspension would be in 2015. Bell remains a fantastic buy-low candidate for Weeks 7-16, as he has top 2-4 fantasy running back upside, yet he can be bought right now at almost high-end RB2-type value. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell was on our Week 3 Buy-Low List for a reason last week. Don’t sell the runner, he looks fantastic this year. He looks like a top 5RB. Let’s just hope he stays healthy (do your best to handcuff him to Legarrette Blount, something you should already have taken care of). Look for a Week 4 Buy-Low List to publish shortly, which you can locate right on the homepage when logged in!
According to multiple reports, Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana; Bell was also booked for DUI.
SMITTY: This is obviously bad news in Steelers country, and horrible for dynasty Le’Veon Bell owners; however, initial reports, most based on pure speculation at this point, suggest that both runners could avoid NFL disciplinary action this season. We will keep you posted on all of this, as more info will surely emerging in the coming days. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Both Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount co-startered Saturday night’s preseason game, with Bell playing the first series and then Blount mixing into the entire first-half.
SMITTY: While I won’t say I’m locked into this thinking quite yet, but I’m a bit concerned about the Steelers commitment to giving Le’Veon Bell the ball. Will a healthy Bell lead the team in carries? Yeah, most likely, but early signs point to Legarrette Blount getting more than just goal line work — He might be used quite a bit in 2014. If you own Bell already in dynasty, don’t freakout and sell-low, but maybe test the trade waters and get yourself into a safer option if the price/deal is right. In redraft, I’d bump Bell down a bit on your list… not a ton, but he doesn’t feel like a super-safe fantasy RB1 right now, and he did just months ago. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to NFL.com, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had this to say on RB Le’Veon Bell: “Le’Veon Bell has had a great offseason,” Tomlin said on Friday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “He’s really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he’s done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.”
SMITTY: Le’Veon Bell currently has an ADP at 2.03-2.05, which is extremely reasonable given he has top 5-10RB upside. While LeGarrette Blount has kind of a TD vulture type presence in Pittsburgh right now, Bell owners shouldn’t worry, as Pittsburgh is going to give Bell more than enough carries in 2014. Anything that goes to Blount, aside from maybe a couple short-yardage touchdown runs, will be “spelling” type touches. For 2014 projections on Bell based on your league’s exact scoring, launch our Draft Analyzer now!
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