Written By Dana
Is LeVeon Bell worth the risk in 2016?
There is no doubting his skill set, Bell has proven he is an elite running back in the NFL and that he should be ranked at the top of all Fantasy football draft sheets. Bell has played 35 games in his NFL career and has averaged 18.4 attempts a game at 4.3 yards per carry, over the course of a 16 game season that will equate to 1,260 yards on 294 carries- Those are pretty solid numbers, numbers I would like to have anchor my RB corp. There is good news and there is bad news, the good; there was no ACL damage with only the MCL and PCL needing repair. The bad news is missing the mandated drug testing this is a concern to me, the way I see it? Professional athletes have to stay on top of their game, they work hard and when a running back in the National Football League blows out a knee it takes even more hard work, time is short so you will do whatever it takes to get back onto the field and not miss a beat and quite often desperate times require desperate measures. With all the news of HGH swirling around it is hard to imagine that like many other NFL players they try to hide, mask or circumvent the system to remain the best they can be. Now whether or not Bell is healthy enough to be cleared to practice when camp opens remains to be seen and now maybe facing suspension, perhaps this will provide more healing time? Until I see Bell in camp I will remain skeptical that Bell can come out on fire and meet or exceed his career average numbers. If Bell is suspended say 4 games and he indeed performs to his average then you are still taking away 74 attempts 316 yards leaving him with a generous 220 attempts and 944 yards for the season.
Current projection 220 attempts 946 yards 5 TD 58 rec 634 yards 1 TD.
Personally I do not believe he will attain these numbers, so now where does he rank in your fantasy football projections? If you still want to drop a first round pick on Bell it may be in your team’s best interest to tab DeAngelo Williams next and early before another savvy owner pulls the rug out from under you. Fantasyfootballstarters Draft Analyzer has Bell coming in #9 overall.