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Posted: 9/27/2016 6:00pm ET
Huddle Up: Tomlin had also stated earlier that Bell will play plenty in his first game back from a three-game suspension. With good health and in good physical condition, Bell immediately assumes his position as an RB1, even against a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense.
Posted: 9/27/2016 10:05am ET
Huddle Up: This comes as music to the ears of Bell's owners, most of whom invested a late-first or early-second round pick in him despite his three-game suspension. A bit of rust should be expected, but few backs bring the same kind of upside and consistency to the table that Bell does. As such, owners should plug him immediately into their lineups and begin the process of handcuffing him to DeAngelo Williams if they haven't done so already.
Posted: 9/26/2016 7:19am ET
Huddle Up: Bell will face a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense in his season debut. He'll be a low-end RB1, but rust to a certain degree should be expected.
Posted: 8/27/2016 6:08am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's fantasy value does take a small hit because of the suspension, but he should still be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues. Bell probably will be selected in the first or second round in most drafts.
Posted: 8/26/2016 8:13pm ET
Huddle Up: His three-game suspension takes him out of the mix for the top pick, but his ceiling is so high, particularly in PPR formats, he is still worth selecting in the second round.
Posted: 8/25/2016 9:42am ET
Huddle Up: Bell will miss the first three games of the season because of his suspension, so he will need some playing time during the preseason. The suspension does hurt his value, but he should still be considered a No. 1 running back in most leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds of drafts.
Posted: 8/19/2016 12:04pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell will now be eligible to play in Week 4, which will help his fantasy value. He should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds.
Posted: 8/16/2016 2:33pm ET
Huddle Up: More watching and waiting is ahead for Bell owners and Steelers Country, but it remains a longshot that the fantasy stud will see much -- if any -- of a reduction.
Posted: 8/6/2016 6:39pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell's health is no longer a concern but he's facing a four-game suspension to start the year. Bell still has an ADP in the late first round, despite the fact that he's likely to miss the first month of the season.
Posted: 7/28/2016 7:59pm ET
Huddle Up: Hopefully things will be settled before your leagues draft, but bank on Bell serving all -- or close to -- his full quarter-season suspension at this point.
Posted: 7/28/2016 2:04pm ET
Huddle Up: Players and teams have had some success appealing their league penalties, but getting drug appeals rescinded haven't been too successful.
Posted: 7/24/2016 1:09pm ET
Huddle Up: Once in the top-overall-pick conversation, Bell needs to be downgraded on draft boards yet again. However, if you have -- or can get -- backup DeAngelo Williams, you can afford to draft Bell early and ride Williams early.
Posted: 7/22/2016 1:31pm ET
Huddle Up: Yikes, another season, another potential blow for Bell, who already has missed 13 games over his first three seasons due to injuries and suspensions. This obviously would knock Bell out of RB1 territory, and cause backup DeAngelo Wulliams' fantasy stock to soar. Most definitely stay tuned ...
Posted: 7/17/2016 10:46pm ET
Huddle Up: Just another reason why Williams' value exceeds his elite-handcuff status. He's a must-own for Bell owners.
Posted: 7/10/2016 2:10am ET
Huddle Up: That's exactly what Bell is supposed to say at this juncture, especially when he's looking for a big fat payday. We'll wait to see Bell on the field in August before buying fully into the "stronger than ever" bit.
Posted: 7/5/2016 1:02pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell certainly has looked the part -- particularly in his 2,215-total-yard, 11-TD season of 2014 -- but the Steelers are likely going to have to see Bell play another full season after missing a combined 13 games over his first three campaigns due to health issues.
Posted: 6/28/2016 4:04pm ET
Huddle Up: It seems a little optimistic considering the RB wasn't injured until Week 8 last year, but let's see where we are come early August.
Posted: 6/15/2016 9:42am ET
Huddle Up: You can't get a clearer denial than that, so no reason to think Bell is looking at a suspension in the near future.
Posted: 5/24/2016 1:52pm ET
Huddle Up: Although he's been showing off his hoop skills this offseason, Bell hasn't been cleared to resume practicing, but he does hope to get the clearance for contact by the time training camp rolls around. Unless there's a major setback, though, Bell will be one of the top RBs to come the board in drafts this summer.
Posted: 5/12/2016 10:29am ET
Huddle Up: Bell still lands at or near the top of most fantasy draft boards, so any work he does between now and August will be closely scrutinized. It won't be a big deal if he's not participating in OTAs, but as the season draws closer fantasy owners will be itching to see him on the field before committing a top pick to him.
Posted: 4/26/2016 10:31pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell's keeper and dynasty-league owners surely took notice as should re-draft league owners who own top-three picks.
Posted: 4/21/2016 10:19am ET
Huddle Up: The league's offseason drug testing window opened Wednesday, and random or not Bell--suspended for a drug-related offense last season--had his number called. Given his record he may already be in the league's system and subject to more testing; otherwise he's cleared that hurdle for the season and can get down to the business of playing football... or whatever else he wants to do.
Posted: 3/17/2016 10:39am ET
Huddle Up: The modified timetable for returning from an ACL injury suggests that Bell should be ready for the start of the 2016 season, but fantasy owners will need to monitor his progress in August to feel good about using potentially the first overall pick on Bell.
Posted: 3/1/2016 5:39pm ET
Huddle Up: Good sign for Bell and the Steelers are hopeful -- every team is regarding major injuries at this point -- that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, and have capable backup DeAngelo Williams waiting in the wings if he isn't.
Posted: 2/7/2016 12:32pm ET
Huddle Up: Time is still very much on Bell's side, and we'll most definitely monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Posted: 1/29/2016 9:34am ET
Huddle Up: The Steelers may have trouble fitting a Bell extension under the cap this season, but they have stated he's in their long-range plans. However, a back with both injuries and suspensions on his permanent record may not be viewed as the best bet for a long-term financial commitment so don't be surprised if the Steelers slow-play this one a little bit.
Posted: 1/28/2016 10:18pm ET
Huddle Up: There's no doubting Bell's talent, but his future earnings are very much linked to his health as he's missed a combined 13 games over his first three seasons.
Posted: 11/4/2015 12:07am ET
Huddle Up: Bell won't turn 24 until next February and with in-prime fantasy backs as tough -- or tougher -- to find than ever, he remains an unquestioned keeper.
Posted: 11/2/2015 9:22am ET
Huddle Up: Just when the Steelers were getting the band back together, Bell goes down and will miss the rest of the season. Tough break for both the Steelers and Bell's fantasy owners, who need to win the race to the waiver wire to pick up DeAngelo Williams.
Posted: 10/13/2015 12:33am ET
Huddle Up: With the Michael Vick-quarterbacked Steelers facing the Chargers and their poor run defense, it shaped up to be a busy night for Bell, and it was as he received 25 touches and turned them into his third straight 15-point-plus fantasy night since returning from his two-game suspension. As for the dramatic walk-off TD, it was the cherry on top for one of the elite fantasy studs in the league.
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