Le'Veon Bell Fantasy Football News 2019

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is active for tonight's game against the Browns. He got a shoulder MRI during the week and was officially questionable, but there don't seem to be any limitations.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Browns. He got in limited practices on Friday and Saturday after getting an MRI on that shoulder on Thursday. Both Bell and the team have seemed confident that he'll play vs. Cleveland, but we'll look for another update on his status on Sunday morning.

The MRI on Jets RB Le'Veon Bell's shoulder revealed "no major damage or tears," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. So Bell will presumably be ready for Monday night's game against the Browns. QB Sam Darnold's absence hurts, but Bell's volume keeps him in must-start territory.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is missing practice Thursday and getting an MRI after experiencing shoulder soreness. HC Adam Gase said Thursday morning that he still hopes Bell can play Monday night, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. If he can't, of course, Ty Montgomery would step in. We'll see about the MRI results.

The New York Post's Brian Costello believes Jets RB Ty Montgomery "could be a significant piece" of the offense this season. The former Packer and Raven has been "one of the most impressive players" in camp, Costello adds. Although he's flamed out in lead roles, Montgomery is a plus pass-catcher and is still just 26. We're not expecting him to see enough action to be a real fantasy option. But he could put a dent in RB Le'Veon Bell's volume.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have reached agreement with RB Le'Veon Bell. That positions him in a backfield with Elijah McGuire as the lead incumbent. Bell, of course, is coming off a full year away from football, so we'll have to track his progress in his return this offseason. He joins a Jets team, however, that is spending liberally on both offense and defense in free agency. Bell will make for a risky pick inside the 1st round of fantasy football drafts, given that we don't know how good the Jets offense can be or what kind of target share Bell can expect. But he obviously carries as much upside as just about any player at the position. Bell's arrival gives another boost to QB Sam Darnold's 2nd-year outlook.

Update: Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report it's a 4-year deal worth $52.5 million in total money.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell did not report by today's 4 pm ET deadline and will not play this season. So ends the 2018 Bell saga. He ends up missing the entire campaign and forfeiting $14.5 million. The Steelers would owe Bell about $25 million if they franchise-tag him again next season, so he's fully expected to hit free agency in March. James Conner will serve as Pittsburgh's feature back the rest of this year.

Citing league sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that RB Le’Veon Bell is expected to continue his holdout through the 2018 season. Bell will be officially unable to return this year if he fails to report to the team by Tuesday at 4pm. If you had plans to try and acquire Bell at a discount, turn your attention elsewhere. Meanwhile, James Conner will return to a workhorse role once he clears the concussion protocol.

Steelers RB James Conner is in the concussion protocol, HC Mike Tomlin announced after Thursday night's win over the Panthers. The relative good news is that Conner has 10 days to get cleared for Week 11's game against Jacksonville. We'll keep a close eye on his progress. If Conner can't play vs. the Jags -- and RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't show up -- Pittsburgh would be down to RBs Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley.

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team as of Wednesday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It looks like Bell will sit out another game. Remember that he only needs to show for the final 6 games to accrue a year of service and hit free agency this offseason, so it makes sense for him to hold out until Week 12.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team as of Monday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He was expected to show up during last week's bye. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning that it's now "more likely" Bell doesn't report until Week 9. For now, proceed as if James Conner will get at least 1 more game as Pittsburgh's feature back.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell plans to rejoin the team during the Week 7 bye. That would bring him back just ahead of the league's Oct. 30 trade deadline. We'll see if Bell reaches that point as a member of the Steelers. And if he does report then, we'll see how Pittsburgh plans to handle its backfield. James Conner owners can at least feel comfortable starting him against the Falcons and Bengals the next 2 weeks.

The Steelers are now listening to trade offers for RB Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell looks set to sit out the first 10 games of the season and will hit free agency in the offseason. We'll see if any team steps up with a big enough offer to acquire Bell. Leaving Pittsburgh would likely ding his fantasy upside -- but at least he'd get on the field. A trade would also lock in James Conner as a RB1 the rest of the year.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will officially miss Sunday's opener after missing a 4 p.m. Saturday deadline to report to the team. Fantasy owners have been expecting that for most of the week, but this confirms that we can use James Conner as Pittsburgh's starting RB. As for Bell going forward ... we'll see.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Steelers "guess" that RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the team on Saturday. Based on everything we've heard, the team originally expected Bell to show up on Monday -- so the organization doesn't appear to have a good read on the situation. Reporting Saturday would allow Bell to receive his game check while saving a game's worth of wear and tear on his body. At this point, a Week 2 debut should be considered the best-case scenario for Bell owners. RB James Conner will start Sunday's opener vs. the Browns.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has still not reported to the team as of 2 pm ET on Wednesday. So he's missed the 1st practice of the week in preparation for Sunday's opener against the Browns. At this point, it's looking like he's prepared to miss at least that game. We've removed Bell from the Week 1 Rankings and moved James Conner up into RB2 territory. The 2nd-year back had an impressive preseason and should be looking at 15+ touches this weekend if Bell is out.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still hasn't reported to the team. He was expected to show up today, which is what he did last year before playing in the season opener. At this point, we still don't expect Bell to sit out games -- but it'll be time to worry if he's still away when practice really ramps up on Wednesday. RB James Conner would serve as Pittsburgh's lead back sans Bell and should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's agent Adisa Bakari said Tuesday that his client plans to skip training camp and preseason but report by Week 1, "barring something exceptional." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported yesterday that Bell might hold out for the first half of the season, but that always seemed unlikely. An August holdout is still a bit of a concern, though, after Bell did it last year and then ranked just 25th among RBs in PPR points over the season's first 2 weeks.

The Steelers and RB Le'Veon Bell failed to come to an agreement on a long-term deal prior to today's 4 pm ET deadline. So he'll play on the franchise tag for the 2nd straight season, earning a little more than $14.5 million. Bell held out last year until 9 days before the opener and then got off to a relatively slow start, totaling 236 yards and 1 TD in his first 3 games. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Bell is considering holding out for the first half of this season. It'll obviously be a situation to track closely over the next 8 weeks. There's certainly some risk to Bell in fantasy drafts right now, but we still wouldn't let him slip past #2 overall.


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