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Le'Veon Bell Fantasy Football News 2020

1:05pm EDT 5/5/20

The Jets have signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year deal. The soon-to-be 37-year old averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry in Buffalo last year and was phased out down the stretch. It's worth noting that he played for Jets HC Adam Gase in Miami back in 2018, leading that team with 156 carries and 722 rushing yards on 4.6 yards per carry. The Jets are reportedly looking to lighten RB Le'Veon Bell's load -- and Gore can help there. Ultimately, though, we're not expecting him to be a major drag on Bell's fantasy production.

Jets HC Adam Gase tells ESPN that he would like to "lessen the load" a bit on RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020. "Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time," Gase said. Bell ranked 8th in the league in touches in his 1st season with the Jets (despite missing a game). He handled 69.8% of the team's rushing attempts and 16.1% of the targets in his 15 contests. So there's room for Bell to shed some opportunities and still rank well in those categories. Gase said in the same interview that he hopes more downfield speed in the pass-catching corps will help create space for Bell, who faced the league's 7th-highest rate of stacked boxes on run plays last year (according to NFL Next Gen Stats). With just Kenneth Dixon, 4th-rounder La'Micael Perine and former Eagle Josh Adams currently behind him on the depth chart, we're not worried about anyone stealing a damaging amount of work from the Jets starter.

The Jets added Florida RB La'Mical Perine in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Nothing stands out with Perine’s rushing numbers over his 4 years with the Gators. He never topped 136 carries or 826 yards in a season and averaged 5.0 yards per carry for his career. But he did haul in 72 balls, including 40 this past season. Perine also has good size at 5’11, 216 pounds and earned a solid 51st percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’ll battle for snaps behind Le’Veon Bell this season. Bell is signed through 2022, although the Jets can get out of his deal with $4 million in dead cap after this year.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) isn't listed on the final Week 15 injury report. RB Bilal Powell (ankle) has been ruled out, while RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) is questionable. Bell should dominate backfield touches against the Ravens on Thursday night.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) put in a full practice on Tuesday. He's on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Jets figure to have trouble scoring in that one, but Bell's volume keeps him in the RB2 mix.

Jets HC Adam Gase said Monday that RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) is "pretty close to 100 percent." That puts him on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Ravens. Bell will be a volume-based RB2 in that tough spot.

The Jets have downgraded RB Le'Veon Bell (illness) to out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. That leaves the backfield to RBs Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery. Over the past 5 weeks, Powell has totaled 25 carries and 6 targets to Montgomery's 8 carries and 4 targets. We'd bet on Powell leading the way tomorrow, but there's no way to know for sure what the split will look like. There's at least upside vs. Miami's 28th-ranked RB defense.

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins after missing practice on Thursday and Friday. Players almost always play when on the injury report with illnesses — but HC Adam Gase said Friday that he’s “unsure” if Bell will be available vs. Miami. We’ll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning. Bell’s absence would leave the Jets with a committee backfield of Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery.

Jets HC Adam Gase said Friday morning that he's "unsure" if RB Le'Veon Bell will play against the Dolphins this weekend. Bell missed Thursday's practice with an illness and will be sidelined again on Friday. Players almost always play through illnesses -- but it's possible that Bell is dealing with something more serious. We'll get another update on his status this afternoon. His absence would leave the Jets with RBs Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery.

11:11am EST 11/17/19

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (ribs, knee, illness) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He’s obviously not at 100% but was never in danger of missing this one. He should play his usual high-volume role today.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (illness, ribs, knee) is expected to play today against Washington. He has been an inefficient producer for most of the season and might be hampered further by these issues, but you'll need to be pretty strong at RB to be able to sit Bell in season-long fantasy.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He's on the injury report with "ribs/knee/illness" -- so he's in rough shape. Bell is fully expected to play vs. Washington, though, and remains a volume-based fantasy starter.

11:11am EST 11/10/19

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle) is active for today’s game against the Giants. We haven’t heard anything about Bell being limited, so he remains a low-end RB1 in fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle) is expected to play against the Giants today. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Bell won't be at 100% today but remains a strong volume bet and a low-end RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 10 after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. HC Adam Gase said Friday that Bell "looks good" for this weekend's game against the Giants. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. Even at less than 100%, an active Bell remains a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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