Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 8 Days2 Comments
Bell had 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 18 yards on four targets, in Monday's 27-24 win over the Titans.
With Ben Roethlisberger struggling for a second straight game, Bell put the Pittsburgh offense on his back, consistently ripping off gains of five or more yards. His longest run went for a modest 27 yards, making the 200-yard outing all the more impressive. Though he never broke off the huge run that often punctuates such a performance, Bell showed plenty of explosiveness during Monday's game, repeatedly making the first defender miss. He was consistently excellent throughout the entire contest, and relied a bit more on his power in the final quarter. Bell did lose a four-game streak with five or more receptions, but that's to be expected when you get 33 carries. More important, he scored his first rushing touchdown since Week 1, giving him four total touchdowns on the season. As the Steelers head into a Week 12 bye, Bell is firmly established as one of the top running backs in terms of both fantasy and real-life value. He gets another favorable matchup in Week 13, with the Steelers facing the Saints in Pittsburgh.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 16 Days1 Comment
Bell had 11 carries for 36 yards and eight catches for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Bell is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry over Pittsburgh's last two games and has been held under 60 rushing yards in three of the last four weeks. Fortunately, his proficiency as a pass-catcher continues to give him value, especially in PPR formats (6.8 catches per game over his last four). He'll break out of this rut sooner rather than later, possibly next week against the Titans.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 23 Days
Bell had just 20 yards on 10 carries in Sunday's 43-23 win over the Ravens, but he caught five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown on six targets.
The Steelers used LeGarrette Blount a bit more than in recent weeks, but the team never got anything moving on the ground, with the veteran adding just 23 yards on 10 carries. Though he had no gains longer than 12 yards and was held under 100 scrimmage yards for the first time this season, Bell was very effective as a receiver, as he repeatedly got the best of standout rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley. Next week's matchup against the Jets will also heavily favor the red-hot Pittsburgh aerial attack over the running game, but Bell is a good bet to find the end zone, and he'll still get his share of touches.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month1 Comment
Bell had another productive game in Sunday's 51-34 win over Indianapolis, rushing for 92 yards on 24 carries, while also catching six passes (on seven targets) for 56 yards.
It's disappointing for Bell owners to not get a touchdown in a 51-point performance, but Ben Roethlisberger had a career game, throwing for an amazing 522 yards and six touchdowns. Bell was shaken up at one point in the first half, but didn't miss much action, posting his eight straight game of 100 or more yards from scrimmage. LeGarrette Blount fumbled near the goal line in the second half, so perhaps coach Mike Tomlin will give Bell more opportunities deep in the red zone moving forward. His matchup next week isn't totally ideal though, as he'll face a solid Ravens' defense.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month
Bell had eight receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, along with 12 carries for 57 yards in Monday's 30-23 win over the Texans.
Bell found the end zone for the first time since Week 1, catching a two-yard pass that capped off the Steelers' 24-0 run in the final 3:08 of the first half. He did most of his damage in that second quarter, highlighted by a 43-yard catch-and-run that sparked the unusual rally after a terrible first few drives. The only discouraging aspect of the performance was Bell's lack of touches in the second half, as the Steelers kept throwing the ball, while LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer finished with a combined nine carries for 16 yards. Bell still managed to record 21 touches, topping 20 for a sixth time in seven games. He also has 938 scrimmage yards, second in the NFL to only DeMarco Murray's 1,072. There should be plenty more touchdowns to come, though Bell draws tough matchups against the hot Indianapolis and Baltimore defenses the next two weeks.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 Month8 Comments
Bell had 18 carries for 82 rushing yards and four catches on six targets for 23 receiving yards Sunday against the Browns.
Bell has now reached 100 total yards in all six games this season, however, he has not scored a touchdown since Week 1. There's no question that he leads the Steelers' backfield, but fantasy owners continue to clamor for that second score. Up next is a Week 7 matchup against a Texans' defense giving up over 125 rushing yards per game, though they've only allowed four rushing scores all season.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 2 Months
Bell had 15 carries for 82 rushing yards and five catches on six targets for 36 receiving yards Sunday against the Jaguars.
Bell has now gone four straight games without a touchdown, though he's finished with more than 100 total yards in each game. Backup LeGarrette Blount ran eight times for 29 yards, but Bell continues to get a majority of the touches and that doesn't figure to change in Week 6 against the Browns, the team Bell faced the last time he scored.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 2 Months
Bell had 19 carries for 62 rushing yards and six catches on seven targets for 46 receiving yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Bell has eclipsed 100 total yards in every game this season, though he has failed to score a touchdown since Week 1 against the Browns. Backup LeGarrette Blount finished with only four carries for 25 yards, so it's clear that Bell continues to dominate the touches out of the backfield. Up next is a Week 5 matchup against a Jaguars defense that is 27th against the run and 32nd against the pass this season.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 2 Months1 Comment
Bell had 147 yards on 21 carries and 10 yards on two receptions in Sunday's 37-19 win over the Steelers.
LeGarrette Blount had 10 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown, but eight of those carries and the score came on the final two drives of the game. Bell once again dominated the workload while exhibiting his improved vision and elusiveness, with his night highlighted by an 81-yard scamper in the third quarter. After a strong performance against the excellent Carolina run defense, Bell looks like one of the top running back options in all formats. He's averaging 22 touches and 153.7 scrimmage yards per game, heading into what should be a decent Week 4 matchup against a Bucs team that may not have MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) or star DT Gerald McCoy (hand).
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Bell carried 11 times for 59 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards Thursday's 26-6 loss to the Ravens.
Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount carried just three times for eight yards in the contest, with Bell the clear-cut top option in the Steelers' backfield until further notice.