Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Bell
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After Bell sat out the 2017 preseason in a contract dispute, it looked like the same scenario would come to pass last year between him and the Steelers. But when the team had no interest in meeting Bell's price on a long-term contract and the running back had no interest in risking his health with another 400-touch season without job security, his preseason holdout became a season-long impasse. Bell signed a four-year deal with the Jets on the first day of free agency and now heads into 2019 as a bit of a mystery. Elite athletes have returned from long layoffs without missing a beat (Adrian Petersonâ's MVP 2012 campaign comes to mind) but the change in offense around Bell could be a bigger problem than any rust. Sam Darnold shows promise but is no Ben Roethlisberger (at least not yet), and there's no Antonio Brown in the receiving corps. The Jets offensive line doesn't inspire much confidence, nor does an offseason report about coach Adam Gase opposing the decision to spend big money on a running back. Regardless, Bell doesn't have much competition in the backfield, and his receiving skills along with all-world patience and vision will serve him well in any system. Just don't expect him to challenge for 2,000 scrimmage yards again. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March of 2019.
Good to go for Week 15
RBNew York Jets
December 11, 2019
Bell (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Ravens, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Jets listed Bell as a full practice participant Monday through Wednesday, which confirms that he's moved past the illness that kept him out of action in the Week 14 win over the Dolphins. He'll be needed plenty Thursday, as top backup Bilal Powell (ankle/illness) has already been ruled out and No. 3 option Ty Montgomery (foot/hip) is listed as questionable.
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How do Le'Veon Bell's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
8.7%
 
Positive Run %
80.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
73.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
1.6%
 
Touches Per Game
19.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
1.0%
 
% Team Targets
16.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.9%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.0
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
62.8
 
Cornerbacks
62.1
 
Safeties
46.1
 
Linebackers
93.8
 
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2019 Le'Veon Bell Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Le'Veon Bell's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.24 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.75 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Le'Veon Bell
Thursday Night Football DFS Breakdown: Jets vs. Ravens
Yesterday
Lamar Jackson is incredibly expensive on both DraftKings and FanDuel for Thursday night's game against the Jets, but RotoWire's Andrew Laird still expects the Ravens' signal caller to be highly owned.
IDP Analysis: Week 15 Matchups
Yesterday
Against an overmatched Atlanta team, the 49ers should be playing with a lead, offering their already great pass rushers, including Nick Bosa, great opportunities for a big day.
NFL Injury Analysis: The All-Turf Burn Edition
Yesterday
With the fantasy playoffs in full swing, Jeff Stotts breaks down key injuries in this all-Turf Burn format, including Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans, who’s out with a hamstring strain.
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 15 Pickups
2 days ago
Kevin Payne analyzes the top waiver-wire additions for the week, as Breshad Perriman leads a pack of backups who could have bigger roles thanks to injuries to teammates.
Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 14 Recap
2 days ago
Jerry Donabedian sorts through the mess of an injury-plagued Week 14, highlighting Raheem Mostert as the big winner of the weekend.
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A contract dispute caused Bell to sit out the entire preseason last year, and the missed reps seemed to have an impact on his performance. He collected 100 scrimmage yards only once in his first five games, and while the year-end totals were up to his usual standards, the efficiency (4.0 YPC) wasn't. The Steelers rode him as hard as they could for 16 weeks, and the 26-year-old ended up leading the league with 406 touches, posting career highs in both catches and carries. The history of backs who get that kind of workload isn't encouraging - the last running back to top 400 touches was DeMarco Murray in 2014, and while there were extenuating circumstances, his follow-up campaign was brutal. Bell has made a habit of defying the odds, though, and his unique skill set - highlighted by preternatural vision, patience and anticipation when it comes to finding holes - allows him to avoid the punishment that would typically accompany a 400-touch campaign. Another huge workload seems inevitable in what could be his final season in Pittsburgh, and if Bell can avoid breaking down under the strain, he should once again be among the most productive backs in the league. He'll play under the franchise tag for a second straight year, likely reporting to the Steelers at the end of the preseason, just as he did in 2017.
Heading into his fifth NFL season, Bell has established himself as arguably the most dangerous and productive all-around running back in the league. He's delivered at least 100 scrimmage yards in an amazing 28 of 34 regular-season games over the last three years, and in 2016 he overcame a three-game suspension (and Week 17 absence) to finish second among RBs in targets, receptions and receiving yards and fifth in rushing yards while leading the NFL in total yards after contact. Unfortunately, the most important number in that list might be the '34', as Bell has missed 14 games over those three seasons due to various injuries and suspensions. Last year ended with another injury sustained in a playoff loss to the Patriots, and he underwent core muscle surgery in the offseason, but he's expected to be healthy by Week 1. Whether he can stay that way is another question. The Steelers certainly seem prepared to give him another big workload, heading into camp with only third-round pick James Conner, former Chiefs backup Knile Davis, and special teams ace Fitzgerald Toussaint behind Bell on the depth chart, but despite a combination of elite vision, patience and elusiveness that allows him to avoid plenty of contact, his questionable durability is still a major drawback.
There's no question about Bell's ability— he was the top RB in fantasy two years ago, and the No.4 back in per-game PPR scoring last year. But how many Bell games are you paying for? Where is his body at after tearing his MCL in the eighth week of the 2015 season? As training camp approached, Bell was whistling a happy tune, saying he would be 100 percent for the start of training camp (he's also been playing pick-up basketball; we suppose that's an encouraging sign). That's what virtually every player is conditioned to say, be it from overconfidence, their superhero histories, or wanting to protect their turf and livelihood. Alas, regardless of his health, it's been reported that the running back is facing a four-game ban to start the season. Bell has said he doesn't expect to miss any time, but that notion seems overly optimistic at this point. Beyond that, we'd love to see Bell at full speed, because at his best he's the most talented back in the NFL today. He offers a terrific blend of speed and power; probably the best sense of patience and timing at the position; and the ability to play on all downs and packages. When the Steelers have their Triplets of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Bell on the field, it's probably the league's best offense, with no proper way to defend. Your summer assignment is to watch Bell like a bloodhound, monitor his every move. With that in mind, once again, DeAngelo Williams represents a valuable insurance policy for Bell.
Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of his rookie campaign with a foot injury. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, Bell's power, vision and patience are complemented by surprising agility for his size (6-1, 244), allowing him to slip tackles nearly as often as he simply runs through them. His breakout performance was boosted by an excellent run-blocking offensive line that was one of the league's best at denying penetration, ensuring Bell had time to find holes as they developed. He also showed dramatic improvement as a receiver, finishing second on the team to Antonio Brown with 105 targets. And despite the Steelers' penchant for passing in the red zone — they were fourth in the league in red-zone pass percentage (61.7) — Bell scored nine of his 11 touchdowns in the red zone, including three receiving touchdowns on 13 targets (T-1st among RB). Bell is suspended for the first two games because of a substance abuse policy violation, but otherwise is well-positioned for another big year.
Bell missed last season's first three games with a foot injury, but gained the lion's share of the Steelers' rushing duties upon his return and ended up staying healthy while averaging nearly 100 total yards per game in his rookie year despite a meager 3.5 YPC. Though he's slow for a running back (just a 4.60 40 time), he's an effective receiver and goal-line back, and should benefit from the Pittsburgh offensive unit getting healthy over the offseason. Though he should be tough to bring down at 6-1, 244, Bell broke only 21 tackles last year, and he'll have to show either more elusiveness or more tackle-breaking ability to hold off import LeGarrette Blount and super-fast draft pick Dri Archer. It's disturbing for Bell that Blount – signed to a two-year-deal – is a very similar kind of back at almost the same size and speed. Worse, Bell only outrushed Blount by 88 yards and one touchdown last year despite rushing 91 more times. Still, Bell has an edge through the air – he averaged a very fine 8.9 yards per reception, though a higher catch rate than last year's 68.2 percent certainly couldn't hurt – and is the incumbent here. Bell will likely take the majority of the carries for the Steelers this year, and it's not unreasonable to expect him to build on the improvement he showed in last season's final five games.
With the 48th pick in this year's draft, the Steelers seemingly drafted Bell to be their starter this season. Gone is Rashard Mendenhall, and Jonathan Dwyer – last year’s leading rusher – and Isaac Redman aren't likely to hold off the rookie who rushed for 1,793 yards at Michigan State last season. Behind an offensive line that features Mike Pouncey and 2012 first-round pick David DeCastro, Bell should find good running room. At 6-2, 237, Bell isn't fast (4.6 40 at the combine), but he has good field vision, nimble feet and powerful legs to push the pile. Moreover, he comes from a program that ran a pro-style offense, which offensive coordinator Todd Haley speculates should make Bell's transition to Pittsburgh's offense easier. LaRod Stephens-Howling will complete for a third-down role, but Bell is expected to stay on the field on passing downs as he's a good blocker and has soft hands (78 career receptions in college). All of which puts Bell in an excellent position to produce as a rookie once he is able to return from a foot injury that will hold him out of action early in the season.
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Practices in full Monday
RBNew York Jets
December 9, 2019
Bell (illness) was listed as a full participant on Monday's practice estimate.
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Expected back Thursday
RBNew York Jets
Illness
December 9, 2019
Bell (illness) is close to 100 percent and expected to play Thursday night against the Ravens, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
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Not playing Sunday
RBNew York Jets
Illness
December 7, 2019
Bell (illness) was downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
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Officially questionable for Sunday
RBNew York Jets
Illness
December 6, 2019
Bell (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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Not practicing Friday
RBNew York Jets
Illness
December 6, 2019
Bell (illness) won't practice Friday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
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