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Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell could return by Week 2, but is he worth the risk?

Once left for dead, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell is proving to be a cat with nine lives. On Labor Day, the rusher announced on Twitter he could return to action Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, though no guarantees were made. Shocking.

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It’s a remarkable possibility considering just a couple weeks ago many thought Bell was destined to miss at least 6-8 weeks to heal what many believed was a Lisfranc injury. In actuality, however, it appears he suffered a relatively mild mid-foot sprain Week 2 of the preseason.

Once 100-percent, Bell is a viable RB2 in 12-team formats. The second-round pick is a do-it-all back. He’s gritty between the tackles, excellent in pass protection and a useful receiver out of the backfield. Most importantly for fantasy purposes, he’s extremely difficult to bring down. Last year at Michigan State, he racked 51-percent of his yards after contact, tops among all FBS rushers. Yes, Pittsburgh’s offensive line is a work in progress, but it would be no surprise if he logged 18-20 touches per game once activated. If you’ve yet to draft, reach for him as early as Rounds 7 or 8 in 12-teamers.

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