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

Brad Evans
Yahoo! Fantasy Minute

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.

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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