When fantasy owners plug Bell into their fantasy lineups, rarely are they left feeling unsatisfied. In his five seasons with the Steelers, heís averaged a robust 16.9 fantasy points per game. Bell ranked second in RB fantasy scoring last season behind Todd Gurley, and he was fourth in 2016, despite playing only 12 games. Over 62 career regular-season games, Bell has averaged 129.0 yards from scrimmage. An exceptional pass catcher, Bell has averaged 5.0 receptions a game over his career and has piled up 160 receptions over the last two years. Volume is king in fantasy football, and Bell has shouldered an enormous workload for Pittsburgh. His 406 touches last season were the most since DeMarco Murrayís 449 touches in 2014. For his career, the indefatigable Bell has averaged 24.9 touches a game. The Steelers have a strong offensive line and are committed to their running game, yet with QB Ben Roethlisberger and WRs Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on hand, opponents canít afford to sell out in an effort to stymie Bell.
The heavy-touch volume is more of a positive than a negative, but it increases the risk of injury. With the Steelers putting the franchise tag on Bell for a second consecutive season, heís expected to sit out for much of training camp, which could affect his preparedness. (Bell missed a chunk of training camp last year and didnít hit 100 yards from scrimmage in a game until Week Four.) Bell has posted respectable TD totals, but his single-season high is 11, and his TD output has always lagged behind his yardage output. After averaging 4.9 yards per carry in 2015 and 2016, he slipped to 4.0 yards per carry last year.
A well-established fantasy superstar, Bell figures to be either the first or second pick off the board in most redraft leagues.