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The Lowdown: Le’Veon Bell, Stevan Ridley, and Calvin Johnson

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Le’Veon Bell

The Twitterverse exploded Wednesday night as word spread around that Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Bount were both arrested with possession of marijuana.

Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were both in a car pulled over by police on Wednesday and are expected to be charged with possession of marijuana after 20 grams of it were found in the vehicle, but only Bell is also facing potential DUI charges since he was behind the wheel.

The Steelers have not yet made a comment regarding the situation.

“We are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

I wouldn’t read too much into this other than they may face a small suspension according to various reports.

If they were to face a minor suspension, we would probably get a better look at rookie Dri Archer, whom they drafted last May. I would still be comfortable drafting Bell this year. Even more so if the looming suspension drops his ADP.

Stevan Ridley

Everyone who plays fantasy football knows that Stevan Ridley has issues holding on to the ball. Ridley knows he needs to work on that aspect of his game.

“It’s too close to call (whether it was a fumble). Either way I need to avoid those plays in general,” he said. “There’s nothing really else to be said about it . . . I hated it and it was a sick feeling for a second. We looked at the play, and it is what it is, but either way, one out is too many. I’m not going to harp on that, I’m going to learn from it.”

According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Ridley is sitting with an ADP at 6.11, which about the 30th RB off the board. I would be comfortable with Ridley as my Flex and maybe my No. 2 back. Ridley fumbled three times last year, and four in 2012. However, in 2012 he still rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 TDs. He’s a workhorse when he can stay on the field. Gambling on Ridley could pay great dividends, but it doesn’t come without the risk. For more insight on navigating the Patriots backfield, take a look here.

Calvin Johnson

With the departure of Scott Linehan, the Lions offense is now under a new regime, with Joe Lombardi as the new offensive coordinator. Just as we’re curious as to how Calvin Johnson will be used, Johnson is just as curious.

“I’m as curious as anybody else,” Johnson said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But one thing that’s not going to change is the way we go out there and work. We’re still going to go out there and bust our butts. No matter what Coach calls, however we fit into the plan, we just want to win at this point.”

Reports are that Lombardi wants to move Johnson around in the offense. Johnson received almost the unanimous No. 1 ranking in our composite WR ranks. James Todd forecasts how the new Lion’s offense could impact Johnson, while Jacob Rickrode explains why he’s drafting Demaryius Thomas over Johnson this year.

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