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Le’Veon Bell Is Not a Top-5 RB with the Jets

Dave Caban explains why Le’Veon Bell will not be a top-five fantasy running back in his first season with the New York Jets. After holding out for the entirety of the 2018 season, Le’Veon Bell found a home in New York on Wednesday. The Jets signed the former Steeler to a four-year $52.5 million contract, with $35 million guaranteed. While fantasy gamers hoped that Bell would wind up in a more exciting offense, he may have enough talent to remain a prolific fantasy contributor. Of course, Bell hasn’t taken an NFL snap since January of 2017, will be playing alongside a second-year quarterback, and will need Adam Gase to steady the Jet’s offense. Given this uncertainty, it’s unsurprising that the fantasy community is split on Bell’s 2019 prospects. In this post, I’ll argue that Bell should not be viewed as a top-five running back heading into the 2019 season. In a complementary piece, Devin McIntyre will outline why I’m wrong. To add context to our discussion, the RB5 has averaged 283 PPR points on 267 rushes and 72 targets over the last five seasons. We’ll use these numbers to guide our evaluations.

Prior Production

In Bell’s five-year career, he’s played in 62 NFL games. In these contests, he averaged 4.3 yards per attempt, 20 carries, six and a half targets, and 0.67 touchdowns.

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By Dave Caban | @DaveCabanFF | Archive