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Posted: 11/16/2018 9:25am ET
Huddle Up: It's hard to take that leap right now, especially with the future of the Jets so murky, including the fates of the head coach and GM. Bell will be playing somewhere, though, after missing out on a pile of $$$ and a full season during the prime of his career.
Posted: 11/13/2018 9:45am ET
Huddle Up: Bell has until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to report or forego the rest of 2018 season, but he's still not expected to show, meaning a lost season for Bell's fantasy owners who weren't fortunate enough to pick up stud backup James Conner. Those rostering Conner and Bell, though, are better off if the latter stays away.
Posted: 11/10/2018 6:23pm ET
Huddle Up: If true, James Conner owners will no longer have to worry about Bell crashing the party. All Bell owners can do is wait until Tuesday and hope the reports turn out to be false.
Posted: 11/8/2018 9:03pm ET
Huddle Up: Speculation has been flying hot and heavy this week, but this is the team president talking, and though he stops short of explicitly saying Bell will report next week, he says more than once that he "expects" Bell to be there. As has been noted, Bell must report by Tuesday, Nov. 13, or he forfeits the 2018 season so all will be clear by then. In the off chance he's been discarded in your league, scoop him up post-haste.
Posted: 11/8/2018 5:34pm ET
Huddle Up: Another development in the Bell saga, and it could be one that points to the franchise running back's return. We'll find out by Tuesday, which is the deadline for Bell to sign a contract in order for him to be eligible to play this season.
Posted: 11/8/2018 8:41am ET
Huddle Up: What does this mean? Bell doesn't have to report at all, and he's likely to wind up a free agent after the season. The team is unlikely to tag him at that rate or transition tag him. It's still worth holding onto him, but the chances are high that he sits the entire season.
Posted: 11/6/2018 5:08pm ET
Huddle Up: If true, owners should be able to pretty much write off any chance of Bell returning to the team this season. The good news is this drama will come to a temporary end in exactly seven days, as Bell will be ineligible to play in 2018 if he does not report by then. It's unreasonable at this point for owners to expect any fantasy contributions from Bell, as James Conner has mostly thrived in his absence. Conner should be considered an elite RB1 until further notice.
Posted: 11/6/2018 9:43am ET
Huddle Up: This could turn into a nightmare scenario for those fantasy general managers who own both Bell and James Conner, who trails only Todd Gurley in RB fantasy points per game. If Bell reports this week, he could return to the field as soon as Week 11 and some sort of timeshare would likely ensue, sapping a portion of value for both backs and making for a less-than-ideal stretch run for fantasy owners.
Posted: 11/5/2018 11:31am ET
Huddle Up: The Steelers host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, so he wasn't going to be a realistic possibility to play in Week 10 anyway. Bell's owners are losing whatever little remaining fantasy trade value Bell's name carried, and it's looking more and more likely James Conner will finish the season out as the team's unquestioned feature back.
Posted: 10/31/2018 5:15am ET
Huddle Up: It doesn't look like he'll be suiting up this week, but things could change. James Conner has a rough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this week, but he remains a RB2.
Posted: 10/24/2018 6:19am ET
Huddle Up: He's not going to play this week, but he could surface after the trade deadline passes for Week 9.
Posted: 10/22/2018 2:44pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell may not report to the team until after the trade deadline next week, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. James Conner will continue to receive most of the work at running back and can be a No. 1 running back in all leagues this week.
Posted: 10/22/2018 9:35am ET
Huddle Up: It was reported last week Bell wants to wait to see if the trade deadline brings about any changes to his status before reporting. He needs to report within the next two weeks in order to get the accrued season he desires toward free agency or else his absence from the team to this point will have been for naught. James Conner should see one - if not two - more weeks of elite RB1 usage at the very least before owners will be forced to make other plans.
Posted: 10/22/2018 6:20am ET
Huddle Up: Bell would be an RB2 if he suits up against the Cleveland Browns this week.
Posted: 10/21/2018 8:43am ET
Huddle Up: It is becoming increasingly likely that if Bell does resume playing in Pittsburgh this season, he would form a two-headed rushing attack with James Conner, as opposed to becoming the lead back. Bell would be a RB2 in this scenario but should be considered a RB1 if the Steelers decide to trade him.
Posted: 10/15/2018 3:33pm ET
Huddle Up: James Conner will continue to be featured in Pittsburgh's backfield as long as Bell stays away. If you haven't traded Bell by now, the best you can do is keep him on your bench and hope he returns soon.
Posted: 10/15/2018 7:44am ET
Huddle Up: The team doesn't have to pay him during the bye, and he may not show up all week. When/if he reports, it's very likely he's going to be part of a two-headed attack at running back, which could push him to RB2 status.
Posted: 10/15/2018 5:13am ET
Huddle Up: Bell is the gift that keeps on giving his fantasy owners this season since he could be an RB2 when he finally returns.
Posted: 10/14/2018 7:49am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's fantasy owners should continue to remain patient, since he is an unquestioned RB1 in all formats. However, it may take him a week or two to shake off the rust once he returns, since he did not have the benefit of going through training camp or preseason games in order to get into game shape. James Conner should be viewed as a solid RB2 option for as long as Bell is out of action.
Posted: 10/8/2018 4:43pm ET
Huddle Up: The Eagles have lost Jay Ajayi for the season, so they probably will go with a committee at running back with Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Josh Adams all candidates to see playing time. Clement and Smallwood probably have the most fantasy value out of the group and could be flex options for owners. Bell is expected to join the Steelers during their bye week and can be a No. 1 running back.
Posted: 10/7/2018 9:15am ET
Huddle Up: Bell reportedly will be joining the team during their Week 7 bye, but nothing is official at this point. He may be a bit rusty in his first few games but can still be a weekly starting option in all leagues even if he is traded.
Posted: 10/2/2018 10:05am ET
Huddle Up: It's been a rough ride so far for fantasy general managers who spent a top-five pick on Bell, but more patience will be required as more twists and turns are likely in this reality show-like saga.
Posted: 10/2/2018 9:53am ET
Huddle Up: Bell's reported return date is still a few weeks away, and much could still change in the meantime. His fantasy owners will have to maintain their patience, but at least there is now a rough timetable/light at the end of the tunnel.
Posted: 10/1/2018 3:52pm ET
Huddle Up: The holdout has to end at some point. He clearly wants to go into 2019 free agency healthy and with less wear and tear than in previous years. As for James Conner, his fantasy value will all but evaporate upon Bell's return. It would behoove fantasy owners to sell high on Conner in the coming weeks.
Posted: 9/30/2018 9:39am ET
Huddle Up: Matt Breida has played well as the starting running back for the 49ers and should continue to have that role moving forward. He is a solid No. 2 back in all leagues. Bell will be a No. 1 fantasy running back when he returns to the field.
Posted: 9/30/2018 9:38am ET
Huddle Up: The Eagles have been using multiple running backs this season, so they could pursue a trade for Bell over the next few weeks. Bell is a No. 1 running back when he is playing, so owners should hold onto him while he is holding out.
Posted: 9/24/2018 12:15pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell would make for an interesting fit in the Jets' backfield alongside Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell. We'll pay more attention to that fit if this move ever comes to fruition. For now, Bell, as much as it hurts, must remain on fantasy benches.
Posted: 9/23/2018 9:58am ET
Huddle Up: With enough other drama to deal with -- not to mention a disappointing 0-1-1 start -- the Steelers are no doubt tiring of the Bell stalemate, and the allure of getting something for the pending free agent has to sound better by the week. Bell's fantasy owners, meanwhile, should be open to any deal after being without the elite RB for the first three weeks.
Posted: 9/12/2018 5:41am ET
Huddle Up: It's not a good sign for Bell's Week 2 potential, and James Conner owners can start planning for another week with him in the lineup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Posted: 9/11/2018 12:02pm ET
Huddle Up: Another week of watching and waiting is at hand for Bell's fantasy owners, and the next key date will be Wednesday when the Steelers begin on-field practices for Week 2. Hopefully, in the meantime, Bell owners have been able to procure the services of James Conner, who had himself an RB1 outing in Week 1.
Posted: 9/9/2018 7:37am ET
Huddle Up: James Conner will receive the bulk of the playing time in Bell's absence and should be viewed as a short-term RB1, with Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley also expected to see a few touches. Bell should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats once he returns.
Posted: 9/8/2018 12:45pm ET
Huddle Up: The two sides are dug in and this could potentially last a while, as not many expected Bell to miss any regular season games. Fantasy owners who took Bell early in the first round are sweating, particularly if Todd Gurley or David Johnson end up going off in the opener. James Conner will assume the starting tailback duties until further notice.
Posted: 9/6/2018 5:15am ET
Huddle Up: It's saying something when your offensive line speaks publicly about their disdain of your absence. Team chemistry is something to watch this year. Thursday might be a big day in determining whether you can put him in your Week 1 lineup. He's a must-start every week he's active.
Posted: 9/5/2018 6:04am ET
Huddle Up: His Week 1 status is getting a little dicey. A contingency plan will need to be in place in case they deactivate the elite RB1 for the opener.
Posted: 9/4/2018 6:00pm ET
Huddle Up: It's well past the time for owners to feign indifference regarding Bell's refusal to join the team. Not even the team knows what he's going to report, so owners are basically clinging onto the hope Bell doesn't want to miss game checks. Even if he does report Wednesday, there's no guarantee the Steelers will give him a full workload until at least Week 3. Bell owners need to find a way to minimize the damage his absence is creating, while Conner owners should likely have a short-term RB1 on their hands.
Posted: 9/3/2018 7:57am ET
Huddle Up: Bell is still a top-three commodity in fantasy, and it's a little early to worry about his status for Week 1.
Posted: 8/28/2018 1:47pm ET
Huddle Up: Whether or not Bell actually reports on Monday remains to be seen, but it would certainly make sense for him to do so on the first weekday before the season commences. The mercurial Bell is an elite talent when healthy and is poised to compete for the top fantasy player status again.
Posted: 7/17/2018 10:29am ET
Huddle Up: This would be the expected outcome since Bell did the same thing last season. Although owners do not want to hear it, Bell is perhaps the riskiest player going in the early first round of drafts this spring and summer. Not only could he change his mind at any time and choose not to report until midseason, but he is entering this season with a new coordinator and coming off a 400-touch season. Missing camp just heightens his risk for injury.
Posted: 7/16/2018 1:00pm ET
Huddle Up: Whether or not Bell holds out into the regular season remains to be seen, but it's unlikely that he would choose to forfeit millions of dollars by doing so. Assuming he does not hold out, he arguably remains the No. 1 fantasy football target.
Posted: 7/16/2018 5:24am ET
Huddle Up: Nothing changes from a fantasy perspective if a deal doesn't get done. Bell remains an elite RB1 in fantasy.
Posted: 7/15/2018 11:04am ET
Huddle Up: Both sides have expressed optimism in recent days, but unless the Steelers are willing to reset the market - and then some - for running backs, it seems unlikely there will be an agreement reached in just over 24 hours. As dynamic as Bell is, it doesn't make a ton of sense to give him the megadeal he desires as he comes off a 400-plus touch season. Based on the recent history of running backs coming off such high-usage seasons, Bell is a prime candidate to disappoint owners in 2018.
Posted: 7/14/2018 12:21pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell is facing the deadline for the second straight year, so owners should monitor the situation to see if he will receive a new deal. He likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if he has to play on the franchise tender. Bell is still one of the top performers in fantasy football and will be a top five pick in all drafts.
Posted: 7/9/2018 1:13pm ET
Huddle Up: It's another offseason with more drama from the Steelers and Bell. Don't be surprised to see him hold out from training camp. For now, he maintains his status as a top-three fantasy draft pick.
Posted: 7/7/2018 9:11am ET
Huddle Up: Bell has said the two sides are closer to an agreement, but the two sides have been negotiating for the last two years. Bell probably would report right before the start of the regular season if he does not receive a long-term deal. He is one of the top players in fantasy and will be a first-round pick in all leagues.
Posted: 6/26/2018 5:09am ET
Huddle Up: Bell is an elite RB1 in fantasy, but he's no longer alone at the top of the mountain. The emergence of guys like Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt and others make the older, more volatile Bell less of a slam dunk. Regardless, it's unlikely he slips out of the first round of drafts.
Posted: 6/14/2018 1:07pm ET
Huddle Up: Bell and the Steelers have about a month to work on a long-term deal before the July deadline. He probably will skip most of training camp like last season if he does not receive a new deal. He will be a No. 1 fantasy running back in all leagues if he plays all 16 games this season.
Posted: 5/24/2018 6:03pm ET
Huddle Up: It's hard to blame Bell after he posted yet another monstrous campaign last season, registering a career-best nine rushing touchdowns to go with 1,291 yards on the ground via 321 rush attempts. He also accumulated 655 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air on a career-high 85 receptions. Bell is a no-brainer early first-round pick in fantasy drafts, as usual.
Posted: 5/21/2018 10:15am ET
Huddle Up: Bell likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the July 16 deadline. He is one of the best options in fantasy football and will be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Posted: 4/23/2018 10:22am ET
Huddle Up: The two sides have until the middle of July to reach a long-term agreement, so owners should monitor the situation. Bell likely would sit out until the start of the regular season if he does not get a new contract. He is one of the best option in fantasy leagues and should be a top five pick in all leagues as long as he is playing.
Posted: 4/18/2018 1:07pm ET
Huddle Up: No surprise here. Bell wants a long-term contract and Pittsburgh's focus is elsewhere right now. Time will tell how long Bell will hold out from Steelers activities, but he's arguably the No. 1 fantasy pick when he returns.
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