Everyone who has drawn up Le & # 39; Veon Bell now has a big problem. After undoubtedly having made a very high choice, if not the first overall, at the declining Pittsburgh, its owners – like the Steelers themselves – have no idea when and if he will appear and play.
So the question becomes: what to do with Bell? I will make suggestions, but let us first repeat the situation quickly.
Because Steelers had not succeeded in concluding a long-term contract with Bell in the summer, he placed the franchise label on him for the second consecutive season, which means he would earn $ 14,544 million for a one-year deal. Apparently in order to keep it as healthy as possible next year, when Bell expects to make huge money in free agency work, he has maintained it, and now that his absence has expanded to the regular season, it costs him more than $ 850,000 each week.
It seems that Bell does not appear in week 2, and especially given that he does not mind being angry with his teammates, there is good reason to think he will not do so until week 11 when he has to report to eventually reach a free agency at the end of the season. It is not even out of the question that he will completely skip this season, in fact the Steelers daring to franchise him again at the same amount and to go through the same melodrama for another year.
Or, as some people think is likely, he might be back a few weeks in the first month, for example. So … yes, tons of insecurity, and that is before I came to the fact that backup RB James Conner looked great in week 1, with 192 total yards and two touchdowns on a huge, Bell-like workload.
It is clear that the Bell owners who also have Conner are in a solid position and do not have much to worry about, except perhaps the possibility of a timeshare if / when Bell returns. For the owners who do not have Conner, the best option is to find the owner of that player and work it out.
A look at the rest-of-the-season rankings at ESPN, CBS Sports and Fantasy Pros indicates that Bell is still widely regarded as a high-end RB2, while Conner is more in RB2 / 3 territory. So according to that logic, a Bel owner who tries to trade for Conner would have to give up less than if the situation were the other way round, but it would probably still be a hefty price, especially if the Bell owner is in heavy business. again is on the RB position.
In that case, the Conner owner would have to stick to at least one WR2 in return, or the equivalent, with someone like Allen Robinson to come in. (Sale Amari Cooper could kill even two birds with one stone, given the flagrant questions around the production of Raider). The Conner owner who is looking for a lock on the Steelers' backyard is expected to pay a nicer penny for Bell, at least in theory.
But personally, if I had Conner but not Bell, I would not be in a hurry to do anything. Or to say it in a different way, I would lower the Bell owner and be glad that I did not weaken my selection elsewhere. Conner is indeed well set up to offer fantastic value at a presumably low purchase value, so why not just enjoy the ride, no matter how long it takes?
In the same way, if I am the owner of the bell, I want to move it while still having that high-RB2 / low-RB1 cachet. That is because at the moment there is actually only one scenario in which holding on to him is worthwhile: he comes back quickly, immediately gets his usual workload and does well.
Aside from my suspicion that his hold-out might last well into November, let us remember the slow start Bell had had last year when he skipped training camp and appeared just before week 1. He placed only 7.7 points in week 1 (and uses PPR score) and 13.1 in Week 2 before 21.8 was scored in week 3 and then completely out of the way. That happened, of course, during Conner's smoking season, when he graduated from a Pitt University college career, interrupted by cancer treatments, and was used very lightly in his first season with the Steelers.
Now that Conner has played very well in pre-season and up to week 1 contests, it can be difficult for the Steelers to just shuffle him back to the bank when Bell returns, as happened with DeAngelo Williams in 2016. Just like the Steelers may be tempted to ride Bell as hard as they can before dropping into free broadcast – a scenario that he almost certainly tries to avoid with his endurance – Conner figures have at least earned a certain amount of use. Rewarding Conner's hard work would probably also play well in the locker room, a factor that Coach Mike Tomlin might well consider.
So it makes sense for Bell owners to, well, maybe it's too late to sell high, but it's not too late to get a good return for him and save something from an unattractive situation. (Full disclosure: I could say that because last year I was one of the people who had been signed by David Johnson and held him for far too long in the hope that he would eventually return from his wrist injury. .)
The first priority for most Bell owners (again, assuming they do not have Conner) should be to get an RB as good as possible in exchange for him, unless they are lucky to have an excellent depth in that position . I would start by seeing if I could chase away Kareem Hunt or Dalvin Cook, high-end RBs that might have disappointed their owners with their week-1 impressions. If it needs another asset, such as a WR3 or something similar, to make it happen, so be it as long as the grid depth is fixed there.
Further on in the list are the RB & # 39; s who are eligible for the account Alex Collins, Lamar Miller or one of the Freemans (Devonta and Royce). Alternatively, given the depth on WR, a relatively high-end player at that position might be in return.
The point is, that the scenarios in which Bell pays big are compensated by those in which he does not, and he could just be an albatross all season, or long enough to seriously compromise the expectations of the playoffs. to harm. Meanwhile, every week that passes without lowering its value, it makes sense that its owners are now limiting their losses.
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