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LeVeon Bell

LeVeon Bell

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 5
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 230 lb.
College:Michigan State
Born:February 18, 1992
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (48)
Draft Team:PIT

LeVeon Bell: Takes back seat to Williams

Bell rushed twice for six yards and failed to catch either of his targets in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round.

Analysis: Bell was a non-factor while Darrel Williams gained 94 yards on 17 touches in Clyde Edwards-Helaire's (knee) absence. Even if Edwards-Helaire is unable to return for next week's AFC Championship game against the Bills, Bell's unlikely to make much of an impact given his lack of usage in this one.

January 17, 2021 4:43 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Set to lead backfield

Bell is expected to lead the Chiefs backfield Sunday against the Browns with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) inactive, Matt McCullen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was absent in three different games this season -- Weeks 13, 16 and 17 -- giving Bell a chance to be the main running back. While Bell didn't get any run in the regular-season finale, he earned 21 touches in the other two contests en route to 94 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns. There's a chance he yields touches to Darrel Williams and perhaps even Darwin Thompson, but Bell is the most noteworthy option at RB for the Chiefs.

January 17, 2021 10:55 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Ready for divisional round

Bell does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's AFC divisional-round matchup against the Browns.

Analysis: Bell was listed on Kansas City's injury report all week due to a knee issue, but he logged a trio of unrestricted practice sessions. Meanwhile, top running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) has missed back-to-back practices and is officially listed as questionable. If Edwards-Helaire is unable to go versus the Browns, Bell and Darrel Williams will stand to handle the top roles in Kansas City's backfield.

January 15, 2021 12:25 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: No action in regular-season finale

Bell did not appear in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Chargers.

Analysis: While Bell didn't take any snaps, he was in uniform for the contest and available if needed. Instead, it was Darwin Thompson who handled most of the backfield work, with Darrel Williams also factoring in for a few snaps. Bell's role should increase again in the playoffs, but just how much will likely hinge on the health of Clyde Edwards-Helaire following the bye week. If Edwards-Helaire can suit up, Bell would be looking at, at best, a timeshare.

January 6, 2021 8:40 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: In uniform Sunday

Bell (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: That said, with Kansas City having clinched a first-round playoff bye, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Bell seems unlikely to see much action Sunday, as the team can afford to rest a number of key players and those with nagging injuries. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) inactive, Rapoport believes that Darwin Thompson is in line to see the bulk the team's carries in Week 17, with Darrel Williams also on hand.

January 3, 2021 12:07 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Expected to be available Sunday

Bell (knee) is expected to suit up Sunday against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: However, with Kansas City having clinched the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed, Rapoport adds that if Bell does play in Sunday's 4:25 ET game, "it'll be very little." With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) already ruled out, the report suggests that Darwin Thompson is slated to get the bulk of Kansas City's carries in Week 17.

January 3, 2021 4:51 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Deemed questionable for Week 17

The Chiefs list Bell (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Withheld from the Chiefs' first two Week 17 practices due to his right knee injury, Bell returned to the field in limited capacity Friday to keep himself in consideration to play in the regular-season finale. Since the Chiefs have already locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed, head coach Andy Reid has already said that several key players will be rested this weekend. Regarding Bell, Nate Taylor of The Athletic notes that Reid was unwilling to say how much the veteran running back might play if active Sunday, so depth options Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson should be factors out of the backfield to at least some extent. Kansas City will be without top back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has been ruled out for a second straight game while he battles a high-ankle sprain and a hip strain.

January 1, 2021 12:24 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Misses another practice

Bell (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) also didn't practice and it's possible that neither back suits up Sunday against the Chargers, with Kansas City having clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round playoff bye. Next up for carries if that happens would be Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson, with Elijah McGuire a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad.

December 31, 2020 11:50 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Tending to knee issue

Bell (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Bell split Kansas City's backfield work fairly evenly with Darrel Williams during last weekend's win over the Falcons, and he appears to have picked up a knee issue in the process. The Chiefs have already secured the AFC's No. 1 seed, so if there are even minor concerns about Bell's health it seems probable that he'll be held out of the regular-season finale.

December 30, 2020 11:34 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: No bell-cow role sans CEH

Bell registered 30 yards on seven carries, catching one of three targets for nine yards during Sunday's 17-14 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Darrel Williams' 10 carries represented a team high, as the Chiefs deployed a pass-heavy script consisting of 45 attempts. The two-time All-Pro Bell seemed poised to assume the lead role with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) ruled out, but Week 16 yielded yet another pedestrian output. Looking ahead to the Chiefs' regular-season finale against the Chargers, Bell's workload seems challenging to predict with Edwards-Helaire expected to sit. Kansas City may want to get the 28-year-old involved to gain a better gauge on his potential postseason utility. Then again, coach Andy Reid may elect to keep Bell fresh heading into the Chiefs' first-round bye.

December 27, 2020 3:52 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Ready for bigger workload

Bell is poised for a larger workload Sunday against the Falcons with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) officially out, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After Edwards-Helaire sustained a high left ankle sprain and strained left hip this past Sunday versus the Saints, he wasn't expected to be able to play again until at least the postseason. Still, coach Andy Reid didn't rule Edwards-Helaire out until Friday. With the decision now set in stone, Bell will be Kansas City's primary running back Week 16, with Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson on hand for any reps that linger. On the season, Bell has averaged 4.0 yards per carry, hauled in 15 of 17 targets and scored two touchdowns on his 90 touches.

December 25, 2020 1:42 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Headed for increased role

Bell figures to see more work over the final two weeks of the regular season following the news that Clyde-Edwards Helaire has suffered a high-ankle sprain and isn't expected back until the playoffs, per ESPN.

Analysis: Bell was on track for his biggest output since joining the Chiefs on Sunday even before Edwards-Helaire's injury late, allowing Bell to compile 15 carriers for 62 yards and a score and another catch for 14 more yards. He still only logged 32 percent of the snaps against the Saints, a mark that figures to skyrocket over the final two weeks of the regular season. Bell is likely owned in the majority of leagues but is worthy of a waiver add for Championship Week where available as he prepares to presumably handle the top role in a high-powered offense.

December 22, 2020 8:56 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Scores first TD in win over Saints

Bell carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 14 yards in Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints.

Analysis: His 12-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter gave Bell his first TD of the season. The veteran back could take over the lead role in Week 16 after Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hip/leg injury in this one, setting Bell up for a potentially productive game against a Falcons defense that just surrendered two rushing touchdowns to Leonard Fournette.

December 20, 2020 7:22 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Returns to backup role

Bell rushed twice for 21 yards and reeled in two of his three targets for another 14 yards Sunday versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: After handling the starting duties last week with Clyde Edwards-Helaire feeling under the weather, Bell resumed his backup duties in Week 14, appearing on a season-low 18 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps. The veteran back made the most of his time on the field, producing 35 yards on just four touches and 11 snaps, but he's unlikely to hold a ton of fantasy value when Edwards-Helaire is part of the equation.

December 15, 2020 8:30 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Thrust into starting role

Bell led Kansas City's backfield with 11 carries for 40 yards and two receptions (three targets) for 15 yards in Sunday's 22-16 win over Denver.

Analysis: Usual starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire came down with a stomach bug late in the week, but was listed as active prior to kickoff Sunday. That move appeared to be a strategic one, as the rookie standout did not receive a touch all evening, opening the door for Bell to take over as a starter for the first time with his new club. The former All-Pro was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, posting pedestrian numbers in a contest that was much closer that it should have been on paper. It is currently unclear if CEH will be able to suit up against the Dolphins, but the fact that he was healthy enough to even be teased as active bodes well for his chances. If he is unable to go for whatever reason, Bell would be in line to earn another start with the Chiefs' explosive offense.

December 6, 2020 9:04 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Minimal production again

Bell logged five carries for 22 yards and reeled in both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Despite Bell seeing more usage (30 percent of offensive snaps) Sunday than he did last week, he actually wound up with one fewer touch and didn't reach pay dirt. The veteran back continues to serve as the No. 2 option behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire but remains primarily a handcuff at this point.

December 1, 2020 8:40 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Scores first TD in 2020

Bell ran the ball seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 35-31 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: It took a mid-season trade and six games, but Bell finally hit pay dirt for the first time in 2020. Sunday's contest gave us the clearest view of a competitive game script from start to finish since the former All-Pro joined Kansas City's backfield in Week 7, but it still resulted in single-digit touches while starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire nearly doubled that workload (14 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns and one reception). Bell could end up seeing more opportunities as the season progresses or if CEH is forced to miss time for any reason, but as of right now, it appears that the outspoken star will remain in a change-of-pace role heading into a road meeting with Tampa Bay on Sunday.

November 23, 2020 1:45 AM EST

LeVeon Bell: Limited workload in win

Bell rushed four times for eight yards and brought in his only target for minus-5 yards in the Chiefs' 33-31 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Bell endured a disappointing day for the third time in as many games as a Chief, with his four carries serving as a season low. The former Pro Bowler's lack of usage is certainly concerning, but a game script that turned away from the run after Kansas City surprisingly fell behind by a 14-3 score in the first half was partly to blame. Bell and fantasy managers will hope for a bigger workload in the recent acquisition's timeshare with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in a Week 11 matchup versus the Raiders following a Week 10 bye.

November 8, 2020 2:51 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Quiet against former team

Bell rushed six times for seven yards and caught all three of his targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 35-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire each got nine touches, and Bell actually came out ahead 38-31 in scrimmage yards. The veteran's ineptitude on the ground was highlighted by a stuffed 4th-and-1 attempt in the third quarter, as Bell's former team kept the recent departee from making much of an impact. While a poor performance from Bell meant a near-automatic loss in New York, Patrick Mahomes had no problem putting the team on his back and threw five touchdowns. While Bell will have to compete with a few prominent contributors for touches in a Chiefs offense with no shortage of prominent playmakers, he should have some Week 9 fantasy appeal against a Panthers defense that's been gashed by running backs all season.

November 1, 2020 2:32 PM EST

LeVeon Bell: Two long dashes in KC debut

Bell registered 39 rushing yards on six carries during Sunday's 43-16 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Bell was horribly inefficient during his time with the Jets, ranking 48th among 49 qualified NFL backs with a 3.3 yards-per-carry average. The move to Andy Reid's offense has potential to revitalize Bell's career, but the 2017 All-Pro will likely have to defer No. 1 duties to Clyde Edwards-Helaire so long as the rookie is healthy. Bell broke off two separate rushes of 16 yards in his Chiefs debut, while his other four attempts yielded just seven yards. Coach Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy may have some special opportunities dialed up for Bell in Week 8, with Kansas City hosting his former team in the Jets.

October 25, 2020 6:26 PM EST

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