Top 5 Fantasy Landing Spots for Le’veon Bell
Le’veon Bell enters free agency as perhaps the highest profile free agent running back in recent memory. His days as a clear cut first round fantasy draft pick are over for the time being but let’s look at the top five landing spots that I feel would like to the most fantasy success for Le’veon Bell in no particular order.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay was second to last in the NFL last year in yards per carry (3.9) and total rushing yards. Last season, Rookie RB, Ronald Jones failed to make any meaningful impact and Peyton Barber was solid at times, but more of a high volume rusher that doesn’t produce in the passing game (only 29 catches in 2018) and lacks overall upside. Insert new head coach and offensive guru, Bruce Arians who always seems to know how to use RB’s. Under Arians, David Johnson turned into a fantasy stud and one of the highest usage RB’s in the league. I love the fit for Le’veon Bell in Tampa. It’s a team that has been desperate for production at the RB position and now as a coach and an offense that will be a trendy pick for a big bounce back season.
This may be over simplistic, but I’m just sick of Lamar Miller. I mean seriously, Is the Lamar Miller experiment over yet? Miller has received 210+ carries in each of his three seasons with the Texans but has failed to rush for more than 5 TD’s in a single season during his Texans tenure and at has not been a threat in the passing game (only 25 catches in 2018). With Deshaun Watson still on his rookie contract, now would be the time to splurge on a play like Le’veon Bell and he would be a major upgrade. With the addition of Le’veon Bell, the Texans would be one of the most exciting offenses in the league.
With the emergence of Marlon Mack entering his third season in the NFL, this may be a long shot. However, this would be a great fantasy landing spot for Bell. The Colts are one of the better offenses in the NFL and any RB paired with Andrew Luck is going to thrive. Last season Mack became a workhorse for the Colts and tallied 9 TD’s in just 12 games. It is hard not to think about the damage Bell would do in the Colts offense with similar usage.
Kansas City Chiefs
Le’veon Bell on the Kansas City Chiefs would not be fair at all. Without the departure of Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs are prime real estate for a new RB addition. Spencer Ware is a nice player but Bell would be able to pick up right where Hunt left and reclaim his standing as a top 5 fantasy RB. This may be the only place Bell could go that would make him a first round fantasy draft pick.
No team in the NFL ran the ball more often than the Baltimore Ravens did in 2018, and with Lamar Jackson under center, that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. This makes all the sense in the world for both parties. For the Ravens, they are another team with a QB under a cheap rookie contract, and why not sign a player like Bell that can do everything instead of spreading carries around to a bunch of average backs? For Bell, he will get his touches and be able to compete against his former team in the same division. This wouldn’t present as much fantasy upside as the Chiefs or Colts landing spot would, but his fantasy floor would be extremely high.