Le’Veon Bell : Hard Pass

Justin Bruni
Le'Veon Bell
Steven Senne | Credit: AP

Le’veon Bell Taking the Year Took its Toll

Le’Veon Bell’s career averages took a big hit in 2019. Bell rushed for a career-low 789 yards on 245 rushing attempts, registering 52.6 yards per game. Bell added 66 catches on 78 targets, logging 461 receiving yards, totaling 1250 scrimmage yards. That total is nine yards less than his 13 game rookie season.

Bell lacked explosiveness in 2019 and registered just 3.2 yards per rush and seven yards per reception. His longest run went for 19 yards, and his longest catch went for 23 yards. All of these numbers are the lowest of his lows. The only season he recorded lower totals was in 2015 when he only played six games. Bell has played in at least 12 games in all other seasons.

Jets Are Not Catering to Bell

Adam Gase has refused to run the ball over the past years, and it won’t change in 2020. The Jets finished 2019 ranked 31st in total rushing yards, 26th in rushing attempts, and 31st in rushing touchdowns. I know the Jets were terrible, but this theme dates back to Gase’s Miami days. In 2018, Gase’s Miami Dolphins ranked 18th in rushing yards, 25th in rushing attempts, and again 31st in rushing touchdowns. Furthermore in 2017, Gase-led Dolphins ranked 30th+ in each of those categories. Gase’s offenses don’t have rushing success because he refuses to give his backs consistent opportunities.

The Jets signed RB Frank Gore, RB Kenneth Dixon, and drafted RB Lamical Perine this offseason. What are they doing?! Adding this level of depth points to Le’Veon Bell losing touches in 2020. He only had 245 carries last year, and with a backfield this deep, I expect Bell to fall to 210-220 range.

Perine could be a Super Sleeper in your dynasty leagues, many perceive him as the future of the Jets run game. Perine averaged five yards per rush attempt and a little over nine yards per catch during his four-year stay at Florida. He’s a change-of-pace back, can catch the ball, and is a good decision-maker; Bell’s days appear numbered.

Final Take

On top of all these issues, the offensive line is ranked 27th, they play in a tough division, Sam Darnold sees ghosts, ¬†and the Jets receivers are average at best. Bell’s only saving grace in fantasy is his ability to catch the ball, and he should get at least 50 catches this season. It is improbable Bell breaks out for RB1 production this year with Gase’s pass-heavy approach and Gore, Dixon, and Perine’s additions. He’s my begrudged RB24 in PPR, and he falls off a cliff in standard scoring. Fanduel has his total yardage prop set at 1299, take the Under!

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