Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 9: Le'Veon Bell

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Le'Veon Bell is the Steelers' workhorse back after missing the first three games with an injury. How will he fare against the Patriots this week?

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was declared the starter after being draft in the second round. Those plans were derailed when he missed the first three games of the season with a foot injury, but he quickly got the starting job back. Through four games, Bell has rushed 64 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

Bell is getting a workhorse load, but he's had a hard time getting yards behind Pittsburth's offensive line. He was held to 24 rushing yards on 13 carries in last week's loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Steelers face the New England Patriots this week.

Fantasy impact: Bell hasn't done much to earn an RB1 role in fantasy yet, but he has a favorable matchup against a Patriots defense that will be without Vince Wilfork or Jerad Mayo. He's still the best backfield option for the Steelers and they will give him the ball often. Consider Bell a RB2/flex play this week.

Recommendation: Start

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