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Le'Veon Bell makes solid fantasy debut

Bob Martin-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers rookie RB Le'Veon Bell made a strong fantasy football debut for the Steelers in Week 4. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rolled out rookie running back Le'Veon Bell, and the second-round pick put together a solid fantasy football debut. Bell finished with 57 yards rushing, but he also added two touchdowns in the Steelers' 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He also had four receptions for 27 yards.

His rushing yard total isn't spectacular, but it is worth noting he is now the Steelers' second-leading rusher on the season. Pittsburgh's rushing game has been a disaster, and Bell already looks like an upgrade.

Fantasy impact: If you stashed Bell, hoping for something, you might finally get a chance to cash in that modest lottery ticket. Bell was a questionable start today, and the Steelers have a bye next week, but starting in Week 6, he becomes a solid RB 2 or flex option. The Steelers will travel to face an inconsistent New York Jets team, then host Baltimore, before visiting Oakland and New England.

The Steelers will look to establish the run to keep the heat off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They were content to give Bell a sizable workload in his first game back. With a week off, Bell should be in for just as many touches, if not more, in Week 6.

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