It didn't take Le'Veon Bell long to endear himself to fantasy owners who hung on to him after he missed the first three weeks of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers' running back made an instant impact in Week 4, scoring a touchdown on just his fourth carry against the Minnesota Vikings in London.
It was a much-needed score for the Steelers, as Trey Wingo of ESPN noted:
Leveon Bell give the Steelers their first first quarter TD in their last 9 games— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 29, 2013
It was also the Steelers' first rushing touchdown of the season.
Coming into Sunday, Pittsburgh was averaging a measly 51.7 rushing yards per game—30th in the NFL. That's a pretty huge shocker for a team that once prided itself on being able to grind out yards on the ground.
The rookie running back finished the game against Minnesota with 57 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added another 27 yards on two receptions.
A healthy Bell should certainly improve the Pittsburgh running game, though there will still be concerns about the team's offensive line moving forward. Still, seeing the early impact he has had on the game against the Vikings, it's safe to say Bell is at worst a flex option moving forward.
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