Le'Veon Bell's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 13

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 28, 2013

Nov 28, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pittsburgh Steelers really needed some help in the running game, and they got just that out of Le'Veon Bell on Thanksgiving, as he had a solid fantasy performance.

It was certainly a close game, but the Steelers fell 22-20 to the Baltimore Ravens, even with the big day from Bell.  He ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, adding another 63 receiving yards on seven catches.  In ESPN's standard scoring leagues, that was good enough for 19 fantasy points.

It didn't end well for Bell, however, as he was injured on a very scary hit at the end of the game.  According to the NFL Around the League Twitter account, Bell exited after a helmet-to-helmet hit.

While the Steelers are one of the worst overall rushing offenses in the league, Bell has surprisingly been a very reliable fantasy option.  Since making his NFL debut in Week 4, Bell has scored at least eight fantasy points in all but one game.  

Heading into Sunday, Bell had only run for 455 yards and four touchdowns, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry.  However, he's been a versatile weapon in the passing game, adding 26 receptions for 256 yards.

Overall, it's hard to not like Bell's consistency.  He's not an RB1 at this point, but he's made a strong case to be a valuable RB2 or at least a flex player.  He's a strong start in standard leagues, but he's a must-start in leagues that use points per reception, as long as he's healthy and ready to go.