Le'Veon Bell's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 15

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15:  Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on December 15, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It's been a rather turbulent rookie season for Le'Veon Bell, but he had a big performance in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals just in time for fantasy playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won 30-20 over the Bengals in what was a big upset win for them.  Bell had a big game, running for 57 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, adding another 50 yards receiving yards on five receptions.  In ESPN's standard scoring leagues, he had 16 fantasy points.

Heading into Sunday, Bell had already run for 589 yards and five touchdowns along with 338 receiving yards.  While he's only averaging 3.4 yards per carry, he's getting plenty of opportunities, as he's had at least 13 carries in every single game, and at least 20 total touches in six straight.

It appears that Bell is heating up at the right time.  He's been a surprisingly consistent fantasy option throughout the season, and this kind of consistency is important during fantasy playoffs.  With upcoming games against the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns, he has the opportunity to have even bigger games.

With how reliable he is, Bell is certainly worth playing as either a RB2 of flex player.  He may not always explode for a 20-plus point performance, but at least he's consistent.