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|The Panthers showed their commitment to Williams in the off-season, signing him to a five-year, $43-million contract that included $21-million in guarantees. Then they showed their commitment to a RBCC approach by signing free agent Mike Tolbert to supplement an already crowded Panthers backfield. And, of course, kill Williamsí chances of duplicating the success he enjoyed during his career year in 2008 (1,518 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns). There are two problems with owning Williams on your fantasy roster. One is that he sits 4th in the pecking order for short yardage touches behind quarterback Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert. The other is that he doesnít catch the ball with just 27 receptions over the past two years. So, his fantasy production comes from rushing yards (54.4 yards per game over the past two seasons) and long touchdown runs (five touchdown runs of 22 yards or more in 2011). That isnít a recipe for fantasy glory but it is a recipe for major inconsistency (eight games with less than five fantasy points). Consider Williams a low end RB3 in 2012.
|Le'Veon Bell back in the saddle as No.1 RB -- Tue Sep 27 2:00 pm --|
Steelers RB coming off suspension
|Mike Tomlin on return and workload of Le'V Bell: "Rest assured, you're going to see LeíVeon Bell and a lot of him Sunday." (Gerry Duclac on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It was fun while it lasted DeAngelo owners. It seems Tomlin will have no issues plugging Bell into a workhorse role Sunday night against the Chiefs. He's an RB1 with DeAngelo Williams returning to a pure handcuff role.
|Le'Veon Bell facing 4-game suspension -- Fri Jul 22 10:22 am --|
Appeals process on-going
|Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano. The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one, sources said. The reason it hasn't been announced is that the appeal process is ongoing. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bell was suspended two games last season after being charged with marijuana possession and DUI. If he misses the start of 2016, DeAngelo Williams will likely serve a workhorse roll as he did last season when Bell was suspended an injured. Bell's ADP is going to take a hit, however, when facing a two-game suspension prior to the start of 2015 Bell was being drafted 2nd overall behind Adrian Peterson. Expect him to fall further this time around but still be a late-first, early-second round pick.