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For whom the Bell Tolls

Written by Andrew Heidemann

October 24, 2020

So here we are. The once great Le’Veon Bell has signed a 1-year prove it deal with the Chiefs. Ya know, the Chiefs? One of the best offensive football teams the NFL has ever had the honor of watching? Yeah, those Chiefs. To some people this is a very strange move. The Kansas City team spent the final pick of the first round in the 2020 draft on a running back out of LSU; Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and let me tell you, he is a stud. But I can assure you, Andy Reid does not give two cheeseburgers what we think about fantasy football. When a player like Bell is out there, you go get him. Now I know why you’re all here; what do I do and should I panic? Well, let me tell you!

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Lets start by comparing Le’Veon Bell and his prior fantasy seasons. There is a lot to unpack here but trust me, you’ll be better for it! Bell has played at least 10 games a season every year he’s been in the league except for 2. This is convenient because when he can finally suit up as a Chief, that’s how many games he will have left to play on the season. In those seasons with at least 10 games, on average, Bell has finished as the RB 8 in standard and RB 7 in PPR. He also averaged 272 carries, 1113 yards on the ground, 5 TDs, 89 targets, 71 reception and almost 2 receiving TDs. Pretty fucking solid resume if you ask me. And in all of this his offensive lines season rank averaged around 14th. Just slightly above middle of the pack. I feel it is important to note that one of the years he spent with the New York Jets and even tho Bell had a pretty good year that season, their offensive line rank was a pitiful 31st place. (For more info on that, click here for an article on Adam Gase ruining football).

Okay, so that’s what we know about Bell. What do we know about Clyde Edwards-Helaire? Well, we know that he’s a rookie. That fact alone is very enticing for fantasy owners. With CEH being so cheap for the Chiefs to roster, it only makes sense that they would want to groom him to be their true 3rd down back. Not only is it financially beneficial for Kansas to keep using Clyde for all he’s worth but he’s just looked damn good in general. As a rookie he’s racked up 505 yards on the ground and averaged 4.7 yards per carry with an additional 177 yards through the air.

What does all of this mean? If you ask me, we will be looking at a scenario similar to the Kamara/Ingram duo for the New Orleans Saints a few years ago. Bell acting as Kamara and CEH as Ingram. And if you need a reminder, Kamara finished RB 3 that year and Ingram finished RB 6.

In conclusion, fucking FIRE THEM BOTH UP BABY. Trade for Bell while you still can and Clyde owners, don’t panic! Get out there and win your leagues.

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