NFL FANTASY: Bell will toll in Kansas City

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To say that Le’Veon Bell had an eventful week would be underselling it.

First, he was activated from the IR after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury that he claimed wasn’t as bad as the Jets made it out to be. After the loss to Arizona, he would take to social media to complain about his lack of usage, angering coach Adam Gase.

That’s where things took a turn: The Jets went about trying to trade the former all-pro, but couldn’t find any takers due to the amount of guaranteed money on his contract and the fact that he has looked mediocre since joining them.

So, he was straight-up cut and, a couple of days later, he joined the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Where does this leave fantasy managers? Bell should be slotted into the Chiefs offence as a high-end pass-catching RB, at the very least, and there’s also a path to a workload similar to Kareem Hunt in Cleveland – technically a backup, but involved enough on a weekly basis to garner low-end RB2 appeal.

Those who drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire likely aren’t too happy with the move, as Bell will almost certainly cut into his fantasy value. The rookie has been solid overall, but not as spectacular as many envisioned he’d be in the feature back role.

Considering how high-powered the Chiefs offence, both CEH and Bell can maintain their fantasy relevance going forward, just not at their previous levels. And, if one gets injured – don’t forget Bell’s hamstring issue – the other vaults into RB1 consideration.

As for the Jets, if you’re getting really desperate, Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine are likely to split carries. Oh, and the team is also reportedly shopping top WR Jamison Crowder. What a mess.


Injuries to superstar QBs are usually the toughest for fantasy managers because of the impact that they can have on entire offences. That’s what we now have to unpack after Dak Prescott’s devastating leg injury.

His replacement, Andy Dalton, is a proven vet and should provide a solid streaming option most weeks at the helm of this offence.


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We should expect the Cowboys to lean a bit more on Ezekiel Elliott on the ground, but also in the passing game with more check-downs.

As for his troika of stellar receiving options –- Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup – -a dip in efficiency should be expected and overall targets as well, should the team commit to the running game.

One other thing to also keep an eye on is Cooper’s usage. According to Pro Football Reference, Cooper’s snap count percentage has decreased every week this season, from 94% all the way down to 63% against the Giants.


After suffering a groin injury during last week’s thriller against Seattle, Vikings star RB Dalvin Cook has been ruled out of action for Week 6. That thrusts Alexander Mattison into the spotlight and the sophomore could certainly shine. He has averaged 4.6 yard per carry for his career and has been referred to as simple “a bigger Dalvin Cook.”

Minnesota’s opponent, Atlanta is full-steam ahead after shutting down facilities earlier in the week making it the first thing the team has shut down this season.


As if the Broncos’ season couldn’t get any worse, starting RB Melvin Gordon was busted for DUI on Tuesday night and is likely facing a suspension from the league. That won’t happen this week, but it is something to watch out for down the road.

The headaches kept coming this week, too. Gordon was sent home on Wednesday, was back practising on Thursday, then sent home Friday due to a non-COVID-related illness. How this affects his playing time on Sunday is very much up in the air, either due to illness or team discipline.


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Phillip Lindsay, who has been sidelined since Week 1 with a toe injury, is ready to return and would be in line for a featured role if/when Gordon is punished or still feeling the effects of his illness.


Start Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN vs. ATL

Even with coach Dan Quinn fired, we wouldn’t expect the Falcons porous pass defence to finally toughen up.

Sit Joe Burrow, QB, CIN at IND

Struggled against the first real defence he faced last week and now faces a Colts team allowing the fewest fantasy points to QBs.

Start Myles Gaskin, RB, MIA vs. NYJ

He has emerged as a legit weekly RB2 option and this week match up with a terrible Jets squad.

Sit Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF vs. LAR

The return of Raheem Mostert last week shunted McKinnon into a backup role with just three touches.

Start Laviska Shenault, WR, JAC vs. DET

D.J. Chark’s ankle injury should open up a lot of targets for the emerging rookie against the mediocre Lions.

Sit Travis Fulgham, WR, PHI vs. BAL

The UDFA success story shouldn’t be a starting option against a Ravens team stingy against the pass.

Sit Rob Gronkowski, TE, TB vs. GB

Coming off a season-high 52 yards, which tells you about all you need to know about his fantasy prospects.


In a division with star WRs Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and DJ Moore, the current receiving yards leader in the NFC South is Jets castoff Robby Anderson with 489.


Chase Claypool, WR, PIT

After scoring four TDs in a game and looking like a big part of the Steelers offence, especially with Diontae Johnson ailing.


D’Ernest Johnson, RB, CLE

A hot add after Nick Chubb’s injury last week, Johnson was firmly behind Kareem Hunt in terms of touches and snap count last week.


Miami Dolphins DEF

After shutting down the Niners on the road last week, the Dolphins are setup for another big fantasy week, facing the wayward Jets with Joe Flacco at QB.

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