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4-0 (or 3-1) in Fantasy? Buy Low on Le’Veon Bell Immediately

Finally, Le’veon Bell’s holdout has a real expiration date. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell plans to report to the team following their Week 7 Bye. Though owners who didn’t handcuff James Conner may be in too deep of a hole by then, anyone else still in contention will be receiving a fantasy steroid injection upon Bell’s return.

This is, afterall, the consensus preseason No.1 or 2 pick and highest used player in the entire league (406 touches in 2017?!). He’ll be coming in fresher than anyone else on the field, and hungrier than ever to prove his worth and finally land that massive pay-day.  Thus, if Bell’s owner is in rough shape, he’d be the ideal fantasy football “Buy Low” for owners currently sitting pretty that have either (or both of) the depth or record to eat these last two weeks.

Though the draft and waiver wire management are two crucial backbones to fantasy, Buying Low and Selling High is equally important, though often far more overlooked. In Bell, already-rich owners can become even richer for their stretch runs by receiving an elite, “Cheatcode” Top-3 Weekly RB for far less than he should go.

Think – anyone who burnt a top-five pick in Bell, and didn’t receive the high-RB2 cushion of Conner, is likely sitting in your league’s basement. They will absolutely need to “Win Now,” and would take a RB duo or RB-WR pairing for this elite commodity. For comparison, on a 4-0 squad, I just traded away Mark Ingram and Chris Thompson for Bell. Down the stretch, I’ll be pairing Ezekiel Elliott and Bell, which should yield me 50+ FPs from just my top-two RBs alone. With the two-game gap in mind, Bell rises to No.18 on my Season Long Big Board.

As for Conner: enjoy the next two weeks (especially a gem matchup this week versus Atlanta), thank him for his services, and send him to the bench upon Week 8 — there’s too much handcuff value to cut outright. Sure, there’s still a slight chance Bell is traded, but Conner is likely nothing more than a valuable insurance policy come Week 8.

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