I broke one of my personal fantasy rules last year. I put someone from the Pittsburgh Steelers on my roster. I NEVER wanted Steelers on my roster because I NEVER wanted to have to root for any Steelers player ever. But that changed last year. I made a trade for Le’Veon Bell. It’s a move that not helped get my team to the fantasy championship, but it taught me something about the Browns.
After making the move for Bell, I watched more Steelers football games than I care to admit. I didn’t really watch the Steelers, per se, I watched Bell. I got a good look at how the Steelers used him. Yes, he runs the ball a lot, he gets a lot of carries, and uses his vision to find his way to the hole. He’s really good at breaking off 4, 5, and 6 yard runs.
He averages just over 4 yards a carry. He eats up ground, but gets tons of carries. But it’s when Pittsburgh throws the ball that taught me something about the Browns. Almost every time Ben Rothlisberger drops back to throw, all Bell does is slips in behind the defensive line and waits. If Big Ben runs out of options, he dumps it to Bell who gets 4, 5, or 6 yards.
Take a look at Bell’s stats over the years:
Take a good, hard look at his receptions and receiving yards. What made my fantasy team so strong was that I also had Duke Johnson. I spent a lot of time watching how the Browns used him on the field. Now look at Duke Johnson’s stats over his first two seasons:
He, too, averages over 4 yards per carry. And take a look at his receptions. He had more yards on less receptions than Bell. HE IS THE BROWNS LE’VEON BELL! We (or should I say Hue) just doesn’t know it yet.
If you don’t believe me, maybe this will help:
I’m really hoping Duke Johnson gets his chance this season. The guy needs to get a chance to carry the ball more. And we need to keep throwing it to him. When he touches it something happens. He’s only played in 3 games where he carried the ball more than 8 times. It’s a travesty.
Duke should get 15 touches minimum every game. I don’t think Hue knows what he in Duke. I’m very glad they paid him during the off-season. Now it’s time he get the chance to make defenses pay.