New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell apologizes to fantasy football owners while telling the world where exactly he should be drafted.
New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell ran afoul of fantasy football owners last season when he didn’t play. He is a top running back in the league and was drafted very highly in a year he never signed his franchise tag with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In fact, his average draft position (ADP) in 2018 was 3.0 in standard leagues, per fantasy football calculator.
Bell apologized to fans who drafted him last season on Twitter for his failure to suit up and help them win their leagues. He also has an idea of where fans should draft him, telling the Jets beat after practice on Thursday.
Bell also explained why he apologized to his fans. He was sure to point out that he doesn’t regret sitting out, but regrets that there was no way of warning fans prior to the season that he was not going to suit up.
“I don’t regret sitting out last year, but I wish I could have told fantasy owners some type of way, ‘I’m not playing this year,’ so they wouldn’t have picked me. That’s the thing I’m apologizing for, a lot of people picked me not even knowing if I was coming back. That’s what I was really sorry about, not because I sat out, but not being able to communicate that to fantasy owners, that I’m not playing. A lot of people feel like they wasted their money. So, I’m sorry again.”
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) August 1, 2019
Bell will be playing in an offense that replaces Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown with Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson. While Bell is older than he was with the Steelers, he’ll still be asked to be a major part of Adam Gase’s offense.
Bell also claimed that he’s not the only player on the team being worth a high pick. “As long as this offense does what this offense is going to do, I think anybody could be a No. 1 fantasy guy. We’ve got so much talent.”
Bell is clearly confident in his teammates, although there will be a lot of competition around the league for the top fantasy ranking. The league is loaded with talented skill position players who want to help their teams win.
Fantasy Football Calculator has Bell’s ADP entering 2019 sitting at 1.07 as of August 1st. So while he’s not being drafted first overall often, he will still be relied on heavily by fantasy football players.
And this season, he plans on delivering.