Smitty’s Take: The Steelers and LeVeon Bell did not reach a long-term deal by today’s already-passed deadline, which means Bell will play on a one-year tag that will pay him $17.1 million. At 4:25pm EST, Bell hints that he will not holdout this year, and this year will be his best. His tweet reads: “to all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler…both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times…to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date…” This is great news, and we expected no regular-season holdout to take place. Bell is, and has been, locked into our top 1-4 overall in all leagues and formats heading into 2018. Note: James Conner has been impressive and it sounds like he has an edge on holding onto that back-up job in PIT in 2018. We also like Jaylen Samuels, but Conner has the experience, trust and momentum. Both are must-have players for all Bell owners in 2018 (at least Conner, for now); however, owning both back-ups, without owning Bell, is a sneaky-good secret weapon-type move in 2018. Stash and wait, as whomever started games if called upon, and right now that’s Conner, would produce solid fantasy numbers immediately.

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