Smitty’s Take: Steelers stud runner Le’Veon Bell is continuing his holdout through Week 8, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reportedly suggesting that Bell will likely hold out through the October 31 trade deadline. He could hold out even one more week, but there is a chance he does return for Week 9. Until we know more, expect James Conner to produce elite numbers for at least one more week, maybe two. Even when Bell is back, Conner have a role, one that could produce flex-type numbers, but Bell will be a RB1 upon his return. No question. Buy-low if you can on Bell… his further delays are causing some panic in owners that thought he was returning this week.

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