#1 By: Jose M, August 7th, 2018 14:57
I have the first overall pick. I am torn between Gurley and Bell. Non-PPR. Can I have some insight on who you guys prefer and why? Thanks.
#2 By: Matt, August 7th, 2018 15:54
Between those two players I like Gurley a lot more moreso because of some major concerns with Bell. I really worry about the workload that Bell had last year (406 total touches). His YPC was only 3.5 last year, so he was volume driven. I don't think that there's much doubt that he will get a ton of volume this year as well, but the question is whether he can handle it or break down. His previous high of touches was 373 in 2015, and the next year he only played 6 games (he was suspended the first two weeks) before getting injured. Since he's not signed a long-term deal, I don't see Pittsburgh limiting his touches at all but I worry about him finishing the season.
Gurley could get injured as well, and will probably have TD regression, but his team will be in the 2nd year of the same offense, they added another WR weapon in Cooks, and beefed up their secondary. That means that they'll probably play with the lead and can't stack the box.
Personally, I'd rank Bell 3rd behind Gurley and David Johnson (not sure which one I'd have first). Johnson's injury last year was a wrist injury rather than to a lower body extremity, so I don't worry too much about how the injury would affect his performance. Plus, he didn't play last year so his legs should be fresher. Hope you find this to be useful in making your decision.
#3 By: Hostage, August 8th, 2018 15:55
he's younger, he just signed a big extension, so you know he's going to be in the plans for years to come.
Bell is most likely gone next year and the chances of him going to a team with better blockers isn't the greatest.
if you're looking to take a RB with your first overall, it's Gurley for me, and not particularly close.
#4 By: Ginoooooobliii, August 8th, 2018 16:31
@jeduardomalo, I agree with @Hostageand @mateoloco. Gurley is #1 pick for me because of his age. He is also my choice pick here because he is the most talented skill position player in RAMS, whereas steelers have AB. Expectation here is that RAMS will game play around Gurley. Same logic applies to Zeke btw although he doesn't catch passes (yet).