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Andy Reid will sit down with Le’Veon Bell to discuss his comfort level for Week 7

Le’Veon Bell joins the Chiefs for Week 7. He will be eased into their offensive playbook.

Le’Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets looks on at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on August 23, 2020 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Friday update: Coach Andy Reid wasn’t all that helpful for fantasy managers wondering how much work Le’Veon Bell will see in his first game with the Chiefs.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has played well enough to hold of Bell for this week, so I expect sitting Bell in most leagues is the best move.

Kansas City Chiefs new running back Le’Veon Bell will practice for the first time with his new team on Wednesday. When asked about Bell’s availability for Sunday, Andy Reid told reporters that, “We’ll take it day-by-day and see what he’s comfortable with,” per Matt McMullen.

With rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire already leading the way and playing productively, the Chiefs can ease Bell into the offense. They will likely see what he is most comfortable with in practice and get him involved that way. I wouldn’t expect more than 5-10 touches in his first game with the team.

Bell’s known for his route running abd ability as a receiver and Patrick Mahomes mentioned getting him involved in that way early on:

If he can be successful as a receiver in a pass-first offense, his upside in fantasy will be high, though inconsistent depending on his overall usage in comparison with Edwards-Helaire. Bell will likely need to out-play the rookie back to move into the lead of a committee backfield and Edwards-Helaire has been playing well enough that passing him up will be tough.

Bell does seem to understand that he’ll have to find a way to fit into the offense and that he won’t be the lead back:

For fantasy, he will likely get into a place where he’s useful as a flex play and then possibly more as the season goes on, but when that happens is up in the air. His presence isn’t going to help Edwards-Helaire by any stretch, but starting out, we shouldn’t drop him too far in the rankings until we see how much Bell has left in the tank.