AFC North Q&A: Is Le'Veon Bell division's best fantasy play in 2016?

Today's question: There are a lot of quality fantasy options in the AFC North, from Antonio Brown to A.J. Green to Ben Roethlisberger. But assuming Le'Veon Bell stays healthy this season, does he become the division's best fantasy play?

Coley Harvey, Cincinnati Bengals reporter: I’ve got to go with a big "No" on this one. I believe he could be a smart fantasy play at some point next season, but I’m hesitant about calling him the best fantasy play in 2016 because of his knee. Sure, knees can heal quickly and some running backs have been able to bounce back extraordinarily well after major injuries, such as Adrian Peterson. Still, there is a measure of uncertainty about Bell that prevents me from saying he’s a better fantasy option than Andy Dalton, Green or even Tyler Eifert (who, too, has injury recovery concerns). The AFC North’s best fantasy play is actually in Bell’s locker room: Brown, who led all AFC North players in fantasy production (nine points more than Dalton) last season, per ESPN’s standard scoring system.

Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Ravens reporter: The only concern is whether Bell can bounce back from tearing multiple knee ligaments and stay on the field. Knee injuries have ended his past two seasons. He was limited to six games in 2015. Bell is expected to be ready for training camp -- did you see him dunk on that video? -- and he will be 10 months removed from the injury when the regular season begins. All signs point to Bell being back at full strength, which means he’s not only the best fantasy play in the AFC North, he’s the best fantasy play in the NFL. Bell will end up with more points than Todd Gurley and Peterson. The only other player to consider in the division is Bell's teammate, Brown. The expectation is for Bell to produce close to 2,000 total yards and score about a dozen touchdowns.

Pat McManamon, Cleveland Browns reporter: Not as long as Roethlisberger and Brown are his teammates. Bell is an excellent player, but coming off an injury, there is always uncertainty. When the quarterback has thrown at least 21 touchdowns in each of the past five seasons, and averaged 309.5 and 328.2 yards per game the past two seasons, respectively, Big Ben is the better fantasy play. When Roethlisberger is slinging it, Brown is often catching it. The receiver has 31 touchdowns the past three seasons, and his per-game receiving yards total has increased from 93.7 to 106.1 to 114.6. Bell is a very good fantasy play; Roethlisberger and Brown are better.