Fantasy Future Rankings: Week 5

What to make of Le'Veon Bell's debut and Jordan Cameron's hot start

Updated: October 3, 2013, 11:55 AM ET
By Field Yates and numberFire | ESPN Insider

BellJamie McDonald/Getty ImagesLe'Veon Bell is looking like a legitimate starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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There's not much to cheer about in Pittsburgh these days, as the Steelers stumbled in London against the then-winless Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, pushing their record to 0-4 for the first time since 1968.

The defense has been unable to hang its hat on something that previously was a staple: The Steelers are the only team in the NFL not to force a turnover this season.

The bye week provides a chance for the Steelers to take a step back and figure out how to fix what thus far hasn't worked.

If there was a silver lining in Sunday's defeat -- supposing such a thing exists in the NFL -- it was the performance of rookie running back Le'Veon Bell, making his NFL debut after missing time due to a Lisfranc injury.

The attempts and yardage numbers don't blow you away -- just 57 yards on 16 carries -- but Bell did find the end zone twice, finally showing signs of life for a Pittsburgh backfield that had been uninspiring.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.