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Two words and one emoji is all it took to get fantasy football owners across the country on the edge of their seats.


Fantasy stud and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell cryptically tweeted, "Fairwell Miami" at 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, which could very well spell the end of his 2018-19 season-long holdout.

Sure, farewell was spelled wrong, but this could mean he's finally heading to Pittsburgh. The deadline that determines Bell's eligibility for the remainder of the season is Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m., and with that deadline quickly approaching, there's a solid chance he's raising the white flag on this holdout.

The success of former-backup running back James Conner is likely something Bell wasn't planning on adding pressure for him to return to Pittsburgh this season. But the second-year standout has done more than just fill in nicely during Bell's absence. Conner has actually performed at a higher level.

If this potential return wasn't provoked from pressure to start collecting the millions of dollars Bell was forfeiting during this holdout, having a rookie running back that was his backup come out and dominate in his place may have certainly done the trick.


Even if this cryptic, brief announcement is the precursor to a Week 10 return for Bell to Pittsburgh, Conner's fantasy owners shouldn't lose any sleep -- at least for Week 10. The chances of Bell miraculously making it back to the field in time for Pittsburgh's Thursday night contest with the Carolina Panthers is slim to none following this prolonged absence.


The recent dominance of Conner should be more than enough to ensure to assure a role moving forward, albeit potentially a smaller one, but don't hesitate to start him as an RB1 again this week.


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