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and all of training camp brushing off his absence http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-thomas-morstead-jersey , confident in their belief that the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back would eventually let the business side of things play out, sign his franchise tender and be at work when things start to get real.He's one of the best in the league and earned the right to take his time, they said. He'll show up when it starts to matter, they said. We're not worried, they said.Time to worry. And vent.Bell's chair remained tucked neatly into his locker on Wednesday, meaning he will almost certainly not be available when the Steelers open the season in Cleveland this weekend.And while Bell's agent took to the airwaves to vaguely explain Bell's reasoning for staying away, the men Bell has played alongside for the past five years are starting to run out of patience."Honestly it's a little selfish," said center Maurkice Pouncey, a captain who had predicted Bell would arrive by Wednesday. "I'm kind of (ticked) right now. It sucks that he's not here. We'll move on as a team. It doesn't look like he'll be in the game plan at this point."Veteran offensive guard Ramon Foster poked a little fun at Bell on social media, tweeting out a picture of Bell's head attached to the body of the character from the "Where's Waldo" line of children's books ."What do you do?" Foster said. "Here's a guy who doesn't give a damn, so I guess we'll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this."Bell and the Steelers spent each of the past two springs failing to come to terms on a new contract. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell each time. The 26-year-old made over $12 million last season and is due $14.5 million this season if he signs his one-year tender by the weekend and the Steelers opt not to ask for a two-week roster exemption. He will lose about $850,000 for each game he misses.The biggest issue for Bell's teammates appears to be the lack of communication. There's a sense of anger that he has intentionally left them in the dark, forcing them to answer for him. Bell's agent Adisa Bakari was interviewed on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday and hinted at a concern Bell would be overworked this season by the Steelers, which could affect his earning potential when Bell reaches the open market in 2019. Bell's 406 touches led the NFL in 2017.Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-tyeler-davison-jersey , who expressed disappointment on Monday when Bell's locker remained empty, declined comment. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club would not conduct talks with Bakari through the media, adding "if Adisa would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices."Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger understands the constant questions about Bell but added "one person doesn't make or break you.""I'd like to say that the linemen are far more important than any skill position, including myself, on this team so this offense is more than just one back," Roethlisberger said.Maybe, but now the Steelers find themselves turning from a three-time Pro Bowler to a second-year player in James Conner. The former Pitt star is in line to make his first NFL start on Sunday and he's not too concerned about the circumstances that made it happen."I've got the opportunity to play the game again," said Conner, who endured a highly public battle with cancer during his college career. "Any time I can play football, I don't take it for granted. I've got an opportunity for Sunday and I can't wait for it."What the Steelers can wait for at this point is Bell to join them. He can still technically accrue a full year of service time if he reports by Week 10."At some point and you're like, 'All right, if you don't want to be here, it is what it is http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-max-unger-jersey , hold out for 10 weeks," Pouncey said.Whatever Bell's plan is, he isn't telling. And the "train" that defensive end Cam Heyward uses as a symbol for the season is getting ready to roll. If Bell arrives in time to hop on is anyone's guess."Like I said, we have a lot of weapons," Roethlisberger said. "We'd like to have him out there, but we have guys that can make plays for us."NOTES: The Steelers signed RB Trey Edmunds, the older brother of rookie safety Terrell Edmunds, to the practice squad and released RB Jarvion Franklin. ... TE Vance McDonald (foot) was limited in practice on Wednesday. All other players were full go. If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at three/four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results). Obviously, Saints QB Drew Brees is a safe QB for daily fantasy leagues, but spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster. So here are four Giants that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)QB Eli Manning (NYG) - $7,100After what the Saints have consistently given up through the air, it is absolute shock to me that Eli Manning comes this cheap. He’s $1,800 cheaper than the most expensive QB available Color Rush Sheldon Rankins Jersey , and is in the bottom third of prices for all NFL starting QBs this week. If the Saints defense struggles again for the fourth week in a row, look for Eli to provide incredible value.RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) - $8,000Reports of the Saints success against the run have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the Saints have fared well thus far, but that’s been against two career back-ups in Peyton Barber and Tevin Coleman, and a mediocre starter in Carlos Hyde. Barkley will be the first real test for the Saints run defense, and he’s a threat both catching the ball and running between the tackles. At $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive RB available (Alvin Kamara), he’s a solid value play this week.WR Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) - $8,600Odell is another Giant cheaper than the most expensive player at the position who also happens to be a Saints (he’s $400 cheaper than the Saints Michael Thomas). He will likely be lined up against Marshon Lattimore for the majority of the game, but Julio Jones’s game last week shows that an elite WR can still put up big numbers against Lattimore.WR Sterling Shepard (NYG) - $6,200Number two wide receivers have torched the Saints number two cornerback all season long - DeSean Jackson, Antonio Callaway, and Calvin Ridley all had monster games. Whether it’s PJ Williams or Ken Crawley lined up as the #2 CB Youth Mark Ingram II Jersey , look for Shepard to spend the majority of his snaps trying to run past Crawley down the seam.My full daily fantasy lineup this week: QB: Eli Manning (NYG) - $7,100RB: Saquon Barkley (NYG) - $8,000RB: Giovani Bernard (CIN) - $6,400WR: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) - $8,600SWR: ) - $5,000WR: Sterling Shepard (NYG) - $6,200WR: Amari Cooper (OAK) - $6,600TE: Eric Ebron (IND) - $5,500FLEX: Matt Breida (SF) - $6,400DST: Jaguars (vs Jets) - $5,200