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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

5-11, 220Born: 8-4-1986College: Wayne State (MI)Drafted: ---

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Bell suffered a concussion in the Week 4 game against the Jets, and may not play in Week 5. The Lions called up George Winn from the practice squad in anticipation of his possible absence. **UPDATE - Bell (concussion) missed his third straight practice of the week Friday, Oct. 3, although he was back on the field for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 4.

Week 13: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. Reggie Bush couldn't play vs. New England last weekend due to his gimpy ankle, leaving Joique Bell (19/48/0 rushing with 1/-2/0 receiving) and Theo Riddick (2/12/0 rushing with 3/40/0 receiving) to tote the load for Detroit during Week 12. Though Bush is reported to be on track for playing on Thanksgiving, we've seen this dance card before - he has made cameos in other games only to aggravate one or another of his injuries and then sit out the balance of a contest. Bell is being fed the ball at a high rate and looks like the best fantasy option heading into Turkey Day. The Bears' defense limited the Buccaneers' backs to 22/66/0 rushing last weekend, and held Minnesota under 100 yards rushing two games back (16/96/0) - they've played some stout defense against two teams with less-than-stellar options at running back. To date, the Bears are 12th in the NFL averaging 106.8 rushing yards allowed per game to all opponents, and they have allowed just five rushing scores (tied for second-least rushing scores given up this season). The Lions have some tough customers on their way to Detroit this Thursday - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

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10 vs MIA 10 44 0 3 2 37 0 0
11 at ARI 14 85 0 5 3 30 0 0
12 at NE 19 48 0 2 1 -2 0 0
13 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 4 * * *
13 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 18 * * 2 * * *
13 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 18 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs MIA (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Bell had one of his better games of the season on a per-touch basis against the Dolphins. He churned out yards post-contact on multiple carries, which accounted for a majority of his production. Bell ran over a defender on a run of more than 15 yards and again on a reception of more than 25 yards. If Miami did not stop Bell at the line of scrimmage, it took multiple defenders and a few yards to slow him down at the second and third levels of the defense. There were no goal line opportunities to be had and Theo Riddick saw significant snaps when Reggie Bush was limited later in the game.

2014 Week 11 vs ARI (14 / 85 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

With Reggie Bush out of the lineup, Bell saw nearly all the early down work against Arizona. It was hit-or-miss for Bell as an inside runner. While the final stat line looks efficient, Bell was stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage regularly by the Cardinals stout defensive front seven. A majority of Bell's yardage came on four sizeable gains. When Bell had a hole at the line, he took advantage. In the second half, Bell took a huge hit, fumbled, but Detroit recovered on the play. Later, on Bell's highlight play of the game, he hurdled a defender on a third down screen pass en route to a gain of more than 15 yards and moving Detroit out from their own goal line. Bell did not see an goal line opportunities this week and logged an ugly dropped outlet pass in the receiving game.

2014 Week 12 vs NE (19 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

With Reggie Bush out, Bell got the start against New England. Well-blocked holes were few and far between, but Bell held his own with yards after contact. He showed off a stiff arm early in the game, but he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage more times than not. As Detroit fell out of the game, Bell's role dwindled in favor of Theo Riddick in the pass game. In the second half, Bell was regularly held to minimal gains. He did, however, converted a third-and-one situation. Without much passing game work or goal line opportunities, Bell's impact was sparse as Detroit struggled to finish drives all game.

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Latest News

Lions | Probable status for Joique Bell (Fri Nov 21, 05:08 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12 against the New England Patriots.

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Lions | Joique Bell, Reggie Bush limited (Thu Nov 20, 05:59 PM) - Detroit Lions RBs Joique Bell (ankle) and Reggie Bush (ankle) were both limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Bell did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: It's a tough matchup this week, and that limits their ceiling this week. Bell could be no better than an RB3, while Bush is best looked at as an RB4/flex.
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Lions | Joique Bell has ankle injury (Wed Nov 19, 04:45 PM) - Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19, due to an ankle injury. Bell left game briefly in Week 11 because of his injury.

Our View: Just keep an eye on his status through the week of practice.
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Lions | Joique Bell sits Wednesday (Wed Nov 19, 03:38 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Bell should be able to practice later in the week. It's a huge matchup against the Patriots this week. We like Bell as a low-end RB2 with upside in PPR leagues.
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Lions | Reggie Bush out Sunday (Sat Nov 15, 06:39 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) will be held out of the game Sunday, Nov. 16, in Week 11. RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will split time in the backfield.

Our View: Another in a long line of disappointments for Bush owners but Bell could represent a nice low end RB2 value while Riddick is a chronicle of potential touchdowns which makes him a decent RB3 or flex option.
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Schedule

13vs Chicago Bears
14vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
17@ Green Bay Packers