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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

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

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Week 12: vs Philadelphia Eagles

All RB vs PHI

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. What rushing attack? We are tempted to leave it at this. Sorry Lions' fans. However, there is some hope this week - Philadelphia's rush D was shredded for 42/283/0 by Tampa Bay last week, and the Eagles are ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.5 rushing yards allowed per game (but they have given up just three rushing scores, being stubborn at the goal-line). Over the past four weeks (three games) the Eagles have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing backs, with 23.1 given out. Taken together, Ameer Abdullah (12/44/0 rushing with 1/2/0 receiving) and Joique Bell (6/22/0 rushing with 1/18/0 receiving) posted a semblance of a rushing attack against Oakland's 23rd-ranked unit, but Matthew Stafford snarfed up the only rushing TD of the day (6/31/1) leaving fantasy owners desperate enough to actually start a Lions' back high-and-dry yet again. Try really, really hard to avoid the Lions' backfield, even in this favorable matchup that we'll call 'neutral' because of how awful the Eagles were last week (as opposed to being optimistic about Detroit's backs).

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at KC 17 7 56 0 1 0 0 0 0 5.6
10 at GB 39 14 17 0 3 2 18 0 0 3.5
11 vs OAK 13 6 22 0 1 1 18 0 0 4
12 vs PHI 0 7 25 1 3 2 57 0 0 14.2
12 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

The game plan for Joique Bell on Sunday was eerily similar to last week. After being fed the ball five times in the first quarter, Bell wasn't used again until Detroit was milking the clock in the fourth. However, when taking a look at his first quarter success, it's not that surprising. On four runs, Bell managed 4 total yards. At the end of the first quarter he did make a catch on play action and turned it into an 18 yard gain. On the bench until late in the game, Bell gained 8 yards on three runs in the fourth quarter. Two were less than impressive, while his first on the series was a 5 yard gain after contact at the line in which he spun away from for a positive gain.

2015 Week 10 vs GB (14 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

The ground game of Detroit continued its reign of boredom against the Packers. Of Joique Bell's thirteen runs, a shameful nine of them went for 1 yard or less, with five of them being a loss of yardage. The remaining four plays were equally distributed between runs between and outside of the tackles, the largest gain being up the middle for 6 yards. Bell was utilized on one pass play where he saw both the play action fake and reception, gaining 8 yards out of the backfield.

2015 Week 8 vs KC (7 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Used minimally through the first three quarters, Joique Bell was still the most active running back for Detroit during that span. Bell's first run of the game was a ridiculous 32 yard scamper off the left tackle. The run was reminiscent of Bell's 2014 campaign, as he ran hard and was able to cut through the defense. Unfortunately for Bell and Detroit, his production for the remainder of the game was less than thrilling aside from a 7 yard run up the middle late in the first and a hard run to the left for 11 yards in the second. Even after Bell's initial big run to start the game, Detroit shied away from the run and failed to commit to the ground game with the game still in reach.

2015 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Bell continues to be the odd man out in the backfield and while he looked fine on his touches, his status won't likely change unless something happens to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

2015 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Used exclusively on early down and short yardage situations, Joique Bell was sent between the tackles the majority of the time. His success ranged from short gains to lost yardage. While he did manage a short one yard touchdown over the top of the line, he later failed to convert a two point conversion. Bell's involvement continues to trend downward, as his role is diminishing with the success of Abdullah and the offensive line is not suiting his game.

2015 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet day for the Detroit backfield as Minnesota's front seven did quite well at limiting Bell on the ground. Gaining only 2 yards on four carries, Bell offered nothing inspiring on the ground. He was, however, prosperously utilized for a two point conversion at the end of the game. Similar to week one, Bell's receiving stat line looks acceptable, but if not for a 16 yard reception, it would have been below par.

2015 Week 1 vs SD (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Possibly on a pitch count coming off of injury, Bell was used sparingly Sunday. Playing behind Ameer Abdullah for much of the game, Bell executed two successful runs up the middle for seven and eight yards respectively. He was utilized in the passing game twice, but statistically, if not for a 24 yard play-action screen pass, things would have appeared more underwhelming for Bell. Time will tell if his usage will increase with his health, but if Abdullah continues to perform, Bell may not see as much time as he would like.


Latest News

Lions | Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell probable (Fri Nov 20, 05:56 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) and RB Joique Bell (shoulder) are both probable against the Oakland Raiders in Week 11. Johnson was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 20, while Bell practiced in full.

Lions | Joique Bell practices in full (Thu Nov 19, 06:54 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 19.

Our View: The Lions backfield has been a hot mess and it's kind of pick your poison time each week. Bell is an RB5 at best, and your best bet (if you call it that) is Ameer Abdullah as an RB4.

Lions | Joique Bell limited Wednesday (Wed Nov 18, 04:25 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Our View: We're not trusting anyone from the Lions rushing game. Bell should be the top back, but we'd only recommend him as a RB3 or flex play against the Raiders in Week 11.
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