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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

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

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With Reggie Bush moving on to San Francisco, Joique Bell enters 2015 as the lead back in Detroit after a solid 2014 season in which he led the team in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Bell is a powerful runner and at 220 pounds has shown an ability to pick up the tough yardage on 3rd-and-short and down near the goal line. Bell scored 8 touchdowns in both 2013 and 2014 and should put up a similar total again in 2015. Bell has also been an effective receiver out of the backfield and shows surprising burst in the open field for a guy his size. Bell turns 29-years-old during training camp and having only averaged 3.9 YPC each of the last two seasons cannot afford to lose a step. He will face stiff competition for the lead back role in the person of 2nd round draft choice Ameer Abdullah. If Bell can hold off Abdullah for another year, he should remain a solid RB2 in all formats. But even if Abdullah does emerge as the lead back at some point in 2015, Bell should retain the goal line carries and remain a big part of the committee. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 33, 20, 21, 23, 24, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 34, 34, 34, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 43, 45, 45
Overall Redraft - 88, 41
RB Redraft PPR - 34, 20, 21, 23, 23, 27, 30, 30, 31, 31, 34, 34, 34, 35, 36, 36, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48
Overall Redraft PPR - 82, 41, 50
RB Dynasty - 42, 33, 39, 41, 42, 44, 57

Stats and Projections

2012 DET 16 82 414 3 69 52 485 0
2013 DET 16 166 650 8 69 53 547 0 3
2014 DET 15 223 860 7 53 34 322 1 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 155 * * 26 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 170 * * 30 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 12 125 * * 33 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 115 * * 30 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 72
RB: 32
Overall-PPR: 77
RB-PPR: 32

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Latest News

Lions | Joique Bell practices (Mon Aug 31, 05:09 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was a limited participant in practice and took repetitions with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 31, after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Our View: The team has said more than once that Bell is going to be their lead back when healthy. Well, he's getting healthier and was finally able to practice with the team. It will be interesting to see if Bell can beat out rookie Ameer Abdullah for the top spot.
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Lions | Joique Bell activated (Mon Aug 31, 02:38 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.

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Lions | Joique Bell progressing nicely (Sun Aug 30, 09:46 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') has ramped up his return-to-play workouts in recent weeks and said he is 'getting close.' Head coach Jim Caldwell said Bell looks in good shape and hinted the running back will be ready for Week 1.

Our View: There's no way that this was the plan when Bell had achilles and knee surgery in January unless the achilles surgery was more serious than indicated or Bell had microfracture knee surgery. Either way, Bell is in danger of a steep decline this year. Keep Zach Zenner on your waiver wire speed dial or end of your bench in deep leagues.
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Lions | Joique Bell sitting out (Fri Aug 28, 06:38 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') will not play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28.

Our View: It's Ameer Abdullah time! Well, we can't get too excited yet, but we love what we've seen from the rookie so far. Right now he's an RB3 for us, but he could start creeping up draft boards as we close the preseason. His ADP is early in the fourth round, up from the seventh not long ago.
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Lions | Detroit will use committee at RB (Mon Aug 24, 03:53 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said the Lions will still take a committee approach at running back even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') returns.

Our View: An important message for fantasy owners here. Bell is the seasoned veteran, but rookie Ameer Abdullah is too good to keep off the field. At the end of the day, using a RBBC will be best for both backs. Bell is coming off two big injuries, while Abdullah may lack the size necessary to carry a full workload in the NFL.
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2015 Schedule

1@ San Diego Chargers
2@ Minnesota Vikings
3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Seattle Seahawks
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6vs Chicago Bears
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs Philadelphia Eagles
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ St. Louis Rams
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs San Francisco 49ers
17@ Chicago Bears