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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 - 29, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 23, 27, 29, 29, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 35, 40, 44, 44
Overall Redraft - 67, 39, 41, 42, 47
RB Redraft PPR - 28, 19, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 27, 28, 29, 29, 30, 32, 32, 32, 40, 44, 44, 48
Overall Redraft PPR - 68, 39, 42, 50, 53, 54
RB Dynasty - 41, 32, 37, 40, 40, 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 15 175 * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 190 * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 15 175 * * 33 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 130 * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 60
RB: 26
Overall-PPR: 67
RB-PPR: 27

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Footballguys Articles

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Latest News

Lions | Big role for Ameer Abdullah (Mon Aug 3, 09:03 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is expected to be a big part of the offense in his first NFL season, splitting carries with RB Joique Bell while also having first chance to win punt and kick return duties. Abdullah is expected to play a similar role to RB Reggie Bush in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense.

Our View: Bell is coming back from both knee and Achilles' injuries this offseason. Abdullah has a chance to earn a larger role than some think. The rookie from Nebraska is dangerous in space, and he's a bit tougher in the middle than his size would indicate.
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Lions | No timetable for Joique Bell (Fri Jul 31, 03:24 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is making progress in his recovery from injuries, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Our View: With two injuries to recover from, there really can't be a timeline for Bell. In the meantime, rookie Ameer Abdullah is going to get a big chance to make a positive impression as the first-team back.
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Lions | Joique Bell to begin on PUP list (Wed Jul 29, 07:20 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (undisclosed) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, July 29, as he recovers from offseason surgery. It is unclear what the specific injury is, but Bell did have issues with his knee and Achilles' last season.

Our View: Bell is a fine all-purpose back when healthy, but he's going to take some more time to get ready for the season. We'll be monitoring this situation closely as the Lions go through camp. Bell's status for the start of the regular season is a question mark.
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Lions | Joique Bell's health a big concern? (Tue Jul 21, 03:57 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell's health will be a concern until the Lions see him back on the field, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to have rookie Ameer Abdullah on the radar. Right now, Abdullah is coming off the board at RB28 while Bell is coming off at RB27 in 12-team PPR leagues. Bell suffered Achilles' and knee injuries last season, but still managed nearly 1,200 total yards and eight total touchdowns. Watch Bell's status in training camp to determine his level of play by the time the regular season gets here.
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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