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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

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

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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.
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.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Bell ran as well as he has all year, and against a tough opponent to boot. While it didn't amount to a big fantasy day, it should against Chicago in Weeks 13 and 16, and maybe in a few other matchups as the Lions try to march into the playoffs.

General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Detroit did without Reggie Bush last week (again), due to his shaky ankle - it's hard to depend on him in fantasy circles as Bush has constantly been nicked up/missed time on the sidelines even when he does suit up. Joique Bell (14/85/0 rushing and five targets for 3/30/0 receiving at Arizona last week) is the superior fantasy option here heading into the final weeks of the NFL season. New England has stomped Denver and Indianapolis by a margin of 22 points in each of their last two games - they look like the AFC team on the rise as we enter the stretch run into the playoffs. Last week, Indianapolis had a miniscule 17/19/0 rushing vs. New England, while Denver posted 17/43/1 at New England two weeks ago. Right now, the New England defensive front is shutting down opposing backs. This looks like a bad matchup for Detroit on the road to New Englands' Gillette Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at ATL 14 39 0 3 2 22 0 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 3 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 11 * * 3 * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom 12 * * 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.


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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