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RB Joique Bell - Detroit Lions

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

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Summary

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 - 24, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 26, 27, 27, 27, 31, 31, 34, 35, 37
Overall Redraft - 61, 37, 39, 41, 46, 51, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 26, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 24, 26, 27, 27, 29, 31, 31, 33, 37, 48
Overall Redraft PPR - 64, 37, 41, 46, 50, 53, 53, 55, 58, 59
RB Dynasty - 33, 28, 31, 32, 37, 57

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 16 195 * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 190 * * 28 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 12 150 * * 33 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 160 * * 41 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 60
RB: 26
Overall-PPR: 64
RB-PPR: 27

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Latest News

Lions | Joique Bell aiming for 1,200 yards (Tue Jun 30, 11:28 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'

Our View: Bell certainly has the skill set to get that mark in 2015, but there are some obstacles in his way. First, he's not healthy and there's no telling when he'll be ready to practice. He's coming back from both an Achilles' and knee injury, but the team plans for him to be ready at some point in training camp. Second, Bell is going to be splitting time in 2015. The Lions added electric rookie RB Ameer Abdullah in the 2015 NFL draft, and he's going to challenge Bell for the starting job. Abdullah may be best served as a change-of-pace back, but he's too good to keep on the bench. Bell is a RB3 for fantasy owners if he's the starter, and that role might not be as big as some think because of Abdullah's presence.
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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