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By Steve Painter, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Jul 31st 7:57pm EDT

He is on the PUP list as well. Coach Jim Caldwell says there is no timetable for Bell as of today. At 29-years of age, Bell has had three lower-leg surgeries the past two seasons. There is a guy who is running with the ones right now, who deserves consideration, Ameer Abdullah. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell is being drafted in the fifth round these days, which is crazy when you realize that he is nowhere near ready and Ameer Abdullah happens to have a better skill set than he does. This is an extreme overdraft situation as Bell should be avoided in drafts. Let someone else have the anxiety and doubt.

 

By Blaine Blontz, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Jul 30th 9:08am EDT

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell will start training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Bell continues to recover from injuries that required surgery this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit strange that the injuries have yet to be specifically named, as Bell missed the entire offseason due to the operation. Despite Reggie Bush departing, Bell has to battle rookie Ameer Abdullah for carries. It's still to be determined if Bell will be ready for the start of the season, but he's being taken as the No. 25 RB based on ADP at this point. It's certainly a situation to monitor.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Jul 21st 4:17pm EDT

ESPN Lions' reporter Michael Rothstein says there seems to be more concern with running back Joique Bell's health this year than there was in 2014. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bell's offseason achilles and knee ailments are expected to limit his reps when camp opens next week. He's currently being over-drafted at a fifth-round ADP, while dynamic rookie Ameer Abdullah is going a round later. This situation is definitely worth monitoring.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Jul 9th 10:34pm EDT

The Detroit Lions' senior writer, Tim Twentyman, expects the combination of Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell to be a "one-two punch." (Source: DetroitLions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bell projects as the starter who will command the work up-the-gut and around the goal-line. Abdullah is more of the shifty, home-run hitting type of runner who will be used in space, outside of the tackles and as a receiver out of the backfield.

 

By Steve Painter, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jun 10th 8:09pm EDT

Ameer Abdullah has been taking advantage of Bell's absence in the meantime and has shown his skills well. Bell underwent offseason knee and Achilles' surgeries and has yet to return. The Lions have been looking for help at RB the last few days. (Source: Detroit Lions)

Fantasy Impact: Surprisingly, Bell's ADP is in the fifth round. I recommend passing on that and getting Abdullah, who indeed is the better back, but might be limited by loyalty to Bell, at least for the first few games of the season.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jun 10th 4:40pm EDT

After going through multiple minor offseason surgeries, probable featured back Joique Bell won't be ready for training camp. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: He missed all nine OTA practices. "Really, I think your biggest concern is just, is he going to be able to get in the shape that you wanted to at the beginning of camp," offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said. "But we’ll be careful with him and smart and ramp him up as we go." Bell was Detroit's best back last year, amassing a career-high 860 rushing yards on 223 totes and averaging 4.4 yards per carry in the second half. His absence has given Ameer Abdullah the chance to show the coaching staff and the starting unit what he's got. Bell is too much of a risk to draft in the early-to-mid rounds.

 

By Steve Painter, Lions Correspondent, Wed, May 27th 10:47pm EDT

Bell had both his knee and Achilles' surgically repaired following last season and thus, enters 2015 with huge red flags. His role is a huge question mark because the team has added Ameer Abdullah. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Abdullah is the superior back in Detroit and they will likely employ a RBBC until he emerges, likely in mid-season.

 

By Miguel Garcia, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Apr 30th 11:40pm EDT

After trading down to #28 the Detroit Lions selected guard Laken Tomlinson.

Fantasy Impact: Often regarded as the best interior lineman in the draft, Tomlinson's strength is his run-blocking. Although he reportedly struggles at the second level, he may be able to learn to improve in the Lions offense. Nevertheless Tomlinson's run-blocking will only allow Joique Bell's game to improve. Bell is poised for a great season with this pick as well as the departure of Reggie Bush.

 

By Brian Tesch, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Feb 28th 10:57am EST

According to detroitlions.com's Tim Twentyman, the "It seems more realistic the Lions try to add another runner in the draft to pair with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick." (Source: DetroitLions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Coming straight from the team website, it seems likely that the Lions are going to take a RB within the first four rounds of the draft. Joique Bell, while extremely effective, could have to hold off a younger challenger for carriers, and Theo Riddick may also be fighting for his newly inherited 3rd down back role. Keep an eye on the Lions backfield during the off-season.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 1:58pm EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell underwent what's being called a minor "clean-up surgery" on his achilles tendon last week. An injury which first appeared on the injury report in Week 3, but popped up again in Week 17, but one that didn't force Bell to miss any time. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Despite the injury, Bell led the Lions with 860 yards rushing in 15 games this year, although he did miss one game due to a concussion. Bell is expected to return in time for organized off-season workouts, and should continue to lead the Detroit backfield in touches next season.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Jan 4th 8:12pm EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell ran 12 times for 43 yards and caught 4 of 4 targets for 42 yards in Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bell was Detroit's most productive running back all year and should remain the Lions' RB1 heading into next year. Joique will be a high-end RB2 in both standard and PPR leagues in 2015, most likely taken anywhere from the beginning of round 3 to the end of round 4.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 9:55am EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell ran 13 times for 60 yards in Week 17. Bell also made a critical mistake in the game, fumbling the ball over the Green Bay Packers at a crucial point in the game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions didn't run the ball as much as they have in recent weeks as they were forced to throw more to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' offense. Still, Bell ran hard when given the chance and finishes the 2014 regular season campaign with 223 attempts for 860 yards and 7 scores. He also added 34 receptions for another 322 yards and one touchdown through the air. Look for Bell to be the featured back in Detroit next year, warranting a pick somewhere between the 4th and 5th rounds of standard league drafts.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 10:09pm EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell continued his impressive end of the season "run", rushing 13 times for 74 yards and a score, while adding 2 receptions for another 13 yards - giving him 87 total yards against the Chicago Bears. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should be happy with those numbers considering how bad the entire Lions' offense looked against one of the worst ranked defenses in the league. Bell has secured himself as a strong RB2 with flashes of potential for him to reach the RB1 level next season. Owners playing in a Week 17 championship should continue to start Bell with confidence against the Green Bay Packers.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 10:47am EST

Detroit Lions' starting running back Joique Bell gave his fantasy owners another solid outing, rushing 15 times for 62 yards while adding another 41 yards on four receptions. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bell has been on a roll in recent weeks, and while he didn't find the end zone in this one, he did manage to total over 100 yards of offense. With Reggie Bush merely an afterthought at this point, Bell will be a borderline RB1/2 against the Chicago Bears on championship weekend.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 4:08pm EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell broke off a 57-yard run against Tampa Bay in Week 14, which was the longest run of the season by a Lions' running back. (Source: detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bell struggled to start the season, but he's been a beast for fantasy owners the past two weeks with 41 carries for 174 yards and two scores on the ground, plus 7 receptions for 66 yards and another score through the air. With match-ups against the Vikings and Bears to finish the season, Bell has RB 1 upside the rest of the way.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 11:15am EST

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell had a huge role in their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, racking up a total of 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: Despite Reggie Bush coming back in full-form after dealing with an ankle injury for several weeks, Bell remained the Lions cowbell. Carrying the ball successfully against the stingy Buccaneers' rush defense, Bell has safely secured the RB1 role with Detroit. He now has four touchdowns in the past two weeks and is a solid fantasy play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 8:25am EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell carried the ball 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught both of his targets for another 16 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With Reggie Bush out once again it was the Joique Bell show against the Bears on Thanksgiving. While he started out a bit slow, Bell recorded 80 of his 107 total yards in the second half. The Lions are home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, and Bell can be viewed as a RB2 for that contest.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 5:52pm EST

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell struggled to get much going Sunday against the New England Patriots, touching the ball 20 times for a total of 46 all-purpose yards. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: A few weeks back we warned that Bell would be a gamble play going forward, and looking at the past three weeks, we have been proven right. There is no knowing which Bell that you are going to get. Even with Reggie Bush out, the veteran back had little success Sunday as his longest run was for 6-yards. Bell will look to get back on track against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving day.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 4:41pm EST

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. (Source: detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's not known whether Bell suffered the injury in Week 11's game against Arizona or not as he wasn't listed on the post-game injury report. Hopefully he'll be good to go against New England in Week 12, but this is a situation that's worth monitoring.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 8:14am EST

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell topped the century mark for all-purpose yards for the first time this season in a losing effort to the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: Bell's value will continue to fluctuate depending on his matchup as well as the health of all three of the Lions' running backs. Reggie Bush did not suit up Sunday, allowing for an increase in Bell's workload; something that he took full advantage of. Track Bush's health this week before considering starting Bell in your fantasy league.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 1:28pm EST

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell had 12 touches for 81 all-purpose yards with no touchdowns in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Statistically he was ok, but he was no where close to the RB2 that he was being touted as heading into the game. The Lions stated that there would be no No.1 running back on the roster and they proved that this week. With Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick also getting involved, Bell's opportunities were limited compared to usual. As long as all three remain productive, look for more weeks much like this. Depending on the matchup, Bell is no more than a flex-option in deeper fantasy leagues.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 5th 8:11am EST

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell could be the running back that gets the most touches in Week 10. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Heading against a stingy Miami Dolphins rush defense, Bell is the lone healthy, trusted, power back on the Lions roster. With Theo Riddick now expected to take some of Reggie Bush's looks out of the backfield, that could hand Bell the majority of touches, thus the lead back role in Week 10. He is a solid, but unspectacular flex-play against Miami.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 6:08pm EDT

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell failed to put up solid numbers in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, touching the ball 16 times for a total of 61 yards and no touchdowns. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This matchup had the makings of an excellent game for Bell; Reggie Bush was "OUT" and the Falcons have been very giving to opposing running backs in 2014. Instead, Theo Riddick was the running back to own off of the Lions roster. Detroit heads into a bye week before facing the Miami Dolphins on November 9th.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 8:49am EDT

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell will be a primary focus for their offensive attack Sunday in London against the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria also inactive, Golden Tate and Bell will be the primary focus for the Lions today. Against a very giving Atlanta rush defense, this could result in a huge game for the running back.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Oct 25th 7:39am EDT

With Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons due to continued ankle issues, Joique Bell looks to once again be the lead back for the Lions. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: That is great news for Bell owners who have him on their fantasy squads. Facing a very giving Falcons' rush defense in London while being the likely beneficiary of the majority of touches for Detroit propels Bell into RB2 territory in deeper fantasy leagues. He has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games and is nearing must-start status.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 10:06am EDT

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was the cowbell for coach Jim Caldwell on Sunday as he lined up for 52 snaps against his former team, the New Orleans Saints. (Source: Justin Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Bell most likely would had lined up less if Reggie Bush were not dealing with an ankle issue, there is no doubting that the Lions are a much better team when Bell is producing. He now has touchdowns in consecutive games and faces a very giving Atlanta Falcons rush defense Week 8 in London. Bell's fantasy value is on the rise and is now a very solid low-end RB2/flex-option depending on the size of your league.

 

By Bobby Flores, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:17pm EDT

Bell rushed 18 times for 48 yards and a TD. He also caught 2 passes for 19 yards. He was a large part of the second half when the Lions rallied for the victory.

Fantasy Impact: Joique is in line for a big game next week against the Falcons leaky defense even if it is in England.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Oct 16th 1:10pm EDT

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has joked around about how both he and fellow teammate Reggie Bush are both ready to take on their former team, the New Orleans Saints. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Bell bounced around the league with several teams before landing with his hometown Lions in 2011. Breaking out in 2012 with 1,135 all-purpose yards and 8 touchdowns, he has struggled to get going in 2014. That should change in Week 7 as Bell has some extra motivation to beat his former team to help carry the momentum of 97 all-purpose yards and a touchdown that he put up last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Look for the Detroit back to perform as a solid Flex-option in deeper fantasy formats as New Orleans has been very giving to opposing running backs this year, allowing nearly 20 fantasy points per week on average.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 12:48pm EDT

Joique Bell shined Sunday against the hapless Minnesota Vikings, compiling 97 all-purpose yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Week 6 is a prime example of the depth that the Detroit Lions have at the running back position. Bell has the talent to be a lead running back in the NFL, but when Bush is healthy enough to suit up Bell will remain the change-of-pace back. With Bush out, Bell received 20 touches with Riddick (8) and Winn (5) combining for the rest. Bell is a solid flex-option with upside in most fantasy leagues.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Oct 8th 7:03pm EDT

The Lions received good news Wednesday as both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick returned to practice. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Both Bell and Riddick have a chance at playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings who have given up 20.4 fantasy points on average to opposing running backs. If Reggie Bush misses the game, both Bell and Riddick will see a boost in the fantasy relevance for Week 6.

 

By Christopher Ziza, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Oct 4th 9:23pm EDT

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has officially been ruled OUT for Week 5's game against the Buffalo Bills. (Source: FFLockerRoom Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for Bell's owners who have been depending on him to be a solid RB2 in most fantasy leagues. In his absence look for Reggie Bush to see a spike in touches this week against the sixth-stingiest fantasy point rush defense (10.3 FP/week) while George Winn could also see some action. Theo Riddick has been ruled OUT as well.

 

By Bobby Flores, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 12:23pm EDT

Bell was held out again from practice on Friday due to his concussion sustained last week. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is a bad sign for Bell passing his concussion protocol to be on pace to play on Sunday. As of right now, plan for Joique to be out. Reggie Bush will carry the load against Buffalo with George Winn backing him up.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Oct 1st 3:23pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell didn't practice Wednesday after being knocked out of Week 4's game with a concussion. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's not clear where Bell's at within the league's concussion protocol stages, or if he'll be cleared in time for Week 5 against the Bills. If not, Reggie Bush will carry the load for the Lions.

 

By Bobby Flores, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 4:59pm EDT

Joique was having a luke warm game when he left averaging 4.0 ypc with 32 yards on 8 carries. He also had 2 catches for just 7 yards on 4 targets. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As with all concussions, this is a situation we will have to monitor throughout the week. They should have daily updates on his status toward playing in next weeks game on Sunday against Buffalo.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 4:19pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell is listed as probably for Week 4 against the Jets after practicing in full two days in a row. (Source: detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bell was limited on Wednesday with a knee issue, but he managed to be full go on both Thursday and Friday. He has a tough match-up against the Jets' first place run defense. Still, he offers some upside as a Flex play being that he's the goal line back in the Lions' potentially explosive offense.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 4:33pm EDT

A day after being limited in practice because of a knee injury, Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell was a full participant in Thursday's practice. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell has a tough Week 4 match-up against a stout Jets' run defense. Not to mention the fact that Reggie Bush out touched him in for the first time this season in Week 3 - when Bell also saw zero targets in the passing game. But at least fantasy owner's don't have to be concerned about his knee.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Sep 24th 10:18pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joqiue Bell was limited in Wednesday's practice with a sore knee. Bell battled the knee "injury" last week before being listed as probable and getting 15 carries in the win over the Packers. (Source: Detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Despite the hype, Bell has underwhelmed after three games, averaging 3.0 YPC on 40 carries. He's also fumbled twice, losing one. Consider Bell more of a flex option when he faces a tough Jets' run defense in Week 4.

 

By Dale Redman, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 12:04pm EDT

Facing a bad Packers rushing defense, Joique Bell was expected by many to have a huge week. Finishing with 33 yards on 15 carries, Bell was a gigantic bust on Sunday. Joique did not factor into the passing game either, as he received 0 targets. To make matters worse, Reggie Bush out-snapped (37 to 36) and out-performed Bell while totaling 99 yards and 1 TD.

Fantasy Impact: Even after a couple of below average rushing games, Bell still could not get anything going in a excellent matchup in Week 3. While he is still getting a majority of the carries, one has to wonder how long that will last. In 3 games so far, Bell is averaging 40 yards rushing per game and only 3.0 ypc. Next week the Lions face a tough rushing defense in the Jets, so it may be time to look for other options. But with bye weeks starting, Bell will remain a RB3/FLEX play in Week 4.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 4:40pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell is listed as probable for Week 3 against Green Bay. (Source: detroitlions.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bell was limited in practice this week with a knee injury, but his status was never in doubt. He's a high-end RB2 against a Packers defense that's allowed 217 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 4:43pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell was limited in Wednesday's practice with a knee injury. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The extent is unknown, but there's nothing pointing to Bell missing Week 3 against Green Bay. Through two weeks of the season, Bell has out-touched fellow Lions' running back Reggie Bush by an average of 16 touches per game to 12.

 

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 4:18pm EDT

Joique Bell finished the Lions' 24-7 loss to Carolina with 36 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving.

Fantasy Impact: While the Lions offense struggled greatly today and Bell had a costly fumble early on, he was able to salvage the day for his fantasy owner's with some garbage time yardage. Bell finished with 6 grabs and 97 yards from scrimmage, but perhaps more importantly, out touched Reggie Bush 16 to 8. With Bell touching the ball more and getting the red zone looks, he appears to be the Lions' running back to own moving forward.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:37pm EDT

Detroit Lions' running back Joique Bell got his game going in the fourth quarter, rushing for 34 of his game high 51 yards in the final quarter. In all, he finished with 15 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown, as well as 1 reception for 5 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Detroit had a hard time running the football against the Giants' defense tonight, but they managed to wear them down late. As expected, Bell got the majority of between the tackle carries, while Bush was featured more in the passing game. Look for this to continue next week when the Lions play at Carolina.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 8:53am EDT

Detroit Lions' running back tandem of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both ran well against the Jaguars underrated defense in the Lions' third preseason game. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Bush made the headlines with his 86-yard touchdown run after Bell worked between the tackles to earn 11-yards on two straight carries. Bush is still considered the 1A in Detroit's backfield, but Bell is the closest 1B you can find on any team's depth chart. It wouldn't be surprising to see Bell lead the Lions in carries and touchdowns this season.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 3:23pm EDT

The split in carries between Detroit Lions' running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush may actually favor Bell according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: New Lions' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi figures to use Bell and Bush much like he did Khiry Robinson/Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles last season in New Orleans. Meaning Bell could actually see the majority of early down carries and goal-line work while Bush figures to play more of the Sproles' role for the Lions. If true, Bell would be a great value pick in redraft leagues, and perhaps the more valuable pick overall between the two.

 

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 9:58am EDT

Joique Bell was missing from practice today at Lion's training camp. UPDATE: Bell missed practice for personal reasons so expect to see him out there tomorrow night against the Browns. (Source: Tim Twentyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell missed OTAs this spring with a bothersome knee so his missing practice is a slight concern. It is nothing to worry about yet, but you will want to monitor his status for tomorrow night's preseason game because the Lions surely want to get him reps and fantasy owners want to get a glimpse of how the workload will be divided in the Lions' backfield.

 

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 10:26pm EDT

Joique Bell's knee has been pain-free, allowing him to participate fully in camp. (Source: MLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bell rested his sore knee most of the offseason, but it was never a real concern. Bell is poised to produce this season while serving as the Lions' 1B running back to Reggie Bush 1A. Look for his current fifth round ADP to climb slightly as we near the season, and immediately soar should Bush get injured.

 

By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 12:37pm EDT

Lions.com beat writer, Tim Twentyman, reports that all five starters from last year’s offensive line will return this season. (Source: DetroitLions.com)

Fantasy Impact: He enjoyed significant fantasy success behind this line last year and things only project to get better with the continued development of G Larry Warford, who graded out as PFF’s 14th best run blocker as a rookie, and the added depth third-round rookie C Travis Swanson should bring. I’d feel very comfortable going into the season with Bell as my RB2.

 
The NY Times | Aug 3rd
Offseason ACL/knee surgeries leave conditioning/training camp status in doubt.
Breaking Football | Aug 2nd
Reggie Bush is gone and Bell showed last year he can do more than he's been asked. I think he reached his cap as the 14th best fantasy back, though.
Fantasy Football Empire | Aug 2nd
Joique Bell is returning from both knee and Achilles injuries, while rookie Ameer Adbullah has looked great in OTAs. Bell still is the back for goal line carries, but this could be a clear timeshare or whoever has the hot hand week by week (think Hill/Bernard in Cincinnati). Current ADPs have Bell at 60 and Abdullah at 65.
Breaking Football | Jul 29th
I should probably make it known that I’m not the biggest Joique Bell fan. Maybe it’s because he killed the fantasy football stock of Reggie…
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
It appears we will have a committee in Detroit this season with Joique Bell leading the way on early downs and short yardage and Ameer Abdullah working on passing downs. The more skilled player would appear to be Abdullah and he could start to win over playing time from Bell as the season goes on, but Bell has always been an effective goal line back and unless he gets hurt I doubt he loses that. I'll lean Bell in Non-PPR and Abdullah in PPR.