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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:

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

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 New York Times | Aug 28th
Bell will handle more of the early down work in this timeshare.
Breaking Football | Aug 27th
Lions will split touches between Bell and Bush. He has RB2 upside.
The Football Girl | Aug 27th
His talent is real; Bush's presence limits the upside.
The Fake Football | Aug 26th
Last year the Saints gave Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas both 70+ receptions. Joe Lombardi brings that offense to Detroit and Bell could see a bump in targets and continue to get goal line looks. Plus Bush is an injury waiting to happen.
Fantasy Sports LR | Aug 26th
Perhaps his receptions come down a tick sans-Linehan, but, Bell showed he has a lot to offer this offense in 2013.
2MugsFF | Aug 25th
We're bullish here, but he will pay huge dividends if you're looking for a RB in the 4th/5th round.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 25th
8 TD's and 1,000+ yards in 2013 make him a solid hand-cuff RB to Reggie Bush. If you draft Reggie then you have to go after Bell.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 25th
Bell is likely to lead the Lions in carries with RB Reggie Bush serving as the third down back and change of pace back. Look for Bell to be the fantasy back to own in Detroit in 2014. He is a solid RB2 with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and score rushing touchdowns.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 25th
The consensus thus far in the off season is that Bell could be the early down back and Reggie Bush will perform in most passing situations. With Caldwell now the head coach, look for a much more balanced offense.
Legion Report | Aug 25th
Joique Bell will see the biggest jump in production with new OC Joe Lombardi. Lombardi is known as a RBBC type OC and he has the guys to do it. Joique has caught 50+ ball the past two seasons and is a lock again in 2014. Bell will also see more rushing and goal line attempts this season, which gives him huge Fantasy potential in this Lions Offense!
Fantasy Football Starters | Aug 23rd
Very underrated! Bell can pull in 60 balls, and despite Reggie Bush looking speedy this preseason, Bush is very much an injury risk, and Bell could lead the team in carries. I expect Bell to have a strong finish in weeks 8-16.
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 23rd
Joique Bell seems like the favorite to start in Detroit and should see 1,000 plus rushing yards with 6-8 touchdowns this season.
FantasyPros | Aug 11th
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