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 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, 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.
Breaking Football | Oct 4th
The Detroit Lions won’t be at 100% in their offensive backfield when they host the Buffalo Bills in week five. Per reports, Joique Bell still isn’t completely ready to return to the field following a week four concussion, and he will miss the team’s week five contest. Fellow backup Theo Riddick is also out with an injury of his own, leaving starter Reggie Bush as the main man for...
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