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David Bell

David Bell


Age: 21College: Purdue

Week 13 Outlook

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Week Rank (ECR) WR #80
Projection 4.9 pts

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It didn't take long for David Bell to produce at the collegiate level. As an 18-year-old true freshman, Bell broke out with a 26% dominator rating, 1,035 receiving yards and 86 receptions. The Indianapolis native made the most of his opportunity with future second-round pick Rondale Moore sidelined with injury.

That's the same script that played out the following year with Moore limited to just three games in a truncated COVID-19 season, as Bell posted a 44% dominator rating with a 32% target share in 2020.

His first two years at Purdue were utterly impressive, so it comes as no surprise that he blew up his junior year as the bonafide No. 1 in the Boilermakers' offense. Bell finished third in the FBS in receiving yards on the outside (1,097), second in total forced missed tackles (25) and 10th in PFF receiving grade (86.9) among his draft class.

But there are elements to Bell's game that might limit him at the next level. His 28% career contest-target percentage ranks seventh in the FBS over the past three seasons, which is concerning given his tweener size.

It also reflects poorly on Bell's separation skills, which have not been great. His 44% separation percentage against single coverage ranks 76th out of 97 qualifying wide receivers (22nd percentile) since 2019.

His lack of athleticism is to blame for the red flags on his profile. At the combine, Bell posted a 33-inch vertical (21st percentile), 118″ broad jump (32nd percentile), 4.65 40-yard dash time (10th percentile), 7.14 3-cone drill (19th percentile) and 4.57 20-yard shuttle (2nd percentile).

Not ideal for a wide receiver pegged to potentially sneak into the back-end of Day 1 or top of Day 2.

It's not too surprising that at 6-foot-1 and 212 Bell wasn't a burner by any means, but the lack of explosiveness in the jumping drills and short-area quickness isn't ideal.

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David Bell catches four balls in Week 12

David Bell caught four of his six targets for 23 yards in a 23-17 win over the Buccaneers in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact

Bell's six targets were the third-most on the team. The rookie has been carving out a larger role as the season goes on as he now has 16 targets over the past three games. With Deshaun Watson returning from an 11-game suspension for Week 13's matchup against the Texans, Bell's fantasy arrow is pointing up.

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ECRBestWorst# of Experts
Week 13WR #80WR #66WR #9537
Rest of Season WR #79WR #55WR #1004
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Projections (Week 13)
Rush AttRush YdsRush TdsRecsRec YdsRec TdsFumblesPoints
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Statistics (avgs.)
Rec YdsRec TdsRecsPoints
Last Week23042.3
Last 3 Weeks2303.72.3
Season to Date16.9021.7
Game Log
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Game Log
OPPRec YdsRec TdsRecsPoints
Week 12vs. TB23042.3
Week 11@ BUF22042.2
Week 10@ MIA24032.4
Week 8vs. CIN27022.7
Strength of Schedule
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Strength of Schedule (2022)
Next Game@ HOU25th easiest opponent
Next 3 GamesCIN, BAL, NO13th easiest opponents
Playoffs (?)BAL, NO, WAS4th easiest opponents
Rest of Season--18th easiest remaining opponents
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