29-Year-Old Running Back – Detroit Lions
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
An undrafted Division II star in 2010 who got little chance to show what he could do through his first two NFL seasons, Bell has seen his snaps and carries increase each of the last three seasons in D...
Joique Bell Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year, $7 million extension, with $4.3 million guaranteed, with the Lions in March of 2014.
Bell (knee/Achilles) remained out of practice and on the Lions' PUP list as of Wednesday.
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Joique Bell: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Although he doesn't have a timetable to practice, Bell has been running sprints on the side for at least the last week, suggesting he could still be ready by Week 1. His absence will allow Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick to get more first-team reps during training camp and the preseason, potentially helping their respective bids to earn roles in the offense. Bell is the clear favorite to get goal-line and early-down carries when healthy, but Abdullah and Riddick shouldn't be underestimated as threats to his workload, especially on passing downs.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While there is still no timetable with regard to Bell rejoining his teammates on the practice field, the report relays that the running back was "aggressively running suicide sprints," Monday, while suggesting that "it doesn't appear he'll be out of action long." Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press notes that coach Jim Caldwell indicated Sunday that Bell is in line to see action during the Lions' exhibition season, which further reinforces the notion that the running back's reintroduction to the mix is on the horizon. Upon his return, Bell will look to hold of the challenge of rookie Ameer Abdullah, who has continued to impress during the early stages of training camp.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bell was placed on the PUP list to start training camp, but he can be activated at any point before the regular season. Although the Lions have made it clear that they still plan on having the veteran lead their backfield come Week 1, it's fair to wonder if Bell will be impacted by the aftermath of his offseason surgeries. He said a month ago that he wasn't worried, but the recovery process has already lingered quite a bit longer than expected. With Bell absent from training camp, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick will get extra snaps with the first-team offense.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
While he's not the biggest or fastest running back in the league, Bell made a major incursion on Reggie Bush's playing time last season, gaining 40 percent of the carries while looking even more explosive in the pass game than he did the year before. He's a true weapon in the open field, having produced more than 1,000 yards on 105 catches over the last two seasons, and he worked his way into a goal-line role last year too. Bell dealt with a knee issue over the offseason, but it doesn't sound like anything that'll limit him come training camp. He's played in all 16 games the last two years, so he's been durable in his backup/timeshare role. Like Bush, Bell may see his carry total reduced this year with the Lions remodeling their offense in the mold of the Saints, but both players could see a spike in receptions, making Bell a compelling and relatively low-priced option for PPR formats.
At 5-11, 220, Bell doesn't offer great speed, but he has good open-field vision, and his strong base makes him hard to bring down. His 5.0 YPC (on 82 attempts) was easily tops among Lions running backs, and his 52 receptions were fifth among NFL backs. Despite seeing 115 fewer touches than Mikel Leshoure, Bell's 899 total yards were only 113 less than the Lions starter produced. Unfortunately for Bell, the addition of Reggie Bush figures to limit his role in the backfield this season, particularly as a receiver. He'll likely need an injury to Bush or Leshoure to match the 134 touches he had last year.
The Lions' running back situation is a bit unsettled at the top due to injury, but Bell is in the second or third tier heading into camp. He'll only get a chance if injuries force Detroit's hand.
Bell, fresh of a spectacular preseason, will start the year as the Saints' fourth running back behind Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles. However, with Sproles likely to serve as a Reggie Bush-esque jack-of-all-trades, an injury to either Thomas or Ingram could open the door for Bell to be a major contributor with Chris Ivory to start the year on the PUP list and coach Sean Payton's penchant for a dual running back system.
Bell, a Wayne State product and the recipient of the Harlon Hill Award in 2009 as the best player in Division II football following a 2,084-rushing yards campaign with 29 touchdowns, signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in the offseason. He's looking like a practice squad candidate, but if the Bills decided to rid themselves of the troublesome Marshawn Lynch via trade, there would be a chance for Bell to sneak into the No. 3 role.