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 (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted that the running back isn't expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Joique Bell: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bell's absence on Monday night gave Ameer Abdullah unfettered access to touches out of the Lions' backfield, but the rookie could only muster 13 rushes for 33 yards on the ground and two catches for 11 yards against the Seahawks' typically stout defense. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick took on a pass-catching role, turning five receptions into 31 yards. If Bell remains out of commission, the preceding breakdown of reps between Abdullah and Riddick will likely be replicated.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Bell has been incredibly underwhelming thus far this season, averaging just 2.5 yards per touch and 1.1 yard per rush through three games. Rookie Ameer Abdullah and third-down back Theo Riddick should receive additional touches against a tough Seahawks rush defense Monday in Bell's absence.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Neither the nature nor the extent of the ankle injury are known, placing a cloud over Bell's Week 4 viability. Consequently, owners should keep a watchful eye on his activity level as the weekend approaches to get a better picture of the breakdown of snaps within the Lions' backfield. Through three games, Bell has handled 31 percent of the offensive snaps versus 43 percent for rookie Ameer Abdullah.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After release of the season's first injury report, Bell has avoided any question about his potential availability in Week 1 and backed up his placement atop the Lions' initial running-back depth chart. Expect Theo Riddick to act as the third-down back Sunday at San Diego, while rookie Ameer Abdullah's reps are likely contingent upon how much work Bell can handle.
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.