Joique Bell Fantasy News

Lions RB Joique Bell: 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards.'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 11:09am

MLive - [Full Article]

Lions RB Joique Bell isn't worried about the knee injury that has sidelined him for the entirety of this offseason. He isn't worried about the Achilles either.

He really, really isn't.

Bell is so confident about this season, in fact, that he's predicting he'll become the second Detroit Lions running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2004 -- and then some.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed.

"Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell was the #14 RB in standard formats (#13 in PPR), while racking up 257 touches in 15 games. That works out to a 17.1-touch average. While he certainly benefited from Reggie Bush's injury-plagued season, Bell dominated the touches even when Bush was active and playing. He should continue to see RB1-type touches in 2015 with Bush out of the way, though the arrival of Ameer Abdullah is a concern. Abdullah has shined with Bell sitting out of offseason activities, but Bell should still see 14-15 touches per game.

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Lions Beat: RB Ameer Abdullah 'easily' the 'most impressive rookie'

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:11pm

MLive - [Full Article]

Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke:

The most impressive rookie of minicamp, easily, has been tailback Ameer Abdullah. It's hard to say much of anything substantive about a tailback, when there are no pads and no contact, but for whatever it's worth, Abdullah has looked like Detroit's best rusher with Joique Bell still out. He's smooth in his breaks, and his first- and second-step acceleration is plus-plus. He just looks comfortable, which you can't always say about a rookie tailback. Again, at this level, where everyone is fast and physical, the true hallmarks of a good rusher are vision and tackle-breaking ability, neither of which can be seen until the pads come on. But you have to like the early returns from the second-round pick.

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Theo Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. With a small early-down role and significant time on passing downs, Abdullah could ultimately post top 25 numbers in PPR formats. He has upside from there if he's able to bite into Bell's workload.

Cowboys 'like' what Lance Dunbar can do 'in space'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cowboys' intrigue with Lance Dunbar has been long-running. He might not be an every-down back, but he can be part of a committee. They like what he can do in space. They believe he can be a mismatch player for defenses. Before arriving from the Detroit Lions, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan had two running backs catch more than 50 passes in a season. Linehan sees Dunbar being able to do some of what Reggie Bush and Joique Bell did in 2013 in Detroit.

"Sometimes he doesn't play as many plays as some of the other guys, but when you look at his production within the plays that he has, it's usually pretty good," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's usually a difference maker. He's a really smart football player. He's talented. He's quick. He's fast and explosive, has great intuition and instincts for the game. We try to use him a lot of different ways, and when we have used him he's been effective for us. You're always trying to give those guys more opportunities."

Fantasy Impact:

Dunbar was rumored to be on the chopping block, but it appears that his roster spot is safe. If he beats out Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden for the role of third-down back, he could work his way into fantasy relevancy in PPR formats.

Lions Beat: 'Evident' that RB Ameer Abdullah 'will play significant minutes'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:07pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Lions second-round pick Ameer Abdullah has impressed coaches with his quick feet and sure hands, and it's evident that the rookie running back will play significant minutes this fall. He'll get plenty more reps this week, as Joique Bell remains out recovering from off-season knee/Achilles surgeries.

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Theo Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. If he sees a significant role in the passing game while stealing a few early down carries, Abdullah could ultimately post top 20 numbers in PPR formats. Remember, OC Joe Lombardi came from New Orleans, where they like their running back committees.

Lions Beat: Team 'impressed' with RB Ameer Abdullah

Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:14pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has gotten plenty of reps with Joique Bell being out and he's looked good in the open OTA practices.

Lombardi is already impressed with how polished of a receiver Abdullah is turning out to be, and his quickness and elusiveness as a runner has shown in practice.

He’s a balanced runner -- low to the ground and he can stop and change directions on a dime. It never seems like defenders are able to square him up.

We’ll see what he looks like as a returner in training camp, but so far, it’s safe to say the Lions are impressed with their rookie running back.

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Theo Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. If things break his way and he sees significant time on passing downs, Abdullah could ultimately post top 25 numbers in PPR formats.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah 'better' at catching the ball than originally thought

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 11:57pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Ameer Abdullah ran for more than 1,600 yards in each of his last two seasons at Nebraska, but it’s his receiving skills that have pleasantly surprised the Lions through nine OTA practices this spring.

“I like Abdullah more every day,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said after Wednesday’s open OTA practice. “Every day you can see him do things that really excite you.

“He didn’t get a chance maybe to show everything he can do as a receiver at Nebraska, but he’s even better in that phase of the game than I thought when we drafted him, so it was kind of a bonus when you see how well he catches the ball and how well he runs routes.”

Abdullah's ability to stop and start and change direction could be a huge asset in space.

“He does a lot of things well for a young guy, but one thing you notice quickly is he can catch the ball,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He catches it and knows what to do with it when he gets it in his hands. He’s making good progress in that area.”

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Theo Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. If things break his way and he sees significant time on passing downs, Abdullah could ultimately post top 25 numbers in PPR formats.

Matthew Stafford praises Ameer Abdullah's running and receiving

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:07am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

“I think as a runner he has great balance,” Lions QB Matthew Stafford said of RB Ameer Abdullah after a recent OTA practice. “He’s obviously a low-to-the-ground guy. He seems to hide pretty well behind there and he’s got good vision.

“Out of the backfield, catching the ball, he’s great. He’s got great hands. He has a good feel for route running."

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so most of Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Theo Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. If things break his way and he sees significant time on passing downs, Abdullah could ultimately post top 25 numbers in PPR formats.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah will 'complement' each other

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 9:27am

MLive - [Full Article]

Joique Bell will open the season as the starter, but expect Ameer Abdullah to shoulder much of the rushing load early as well. Detroit would not have taken him that high if it planned on Theo Riddick being the No. 2. The powerful Bell and speedy Abdullah will complement each other, much as Bell and Reggie Bush did in previous years. Riddick probably will be used a lot like he was last year, as a receiver out of the backfield.

Fantasy Impact:

Most scouts seem to agree that Abdullah doesn’t project to be an every-down back, so Bell’s between-the-tackles role should be safe, at least for this season. On the other hand, Riddick’s role as the Lions’ third-down back is in serious jeopardy. If things break his way and he sees significant time on passing downs, Abdullah could ultimately post top 25 numbers in PPR formats.

Schefter: Lions cut RB Reggie Bush

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:43pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions cut RB Reggie Bush, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing in the top 20 for three straight seasons in PPR points per game (including #6 in 2013), Bush was #32 in that category last season. His departure should solidify Joique Bell's workload and give Theo Riddick the opportunity to shine as the team's primary passing down back. Bell finished #14 in standard formats and #13 in PPR, so he should continue to produce high-end RB2 numbers provided he stays healthy and the Lions don't make any major moves at running back. As for Riddick, he averaged 13.2 fantasy points (in PPR formats) in the five games that Bush missed last season. That's about what Fred Jackson averaged as the #17 running back in 2014.

Lions RB Joique Bell recovering well from knee, Achilles' clean-up procedures

Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:49pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Lions RB Joique Bell, who underwent minor offseason surgery, said everything was good from a health standpoint and that he’s started working out. He plans to be back for organized team activities (OTAs) in April, but couldn’t commit to being 100 percent for them just yet.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like he's on a path to a full recovery. Bell was the #17 RB in standard formats (#13 in PPR), while racking up 257 touches in 15 games. That works out to a 17.1-touch average. While he certainly benefited from Reggie Bush's injury-plagued season, Bell dominated the touches even when Bush was active and playing. Bell should continue to see RB1-type touches in 2015, though we'd feel better about his situation if Bush were out of the way. Bush is signed for two more seasons and is a cut candidate heading into the offseason.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (achilles, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Bell should be a full go for a crucial matchup with Green Bay.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:29pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Reggie Bush lives. There had been doubt as to the veracity of that fact, given his inability to stay on the field, and struggles to produce during those brief flashes when he was able to play. During one seven-game stretch, he rushed for 30 yards.

Bush is a supposed deep threat who had as many ankle injuries (three) as 10-yard carries (three) in the first 15 weeks of the season. But the veteran showed some flashes of that old brilliance against Chicago.

That includes bouncing one run to the left and turning on the burners like it was 2005. He beat the Bears to the edge, dove at the pylon and scored on a 13-yard touchdown, the only first-half points for this struggling offense. He showed good vision on other carries, and caught the ball well too, hauling in six catches for 44 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Joique Bell should absolutely remain the Lions' No. 1 option in the backfield, the story went on to say. But of course that's contingent on Bell being eligible to play. He was benched for one quarter Sunday due to a violation of team rules, and Bush provided some important production in his stead, lending more legitimacy to the belief the rushing game is approaching competent levels for Detroit's most important stretch of games in ages.

Lions Beat: Joique Bell is team's lead RB

Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:03am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Joique Bell is the Detroit Lions starting running back.

Sure, Reggie Bush's name is still on top of the team's unofficial depth chart, but Bell plays significantly more snaps and gets significantly more touches than his veteran teammate.

Because of poor offensive execution, the Lions played 27 percent fewer snaps than average in the team's 16-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Bell worked two-thirds of the plays. Bush, who continues to deal with nagging injuries played just 14 snaps, while Theo Riddick received the game's first carry, but played just one more rep the rest of the way.

Fantasy Impact:

The story points out the Lions are leaning on Bell for good reason. He's been running with authority in recent weeks, averaging better than four yards per carry in five of the past six games. He's also seeing an increase in pass-game production, catching a combined nine balls for 91 yards in wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Bell has a very friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Bears before closing with the Packers in Week 17.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. Bush gained a meager 34 yards on 12 touches in Week 14, but the workload gives him some flex appeal (especially in PPR formats) against a shaky Minnesota rush defense. Joique Bell is expected to carry most of the rushing load against the Vikings. The Lions play late on Sunday.

Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

He had established a role throughout most of the season, showing his ability to run routes and make decisive cuts. Theo Riddick made his worth in big plays, too, including two huge ones in Week 8 against Atlanta.

Yet on Sunday, Riddick legitimately disappeared from the Detroit Lions' lineup. He played no offensive snaps. A former special teams stalwart during his rookie season, he was only used on seven plays there.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Riddick did not violate a team rule, like teammate Brandon Pettigrew, who missed a quarter because of it. Nope, Caldwell indicated Riddick played zero snaps and zero role in the Detroit offense because that’s just how it fell.

"It’s just one of those things," Caldwell said. "Sometimes you get into the flow of the game, you’ve got so many guys running in-and-out of there. George (Winn) played some, Reggie (Bush) played a little bit more, it kind of takes that ball out of Riddick’s hands a little bit."

Fantasy Impact:

Riddick's bigger games have come when Bush was out with an injury, so it makes sense that Bush's status looks like it's going to be linked to how often Riddick gets on the field. Based on this past week, Riddick seems like a fantasy handcuff to Bush and that when healthy, Bush and Joique Bell are going to carry the load.

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