With Bell's emergence comes yet another legitimate fantasy option for owners everywhere to utilize in the right situations.
Bell combined with fellow running back Mikel Leshoure in Week 9 to propel the Lions to a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and a 4-4 record. While Leshoure is a power-back, Bell is a perfect complement that fantasy owners must be aware of at all times.
Let's take an updated look at Bell's fantasy value moving forward.
Bell is a 5'11" 220-pound running back that has earned his way into some playing time with injuries to fellow running backs such as Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best.
Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has made it very clear that not only will Bell see a jump in playing time as a result of injuries, but is the preferred back on the roster in running situations (h/t Rotoworld):
"Joique's proven to be a real effective receiver out of the backfield since we haven't had Jahvid...Joique's been doing a really nice job for us and his role's increased because of it."
Bell's playing time and production saw a jump against the Jaguars—rushing 13 times for 73 yards and a touchdown while also catching three passes for 36 yards.
When a backup running back can go for over 100 combined yards and a touchdown on only 16 touches, he instantly becomes a hot commodity in the fantasy community, no matter what kind of league you participate in currently.
Bell's performance against Jacksonville is exactly what should be expected of him given his skill set and place with the Lions offense. His versatility is not only a weapon for the Lions, but for fantasy owners everywhere.
At this point in time Bell is a perfect flex option in most leagues as long as he can remain the backup to Leshoure. Given his performance against the Jaguars, he'll likely keep that spot the remainder of the 2012 season.
Bell is good for at least 15 touches per game between the running and passing game. He's the primary backup to Leshoure and every now and then he's going to need a break given his physical running style.
With Bell seeing the majority of the playing time in passing situations, Staffford will utilize him as a check-down option and he will likely see some designed screens as well.
Bell is a newer name to the fantasy game right now, but the best owners will grab him off the market or buy low in a trade. He'll have a huge second half of 2012.
Projected 2012 season totals: 80 carries, 525 yards, four touchdowns. 45 receptions, 660 yards, two touchdowns.