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Mikel Leshoure: Week 13 Uncertainty Makes Joique Bell Must-Add in All Leagues

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions looks to evade Mychal Kendricks #95 and Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 28, 2012

If you can pick him up tomorrow, it'll be all right! It's allllrighttt, 'cause you're saved by the Bell!

Joique Bell, that is. 

Sorry about that, but I am literally incapable of not including a Saved by the Bell reference whenever it makes sense, and with Mikel Leshoure's status for Week 13 unsure, there's no better time for one.

The news of Leshoure's ankle injury comes from Detroit Lions insider Tim Twentyman:

RB Mikel Leshoure is listed on the injury report with an ankle injury. CB Jonte Green missed practice with an illness.

— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 28, 2012

Enter Bell.

It's important to keep an eye of Leshoure's status as the week goes on, but ankle injuries, especially for running backs, aren't something to be taken lightly. For now, give Bell a speculative add. Worst-case scenario, you keep him on the bench.

Best case, he starts against the Indianapolis Colts, a team that is allowing 4.8 yards per carry, which is 29th in the league. 

There is always the possibility that Bell splits carries with Kevin Smith—not the writer-actor-director-everything-else extraordinaire, but the mediocre running back who's averaging 3.6 yards per carry this year—if Leshoure is forced to miss time.

But there's no question that Bell is the more dynamic runner.

After struggling to make an impact with Indianapolis and Philadelphia, the 26-year-old has finally gotten a chance to strut his stuff in Detroit.

And what a strut it is. 

In 11 games, he's taken 50 carries for 244 yards and three touchdowns. That's a gaudy 4.9 yard-per-carry average. 

Moreover, he's an excellent pass-catching option out of the backfield, as he's pulled in 31 catches for another 312 yards. 

As it turns out, 556 yards from scrimmage for a guy who can't consistently find playing time is pretty impressive. 

Should he get a full load of touches on Sunday, 100 total yards and a touchdown isn't out of the question.

Finally, and most importantly, you should be chomping at the bit to add someone named "Joique Bell" to your fantasy team. The puns are just endless.

We've already covered the Saved by the Bell aspect, but there's also his first name. Pronounced "Joyk" (and not like this), it gives you the opportunity to use this truly horrendous pun that will surely make your friends hate you:

"Joique Bell? He's playing more like Serious Statement Bell!" 

I believe that sums it up. With Mikel Leshoure's status up in the air, Joique Bell has the situation, skill set and name to be the perfect fantasy option. He's owned in 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but I suggest doing your part to increase that number.

Ring a ding-ding-ding dong. 

 

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