Joique Bell's Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following Reggie Bush's Injury
The extent of Bush's injury is still unknown, but the team's official Twitter account announced he was jogging on the sidelines and later returned to the game, which is an encouraging development.
Reggie Bush now jogging on the sideline. #DETvsAZ— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) September 15, 2013
Reggie Bush is back in. #DETvsAZ— Detroit Lions (@DetroitLionsNFL) September 15, 2013
However, even if Bush is able to finish the game and play next week, Bell's fantasy value continues to rise.
After a solid 2012 in limited action, the undrafted back out of Wayne State continued to show his fantasy potential in Week 1. Bell played a key role in the Lions' season-opening victory over Minnesota, as he caught five passes for 67 yards and carried the ball six times for 25 yards, good enough for 92 total yards on just 11 touches.
More important than the yards, though, was his work in short-yardage situations. The Lions relied on Bell to be their goal-line back, and he delivered. Bell scored twice from inside the 2-yard line against the Vikings, and you can bank on him getting more goal-line touches throughout the next few weeks.
How many TDs will Bell finish 2013 with?
Bell should also see more action away from the end zone. Although Bush returned to the field in Week 2, he has proven to be quite brittle through the first two weeks of the season and throughout his career. Look for the Lions to ride Bell the next couple of weeks as they try to get Bush healthy.
Against the Cardinals, Bell once again flashed his skills. He was a weapon on the ground and threw the air, producing 72 total yards on 13 touches. He failed to reach the endzone, but I'm expecting him to get more scoring opportunities next week.
It's still too early to decide if you should start Bell in Week 3, but if he's available in your league, it would be a smart move to pick him up.
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