Joique Bell's Updated Fantasy Outlook After Week 3

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIISeptember 22, 2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions scores on a one yard run in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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*Update, September 22, 4:21 PM*

Joique Bell had quite the game, rushing for 63 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown. He added 69 yards on four catches as well.

*End of Update*

Running back Joique Bell got the start for the Detroit Lions in Week 3 because of Reggie Bush's knee injury, and he put together quite the productive first half.

Bell made an impact on both the ground and in the air, carrying eight times for 39 yards (and a touchdown) and catching two passes for 48 yards. This type of production would suggest that Bell is a viable fantasy option moving forward if Bush misses any more time.

Even when Bush is healthy, Bell has performed well enough in the past to warrant an add in all leagues. As both a handcuff option and potential bye-week replacement, Bell is worth owning.

With Bush healthy in the previous two games, Bell had already been putting together a pretty productive year. He had racked up 56 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries while also posting 108 yards on 10 catches. He's been a legitimate fantasy option playing behind Bush.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions tries to get around the tackle of Robert McClain #27 of the Atlanta Falcons after a second quarter catch at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Get
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As the undisputed starter, Bell has the potential to really carry the load for fantasy owners looking for a boost on the waiver wire.

Bell's skills make him a poor man's Darren Sproles. He saw his first significant NFL action last season in Detroit and made quite an impact on the Lions offense. He carried the ball 82 times for 414 yards with three touchdowns and hauled in 52 passes for 485 yards.

In an offense designed to get the ball to Calvin Johnson, having a viable running back that can make plays on the ground is key. Bell has shown the ability to do just that, but he also gives quarterback Matthew Stafford the added advantage of having a safety net in the passing game out of the backfield.

Regardless of Bush's status for next week, Bell deserves an add in all fantasy formats. If Bell gets another start in Week 4 or beyond, then he's a must-start option. He's too dynamic of a player not to be owned in fantasy.