Joique Bell's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 13

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 28, 2013

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions tries to split the tackles of M.D. Jennings #43 and Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers during a third quarter run at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners who started Joique Bell on Thanksgiving were not disappointed, as he put up huge numbers in Detroit's blowout 40-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Bell totaled 128 yards (94 rushing and 34 receiving) and scored on a one-yard plunge to put the Lions up 33-10 early in the fourth quarter. For his efforts, he earned 18 points (ESPN.com standard scoring) for fantasy owners on Thursday. 

Incredibly, Reggie Bush had an even bigger impact, totaling 182 yards and a touchdown. 

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Packers 40-10.  (Phot
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From a fantasy perspective, it's encouraging that Detroit utilized the run so heavily in this game, which was contested in the domed Ford Field. The Lions ran the ball 43 times, with Bush (20) and Bell (19) splitting carries almost right down the middle. 

With two upcoming road games that will be contested outdoors against Philadelphia and Minnesota, this is a strategy the Lions will likely attempt to employ down the home stretch. 

Thursday's 18-point explosion by Bell wasn't something new, either. He's scored in double digits five times this season and has become heavily involved in the team's offense over the past month as a complementary back to Bush. 

Looking ahead, fantasy owners can expect Bell to continue getting opportunities both as a runner and receiver. The Lions will be in Philadelphia next weekend to take on the Eagles, who feature the NFL's 19th-ranked fantasy defense against running backs (15.9 points per game). 

After that, Bell and the Lions will have a tougher time finding running lanes against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants—both rank among the top 10 fantasy defenses against running backs. 

 

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