Joique Bell, Theo Riddick's Post-Week 13 Fantasy Reaction

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 27, 2014

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell points to the crowd after his 1-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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As the Chicago Bears defense was tiring in the second half of Thursday's contest, Joique Bell was just getting started.

After a slow first half in which he totaled just 19 yards on the ground, the bruising fourth-year back exploded in the second half, as the Lions worked the clock. He finished with a huge day, while Theo Riddick continued to contribute immensely in the passing game:

Week 13 vs. Chicago Bears
PlayerCar/YdsRush TDTar/Rec/YdsRec TDFan Pts
Joique Bell23/9122/2/16022.7
Theo Riddick0/007/6/5405.4
*Standard scoring

As ESPN's Michael Rothstein alluded to, Bell's lack of touchdowns in previous weeks has been a reason for his lack of fantasy production:

It's difficult to trust a player who often needs to score to be productive, but Bell was impressive grinding down the Bears behind an O-line that was missing both Riley Reiff and Larry Warford.

Even when Reggie Bush returns, Bell's hard-nosed style and large volume will make him a decent RB2 or solid flex against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Bears in the next three weeks.

Riddick, meanwhile, remains a stash in deeper PPR leagues while the status of Bush remains murky. However, his value will take a major hit whenever the veteran pass-catching back returns.

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