I should probably make it known that I’m not the biggest Joique Bell fan. Maybe it’s because he killed the fantasy football stock of Reggie Bush. Maybe it’s because I think he’s more a product of a solid Detroit Lions system. Or maybe it’s because he’s not an explosive or exciting runner.
All of those reasons, for sure. But when thinking of what Bell can do for me (or you, for that matter) in fantasy football leagues this year, I just come away unimpressed and lacking confidence. The stuff that stands out the most: the drafting of Ameer Abdullah, Bush being phased out before him, his age (28 years old) and his paltry 3.9 yards per carry the past two years.
Oh, and he’s not 100% as I write this.
Bell is already a starting running back who lacks explosiveness, has competition coming in, is pushing 30 and is now on the active/PUP list due to knee and Achilles issues.
Sorry, but you can color me worried.
It’s not even that Bell himself can’t produce. I just think we already did see him produce the past few seasons and last year’s finish as fantasy football’s 14th best back is his ceiling. That’s just one man’s opinion, but it’s one that comes glazed with legit red flags.
That’s a lot to take in for a guy who maxed out last year and still barely cracked the top-15. But none of that is quite why I’m down on Bell. It’s the elephant in the room: the dude’s awful ADP.
If you want Bell this year, you’re hoping he at least gets you what he did a year ago, but you’ll have to go get him in round five. Some might say that’s a steal for a guy who could be eating the lion’s share of carries in Detroit’s backfield. Detroit’s offense is good, the NFC North is a strong division to play in (weak defenses mostly) and Bell did finish 2014 on a nice little run.
But Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are both here, and they’re not going away. Bell’s versatility definitely puts him in the low RB2 and Flex discussion in PPR formats, but I think he’ll eventually get passed up by the more talented Abdullah. Starting out the year at less than 100% surely won’t help, and overall I think Bell is too great of a risk to take for limited upside.