Football is one of those fantasy sports where people always hate players they have been previously burned by.  I can count numerous times that I have been burned, seen the player on waivers and looked at him as an option that I would most likely pass on.  For me, that person as of late has been Joique Bell.  That was until I saw how he was being developed into the Cooter offensive system in Detroit.  The Cooter system sounds like some new down in the valley porn organization that does snuff films with deli meats.  Alas, it is not, and you can stop the google search there.  The deal with the Lions offense is that they need to go from this to that.  Now, this to that isn’t something that can just happen, it takes time.  Time Fantasy Football owners don’t really have when it comes down to the season being only 3-4 week longer (playoffs start different in leagues). So why should you invest a look at the Detroit RB situation and why is it something that may behoove you to re-invest some of that burned love toward one of the most commonly passed over options?

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So the new O.C. has been in town for three games.  Big whoop.  I have been at Razz-nation since 2010 and I can tell you I am not getting and younger, smarter, or better looking.  But three weeks in the NFL is a big thing, especially when you are coming off a big-time win, albeit a shaky one, against a division rival. The Lions aren’t really going anywhere, but the personnel in place is still very fantasy relevant.  Enter Joique Bell, the forgotten man of Abdullah and the seventh son of the Riddick.  He was everyone’s lucky toy for parts of last year, and was being viewed this year as a sorta wind-catcher of sorts to be a nice RB3/4 come draft day.  Well, he really hasn’t, whether it be injury, game plan, or ineffectiveness, he just hasn’t been anything resembling a fantasy toy all year.  Except maybe ’til now.  The thing that intrigues me is the snap count for the Lions running back the past few games. Bell is basically even with both Riddick and Abdullah combined.  Granted, the Chiefs game was skewed heavily towards Riddick as it was a huge blow-out.  So I am throwing that game out and focusing merely on last week’s game.  Where Bell’s snap count was 39 to the other two who had 29 total.  Now, this could be happenstance or not, but guess what?  I am right more than I am wrong.  It’s a trend in the right direction for Bell.

So entering Week 11, what has Bell really done fantasy wise?  The short answer is not much, in what has been a bad season all around for the Lions.  He hasn’t done much on the ground or in the air, but I can see him being an asset this week.  They face Oakland, an over-achieving offense who are still in the bottom-10 in both pass and run defense.   They have been destroyed on the ground the last two weeks to the tune of 458 yards.  To make it worse, they give up an average of 9 receptions for 54 yards per game to the opposing RB’s.  I am not going out on a long limb here and saying Joique is going to go all days of Mad Dog 20/2,0 but I am saying with the bye weeks and the rash of injuries making the waiver wire looked very watered down, don’t turn a scorned eye at Bell and trust he will be that RB2/Flex option you need this week.  Smokey Predicts: 15 Carries, 61 Yards 3 Receptions, 28 Yards, 1 Touchdown. 

 

 

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  1. Nick says:
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    Hmmm…I have AP & DeMarco as my RB1/2 for sure in week 11, but at flex Joique is an option. Question is, would you really start Joique this week over the likes of Davante Adams or Stevie Johnson (my current WR3 & flex play for week 11)….standard scoring league…

    • Smokey

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      @Nick: Chiefs are pretty stoic in the secondary so that would leave Davante vs Joique for me. And I am not sold on anything the Packers are doing offensively right now. Leaning to Bell

      • Nick says:
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        @Smokey: According to #s, Chiefs are 2nd worst defensive secondary…hmm….I think its between Stevie J & Jordan Matthews but who knows

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          @Nick: sorry, forgot to mention I had Jordan on my bench as well….my thought is Sanchez might actually be better for Jordan considering his play last season but its a crapshoot in Philly

        • Smokey

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          @Nick: well Giants and saints are worse. They are middle of the road but are better than numbers say. Matthews def trumps all.

  2. Nick says:
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    Also, at QB for week 11, do you prefer Tyrod Taylor v. NE (I get the feeling he will not put up 28+ points like his first game against the Pats earlier in the season) OR my recent waiver acquisition in Mariota who gets the Jags this week?

    • Smokey

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      @Nick: Mariota slightly

  3. Scooter G says:
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    Hey Smokey

    Would you drop Duke, k williams, CJA, or a blue for J Bell in 10 team standard?

    On a different subject how much value do you think Forte has lost Ros with the emergence of Langford?

    Would you consider trading Forte for any of these RBs or just hold? L McCoy, forsett, C West, latavius, demarco, J Stewart, l Miller, woodhead?

    • Smokey

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      @Scooter G: He’s in that same group for ownership so it would be a lateral move as you have depth for days which is good.
      Forte to me is going to be babied when he is back and the Bears are in win mode. So hot hand wins for me, I would trade him for everyone on that list to be honest

  4. Wacha wacha says:
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    Continuing with the Forte theme would you make either or both of these trades if you were a Forte owner in 2 QB standard and which one do you prefer?

    Forte and DMC (both have brutal playoff schedules) for J Stewart and shady
    Forte and fitzpatrick for shady and tannehill

    Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @Wacha wacha: Ill take the second as long as Tanny is a sort of increase on your other QB

      • Wacha wacha says:
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        @Smokey:

        You would pass on the first deal though?

        • Smokey

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          @Wacha wacha: no I’d take that one too

  5. Conjoined Tight Ends says:
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    Smoke Dog, would you play Bell over any of these other dudes? Hillman, Arrington, K. Williams or J. Hill? I needs a win big time to continue my bid to sneak into the playoffs.

    • Conjoined Tight Ends says:
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      @Conjoined Tight Ends: Sorry that’s Ellington not Arrington.

    • Smokey

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      @Conjoined Tight Ends: None of those guys scream fantasy enthusiasm. So yea I would. Hill hasn’t had 70 yards in a game all year, Bills Offense will be playing catch up, Ellington is big play or bust and Hillman is blah squared with a side of CJ

  6. Frosty the BROman says:
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    Hey man!

    The dust has settled on Waiver Wednesday!

    In my .5 PPR league who are you adding with who’s available now?

    Available RBs:
    Alfred Blue, Chris Polk, Jon Grimes, Buck Allen, Mike Tolbert, Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne, Abdullah, David Johnson, Spencer Ware, De’anthony Thomas, Tre Mason, Denard Robinson, Tevin Coleman, David Cobb.

    Available WRs:
    Dorial Green Beckham, Hankerson, Terrence Williams, Chris givens, Tyler Lockett, Funchess, Harry Douglas, Kenny stills, Keshawn Martin, Chris Harper, Sanu, Corey brown, Cole Beasley.

    My team:
    My RBs:
    Jonathan Stewart, Lamar miller, charcanderick west, Jeremy hill & Stevan Ridley.

    My WRs:
    Demaryius Thomas, Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson , Diggs, Lafell, and john brown.

    My TE’s
    Gates & have Ebron too.

    Thanks man have a good one!

  7. Gangstalicious says:
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    Should I trade Zach Ertz for James Jones?

    I currently have Gates as my starting TE but I am in dire need of a decent 3rd WR and might trade my backup TE. I currently have the following receivers for the 3rd spot:
    -Chris Givens
    -Terrence Williams
    -Dwayne Harris
    -Keshawn Martin

    I’m trying to make a run at the playoffs (Half PPR) so I’m scraping the wire atm…

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Gangstalicious: yea that’s a fair deal.

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Seriously shut up about the Deli Meat Snuff films….that’s hush hush stuff

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: we call it Whores Bed. Like boars head but different.

  9. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    years back they dumped down the purple mad dog from the 18% it used to be (useful in our age group, more of less, depending on age/economic factors/desire to get dizzy wine hammered) down to 12-13% for at least 7 or so years, last time i checked (which was more recent than 7 years)

  10. tentyme says:
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    hello there !! good afternoon. In a 1 point PPR league do I play Allen hurns in a very good matchup vs tenn. or plat lafell vs buf. not the best of matches. tenn. is bad vs the #2 wr the worst in the league I think. but N.E. lost 2 big parts of that passing offense so lafell will be needed more. This is for my flex position my main starting wr is Hopkins and Landry. Could ya help me out with a lil advice. The guy i’m playing has Bortles as his starter and It be nice to watch my guy on Thursday but it also be nice to watch my guy on monday lol i’m all sorts of turned around.

    • Smokey

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      @tentyme: Hurns to neutralize his Bortles play

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