Bell wrapped up the 2015 season with 311 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries and 22 catches for another 286 yards. For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.
Bell caught both of his targets for 49 yards and added three carries for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Bears. Bell's five touches tied a season low. The veteran back had tallied betweeen seven and eight carries with two catches in each of the five games leading into Sunday, during which he scored three of his four touchdowns on the season. With younger, cheaper options available in Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, it wouldn't be a surprise if Bell spent his age-30 season on another team. Should he move on, he could be considered a value as a goal-line back.
Bell carried the ball seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He added nine receiving yards on two catches. Bell powered his way up the middle for a 1-yard score in the second quarter, his second touchdown in as many weeks. Bell may have crashed back down to earth with 22 total yards on Sunday after a combined 176 in the previous two weeks, but he has also removed any doubt as to who the Lions' goal-line back is. Bell leads Detroit's three-headed rushing attack with four touchdowns despite his 107 total touches ranking behind those of Ameer Abdullah, 157, and Theo Riddick, 117.
Bell rushed eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes (on three targets) for 30 yards in Monday night's win over the Saints. Bell's season-high rushing total was supported by a game-long 36-yard run Monday, which also marked his longest rush of the season. What's more, Bell found the end zone for just the third time this year thanks to a one-yard touchdown plunge during the fourth quarter. After topping 100 all-purpose yards Monday night, Bell will hope for another impressive outing at home Sunday against the 49ers.
Bell rushed for 50 yards on seven carries and added 25 yards through the air on two catches in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Bell seems to have found a more consistent, productive role over the past three weeks - touching the ball either nine or 10 times in each matchup and posting his two best games in terms of total yardage in the process. That doesn't necessarily make him a worth-while fantasy contributor, however. Bell has still found the end zone just once since Week 3 and it's hard to put too much faith in any member of Detroit's backfield from week to week given the ever-changing dynamics of the group.
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