It’s never easy finding a solid free agent running back that you can plug into your starting lineup and have him produce right away. Usually owners have to take a flyer on a guy to see how he pans out, or they have to own a handcuff running back when a must-have running back gets hurt. Right now, Joique Bell is a great Flex start in all PPR (Point Per Reception) leagues and Pierre Thomas may be a great Flex start or RB2 in the weeks to come.
Joique Bell is no longer a secret after his week one performance against the Vikings. Bell scored two rushing touchdowns and added five catches for 67 yards. It appears that Bell is the early season goal-line back and simply put, Bell is a PPR machine! Bell was a relatively unknown running back coming into the season, but he quietly caught 52 passes for 485 yards in 2012.
Bell flew off the waiver wires this week but is still available in 25% of Yahoo leagues. Bell should be owned in 100% off all leagues because he will be catching balls all year and he will be the man in Detroit if Reggie Bush can’t stay healthy. Bell is a great start this week as a Flex in a PPR league as the Lions might find themselves in a shootout in Arizona.
It’s never fun owning a running back on the Saints roster not named Darren Sproles. Sproles gets most of the third down action at running back as he is one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL. When Sproles is not in the game, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram split time fairly equally. It’s clear to most NFL fans that Thomas is a better back than Ingram, but the Saints continue to feed Ingram the ball.
Thomas does not have a favorable match-up this week as the Saints take on one of the NFL’s best rushing defenses, Tampa Bay. Fantasy owners should avoid starting Thomas this week, but he definitely has long-term potential to be the featured back in New Orleans.