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Answer Guys: Don't underrate Lions' Bell

Updated: July 7, 2008, 12:13 PM ET
By Dave Hunter | ESPN.com
You have questions, we have answers. The Answer Guys is an Insider service in which ESPN.com experts personally answer questions about your fantasy team. These are a few of the more challenging questions we've received from Insiders and our answers.

Which running back do you expect to get the most carries in Detroit this year?
Seay

Tatum Bell
Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesHey, let's not forget that Tatum Bell is still the expected starter in Detroit, not Kevin Smith.
Dave: I expect Tatum Bell to get the first crack at the starting job in Detroit and eventually end up with the most carries for the Lions in 2008. I know there are some Kevin Smith supporters who might not believe that, but Bell has succeeded previously as a running back in the NFL. The circumstances are different than they were in Denver, and Bell will be given a legitimate chance to win the job. Meanwhile, new offensive coordinator Jim Colletto will bring more balance to the offense instead of the "pass-first" mentality that ex-coordinator Mike Martz had. Smith is a talented rookie running back, but the Lions aren't just going to hand over the job to him. Look for some heavy competition and a possible time-share situation in Detroit, but with Bell still getting a majority of the carries.


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