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Ameer Abdullah, Joique Bell could both be strong fantasy plays Sunday

Ameer Abdullah was a potent threat as a runner and out of the backfield as a receiver in Week 1. Donald Miralle/Getty Images

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions are not shying away from giving Ameer Abdullah the ball. Figure Joique Bell will get a bunch of work too.

So if you’re trying to figure out what to do, fantasy-wise, with the Lions' somewhat crowded backfield, start there. The Lions are extremely high on Abdullah, and rightfully so after he led the team in rushing and also did well receiving during his debut Sunday against San Diego.

Also, Bell is still getting fully back up to game shape and game speed, so the Bell you saw against the Chargers is not necessarily the one who will be out there the rest of the season. As Bell has shown the past two seasons with Detroit -- both through opportunity and his own style -- he has improved as the season has gone along.

Now some of that was because of the injuries suffered by his former running back partner, Reggie Bush, but it is also in part because of his own running style and ability.

So expect both of them to see a good amount of work Sunday against Minnesota, especially if the Lions get the 60 or so snaps they typically do throughout the course of a game.

Why the faith in the Lions' rushers this week? Well, while it was only one game, the Vikings saw Carlos Hyde rush for 168 yards and San Francisco as a whole gain 230 yards. More important, the Niners gained 5.9 yards per carry, a massive clip for rushers.

The difference between Detroit and San Francisco is in the quarterbacks. Colin Kaepernick is way more mobile than Matthew Stafford, so it changes the dynamic a little bit. But Abdullah and Bell have a chance to break out Sunday against the Vikings.

There are two other things to consider here as well. Abdullah is the likely best play here, especially in PPR situations, because he’ll be the back on the field most often during passing situations. He also could pick up points in return yardage as a kick returner, and depending how the Lions handle punt returns Sunday, bringing back punts as well.

The last thing has to do with the offensive line. Detroit should have its full protection complement Sunday as both right tackle LaAdrian Waddle and right guard Larry Warford are expected back on the field against the Vikings -- the first time the two will be on the field this season.

This could be a boon for the Lions’ run game as they should provide some stability and continuity up front. This could help both the running backs and Stafford, who faced a lot of pressure against the Chargers.