Week Seventeen Analysis:
Boy, that escalated quickly. Last week a Reggie Bush fumble resulted in Joique Bell racking up 20 carries, 10 catches, 154 combo yards and a score. Without the fumble, most of that would have gone to Bush. Ouch. Even depth body Theo Riddick stole a goal-line touchdown, while Bush totaled a season-worst 44 scoreless combo yards. Conversely, his best game of the year came against this same bottom-tier Vikings defense in the opener, when he posted 191 combo yards and a score. Still, with Bell running hot, Bush in the doghouse, a lame duck coach and a team that's out of contention, this is a mess.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
Monday night Reggie Bush proved yet again that he's an elite-level start—regardless of opponent—any time he's playing on the fast track of Ford Field. In his seven home games, he's scored five times and averaged a sparkling 138 combo yards per contest. This week he'll host the Giants, who despite ranking fifth in the league in run defense, have been finding other ways to dispense fantasy production. Such as touchdowns and receptions. New York has allowed four touchdowns to the position in their last three games. They've also allowed 77 receiving yards per game over their last three, which trails only Oakland. Expect more home cooking for Bush.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Last week's Snow Bowl in Philadelphia dramatically altered the fantasy landscape, but no player was hit harder than Reggie Bush. A pregame aggravation of his calf injury led to a complete box score whiteout, and his Monday night status remains murky. In his six home games, Bush has scored four times and averaged 144 combo yards per game, so he would be a strong option despite the tough matchup. Baltimore ranks top-10 against opposing backs in both rushing and receiving yards, but they've surrendered four touchdowns in their last four games. The Monday night factor adds another layer to this dilemma, so for now, monitor Bush's practice participation and be ready with Plan B.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
Reggie Bush was built for turf. In six home games, he's scored four times and averaged 144 combo yards per game. However, he hasn't been as productive on grass. In four full road games, all on grass, he's scored just once and averaged 93 combo yards—that's over 50 yards less per game. Philadelphia just happens to play on grass, and over their last seven games, they've only allowed one 100-yard rusher and three total touchdowns to the position. The good news is that they rank 26th against opposing backs in the passing game, and have allowed three different 60-plus yard receiving days, which obviously plays right to Bush's strengths.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
After an early-season roller coaster ride, Reggie Bush has leveled out right in the middle. Although he's scored just twice in his last six games, he's posted at least 90 combo yards in five of those six contests. One of those early-season low points was a scoreless sub-70-yard outing in Lambeau, but Bush isn't the same back on grass, and these aren't the same Packers. Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart just combined for 244 combo yards and a score against Green Bay, marking the third time in the four games since Aaron Rodgers went down that opposing backfields have eclipsed 170 yards from scrimmage.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Reggie Bush was flat out benched last week, with Jim Schwartz intimating that Bush isn't built for bad weather or crummy field conditions. And maybe he's on to something. In four games on the fast track of Ford Field, Bush has scored three times and averaged 145 combo yards. In his four full road games—all on grass—he's scored just once and averaged 93 combo yards. Fortunately, Bush is playing at home this week, and he's clearly a must-start any time he's on turf. In terms of rushing and receiving yards, the Bucs are a neutral matchup for opposing backs, and they've allowed five touchdowns to the position in as many weeks.
Week Eleven Analysis:
The last time Pittsburgh had a run defense ranked in the bottom half of the league, Ben Roethlisberger was a junior wide receiver at Findlay High School in Ohio. Let that sink in for a minute… They currently rank 29th, and they also rank 31st in scoring, with 12 touchdowns allowed to the position. Reggie Bush was a roller coaster early, but he's leveled out a bit over the last four games, with a scoreless 94-yard effort representing his fantasy low point during that stretch. Although the Steelers lead all fantasy run defenses in receptions and receiving yards, Bush is an elite option every week in this offense.
Week Ten Analysis:
Reggie Bush has been alternating big games and average games all season, and he'll look to buck the trend this week, as he's coming off a big one. Bush used season highs of 21 carries and eight catches to amass 122 combo yards and a score against Dallas, and he's now notched back-to-back 20-carry games for the first time in his last two seasons. That's a great sign going into a prime matchup with Chicago. The Bears' decimated defense has allowed opposing backs to average 170 combo yards and two touchdowns per game over the last five weeks, and that sample size includes Bush's 173-and-one in the first meeting.
Week Eight Analysis:
Reggie Bush has shown elite-level weekly upside by posting three different stat lines of at least 135 combo yards and a score. However, his box scores have been a bit choppy, as he's alternated those three monster games with three scoreless, sub-100 yard efforts. One thing we know we can count on every week is his receiving production, where he's averaging over 50 yards per game. He might just double that this week. While Dallas is a middling run defense, they rank 32nd against opposing backs in both receptions and receiving yards, and 31st with three receiving touchdowns. It's a perfect matchup for Bush.
Week Seven Analysis:
Injuries have led to several moving parts in the Detroit passing game, but things got back to normal for Reggie Bush last week, as he touched the ball 22 times for 135 combo yards and a score. It was the third time in four full games that he's both scored and topped 120 combo yards, and he'll look to build some momentum this week against a solid Cincinnati defense. The Bengals have faced a string of patchwork backfield committees, but the most comparable player to Bush that they've seen is Matt Forte, who totaled 91 combo yards and a score in the opener. That feels like a fair projection for Bush as well.
Week Six Analysis:
Calvin Johnson's surprise scratch last week submarined the entire Detroit offense, and he's looking iffy again this week. So what does that mean for Reggie Bush? In the two full games that Bush played with Megatron, he averaged 183 combo yards and a score. Last week without him, he totaled 69 scoreless combo yards. Cleveland is a neutral matchup for opposing backs in the passing game, and a break-but-don't-bend run defense that's allowed a league-worst six rushing scores despite surrendering just 3.2 yards per carry. Joique Bell remains the goal line back, so it's not a great matchup for Bush. I'm ranking him as if Johnson will play, but I'd drop him about 5-10 spots if Calvin doesn't.
Week Five Analysis:
Reggie Bush has been flat out unstoppable any time he's been on the field this season. In his two full games, he's out-touched Joique Bell by roughly a 2-to-1 margin, and has posted averages of 115 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards, four catches and a touchdown per game. Prior to their bye week, the Packers had given up 121 combo yards and a score per game to opposing backfields, and this game ultimately pits two bad defenses against two top-five scoring offenses. Bush has already reached every-week starter status, and he should run wild in this track meet.
Week Four Analysis:
Reggie Bush makes his return to the starting lineup this week, and it's a good thing, because he was about to get Wally Pipped by Joique Bell. In his one full game this season, Bush touched the ball 25 times to Bell's 11, racking up 191 combo yards and a score in a season-opening win against Minnesota. That 70-30 timeshare gap is sure to tighten up with Bush returning from injury and Bell excelling in his absence. Against opposing backs, the Bears have only allowed 3.5 yards per carry, eight total catches and a paltry 49 receiving yards. It's a tricky matchup for Bush.
Week Three Analysis:
The injuries are piling up fast for Reggie Bush, and his current knee ailment will likely render him a game-time decision this week. This ranking assumes he's playing, and the starter. Bush has averaged over 7.0 yards on his 37 touches as a Lion, and he'd certainly be an elite-level play if he were 100% against a dreadful Washington defense. When LeSean McCoy goes for 189 combo yards and a score, you just shrug your shoulders. But when James Freaking Starks—a guy who's one roster spot away from bagging groceries—goes for 168 combo yards and a score, something is very broken. There are a lot of points to be had here, and I'm ranking Bush as if he'll get about 60% of the work. Stay tuned.
Week Two Analysis:
Reggie Bush's opening day explosion came as no surprise to Fantasy Victory visitors. Just as expected, he torched an under-matched Vikings linebacker group, leading all fantasy backs with 101 receiving yards—77 of which came on a long touchdown. Bush also fought through a couple of minor injuries to contribute a healthy 21 carries for 90 yards, and missed another two scores that were so close it required replay reviews. Joique Bell got the only other six Detroit carries, and with defenses blanketing Calvin Johnson, Bush is quickly shaping up as an automatic start. Daryl Richardson totaled 96 combo yards with a similar workload last week against Arizona, so let it ride with Bush.
Week One Analysis:
Reggie Bush averaged over 1,300 combo yards and eight touchdowns in his two seasons as a Dolphin, but his receiving skills were criminally underutilized. Not anymore. Detroit is the pass-happiest team in the NFL, and if the preseason is any indication, Bush will be the clear second option behind Calvin Johnson. Minnesota ranked bottom-five against opposing backs in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season, and did virtually nothing to fix the problem personnel-wise. They were, however, a top-three run defense, so expect modest rushing totals and an explosive receiving output from Bush. As a rule of thumb, bump Bush up several spots in PPR leagues every week he's a Lion.
In two seasons with the Dolphins, Reggie Bush looked nothing like the soft, injury-prone scat back that we knew in New Orleans. He fought through pain to play in 31 of 32 games, and became an every-down feature back who averaged over 1,300 combo yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, Miami failed to take advantage of the pass-catching ability that once netted Bush an 88-catch season. That's sure to change in Detroit. Matthew Stafford has led the league in pass attempts in back-to-back seasons, and Detroit's ordinary running backs finished way up at No. 5 in receptions last season. It's a great fit for Bush, particularly in PPR leagues.