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Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: REGGIE BUSH RB MIAMI DOLPHINS

It has been a tough offseason for running back Reggie Bush.  First he has his Heisman Trophy snatched away from him and than he finds himself on the trading block and unwated by the New Orleans Saints.  Things culminated with Bush being dealt to the Miami Dolphins last season and the bright spot came when he was signed to a tw-year contract for 10 million bucks.  So with Bush in the fold in Miami, lets take a look at what could be in store for him from a fantasy football perspective.

Looking at Bush the fantasy football player, clearly he has not been anything close to the star we all thought he would be coming out of college.  Playing in a loaded Saints backfield, Bush was more of a pass catcher than a runner and so he was really only for those who played in PPR leagues.  Injuries were also a problem as Bush always seemed to be nicked up.  Going to Miami though gives him a fresh start and the chance to make a name for himself again.

In regards to the setup in the Miami backfield, Bush will be sharing carries with rookie Daniel Thomas as Ronnie Brown wont be re-signed by the club and Ricky Williams wont be invited back either.  The plan is to split carries between Bush and Thomas as the team has very big expectations for their rookie runner.  In fact many felt than Thomas could be a three-down back right away since he also is adept at catching passes.  Bush however is as a big time pass catcher out of the backfield as there is and so he likely will remain much more attractive in PPR leagues than he would in TD heavy formats.  The problem is that Thomas will likely get the goal-line carries over Bush since he is bigger and has a better push.  Thus we could be looking at Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints all over again which doesnt really get anyone excited regarding his fantasy football value.

In conclusion, Reggie Bush remains a decent enough play in PPR fantasy football leagues but in TD heavy formats, he really should be avoided altogether.  Dont forget too that he goes from the most explosive offense in football in New Orleans to one of the worst in Miami so even when he does get his hands on the ball, there wont be nearly as much room to roam due to the lack of complementary weapons who can open up the field on offense.  Bush is becoming pigeon-holed into that running back acting as a receiver role and thats not good in about half of the fantasy football leagues so clearly there are much more valuable guys out there to use.

2011 PROJECTION:  602 yards rushing 4 TD rushing 53 catches 374 yards 2 TD

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