Michael Bush is a fantasy football enigma

      July 20, 2012 @ 17:18:49 PDT


Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears
Not sold on Bush
Michael Bush is now a Chicago Bear, slated to back up and spell Matt Forte. The former Oakland Raiders rusher is a versatile player and should be handcuffed to Forte. I question if he will find success in the Windy City, because Bush is the type of back that needs a healthy dosage of carries to get going.

In 2011, he seemed to hit the wall by failing to average 4.0 yards per carry in all but one of his final seven games. He was primarily used as a short-yardage back early in the season when Darren McFadden was healthy, which can help explain his 2.9 yards-per-tote average in games that he ran fewer than 11 times. In the matchups that Bush topped that 11-carry mark, he averaged 4.0 yards per carry.

It will be interesting to see how Chicago uses him and if, behind a suspect offensive line, Bush can be effective enough to warrant anything more than being insurance for Forte owners. Right now, Bush's ADP puts him in the seventh round, but that number will move closer toward the end of the draft in the coming weeks now that Forte is under contract. I probably wouldn't consider him until the 11th round, even if I draft Forte.

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Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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