Fancy fantasy football: Reggie Bush ready to rumble

      October 22, 2012 @ 18:20:44 PDT


The Miami Dolphins' Week 7 bye may not have come at a more advantageous time for Reggie Bush and his fantasy owners. When he returns to action this Sunday, he should be close to 100 percent recovered from the knee bruise he sustained in Week 3.

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill must keep tanning hides

We have six weeks' worth of Bush's game statistics, with the conditions for each split roughly down the middle.

Miami also had some time to ponder how they plan to attack defenses from here on out. They became aware that foes were loading up to stop their running game because it was obviously effective, and they were starting a rookie passer - one who played only a season and a half at QB at Texas A&M.

So far, Ryan Tannehill has made them pay fairly frequently, but he shouldn't expect them to respect his decision-making ability often yet.

Bush played his last three contests while feeling the effects of that bruised knee. In them, he averaged 16 rushing attempts, 2.33 receptions and 66.7 total yards per game. His YPC: 2.8. This is against the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams. He just didn't run with the same verve.

From Week 1 through Week 3 - against the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets - he averaged 6.0 yards per carry. He put up 124.7 total yards per game on 16.7 rushes and 3.33 catches per game. Bush ran for 4.9 yards per attempt against a tough Houston D in the season opener.

The Dolphins' featured back said last week that he still believes he can win the rushing title. He'll need a few things to work in his favor for that to occur, but Week 8 looks like a good opportunity for him to restart his campaign.

Fresh, in more ways than one, off his bye, he'll face the Jets again. Rex Ryan's D made Bush its focal point, in more ways than one, in Week 3. Miami's dangerous tailback piled up 61 yards on 10 carries before departing. Bush doesn't have much love for the Jets, who've given up the booty to RBs: 160 total yards and one TD per game.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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