Ranks reax: Can we trust Reggie Bush? 

October, 10, 2012
Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has become a difficult player to evaluate, and that's even without bringing up his past production/durability issues from his time with the New Orleans Saints. Last year, Bush was nearly a top-10 running back for the season -- it took 170 standard points to make the top 10, and he scored 165 -- and he's currently tied with San Francisco 49ers stud Frank Gore for seventh in running back scoring this year. Still, while I ranked Bush in the top 10 for the pending Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams, I admit it was a bit more about the matchup than a philosophic change in his value.

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Robert Mayer/US PRESSWIREReggie Bush's season numbers are inflated by his 31-fantasy-point (standard scoring) game against the Raiders in Week 2.
Bush's season numbers are a bit skewed from his Week 2 performance against the awful Oakland Raiders, when he exploded for 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns. In the other four games, Bush has scored 34 fantasy points, with his best performance coming this past Sunday (48 rushing yards and a score against the Cincinnati Bengals). He scored 12 fantasy points and didn't look great doing it. Bush might or might not be recovered from hip and knee injuries that probably would have rendered him inactive in his Saints days, and the modest results have left fantasy owners wondering what to expect.

Well, I expect Bush to rush for 100 yards and a touchdown on the Rams, which is why he's in my No. 8 slot for running backs. A few colleagues ranked him worse, and one had him at No. 3. It's a rather large discrepancy, and I admit I thought about moving Bush ahead of Gore, who has the seemingly tougher matchup against the New York Giants. Regardless, Bush is a clear play. Detractors can point to Bush's past three games, with an average of eight fantasy points per outing, and no more than 72 total yards in any. In fact, rumors of Bush returning to an increased role in the passing game have been untrue; he has caught just six passes in four games.