Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Bush's upside in PPR leagues
By Tom Carpenter
As a rookie with the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush pulled in 88 passes in 16 games, which made him an absolute revelation in points-per-reception fantasy football leagues. The next season, he had 73 receptions in 12 games. Although his pass-catching role diminished in ensuing campaigns, and bottomed out last season with 35 catches as a member of the Miami Dolphins, he has averaged a healthy 53 receptions per season during his seven-year tenure in the NFL.
Not surprisingly, now that he has joined the pass-happy Detroit Lions, his pass-catching role is expected to expand once again -- perhaps dramatically. Coach Jim Schwartz hinted Tuesday at a high ceiling for Bush in the passing game.
"Jim Schwartz said Reggie Bush could potentially catch 60-70-80 passes next season," DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman tweeted Tuesday.
60-80 receptions isn't exactly an outrageous projection, since Jahvid Best caught 58 passes in 16 games as a rookie with the Lions. The bottom line here is that Bush will give up the between-the-tackles role we saw when he was with the Dolphins and resume his pass-catching ways out of the Lions backfield, which will give him a significant bump in PPR leagues.