2012 Recap: After injury plagued seasons in New Orleans, Bush had his best season in 2011 and fantasy owners had high hopes going into 2012. Bush has finally become comfortable running between the tackles, but the Dolphins really utilized his skills on misdirection runs. He suffered a mysterious knee injury in week 3 of 2012 and never really looked the same. He only missed one game in his 2 seasons with the Dolphins, so his ability to stay healthy improved dramatically over his 5 seasons in NO. Bush set a personal best in 2012 with 219 carries, but saw his yards drop from 1086 in 2011 to 960 in 2012. He did score 6 rushing TDs once again, but had a drop in receiving numbers, catching 35/292/2 on 51 targets, which put him 20th among RBs at 11 FPG. Considering how poor the Dolphins receiving corp was, it didn’t make sense that Miami didn’t get him more involved in the passing game.
What’s Changed: The change to the Lions should be a major step up for Bush in PPR leagues. The Lions threw the ball 740 times last season and targeted their top 2 RBs (Leshoure and Bell) a whopping 117 times. Bush will be used in a variety of ways and all over the formation, especially if Ryan Broyles is limited early on. It is no surprise that the Lions love to throw to their RBs and Bush is by far their most talented receiving RB. Bush was targeted 119 times in his rookie season and caught 89 balls, so you can see where the excitement comes from for the Lions and fantasy owners alike. Although he is the most talented back on the team, he can’t not be considered a workhorse back like the top guys. We could and will probably see either Leshoure or Bell in short yardage or goaline situations. Bell in particular showed he can be used in a variety of ways last season.
Outlook: With Bush, it comes down to health. He did play in 31 of 32 games with the Dolphins, so he may have turned the corner. Hopefully there is not a correlation between the injuries and the field surface he plays on (NO- turf, Miami- grass, Detriot- turf). There wasn’t a better situation he could of landed in for this season IMO, so PPR leaguers are drooling over Bush as his ADP has indicated. I think he is a very strong RB2 that could be matched up with a stud RB, or if an owner goes WR-WR, Bush could be a nice guy to grab in the third round if he lasts that long.
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