Reggie Bush: Fantasy Projections for Dolphins RB in Week 5 vs. Bengals

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Dolphins 24-21 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After some concern from fantasy owners after he suffered a knee injury in Week 3, Reggie Bush put everyone's fears to rest with a solid, if unspectacular, performance against a good Arizona Cardinals defense. 

This week, the Dolphins travel to the great Midwest to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Dolphins tend to live and die by the run. Ryan Tannehill is starting to throw for a lot of yards, but he is still too turnover-prone to make enough of a difference for this team. 

Bush has found his niche with the Dolphins, and fantasy owners are the ones happily reaping the rewards. 

Here is a very early look ahead to Week 5 and what we expect from the Dolphins running back when they take on the Bengals. 



19 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD

Given the way that Bush looked against Arizona, which has the 15th-ranked run defense, you can feel encouraged that he is going to get stronger against a run defense that ranks 24th in the NFL in yards allowed. 

However, I am going to hold my expectations somewhat in check for two reasons. The first is because a knee injury for a player like Bush makes it very difficult to expect great things. He loves to cut back and forth, almost to a fault, in order to make a spectacular run. 

If your knee is bothering you, it is painful to make those cuts and impossible to maintain the top speed that separates you from the defense. 

The second reason is because of the way the Dolphins use the running game. Bush has proven himself to be a good No. 1 back in a system, but he has only carried the ball more than 17 times once this season, in Week 2 against Oakland

Cincinnati has a good offense that is going to score points on a soft Miami defense, so the Bengals will have to throw the ball more than they would like. 



2 catches, 17 yards

Bush is a more-than-capable receiver, but the Dolphins aren't using him much in that capacity this season. He did have six catches in the first game against Houston and has seen his total go down each week to three, one and zero against Arizona. 

Last week I would imagine they were taking it easy with him to make sure he was there to run the ball when they needed him to. I do think that he will be more of a fixture in the passing game this week, though obviously enough to make a difference. 

The good news is the total yards I have predicted for Bush put him close to the 100-yard mark, which he hasn't come close to hitting since Week 2.