Reggie Bush: What Fantasy Owners Should Expect from Dolphins RB in Week 5

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins walks off the field 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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Reggie Bush has been a fantasy football disappointment over the last two weeks, scoring just six points in each game. The Miami Dolphins star should have no problem getting back on track against a porous Cincinnati Bengals run defense in Week 5.

Bush has been slowed by a lingering knee issue, which probably explains why he hasn't featured his usual level of explosiveness recently. Luckily for fantasy owners, he said on Wednesday the knee is starting to feel better.

The fact he was able to recover so quickly is a positive sign. Even though he might not get all the way back to full strength by game time, he should be in a lot better shape than last week, giving owners good reason to start him.

After all, Bush is just three weeks removed from a monster game against the Oakland Raiders. He gained 172 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also made three catches for 25 yards for a total of 31 fantasy points.

Ever since the middle of last season, when it seemed like something finally clicked for the former second overall pick, he's been a terrific fantasy option. That's mainly because he's capable of huge games like the one he had in Week 2.

Bush has a great opportunity to have one of those type of games against the Bengals. Cincinnati ranks dead last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per carry and haven't held opposing fantasy backs below double-digit scoring yet in 2012.

It's the type of matchup fantasy owners dream about, and the only reason Bush isn't getting more hype heading into the week is the injury concerns. Otherwise he would probably be viewed as one of the top options available this week.

The other thing working in Bush's favor is how important the rushing attack is to Miami's offense. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown he's not quite ready to lead the offense yet, so the ground game is vital.

That means Bush should see a lot of action on Sunday as the Dolphins looks to bounce back after two straight narrow losses. Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks before or during the game, he should get upwards of 20 touches.

Against the Bengals defense, that should be enough for Bush to top 100 total yards along with a touchdown. All told, his fantasy total should check in around 18 points.

Fantasy owners should be able to live with that, especially given his less productive outings over the past couple games.