Reggie Bush Is a Must-Start in Fantasy If Detroit Lions RB Is Active Sunday

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Running back Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Despite dealing with an injury all week, Reggie Bush will be effective against the Washington Redskins as long as he is on the field.

Bush—who has played in all 16 games in only one of the last six seasons—injured his knee in the Week 2 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. He then admitted that he should not have returned after sustaining the injury in the second quarter, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.

Fortunately, he felt better Thursday, proclaiming, "I want to say I'm optimistic about playing. I always am. Today was a good day. The progress thus far since this last Sunday has been really good."

Additionally, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Lions do not believe the injury is a serious one:

The team will likely make a game-time decision about whether he can play, which usually concerns fantasy owners. However, playing in a 1 p.m. ET game will give people plenty of time to make adjustments to rosters.

If Bush is declared active, there should be no questioning his spot in a fantasy football lineup.

The veteran running back has played hurt before, and done it well. You only have to look back to Week 1 of this season to see what he is capable of accomplishing despite various ailments.

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions runs 77 yards for a third quarter touchdown during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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According to Justin Rodgers of MLive.com, Bush dislocated a thumb and tweaked his groin during the team's opening win over the Minnesota Vikings. Amazingly, the running back finished with 191 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.

Although the latest knee injury might be a little tougher to handle, his positive comments make it seem as if he will be just as successful playing through it. 

However, it is also important to realize that Bush might be able to handle the Redskins on one leg. The defending NFC East champions have had the worst defense in football to start the season, allowing 511.5 yards per game.

Not only did LeSean McCoy run all over the Washington defense for 184 rushing yards in Week 1, but James Starks had a career day in Week 2 with 158 yards from scrimmage. It was the first career 100-yard rushing performance for Starks in a regular-season game, as well as the first by a Green Bay Packers player since 2010. 

This says more about the Redskins deficiencies than it does about a change for the Packers. The Redskins have done a terrible job of tackling, as well as staying with anyone in coverage. Any NFL player has the ability to have a good game against this unit. 

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) rushes with the football as Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39) defends during the third quarter at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay won 38-20.  Mandatory Credit: J
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As long as Bush is on the field, he should be able to pick up big chunks of yardage on the ground and through the air to have a productive day of work.

Obviously, the Lions will want to be careful with the veteran running back to make sure he does not miss any more time than necessary. This could force him to be ruled out of the Week 3 game, so fantasy owners should stay alert on Sunday.

However, if he is in the lineup for the Lions, he should be in your fantasy lineup as well. 

 

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