Injuries are bad for NFL players, but they can open up tremendous opportunities for savvy fantasy football owners. Reggie Bush reportedly might not play in Week 3, which means Joique Bell owners have something to be happy about.
Bush has a knee injury, and the Lions have listed him as questionable. Technically a 50-50 proposition, the scales could tilt toward shutting him down for Week Three. Per a league source, the Lions may opt to play it safe with Bush.
Detroit would be smart to keep Bush out of this game. He's a special player, and the Lions need him to be healthy down the stretch and, hopefully, into the playoffs.
The Redskins feature one of the worst defenses in the NFL, allowing 511.5 yards per game.
Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense will have a field day against this unit whether Bush is in the lineup or not.
It would be wrong to say that Bell is just as good as Bush—he's not. That said, he is a solid player who fits the offensive scheme of the Lions to perfection.
As a third-year player in 2012, Bell gained 414 yards on 82 carries (for five yards per attempt) and scored three rushing touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 485 yards.
Through two games this season as Bush's backup, the former undrafted player out of Wayne State has already rushed for two touchdowns and caught 10 passes, totaling 164 yards.
Bell is a shifty back who doesn't possess the blazing speed of Bush, but his ability to make people miss in the open field helps him compensate for the lack of raw velocity.
His shiftiness and sure hands in the passing game make him the perfect complementary weapon for Detroit's pass-first attack.
As Stafford's security blanket on passing downs, he'll be especially valuable in points-per-reception leagues.
Fantasy owners should consider using Bell as a flex option in standard leagues instead of as a third receiver, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to use him as a starting running back if your starters have unfavorable matchups.
Projected Stats: 15 carries for 65 yards with one touchdown and six catches for 70 yards.
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