Week 11 Fantasy Projections: Michael Bush and Underrated Stars

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 19, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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There are always players who put up big fantasy points each season that don't get the credit they deserve.

Oakland Raiders backup Michael Bush is one of these players.

Bush has backed up Darren McFadden for years and hasn't gotten many opportunities to truly shine, but when he does have to fill in for McFadden, he generally excels.

Bush is one of three underrated players who will shine in Week 11.

3. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Reggie Bush has been an underrated fantasy asset in recent weeks.

Bush, long considered somewhat of a bust based on getting selected No. 2 overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, has looked like a new man the last three weeks (my theory is that it's because ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian just filed to divorce Kris Humphries).

Against the New York Giants in Week 8, Bush rushed for 103 yards. In Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs, he put up 142 total yards and a touchdown.

And in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, Bush scored two touchdowns.

Bush faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 11, a team that has given up the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

2. Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders

Denarius Moore, a fifth-round pick out of Tennessee, raised some eyebrows in the preseason and started out 2011 well, but he fell off for a bit.

With Carson Palmer taking over center, he's reignited, becoming one of Palmer's top targets as the Raiders try to win the AFC West.

After racking up 61 receiving yards in Week 9, Moore exploded for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the San Diego Chargers.

Palmer clearly likes Moore, and the Raiders face a Minnesota Vikings defense in Week 11 that has given up the second-most fantasy points to receivers this season.

1. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders

Michael Bush has averaged 4.4 yards per carry in his five years in the NFL, and he's racked up 719 total yards and five touchdowns this season despite backing up McFadden early in the season.

It's hard to say if Bush will ever become a No. 1 back in the league, but he may just be the best backup right now.

Bush has 352 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in his last three games, and he's coming off a performance in which he rushed for 157 yards and caught three balls for 85 yards against the Chargers.

He faces the Vikings in Week 11. They aren't bad against the run, but it likely won't matter.

Bush is on a roll.

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