Fantasy Doctor: Patience with Reggie Bush the only option

The Fantasy Doctor
November 21, 2012
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Every Wednesday, The Fantasy Doctor ponders fantasy football dilemmas and prescribes advice with an eye on helping you win. Email your fantasy questions to Questions may be edited for clarity.

What do I do with Reggie Bush? I'm in a one-QB, two-WR, two-RB, one-TE and one RB-WR. My other backs are Arian Foster, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Andre Brown.

— Zach

I'd take a wait-and-see approach with Bush, who's averaging 57.1 yards (rushing and receiving) in the last eight games after a wonderful start to the season. 

While Bush isn't producing enough to be an every-week starter, you can't release him. He'll be immediately claimed, and he's capable of helping someone else. It's just not worth the risk. 

The question of what to do with Bush comes down to how you rank Green-Ellis, Brown and Bush in a given week. Foster is on a different tier and shouldn't be benched for any reason save injury.

As for this week, I'd stack your running backs thusly: Foster, Green-Ellis, Bush, Brown. 

Finally, picking up Dolphins reserve RB Daniel Thomas is one way to reduce the risk of Bush not getting back into form. If this is a full-season league, and if you really wanted to roll the dice, you could also consider Dolphins rookie Lamar Miller, but he's a huge longshot. 


Thanks for helping sort out my WR situation a couple of weeks ago. It kept me in playoff contention. This week, I need help again in selecting my WRs and my flex play.

Last week, when I had Percy Harvin and Hakeen Nicks on bye, Antonio Brown was out with an injury, and Wes Welker and Darrius Heywood-Bey were questionable, I had to drop Brown and pick up Danario Alexander and Mohamed Sanu. Now, I can't decide on which two of my six WRs to play.

Also, at RB, I had Marshawn Lynch on bye in Week 11 and DeMarco Murray still out, so I picked up Marcel Reece, who was a great play along with now regular Doug Martin. Should I play Reece in my flex position again versus one of the remaining WRs?  

Finally, I'm tempted to pick up Julian Edelman, but is he worth inserting in place of any of the other WRs? Thanks for your help and happy Thanksgiving!

— Mike

We're always happy to help, Mike. 

I'd rank your WRs this way: Welker, Harvin (if healthy), Nicks, Alexander, Heyward-Bey, Sanu. 

At running back, Martin and Lynch are the plays. 

At the flex spot, I'd go with Reece if Darren McFadden is again out because of a high ankle sprain. 

If McFadden plays, Nicks and Alexander would rank ahead of Reece for flex consideration. 

Finally, I'm not sure I'd add Edelman, given your solid WR depth, but if you wanted to do so, Heyward-Bey or Sanu would be the wideouts to consider dropping. Alexander can't be released anymore; his value has soared the last two weeks. Also, when healthy, I prefer Antonio Brown to all three wideouts I just mentioned, and I might look to sneak him back on the roster at some point. 

Hey Doc,

Have a couple lineup questions I hope you can clarify.

QB: I've been riding the hot hand of Josh Freeman and actually had Eli Manning on the bench. Should I start Freeman or Manning?

RB: This is usually a no-brainer as I have Ray Rice. I'm debating to bring either Beanie Wells or Ronnie Hillman into the lineup.

WR: I have Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith and Ryan Broyles. Unless you believe one of my other RBs should be in my flex, three of those need to be in my lineup.

TE: Been having bad luck here as most of the waiver-wire suggestions have been cleared up. I currently have Dennis Pitta, Joel Dreessen, Dwayne Allen.

Thanks again,


Let's address these questions position-by-position: 

QB: I prefer Freeman to Manning. The Buccaneers' offense is rolling, while the Giants sputtered entering the bye. What's more, I like Freeman's matchup (Atlanta) better than Manning's (Green Bay). 

RB: I'd start Wells with Rice this week. Let's see how the Broncos use their backs with Willis McGahee out of the lineup for for the rest of the season. 

WR: Your wideouts should be preferred in this order: Vincent Jackson, Cobb, Bryant, Smith, DeSean Jackson, Broyles. Any of your receivers except Broyles would be a better flex play than Hillman, whom I consider your No. 3 RB option this week. 

TE: I'd lean toward Dreessen over Pitta (concussion — check status) and Allen. 


At the TE spot, I have Brett Celek and Jermichael Finley. Finley surprised me on my bench with his TD and yardage in Week 11. For my second RB and flex option I have Matt Forté, Alfred Morris, Chris Johnson and Marcel Reece. I need three of the four.



At tight end, it's a toss-up. Finley has big-play potential and the more stable QB situation but lacks consistency and doesn't get as many targets as Celek. Me? I'd probably go with Finley, but it's close. Celek and Finley have combined for three TDs this season, and in the majority of weeks, neither has scored. What's more, they have yet to score in the same week, either. 

Johnson is the best of your RB options in Week 12, with Morris second, Forté third and Reece fourth. You have good RB depth, which is nice to have this time of year.