Lions.com beat writer, Tim Twentyman, reports that all five starters from last year’s offensive line will return this season. (Source: DetroitLions.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Reggie Bush. He enjoyed significant fantasy success behind this line last year and things only project to get better with the continued development of G Larry Warford, who graded out as PFF’s 14th best run blocker as a rookie, and the added depth third-round rookie C Travis Swanson should bring. I’d feel very comfortable going into the season with Bush as my RB2.
Reggie Bush should see a reduction from the 277 touches he received last year as part of the Lions offense, a number around 225 seems more realistic with Joique Bell expected to be the lead back in Detroit.
We all know Reggie Bush will miss some games in 2014 due to injury, but when he is on the field he knows how to light it up from a fantasy perspective. He also gets a bump for PPR leagues and if you draft him just make sure to get his hand-cuff. Bell will probably get more carries this year than Bush so his upside is capped.
Bush has only 1,190 career rushing attempts and 426 career receptions. Even at 29 years old, he has enough tread on his tires to be a good fantasy player. The problem is that the Lions are going to use more two-back sets and Bell should lead the team in carries with Bush having a Darren Sproles type role. Bush is a better PPR option than he is in Standard Leagues.