1. Reggie Bush: 10 car, 61 yds
Bush continued his torrid pace in 2012 by going for over 60 yards on just 10 carries in the first half against the Jets. This season he has continued his ascension into the elite running backs of the NFL. Bush has transformed from a 3rd-down back/return man into a featured back by adding weight and strength. Early in his career he didn’t have the ability to run between the tackles and he was prone to fluky injuries. The added strength has allowed him to break tackles and become the all-purpose back New Orleans thought they drafted him in 2006.
The price on Bush is likely too steep to consider trading for him right now. However it is worth your time to put out some feelers for him, because the improvements he has made are long-term and there is no reason to believe he won’t continue to improve as he runs behind a fantastic offensive line in Miami.
2. Christian Ponder: 15-23, 143 yds, TD; 34 rush yds, rush TD
In the first half against San Francisco, Ponder calmly opened the game by driving the length of the field before finding Kyle Rudolph for a 4th down TD, while throwing off his back foot. He then scampered up the middle for a 23-yard TD run, giving the Vikings their second score of the half.
His rookie season was deemed a failure, as his 54% completion rate did leave a lot to be desired. However, Ponder showed a lot of skills that will allow him to potentially mature into a top-flight QB. He has great mobility both in and out of the pocket, the arm strength to make all the necessary throws and he is able to make simple reads and audible based on what he sees in a defence.
He will be a good flex play at QB for the rest of the season and those in dynasty leagues should consider holding onto him going forward.
3. Jared Cook: 4 rec, 77 yds, TD
Cook did what he does best in the first half, breaking off a 61-yard TD catch from Jake Locker. Cook is a very raw player with tremendous upside. A wide receiver in high school, Cook is still learning the nuances of playing tight end. He has great top end speed and enough muscle to break tackles in the open field.
If you are thin at tight end, Cook is someone you should be looking at in trades. He has the potential to have monster games with his breakaway speed and he should only continue to improve as he becomes familiar with both QB Locker and the position.