Having a dominating running back in your fantasy league can transform your mediocre team into an offensive juggernaut. This fact is actually quite devastating for me, as my team is stocked with little-used backups and a rag-tag collection of the walking wounded. Quite simply, my team is the anti-Parker Lewis, it can’t win (I’m about to go 0-3, and my team should be renamed “the 2008 Lions”).
On Saturday, I would have been so desperate to have Reggie Bush on my team that I would have eaten the dirt under the bleachers at Sun Life Stadium.
But then this happened…
Bush took a helmet to his knee with just 36 seconds left in the first half as the Dolphins tried to run out the clock. He tested his knee on the sideline after emerging late from the halftime locker room, working feverishly with a trainer and on a stationary bike, but the medical staff determined that he couldn’t play in the second half.
Bush has an injury history in his left knee — a torn posterior cruciate ligament in 2007 and a sprained medial collateral ligament and torn meniscus in 2008.
This was terrible news for the Dolphins because Bush is fourth in the NFL with 302 yards rushing, and he already had 61 yards on ten carries before leaving the game on Sunday. He was well on his way to having another monster week.
Most Bush owners immediately flew into a suicidal rage, violently sobbing and mumbling about a lost season while trying to drink everything they could find under their kitchen sink.
Well, clearly mentally ill fantasy football owner, go to the hospital and get that bleach pumped out of your stomach, because I’ve got some good news.
If you’re still worried that Bush won’t be back this Sunday, there are a few decent options that are probably still available. Bush’s back-up Daniel Thomas rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown after Reggie went down, he’s available in 43 percent of ESPN leagues and 88% of Yahoo leagues. He’s someone you should jump on as soon as you can…like right now.
Fred Jackson to practice this week.
The Bills’ breakthrough running back C.J. Spiller was also injured this week (although it’s also not considered serious and he should only miss one-to-two weeks), hurting his shoulder in the second quarter of Buffalo’s win over Cleveland on Sunday. This could actually open up the door for original starting running back Fred Jackson, because according to Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey, Jackson will practice this week.
“Fred will practice this week,” said Gailey. “I don’t know if it’ll be Wednesday or Thursday, but he should practice some time this week. His recovery has been amazing.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean Jackson will return on Sunday, so if you want to play it safe, you can try to pick up Spiller’s backup Tashard Choice. Choice rushed for 91 yards on 20 carries after Spiller’s departure and is available in 99.7 percent of ESPN leagues and 90 percent of Yahoo leagues.
If you’re anything like me, all of this fantasy uncertainty is giving you an ulcer.
And seriously, stop trying to drink bleach.