Detroit Lions star running back Reggie Bush aggravated his calf injury during pre-game warm-ups and was unable to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 after initially being expected to play, but he is expected to play this week on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens. Bush was not able to practice yesterday, but he was able to return to practice today and is fully expected to be out there on Monday night.
So far this season, Bush has amassed 77.6 rushing yards per game, 4.7 yards per carry, 45 receptions, 40.7 yards per reception, and five total touchdowns in a fantastic first year in Detroit. He’s been much more than what the Lions bargained for, and he and Joique Bell have taken plenty of pressure off of Matthew Stafford by effectively rushing and receiving. I think they’ve played key roles in Stafford’s breakout 2013 campaign, and it was fun to watch both players put on a show against an inept Green Bay Packers defense on Thanksgiving. Also helping the duo is the fact that guys like Larry Warford (one of the best rookies in this class) have been putting in great work on the offensive line, and it’s showed.
Expect Bush to be out there tomorrow, and he’s a safe start for fantasy owners. However, always be ready to pull him out of the lineup, because aggravations like the one he suffered last week are always a threat.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill hauled in two touchdown receptions last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, and Da’Rick Rogers also burst onto the season with two TD receptions. This has led to Brazill being labeled as a great fantasy sleeper, but I think owners should “sleep” on Brazill this week. Brazill is “only” listed questionable and said he expects to play against the Houston Texans this week, but I’m not as optimistic.
Even though he reportedly only has a bruised foot and the walking boot was just a precaution, Brazill was seen in a walking boot yesterday, nonetheless. Plus, more importantly, he hasn’t been able to practice this week, and that’s enough to make me believe that we shouldn’t expect to see the young wideout this week. His uncertainty bodes well for Rogers owners, and Brazill owners should definitely leave him on the bench this week. He’s likely a game-time decision and could potentially be limited by the injury even if he does play.