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Michael Bush | Chicago Bears | RB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 245 | Born: 6/16/1984

2013 Experience: 5th season

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Fantasy Football Outlook: The Bears have a new Head Coach but we should continue to expect Bush to play second fiddle to Matt Forte in the Bears backfield. Bush is nothing more than a hand-cuff option in fantasy leagues, but we know he can be productive if called upon to start, due to injury.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 92 366 4 7 61 0
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Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Att Yds TD Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds TD Fmb
2008 24 OAK 15 0 95 421 3 4.4 28.1 6.3 19 162 0 1
2009 25 OAK 16 7 123 589 3 4.8 36.8 7.7 17 105 0 2
2010 26 OAK 14 3 158 655 8 4.1 46.8 11.3 18 194 0 0
2011 27 OAK 16 9 256 977 7 3.8 61.1 16.0 37 418 1 1
2012 28 CHI 13 1 114 411 5 3.6 31.6 8.8 9 83 0 1
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Welcome to Michael Bush fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Michael Bush’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

While I liked Michael Bush coming out of college, it’s been hard to be a fan of his for fantasy purposes, because for the most part he’s played the role of spoiler. It’s not so much his fault, but he seemed to take away valuable touches from Darren McFadden around the goal line in Oakland, and will clearly be a thorn in Matt Forte’s side.

If for whatever reason Forte should not be on the field, Bush would hold RB2 value as a starter, but don’t forget about Kalil Bell as a complimentary back. For now, consider Bush more of a hand cuff to Forte.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 82 288 4 14 108 0

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

It looks like the Raiders will retain Michael Bush when the lockout ends as they want him to help Darren McFadden in their quality backfield. Coming into last season, the Raiders parted ways with Justin Fargas and it was clear that one of the teams young running backs was due to breakout. McFadden turned out to be the winner as he clearly looked like the high draft choice the Raiders spent on him a few years ago.

In Bush the Raiders have a quality No.2 running back and he will probably cut into McFadden’s goal line work once again. Since McFadden is a runner who tends to get banged up, Bush is worth holding as a hand cuff running back in the Raiders run heavy offense.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 170 722 8 20 177 0

2010 Preview

Michael Bush was my favorite to win the starting job in Oakland but a thumb injury cost him the first two games of the regular season. In that time Darren McFadden became the teams true feature back with great play and explosion in the running game. Bush will be the teams backup unless McFadden suffers an injury this season.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Michael Bush has the overall skill and body build to of been the Raiders top dog in the running game last year. With all his talent, he failed to impress his coaching staff at times with his preparation and desire. Falling in and out of Coach Tom Cables dog house seemed to be a yearlong drama for Bush.

Audio: RB Michael Bush | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

Through it all Bush did show the kind of skill he has as late in the season, he posted a strong game against the Broncos 133 yards rushing and a touchdown on only eighteen carries. For the season Bush was strong when on the field as he posted a 4.8 yard per carry average for 589 yards on the ground.

Like Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas last season Bush failed to see over 130 carries on the season and that is simply not enough touches for any one runner to be a fantasy option.

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Early in the offseason Coach Cable was saying that he wanted a feature runner in this offense. In OTA’s it looked like Bush was primed to be that very player as he consistently saw first team touches over McFadden.

However, Coach Cable balked on his feature back talk by June and said he is more than happy using both McFadden and Bush in a 50/50 split. Thankfully, Fargas is gone from this messy situation so now fantasy owners only have to worry about two players to choose from on this team.

The Raiders have made strong strides to becoming a solid football team for this upcoming year and someone should be a productive player on the ground. With the 5th easiest schedule to pass against and the 7th easiest to run against the Raiders should move the football better than previous years. This is even more convincing to believe when you remember that the team doesn’t have JaMarcus Russell (thank God) under center and now they have Jason Campbell.

Overall I believe Bush is the favorite to have the stronger fantasy reliance in this offense for 2010. McFadden should see around the same workload early on, but if he continues to gain 3.4 yards a carry it will be Bush that continues to see more work as we get deeper into the season.

Don’t look to Bush as a week one starter, but if he shows good signs early on then you might want to consider using him as a good flex play option.

Assets

- Touchdown Opportunites

- Will Probably Start

- Improving Overall Team

Liabilities

- RBBC

- Needs To Earn Coaching Staffs Trust

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