Fantasy Football Profiles: Pierre Thomas & Reggie Bush
Pierre Thomas has been a trendy pick in fantasy football leagues this year. The hype train has finally let Reggie Bush off. Pierre Thomas is the more complete Running Back and will take the lion’s share of the carries as well as the goal line duties. He has bulked up to handle the beating that 100+ additional carries will bring. He gave a glimpse of what he can do with regular touches last year in Weeks 11-16 when he averaged 112.83 yards (79.16 rushing) on 15.5 carries and 3.2 receptions with 9 TDs. Reggie will still get his touches, but Pierre is clearly the feature back.
That doesn’t mean that Reggie Bush should be an afterthought. If he can stay healthy, he is still one of the most explosive players in the league. He will likely have more receiving yards than rushing yards. He should have 70+ receptions to lead all Running Backs. He will add a Punt Return for TD if he is given the opportunity, though at this point I would take that duty away for his health’s sake.
In an offense like the Saints have matchups are almost irrelevant, but I’ll point out his favorable matchups against Detroit (Week 1) and St. Louis (Week 10) and his challenging ones against Philly (Week 2), the Giants (Week 6), Carolina (Week 9), New England (Week 12), and Washington (Week 13). Their fantasy playoff schedule is Atlanta, Dallas, and Tampa Bay, which is fairly difficult.
Pierre Thomas will likely go in the second or third round in your fantasy draft. I expect him to be very productive with 1400+ total yards and 10+ TDs. Meanwhile, Reggie Bush should have around 1100 total yards (400 rushing, 700 receiving) with 8 total TDs. Bush will be drafted in the third or fourth round, with a significant bump in PPR leagues.
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