It looks like fantasy owners now have some final answers to the questions we’ve had about the Dolphins and Saints backfield throughout the offseason. And those answers are all positive indeed.
The deal that sent Reggie Bush to South Beach will improve the value of the versatile veteran, in so much that he’s going to see plenty of work in a change-of-pace role and on passing downs. Playing on grass should also help the health of his troublesome knee, though Bush is still a risk due to his past proneness to injuries. He’ll continue to have more value in PPR formats, but overall I see Bush as a borderline No. 3 or 4 fantasy back.
The fact that the Fins went with Bush, and not a back like DeAngelo Williams or Ahmad Bradshaw who could top the depth chart, is terrific news for Daniel Thomas. He’s the clear favorite to start, so a season with 225-250 carries is well within reach. While some owners might be timid in drafting a rookie after the failures of Ryan Mathews, Jahvid Best and C.J. Spiller in 2010, I wouldn’t pass on Thomas as a potential No. 2 back in the middle rounds.
Fellow rookie Ingram also sees a rise in value, as the Saints backfield is now his to lead. That makes the former Heisman winner a borderline No. 2 back and flex starter in most formats. Pierre Thomas will move into more of a change-of-pace role in the offense, making him more of a middle- to late-round selection.
One other thing to keep in mind: Taking Bush out of the offense of coach Sean Payton is going to open more targets for players like Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Jimmy Graham.