Reggie Bush has high hopes: Coming off his best fantasy season since his rookie campaign, Bush wants to take the next step and lead the NFL in rushing in 2012. The motivation is nice, but is there a running back who doesn’t want to win the rushing title? Bush’s stock certainly rose last season, and I like him as a borderline No. 2 or 3 fantasy runner moving forward. But am I ready to consider him a reliable, consistent option? Not at all. Remember that except for his rookie year, Bush hadn’t played in more than 10 games until the 2011 season. Personally, I need to see another full season of production to be confident in him. If you do land Bush in drafts, you would be wise to handcuff him with Daniel Thomas in the later rounds.
Tim Hightower to start for ‘Skins?: Mike Jones of the Washington Post has Hightower listed as the No. 1 running back on the team’s depth chart. That’s a surprise, because the veteran hasn’t even been cleared for football activities coming off an ACL reconstruction. Of course, this just adds fuel to the fire when it comes to drafting a member of Washington’s backfield — you shouldn’t expect any one of them to post consistently good fantasy numbers. I still see Roy Helu as the most valuable fantasy runner on the team heading into camp, but trying to figure out what coach Mike Shanahan will do with his backfield is close to impossible.
Mark Ingram’s stock is falling: Any fantasy owner expecting Ingram to make a major impact this season might need to take their foot off the pedal a bit. The Alabama product recently had arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss several weeks. In fact, as Saints beat writer Mike Triplett tweeted, Ingram is not expected to be 100 percent by the time training camp begins. While he’s still young, the fact that Ingram has endured three surgeries in the last three offseasons — including two on his left knee — is cause for concern. So is the continued presence of Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in a crowded Saints backfield. If you do draft Ingram, it shouldn’t be as more than a potential flex starter in most formats.