Fantasy Post Mortem: Reggie Bush leads the way

Michael Shanahan once again went with Alfred Morris … what are you trying to do to us Shanny? Sometimes I feel like Bobby “The Brain” Heenan pre-Bash at the Beach in 1996, trying to warn everybody of Hulk Hogan.

But dang, that RG3 can play, too, right? More on the Redskins in a minute, let’s get to it.

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Fantasy player of the week
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Reggie Bush showed last year was no fluke as he bludgeoned the Raiders for 31.70 fantasy points. Have we come to the point where Bush is now a must-start in fantasy leagues?

It’s close.

Not all fantasy rosters are the same. So if you’re starting Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy on your team (you laugh, but you should see some of the tweets I get), then obviously you aren’t going to start Bush. But for most fantasy enthusiasts, Bush has become a must-have running back accessory.

Let’s be honest, the Dolphins don’t have a lot of offensive weapons. Bush is their guy. And the way he’s looked in the first two weeks (remember, he was decent against the tough Texans’ squad), you will be playing Bush.

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Handcuff of the week
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C.J. Spiller was the headliner of Rank’s 11 this week, and yeah, this will be the last time Spiller can be referred to as a sleeper. Our editor Marcas Grant has decreed it so. But like Bush, Spiller is a guy who needs to be in your lineup week after week.

And Spiller will continue to be the man even when Fred Jackson returns to the team. Spiller is now the man in Buffalo.

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500 Club
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(Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

Eli Manning looked awful in the first half against the Buccaneers. But Manning finished with 510 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ win. Manning still ended up as the day’s top fantasy quarterback despite three interceptions. The Giants have a pretty favorable matchup against the Panthers on Thursday night.

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Did you see?
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The top two receivers from the morning games on Sunday were Victory Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The number three guy? Dwayne Bowe. Yeah, I know, crazy right?

Many of you likely stopped paying attention to the Bills and Chiefs game once it got out of hand. But Matt Cassel and Bowe combined for some serious garbage time points.

But points are points, right?

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Panic button
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While Cassel and Bowe were piling up garbage-time, where were the (expletive) points for Jamaal Charles? There were none. Unless your league rewards points for time spent on the exercise bicycle.

Many of you have tweeted to ask if its’ time to cut Charles. And to be honest, I’ve flirted with the idea of cutting him just to send a message to the rest of my team. But let’s not make the panic move just yet. Hopefully you have some other options so you can be patient. But don’t do anything impetuous.

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Panic button II
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On behalf of fantasy enthusiasts everywhere, allow me to say we are officially over Chris Johnson. It’s become so bad in Tennessee, I would rather play a Redskins running back instead of Johnson. Here’s something fun, find the guy in your league who has Charles and offer them a trade.

If you have Charles and Johnson on your team, there’s always next year.

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Richardson rookie watch
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(David Kohl/Associated Press)

A couple of rookies named Richardson had big days on Sunday.

The first was the guy you would expect, Trent Richardson who became the first rookie in franchise history to have more than 100 rushing and score a touchdown rushing and receiving. Take that, Jim Brown.

The second guy was little-known Daryl Richardson who got the call when Steven Jackson was benched in St. Louis after he suffered a groin injury (yes, I was thinking #shanahanigans at first, too). Richardson ended up with … Not a bad debut. Look for him on your waiver wire (along with Danny Amendola – who was another of Rank’s 11).

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Hail to the Redskins
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Robert Griffin III has become a must-start quarterback in all formats, and I’ll likely continue to play him. But for those of you who look at trends, check out Cam Newton‘s first two starts last year. Newton passed for over 400 yards and had a rushing touchdown in his first two starts. And then he hit a wall. Well, the Jaguars defense to be more exact. He passed for just 158 yards in Week 3 last year.

And guess who RG3 faces this week …

No, not the Jaguars. I see I kind of set it up that way. It would have been trippy if that had been the case. No, it’s the Bengals. I’m not saying it’s enough to scare me off RG3 this week, but something to think about.

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And finally …
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(Bob Leverone/Associated Press)

Congratulations to Newton for being a top fantasy quarterback again. I opined last week on NFL Fantasy Live that Newton was like Ricky Vaughn in “Major League II.” He was more concerned with being a brand and not about being a great football player. Most because he wasn’t running the ball like he used to.

On Sunday, Newton came out of the bullpen to Wild Thing, with his sleeveless jean jacket and awesome haircut. Give ‘em the heater, Cammy! And he certainly did.

I never understood why they don’t want Newton to run the ball. Michael Vick and RG3 are smaller guys, but Newton is a house, he can take some hits.

(Guess this means things are looking up for Blake Lively, too. I don’t want to say my words inspired Cam, but you’re welcome.)

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