Reggie Bush's Fantasy Stock Not Threatened by Joique Bell's Monster Game

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 29, 2013

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) celebrates after a touchdown by running back Reggie Bush (21) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both broke out with huge fantasy football performances on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, but owners needn't worry about Bush losing touches as the playoffs loom.

After totaling 310 yards between them, Bell and Bush were named the Detroit Lions' players of the game, as noted by the team's Twitter account:

The dynamic duo split carries almost evenly, with Bush running 20 times and Bell garnering 19 carries.

Bell finished the game with 94 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving on three catches, scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter to boost his fantasy total to 18 points on the day (ESPN.com standard scoring). 

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions tries to split the tackles of M.D. Jennings #43 and Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers during a third quarter run at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by
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It was the second time in three games that Bell scored at least 14 points, and he's notched double-digit points totals five times this season.

But he wasn't the top dog in this game. Bush outgained him on the ground and through the air, rushing for 117 yards, catching five passes for 65 yards and scoring a touchdown to earn 21 points. 

It was the third time this season that both running backs eclipsed double-digit fantasy points in the same game, and the Lions haven't been shy about using both players to great effect throughout the season. 

But since Week 3, when Bush missed the game with an injury, he has never carried the ball fewer than 12 times in a game, while Bell has only two games in which he's carried the ball more than nine times.

While the Lions are happy to utilize both players, Bush is the clear-cut No. 1 running back for Detroit.

Bush should have another huge game next weekend when the Lions head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

Philly's defense ranks No. 19 in the NFL in fantasy points against running backs. The Oakland Raiders were able to run roughshod over this defense back in Week 9, and Washington did the same two weeks ago before the team's bye. 

But Bush faces two difficult opponents in the two weeks following, with contests upcoming against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. Both rank among the top 10 fantasy defenses against running backs. 

Regardless of the opponent, and regardless of how much Bell is involved with Detroit's offense, Bush is a must-start fantasy back the rest of the season. In 11 games, he's rushed for 854 yards, has caught 45 passes for 448 yards and has scored five touchdowns. 

His multifaceted skill set is a key weapon for Detroit's offense, and he'll continue to be a primary weapon for the Lions on the ground and through the air.

As always, he's a true RB1, and he's even more valuable in pay-per-reception leagues.

 

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