Generally, the Saints' backfield has been a source of headaches for fantasy owners for the past couple of years. Yes, they've had their moments -- Darren Sproles was a stud in 2011 -- but the likes of Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram have cannibalized each other's value during that time. Are you ready for a similar situation to take shape in Detroit? It sounds like it will if you listen to Lions President Tom Lewand.
"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand said about his offense earlier this week. "... I think you'll see some of that incorporated into what we do. What I really like about [offensive coordinator Joe] Lombardi and his approach -- as well as [head coach Jim] Caldwell -- but coach Lombardi's approach is, 'Let's get as many weapons on the field as we can and try and use them strategically.'"
Lombardi joined the Lions this year after spending the past seven seasons in New Orleans, first as an offensive assistant, then serving as the quarterbacks coach since 2009. He has seen how Sean Payton handles his runners, and it sounds like he may do the same with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell .
I'm not going to assume that I know how Lombardi specifically wants to use his players, but Bush's game obviously has more in common with Sproles while Bell is closer to Thomas. Splitting field time and probably touches with Bell isn't a great thing for Bush's fantasy stock, but let's not all rush to downgrade him before we get a better idea on how this will play out. Again, Sproles was a fantasy stud a few years ago despite carrying the ball just 87 times. He did the majority of his damage as a receiver, and Bush can do the same.