Theo Riddick, RB, Lions
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Second-year back Theo Riddick had a great spring and most likely won the number three spot in Detroit. He and wide receiver Jeremy Ross were the young stars of minicamp. It is yet to be seen what Riddick's role will be, yet it is a safe assumption that if Bush or Bell are injured, Riddick will be a must-add in all league. With that opportunity (much like Joique Bell last season), Riddick would earn more playing time and possibly enough touches to merit the occasional start. Riddick is a sleeper in dynasty leagues as well. Although you're better off holding onto him for the time being as he'll have to wait his turn.
As we approach the new league year, the number of players receiving a pink slip is increasing steadily by the day. The latest big-name offensive skill player shown the door is Reggie Bush. The Lions officially released him on Wednesday. Bush had a very disappointing 2014, a year in which he missed five games and saw his rushing total drop about 70 percent from 2013 -- 1,006 yards to 297. The move will save the Lions a little more than $1.7 million in cap space, and the franchise will move forward with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick as its top two runners. Riddick will replace Bush as the team's top receiving back. Bush turns 30 years old next week.Fantasy Analysis:
Bush's name is well-known, but his release is not a surprise. He just finished his worst season as a pro, and the Lions have a younger, cheaper option who can do Bush's job just fine in Riddick. Bush's history will help him gain a job as a complementary part somewhere else, and he can still be valuable as a short-pass outlet; he caught 40 passes in 11 games this past season and has amassed at least 34 catches in each of his nine NFL years. But his fantasy value has seen its best days. The pure amount of afflictions he's dealt with in the league will catch up with him in a hurry as he enters his 30s.
Riddick, 23, had a small breakout in 2014. He had a three-game stretch from Weeks 6-10 in which he caught a touchdown in each contest. Although he averaged fewer than 3 yards per carry, he caught 34 passes in 14 games. With Bush now gone, Riddick should be on all PPR-league radars.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors2/25 - Lions release RB Reggie Bush
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|15.01||Gridiron Irishmen - Last rb taken, pass catcher that could explode if injury occurs to Bush or Bell|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.02||DLF - Riddick looks poised to fill the Sproles role in Lombardi's offense, a role that has always been a fantasy goldmine.|
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