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Mikel Leshoure 2013 Season Outlook

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anything to see here with bush in town? will he get the goal line carries?

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I actually like Leshoure more than most people. He has very little big play ability, but he can be a modestly productive fantasy player if given significant touches. He posted double-digit fantasy points for standard leagues in 6 of the final 9 games last season.

If you're looking to add backfield depth late in your draft (and frankly, why wouldn't you be?) and Leshoure is available, he might be worth taking a chance on.

If Bush goes down (certainly not an unreasonable proposition), Leshoure will likely be a very startable commodity in competitive leagues. If Bush remains healthy, Leshoure will likely only be startable in desperate bye week and injury replacement situations but I still think he'll play a role in Detroit's offense.

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I will target him in my td heavy league, maaaaybe in standard if it's later rounds.

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I feel like he and Reggie Bush will be splitting the carries pretty evenly with Bush getting all of the passing down work.

One thing to note is Reggie Bush's injury history. I know that he was pretty healthy while in Miami, but he was playing on grass. He blamed all of the injuries in NO on the turf. Just something to note.

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It seems that the Lions are intent on using Leshoure in the same role he was in last year, probably to the detriment of Bell, who has already volunteered for return duty, probably seeing the writing on the wall. As to Leshoure possibly breaking out, it's going to depend on whether or not what we saw last year was who Leshoure really is or if he was truly missing some burst and explosion coming back from the Achilles injury. If he does show that he regained some lost explosiveness that was missing from last year he could have some nice upside and value as a late round pick up.

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It seems that the Lions are intent on using Leshoure in the same role he was in last year, probably to the detriment of Bell

I actually see Bell's 2012 role being usurped entirely by Bush.

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Joique Bell no longer exists

Do you think he will be banished to the Island of Misfit RBs with Kevin Smith?
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I'm going to predict that if Bush plays in 15-16 games Leshoure might not get much over 100 carries this season.

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Mikel Leshoure faced eight defenders in the box less often than any other running back last season.

Leshoure saw a stacked box just 6.05 percent of the time, yet still averaged a paltry 3.71 YPC. It's a scary number that reaffirms Leshoure's best role is as a short-yardage pounder. That's what he'll be this season as Reggie Bush was signed to jump-start the Lions' running game as the feature back.

Related: Reggie Bush

Source: Pro Football Focus

May 9 - 11:12 AM

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I'm going to predict that if Bush plays in 15-16 games Leshoure might not get much over 100 carries this season.

So you're thinking that Leshoure is good for like 6 carries a game? I think he'll see at least a third of the series.

People might be setting somewhat unreasonable expectations for Bush this season.

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DET is only going to run the ball maybe 20x/game anyways so yes, maybe 6-8 carries.

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I stand corrected, they rushed the ball 391 times last season, which will probably not increase so let's say Bush gets only 200 carries, that leaves another 200 to essentially divide between Leshoure and Bell. The coaching staff still likes Bell enough to give him 50-60 carries so you're still at around 150 max for Leshoure which is 9.3/game.

However, in an explosive offense 9/game assuming GL touches could make him worth a look in td heavy leagues and maybe even deep standard leagues as a flex option.

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9 CPG is a lot more than 6, but you're mistake is thinking that Leshoure and Bell will share a role. They play polar roles. Bell and Bush play identical roles, therfore Bell figures to vanish from the gameplan until the inevitable Bush injury.

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Bell had almost 90 carries last season along with his 56 catches so yes the catches will totally evaporate with Bush in town. Do you really think he's not going to get 50 carries for a whole season though?

I'd bet a lot of money right now that if Bush is healthy for the season, Leshoure will not get above 150 and probably more in the 130 range but hey like I said if he gets 90% of the GL carries he could be decent value in some leagues.

If you're counting on Bush getting hurt ***INJURY PRONE ALERT!!!!*** then Leshoure might have even more value if you can get him in the 9th round or later because those carrries have to go somewhere.

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I actually like Leshoure more than most people. He has very little big play ability, but he can be a modestly productive fantasy player if given significant touches. He posted double-digit fantasy points for standard leagues in 6 of the final 9 games last season.

Doesn't that describe EVERY average, plodding running back in the NFL?

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I actually like Leshoure more than most people. He has very little big play ability, but he can be a modestly productive fantasy player if given significant touches. He posted double-digit fantasy points for standard leagues in 6 of the final 9 games last season.

Doesn't that describe EVERY average, plodding running back in the NFL?

Umm, no. Not at all. Did you happen to watch the Cardinals or Jets at all last season?

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I actually like Leshoure more than most people. He has very little big play ability, but he can be a modestly productive fantasy player if given significant touches. He posted double-digit fantasy points for standard leagues in 6 of the final 9 games last season.

Doesn't that describe EVERY average, plodding running back in the NFL?

Umm, no. Not at all. Did you happen to watch the Cardinals or Jets at all last season?

shonn greene was kind of the 15th overall RB in my league last year, probably top 20 in most standard leagues. and he sucks.

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Guess that achilles injury really did affect something after all hmmmmmmm?????? :D

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Surely you're not confusing Kayla Maroney with Alicia Sacramone? Damn. I'd love to be in your fantasy gymnastics league broseph lol.

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Surely you're not confusing Kayla Maroney with Alicia Sacramone? Damn. I'd love to be in your fantasy gymnastics league broseph lol.

Oh noes, that mistake could never be made, I was going for the bitch-face....although how old is Maroney? Give her a couple years? Someone arrest me.

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Joique Bell no longer exists

Joique Bell sat down on the wrong end of the bench, and is now stuck in the same Bermuda Triangle as Kevin Smith.

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Surely you're not confusing Kayla Maroney with Alicia Sacramone? Damn. I'd love to be in your fantasy gymnastics league broseph lol.

Oh noes, that mistake could never be made, I was going for the bitch-face....although how old is Maroney? Give her a couple years? Someone arrest me.

That's why they have beach volleyball to switch to during the Olympics. Same urge, minus the incarceration. It's actualy McKayla not Kayla. I guess her parents couldn't decide on a first name so they didn't give her one.

Anyway . . . back to the Achilles tendon propensity for healing.

I am one of the few, it seems, who believes Leshoure will have more explosiveness than last year and that we'll see some value in a flex in standard leagues if the offense finds its feet as a whole, and especially if they build some big leads--which we all know they can do.

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Any Detroit homers out there who have seen Leshoure in camp? I can't find very much online and want to know if he looks better or about the same as last year. I read conflicting stories, one stating he looks more explosive and another saying he looks about the same as last year.

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Any Detroit homers out there who have seen Leshoure in camp? I can't find very much online and want to know if he looks better or about the same as last year. I read conflicting stories, one stating he looks more explosive and another saying he looks about the same as last year.

He says his legs feel more fresh, and he feels he's in better shape to begin the season since he participated in OTAs and full practice. Not really much out there, but I am buying the idea that he will be better than last season, with another season removed from his injury. He was terrible last season so obviously it would seem there's nowhere to go but up.

I read some of that from Tim Twentyman, the guy who follows the Lions the most.

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Leshoure a healthy scratch today. I think it's safe to say Bell is the clear cut (and extremely high upside) 'cuff for Bush.

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