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I’ve been knocking around the idea in my head that Reggie Bush is worthy of being considered underrated going into the season, but then I get distracted. Usually from porn. And bacon. Ah yes, the story of a single man. Is this story so bad? Porn, bacon, a barren wasteland of loneliness and despair… I guess it’s not so bad. And then I think, wait, I was thinking about Reggie Bush. And then that thought process inevitably leads to what he left behind. (Again, that’s after all the bacon and despair.) And while I will probably talk about Bush at some point this offseason, I can’t help but thinking that Theo Riddick, who now holds the aforementioned Bush’s old role on the Lions, is, in fact, underrated going into the 2015 season. Also, I can’t believe I created a sentence that included the words “bacon” and “despair”. I must be hungry.

Drafted in 2013 out of Notre Dame, Riddick is known as a “slasher” (why have I never used this description with Frank Gore? The puns are endless…) with good speed in the open-field. He has above average vision with good hands, but he does lack size and is not your prototypical halfback. In fact, during his sophomore and junior seasons, he was used as a slot receiver. While not seeing much time in 2013, he did inherhit a larger role in 2014.

Rushing

SEASON TEAM GP ATT YDS AVG LONG TD FD FUM LOST
2013 DET 14 9 25 2.8 7 1 2 0 0
2014 DET 14 20 51 2.6 9 0 2 0 0
Career 28 29 76 2.6 9 1 4 0 0

Receiving

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LONG TD FD FUM LOST
2013 DET 14 4 8 26 6.5 8 0 1 0 0
2014 DET 14 34 50 316 9.3 41 4 14 0 0
Career 28 38 58 342 9 41 4 15 0 0

Obviously, the larger role Riddick had was still forgettable from a fantasy aspect, and, at best last season, he was a bye-week pick-up if you were desperate or in anything bigger than 12-team leagues, but in terms of what makes him underrated this upcoming year, you have to look at the games and his production when Reggie Bush was out for one of his normal 153 ailments. Take a look…

Week 6

DATE OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
Sun 10/12 @MIN W 17-3 3 6 2 3 0 5 75 15 41 1 0 0

Week 8

DATE OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
Sun 10/26 @ATL W 22-21 3 5 1.7 5 0 8 74 9.3 20 1 0 0

So he was essentially what Reggie Bush was supposed to be when Bush wasn’t in the lineup. Granted, Riddicks value is probably geared a bit more towards PPR leagues, but don’t let that take away from the fact that production is production. And what I mean by that redundant and useless phrase is that both Shane Vereen (during the times when Bill Belichick wasn’t trolling the fantasy population), Danny Woodhead, and even Darren Sproles were considered solid flex plays and most certainly rosterable on your bench. And there’s no reason why Theo Riddick can’t be either.