• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims totals 39 snaps in Week 4

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims participated in 39 snaps in Week 4, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.Sims continues to see the field as frequently as Doug Martin, and paid dividends in the passing game once again in Week 4, securing his second touchdown reception of the season. The second-year back has already received 15 targets in 2015, and appears to have solidified a role as a change-of-pace back with the opportunity for 10-15 touches on a weekly basis.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Buccaneers RB Charles Sims records 53 total yards, TD in loss

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims gained 23 yards on six carries and secured three of five targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.The versatile second-year back continues to be a difference maker through the air for the Bucs. It was Sims' second touchdown reception in as many weeks, and came on a play where he was split out wide as a receiver. Sims did a good job working his way free in the end zone on the play, and an under-duress Jameis Winston was able to find him after narrowly avoiding a sack. Sims will continue to work in tandem with backfield mate Doug Martin in a Bucs offense that is long on talent but still short on consistency in the early going of the 2015 campaign.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Doug Martin (knee) misses practice, still expected to play Week 4

    Buccaneers running back Doug Martin missed Thursday's practice due to a knee injury, but coach Lovie Smith expects the running back to "be OK," the Tampa Bay Times reports.After sustaining the injury Wednesday, his lack of participation Thursday appears to be a precaution, as Smith expects Martin to return in some capacity Friday, according to the Buccaneers' official site.Expect Martin's status to be clarified as the week draws to a close, but Charles Sims could be in line for additional work, if Martin is at all hampered Sunday against the Panthers.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bucs RB Charles Sims saw 30 snaps during Week 3

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims was on the field for 30 snaps in Week 3 against the Texans, the Tampa Bay Times reports.Sims' and Doug Martin's snaps were virtually identical, with the former's playing time likely receiving a boost by virtue of the Bucs having to play from behind in the fourth quarter. Sims still carried the ball only six times, with his pass-catching prowess clearly the biggest asset he brings to the field at this early stage of his career.As it did in Week 3, game flow will likely be one of the strongest factors in the amount of Sims' snaps on most Sundays.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Buccaneers RB Charles Sims struggles on the ground Sunday

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims totaled 11 yards on six carries and secured both of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 defeat to Houston. Sims encountered a suffocating Texans run defense on his six totes, but turned in a beauty of a 32-yard touchdown reception. The second-year pro evaded multiple defenders after catching the ball a yard in front of the line of scrimmage, and then outraced several others downfield, punctuating the play with a flip into the end zone. Sims continues to pay dividends through the air but has generally found tough sledding on the ground in his career to this point. He will try to remedy that next Sunday against Carolina.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Buccaneers RB Charles Sims notches 38 yards on eight carries

    Buccaneers running back Charles Sims rushed for 38 yards on eight carries and also secured all three of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 26-19 victory over the Saints. Sims had a refreshingly strong game on the ground, where he has often struggled to find running room in the past. Conversely, he was only a moderate factor in the passing game, which is usually his strong suit, but did successfully secure all three balls thrown his way. Sims is clearly a key component of a diverse Bucs backfield that features a trio of running backs with different skill sets.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Bucs RB Charles Sims nets 12 rushing yards in Week 1

    Buccaneers RB Charles Sims was on the field for 32 of the Bucs' 74 offensive plays in Sunday's 42-14 loss to the Titans, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As was customary in his rookie year, the second-year pro made a more positive impact through the air, securing two of his five targets for 23 yards. Conversely, he only netted 12 yards on five carries, with seven of those coming on one tote. Sims was lauded for his receiving skills out of the backfield coming out of West Virginia, and has demonstrated sure hands in the pros in his nine career games. However, the 2.8 yards per carry he posted in 2014, and Sunday's mediocre showing on the ground leave room for doubt about his ability to step in as a No. 1 back should Doug Martin's preseason form prove to be a mirage. One positive aspect of Sims' playing time Sunday was the fact that he saw the field for 43 percent of the Bucs' offensive plays, a considerable boost from the 23.3 percent participation rate he tallied in his rookie season.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Buccaneers run game can't get going against the Packers in loss

    The Buccaneers running game managed just 16 yards on 14 carries for Tampa Bay in the 20-3 loss to the Packers. Just a week after rushing for 96 yards, Doug Martin had 10 carries for 17 yards. Backup Charles Sims had four carries for -1 yards. Sims added three catches for 30 yards. The Buccaneers will finish their season in Week 17 against the Saints.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Buccaneers running game can't get going in loss to Lions

    The Buccaneers ran the ball 14 times for just 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Running back Doug Martin had five carries for 22 yards and Charles Sims had five carries for negative four yards. Quarterback Josh McCown also had four carries for eight yards. The Bucs will try to get their ground game going in Week 15 against the Panthers.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Doug Martin shows he's still the lead guy

    Though he also led the team in rushing in his return from an ankle injury Week 12 at Chicago, gaining 27 yards on 11 carries isn't any sort of statement. So Doug Martin made sure to leave no room for doubt Week 13 against Cincinnati. He had 18 carries to Charles Sims' five and Bobby Rainey's one and wasn't all that terrible with them, picking up 58 yards and a touchdown. His numbers would have looked better if he didn't have just 3 yards on six carries in the second half. He got off to a great start, even showing the burst that made him a Fantasy stud two years ago on his 7-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, but faded from there. Ultimately, his claim to the starting role is bad news in Fantasy. He hasn't offered anything close to stud production in the two years since his rookie season, and the Buccaneers' insistence on sticking with him only blocks two potentially more useful options in Sims and Rainey. If you're going to start a Buccaneers running back Week 14 at Detroit, it should be Martin, but you're better off not starting any of them.