Rainey had only seven carries for 42 yards. While he performed well when running the ball, the Bucs had to abandon the run game early. By halftime, the team was down 35-0. Rainey was targeted three times in the passing game, but failed to come up with a catch. Rainey is on a bye Week 7.
In other words, nothing has changed for Rainey in terms of Fantasy value. He remains one of the better handcuff options in the game and has shown enough in a reserve role to give his owners some hope of him overtaking Martin someday, but that day has yet to arrive.
Rainey deserves to be owned in Fantasy, but your bench is the best place for him.
Rainey put the Buccaneers ahead for the first time in the game early in the third quarter, running untouched into the end zone from nine yards out. He was out-touched 17-9 by starter Doug Martin and the two backs were similarly effective. Rainey has managed 220 yards on 47 carries, and Sunday's score was his first rushing touchdown of the year, though he did catch a touchdown in Week 1. The Buccaneers host the Ravens in Week 6.
At the Fantasy Football Today blog, we took a look at the most-dropped players in CBSSports.com leagues.
The five most-dropped players are
You probably won't regret dropping Williams or Paul given their injuries, and Cousins' next few matchups will probably bring out more bad habits. However, if Brown is available in your league (as he is in 19 percent of leagues), you might want to snatch him. He has a tough matchup in Week 5, but we think he can run all over the Raiders in Week 6.
In his return from a knee injury Week 4 at Pittsburgh,
That's mostly good news in Fantasy, but for the Rainey owners, perhaps it isn't. Certainly, you'd rather see one of the two backs carry the load rather than another timeshare, but maybe Martin isn't the one to do it. He scored a touchdown, sure, but he gained only 40 yards on those 14 carries, giving him 2.1 yards per carry on the year.
Rainey, by comparison, is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. True, he owes much of that to the 144 yards he had on 22 carries against the Rams in Week 2, but despite the two early fumbles Week 3 at Atlanta, he still finished with 105 total yards in that game, 64 on the receiving end.
Ideally, if you own Martin, you own Rainey and vice versa. Whichever gets the carries looks like he'll get the vast majority of them. But I still have some doubts as to which running back will emerge in the long run.
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/2/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||137||532||3.9||80||5||3||23|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||54||262||4.9||31||1||3||14|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||11||27||2.5||11||1||0||0||3|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||16||139||8.7||19||1||0||0||4|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||2||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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