Rainey has totaled at least 11 Fantasy points in three of his last five games. Though, it could be tough for him to get to double-digit Fantasy points in Week 15 since the 49ers have played well against the run.
For the season, running backs average just 15.6 Fantasy points per week against San Francisco, which is the ninth-lowest average. However, running backs have averaged just 83.3 rushing yards, 7.7 receiving yards and 10 Fantasy points per game in the last three weeks. Running backs have totaled nine rushing touchdowns in 13 games and just one in the last three games against San Francisco.
Rainey struggled Week 12 against the Lions and Week 13 against the Panthers, which are two teams that have good run defenses. Though, those games were on the road and this one will be at home. In his last three home games, Rainey is averaging 21 Fantasy points and 111.6 rushing yards per game.
It might not be the easiest matchup, but since Rainey does play well at home, he could be considered a No. 2 Fantasy running back Week 15.
Rainey took his first carry 80 yards for a touchdown, his first since scoring twice in Week 11. He ended up doing little for the remainder of the game, but the early success helped him finish with 127 yards on 22 carries. He added three receptions for -4 yards, in the 27-6 win.
Rainey had just 98 yards in his previous two games, a big disappointment after he exploded four games ago. He now has two 100-plus yard games under his belt since becoming the starting running back, and will try to make it three in Week 15 against the 49ers.
In Rainey's defense, he's faced two pretty good run defenses the last two weeks in the Lions and Panthers. Running backs have averaged just 61.6 rushing yards per week against Detroit and 71.3 rushing yards per week against the Panthers.
Running backs are averaging just 15.3 Fantasy points per week against the Bills, which is tied for the 10th-lowest average, but running backs are averaging 108.1 rushing yards per week. Running backs have also totaled five rushing touchdowns in the last three games against Buffalo. The trend has started to change against Buffalo, as running backs have averaged 24 Fantasy points the last three weeks.
Even though Rainey is coming off two bad games, the Bucs continue to feed him the football. The last time he had a favorable matchup, he went off against the Falcons. Rainey could be in for another good game Week 14, so Fantasy owners have to give strong consideration to starting him.
He did pick up the pace a little in the second half after rushing for just 17 yards on nine carries in the first, breaking off runs of 16, 9 and 11 yards on the Buccaneers' first two drives, but for the most part, the Panthers' third-ranked run defense swallowed up holes before Rainey had a chance to find them.
Rainey was again the Buccaneers' primary ball carrier, with no other running back getting a single carry. He'll look make better use of that workload with a much more favorable matchup Week 14 against the Bills.
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