Rainey ran for 566 yards and five touchdowns and added a receiving score last season.
"I've been very fortunate to be around a lot of great backs – Michael Pittman, who played here; Maurice Morris, at Oregon," Tedford said. "And then through Cal we were really fortunate to always have two really good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch who were together; and then Marshawn and Justin Forsett were together; and Marshawn and Jahvid Best; then Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. We really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that's what you need.
"I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, [is difficult]. [You need] to have two and probably three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things for you, as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups.
"I think it's important to find guys that are versatile that can do those things, and then have great speed. When I say 'speed in space,' [I mean] to get out-flanked and get guys in the open field that can make guys miss and be explosive with big plays."
Rainey ran the ball 20 times, but managed to pick up just 37 yards on the ground. He did score early in the game on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, but did little beyond that. He added one reception for 4 yards, and lost a fumble as well.
Rainey has been a bit hit or miss for the Buccaneers, rushing for 100-plus yards twice, but less than 50 in four of his other seven games. He enters Week 17 against the Saints with 531 yards on 139 carries, with five touchdowns.
Rainey has shown he can be useful in quality matchups and struggle in difficult ones. He has extended action in six games and finished with double digits in Fantasy points against Miami, Atlanta and Buffalo. He's also had six points or less against Detroit, Carolina and San Francisco.
The Rams enter this game having allowed 10 running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points with 16 touchdowns. It's a matchup Rainey can have success in, but it's not a slam dunk, especially on the road. Rainey has nine Fantasy points combined away from home.
We like Rainey this week but don't love him. Because of that he should be considered a flex option and is worth starting if needed.
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
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