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.
Week 13 brings a matchup against the Panthers, who have been brutal against opposing running backs, allowing the fifth-fewest Fantasy points per game. They've allowed four touchdowns to running backs all season, and just one -- C.J. Spiller -- has run for 100 yards.
Rainey has breakout potential -- and the Bucs have been far more balanced with the pass and run recently (Mike Glennon has averaged 22 pass attempts in each of the past four games), so he could see 18-20 carries -- but this is a tough matchup. If better options are available, Rainey can be left on the bench.
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