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.
The most significant were tight end
If Martin is able to overcome his knee injury, he is the guy you want in your lineup, obviously. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him as a top-20 running back option for Week 4, and that might even be underselling his upside a bit. There is risk in relying on Martin, obviously, but the Steelers have provided little resistance against the run this season, allowing opposing running backs to rack up 5.5 yards per carry so far.
If Martin is unable to play unexpectedly, as was the case a week ago, Rainey should slide up the running back ranks. He made up for a pretty disastrous Week 3 performance in garbage time, but was better than his two fumbles might indicate. Rainey racked up over 100 all-purpose yards, coming off his massive 144-yard performance the week before.
At the very least, both Rainey and Martin should be owned ahead of this matchup. If Martin is good to go, he will be worth starting, while Rainey makes for a nice handcuff option if he suffers a setback.
Rainey was terrible early on, fumbling on his fourth touch of the contest. He was benched for two series before returning to the game. On the first drive of the third quarter, Rainey fumbled again. With the team trailing 56-0, Rainey actually managed to pick up some yardage in the final quarter. He was primarily used in the passing game, but also picked up a few rushing yards.
Rainey finished with 41 rushing yards on 11 attempts, and 64 receiving yards on six catches. He actually led all Bucs receivers in yardage and catches.
Rainey will take on the Steelers Week 4.
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||6||11||27||2.5||11||1||0||0||3|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||2||13||118||9.1||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||4||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||4||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||4||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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