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RB Bobby Rainey - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-7, 208Born: 10-16-1987College: Western KentuckyDrafted: ---

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Week 8: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tampa Bay comes off the bye week with Doug Martin doing so-so as the starting running back (11/45/0 rushing with 1/3/0 receiving in the blowout loss to Baltimore two weeks ago; 14/45/0 rushing with 3/29/0 receiving at New Orleans back in Week 5). He hasn't been anything for fantasy owners to drool over, but the Buccaneers are getting him the ball on a regular basis (even in a blowout like the loss to Baltimore). The Vikings' rush D is ranked 19th in the NFL, averaging 118.1 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given up. They allowed 19/118/0 to the Buffalo backs last week, and 28/100/1 to Detroit's two weeks ago. During this battle of bad teams, Martin should have enough work to perhaps find some pay dirt or go over 100 yards combined. We call this a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at PIT 4 2 0 2 1 16 0 0
5 at NO 6 21 1 4 3 21 0 0
6 vs BAL 7 42 0 3 0 0 0 0
8 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 8 * * 2 * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 2 * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 9 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NO (6 / 21 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

The Bucs involved Rainey in the offense much more so than last week. Against the Saints, Rainey accounted for 9 touches, nearly one-third of all RB touches. His biggest highlight came on a 9-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the second half. The Bucs lined up under center and ran an off-tackle play for Rainey to the right side. The entire Bucs' offensive line did a great job of holding their blocks and especially turning their blocks to create a running lane for Rainey. Rainey shiftily maneuvered through the blocks on his way to an untouched score. Rainey was also involved in the passing game, catching three passes. He did have a crucial drop as a ball bounced off his chest on a check down that could have converted a first down. Overall, Rainey was worked in with the offense more than last week and it seems as though the Bucs are going to try to get him the ball more.

2014 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rainey looked better than Martin in the limited carries he was allotted on Sunday against the Ravens. Rainey went for 6 yards per touch on Sunday, but only say seven carries with no receptions. Rainey had two very nice runs late in the game on toss plays. The first play went for 10 yards. At the snap Rainey took the pitch to the left behind pulling guards. A Ravens' defender got penetration but Rainey slammed on the breaks and cut back towards the middle of the field before being dragged down. On the second toss play of the drive, Rainey gained 21 yards. This time the pulling offensive linemen got out quick and sealed their defenders. Rainey busted through what looked like a clogged line of scrimmage. He rumbled all the way down to the 5-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. Similarly to Martin, Rainey's usage and production was sabotaged by the blowout. The Bucs had no choice but to sling the ball often from the second quarter on as they found themselves on the wrong side of a blowout very early in the game. Rainey looked quick and patient. He was making good reads on his blocks and firing through the hole. Unfortunately for him, the Bucs turned to the pass and he wasn't a part of their passing attack.


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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Footballguys Articles

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The Docket: Week 6
  Ari Ingel - October 8
Roundtable #5
  FBG Staff - October 2

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9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
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