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RB Bobby Rainey - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Doug Martin might be ready to go for Thursday night at Atlanta. While the matchup is good, it will probably usher in an RBBC approach for Martin and Rainey, limiting both of their weekly upsides.

Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs CAR 4 12 0 2 2 8 1 1
2 vs STL 22 144 0 3 3 30 0 0
3 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 7 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CAR (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)

Rainey received a bit more run that expected on Sunday because Martin was in and out of the game due to injury. Rainey's most notable play of the day came on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown. Rainey lined up to McCown's right in shotgun formation. At the snap, he ran an angle route in which he faked to the flat and cut up field. McCown fed him the pass just as he backpedaled across the goal line. Rainey didn't do much better than Martin, mainly due to the fact that the offensive line couldn't get much of a push in the second half either. Rainey's most crucial run on the day came on a first down conversion that was desperately needed to keep the game alive. He ran smack into the back of an offensive lineman, but was able to bounce the run into a different gap while dragging a defender for the first down. It's important to note that Logan Mankins, newly acquired guard from the Patriots, left the game with an injury.

2014 Week 2 vs STL (22 / 144 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Bobby Rainey had a stellar day on the ground averaging over 6 yards per carry against the Rams in week 2. His most notable carry on the day came when he ripped off a 31-yard scamper. The Buccaneers called the perfect play, a quick draw behind the left guard. The Rams blitzed off the edge, which left few defenders in the middle of the field to stop Rainey. As he busted through the line of scrimmage, he used a Vincent Jackson stalk block perfectly to hit the left edge and take it up the sideline. He gained even more yards at the end of the play by using a chop step to freeze the Rams' safety and pick up an extra five yards. Rainey had eleven plays of five or more yards, including a clutch 19-yard reception on the games final drive. Overall, Rainey looked much more polished as a runner than Martin has over the past few games. Rainey did a great job being patient to the hole, but exploding through it. Martin often would attempt to blast his way through a crowded line, Rainey waits for the hole to open. Rainey also displayed incredible footwork, using his shiftiness to make defenders miss in space. He gained 24 yards on the second play from scrimmage on an off tackle run. The right tackle sealed the end well and Rainey was able to hit the edge and turn it up field for 24 yards before being wrestled to the ground by TJ McDonald. Overall, Rainey impressed with his ability to make tacklers miss. The offensive line did well in creating room, but Rainey's ability to improvise is what truly paved the way for his big day. The other important note is that Rainey got the major majority of carries on the day, receiving 22 of 28 running back rushes and the only 3 targets to a back in the passing game.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin should play in Week 3 (Mon Sep 15, 10:41 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) has a good chance to play in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football. The team held him out of the Week 2 game to ensure that he would be ready for Week 3 at Atlanta. RB Bobby Rainey, who had 22 carries for 144 yards in Week 2, could be heavily involved as well.

Our View: Rainey looks better than Martin. It's a tough pill to swallow for some, but that's what we've seen unfold so far in 2014. We think Rainey has played his way into a RBBC with Martin based on his solid play.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin iffy to play (Sun Sep 14, 12:35 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play Sunday, Sept. 14, in the opinion of beat writer Tom Krasniqi. RB Bobby Rainey is expected to see more action in Week 2, regardless of Martin's status.

Our View: Jay Glazer of Fox now reports that Martin is indeed out. Bobby Rainey becomes a good flex play with RB2 upside.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin fine physically (Tue Sep 9, 05:38 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin's (leg) leg injury in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers wasn't the reason why he wasn't on the field during crunch time late in the game, according to head coach Lovie Smith. 'Bobby Rainey had come and had given us a little bit of life, and as I've mentioned we want to play more than one running back throughout. So it was just a perfect time to keep both of them involved,' Smith said. Martin is physically fine, despite having nine carries for just nine yards in Week 1.

Our View: Um, okay--then why does he look so bad? Martin finished his rookie season (2012) as the 3rd best running back in fantasy football. His 2013 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury, and he didn't look the same before the injury. This season, Martin SHOULD be able to bounce back to be at least a decent RB2. The start he had to the 2014 season does not instill confidence in his fantasy owners.
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