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Making it Rainey
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no choice but to lean toward upside at this point. They've found their best substitute for Doug Martin (shoulder) in Bobby Rainey, who led all running backs in Week 11 work during his three-touchdown showing. Listed at 5-foot-8 (lulz), the second-year carrier brandishes more power than most people realize and makes a point about hiding in plain sight behind his blockers.
When this space endorsed Brian Leonard last week, it was chiefly based upon a combination of the mismanagement skills of Greg Schiano and the fact that Leonard was, by experience, next man up. But he's more of a passing-down specialist, and Rainey undoubtedly has more promise to deliver each week. Also, it's hard not to get behind someone averaging 5.5 yards per tote with his current squad.
Steal this Buc
Given, Tampa Bay has faced two of the most vulnerable run defenses of late in its last two games, yet Rainey looks like a weekly flex option moving forward, with Leonard scraping the barrel of playability.
Will Rice remain a treat?
Meanwhile, Ray Rice broke through, finally, against a weakened Chicago Bears defensive front. The hip injury that has bugged him all year may very well be clearing up, as he showed some punch on a 47-yard run early in Sunday's game.
Of course, he only averaged 3.5 yards per haul on his other 24 hand-offs. Although he had a few other moderately big runs, that, the favorable matchup shields the continuing problems along the Baltimore Ravens' offensive line. The fantasy allure of his remaining schedule? Mixed. Bernard Pierce, despite his own struggles, looms for a momentum play if John Harbaugh decides to change the hot hand. If you're a championship team that has been waiting on Rice, you should be less likely to trade him, if you still can. His turnaround would be more valuable than anything you'd probably net in a deal. In PPRs, Rice can still give you RB2 value.
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