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Bobby Rainey | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 212
College: Western Kentucky
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Bobby Rainey caught 4-of-6 targets for 18 yards Week 12 against the Bears.
He added one rush for 3 yards. Rainey is clearly behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims in the running-game pecking order, but appeared to be the passing-down back for Tampa Bay. That role is unlikely to generate value outside of deep PPR leagues. Nov 23 - 5:04 PM

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Bobby Rainey was held to four yards on five carries in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Redskins.

Rainey played on the Bucs' first series, but took a backseat to Charles Sims for the rest of the game. He's now disappointed in two straight weeks with Doug Martin sidelined, and appears to be behind Sims on the depth chart. With Martin a candidate to return next week, Rainey could be relegated to third-string duties.
Nov 16 - 5:17 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 14 yards on six carries in the Bucs' Week 10 loss to the Falcons.

He added four catches for 42 yards. Rainey got the start, but each of he and Charles Sims received 10 touches. Sims totaled 40 yards and lost a fumble. Rainey was far from impressive, as he picked up a good chunk of his yards on the Bucs' final garbage-time possession. We'd still say Rainey has the edge over Sims, but Doug Martin (ankle) could be reentering the mix next week. Rainey is talented, but this has become a muddy backfield to avoid.
Nov 9 - 5:16 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 19 times for 87 yards and caught a 34-yard pass in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to Cleveland.

Rainey was the catalyst of Tampa Bay's first-half offense, but OC Marcus Arroyo inexplicably turned away from him in the second half, where Rainey only handled four carries. The Bucs went on to lose 22-17 to the Browns. With Charles Sims likely to make his NFL debut against Atlanta next week, Rainey's flex start-ability may be short lived. The Buccaneers have one win on the season and are looking to play their pups. Sims was a too-70 pick in May's draft.
Nov 2 - 4:24 PM

With Charles Sims and Doug Martin not playing in Week 9, Bobby Rainey is a candidate for 20-plus touches against the Browns.

Mike James will mix in as Tampa Bay's breather back. The Browns rank 30th in Football Outsiders' adjusted run-defense DVOA, and Rainey should get a nearly-full workload. He's suddenly a mid-range to high-end RB2 in this cupcake matchup. The Bucs have given James just 11 carries and one catch all year.
Nov 2 - 11:10 AM

Bobby Rainey managed 25 yards on eight carries and caught 6-of-6 targets for 41 yards in the Bucs' Week 8 loss to Minnesota.

Best suited as a change-of-pace and passing-down back, Rainey took over as the Bucs' feature back following Doug Martin's ankle injury. Martin never returned, and his status is uncertain for Week 9 against the Browns. With Martin back on the shelf and Charles Sims due to return from the injured reserve-designated for return list, Rainey's workload will be uncertain.
Oct 26 - 5:24 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 42 yards on seven carries in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Ravens.

Rainey didn't secure any of his three targets in the passing game. He remains behind Doug Martin on the depth chart, and will continue to see his 8-10 touches per week. Rainey is merely Martin's handcuff at this point.
Oct 12 - 4:39 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 21 yards and one touchdown on six carries in the Bucs' Week 5 loss to the Saints.

He turned three catches into an additional 21 yards. Doug Martin out-touched Rainey 17-9 in this one, but Rainey was the one to find the end zone from nine yards out in the third quarter. He was untouched. It's going to be a committee for the remainder of the season, with Rainey seeing 8-10 touches per week.
Oct 5 - 5:35 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed four times for two yards in Tampa Bay's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding a 16-yard reception.

There was no committee with Doug Martin, who out-touched Rainey 16-5. Martin managed just 56 total yards against one of the league's softest defenses, however, and didn't put a whole lot of space between himself and Rainey. Despite highly inconsistent usage, Rainey is still on pace for 1,268 yards from scrimmage. He remains worth a hold in 12-14 team leagues as the Bucs' backfield sorts itself out.
Sep 28 - 5:48 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 10 times for just 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons, catching seven passes for 64 yards while also losing two fumbles.

The 97 yards from scrimmage were actually a best-case scenario for a player who was briefly benched following his first fumble in the first quarter, and could have been sent to the pine for good after coughing it up on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Thankfully, coach Lovie Smith showed mercy on a night where his entire team stunk. Rainey's long-term role remains up in the air with Doug Martin (knee) likely back for Week 4, but he's going to keep getting work. Rainey should remain owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are planning on using a committee at running back for Thursday night's game at Atlanta.

Doug Martin (knee) is expected to suit up, but Smith has declined to name a starter. Bobby Rainey piled up 174 total yards on 25 touches in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. "We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said. ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinkas says that isn't coachspeak, insisting that Smith really is serious about a committee. We'd lean toward starting Martin as he got the first-team reps in practice, but Rainey is going to have a real role as well.
Sep 18 - 8:27 AM

Bobby Rainey rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries in the Bucs' 19-17, Week 2 loss to the Rams, adding three catches for 30 yards.

Starting in place of an injured Doug Martin (knee), Rainey played an every-down role and found consistent running room against a normally-stingy Rams run defense. The Bucs said Martin could have played, but since they're on a short week and playing this upcoming Thursday, they decided to hold him out. Rainey could produce RB1 numbers if Martin doesn't return next week. The Falcons have been shredded on the ground the first two games.
Sep 14 - 8:07 PM

Bobby Rainey is expected to be the Bucs' starting tailback in Sunday's 4:05PM ET game against the Rams.

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Doug Martin (ankle) will be inactive versus St. Louis. Rainey is more of a change-of-pace back, but figures to be forced into lead-back work in Week 2, perhaps with Mike James and FB Jorvorskie Lane mixing in. The Rams don't do a lot well as a team, but they do stop the run. They finished 2013 as a top-nine run defense and held Adrian Peterson to 75 yards on 21 carries last week. Start Rainey at your own risk.
Sep 14 - 12:48 PM

Bucs RB Bobby Rainey rushed four times for 12 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Panthers.

Clearly the Bucs' No. 2 tailback, ahead of Mike James, Rainey handled every-down duties when Doug Martin exited with a left knee injury. Rainey was the Bucs' primary back in hurry-up mode, adding a spark to Tampa Bay's offense. (Martin managed nine yards on nine carries.) Rainey is suddenly in the RB4 hunt with Martin hobbled. The Bucs play the Rams next week.
Sep 7 - 7:43 PM

Bobby Rainey had 13 carries for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Rainey saw time with the first team and got a few series to himself in the second quarter. He isn't a threat to Doug Martin's workload, but is his preferred fantasy handcuff. Rainey has 28 carries for 54 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 7:33 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Doug Martin
GLB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
3RB1Bobby Rainey
2Charles Sims
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Louis Murphy
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3D.J. Williams
4Cameron Brate
K1Patrick Murray