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Bobby Rainey's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 11

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Running back Bobby Rainey #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after a touchdown run with quarterback Mike Glennon #8 against the Miami Dolphins November 11, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 22 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2017

Coming into the week, there were a lot of questions about which running back in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield would emerge as the more valuable fantasy commodity. 

It took Bobby Rainey less than a half to announce in no uncertain terms that he was the man to own. 

Rainey exploded for a 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that by itself would have made him a viable fantasy starter in Week 11. It's the second week in a row he registered a run of 30 yards or longer, giving him the type of big-play potential that fantasy owners crave.

The running back finished with 30 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Rainey also registered another score through the air.

Still, Rainey can't be trusted as a RB2 just yet. The Bucs have struggled offensively for much of the year, and Brian Leonard will still be utilized in their backfield.   

But with long runs and a touchdown in consecutive weeks, Rainey is very clearly a weekly flex consideration moving forward.  


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