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Granted, Bobby Rainey's performance in relief of an injured Mike James two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins was solid, but no one expected Rainey to finish Week 11 as the top fantasy option at his position.
After all, Rainey is on his third team this year.
Apparently the third time is the charm for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' third different starter at running back in 2013. The second-year pro went absolutely ballistic against the Atlanta Falcons, rushing for 163 yards and scoring three total touchdowns.
That huge game has made Rainey the hot waiver pickup this week, with teams everywhere scrambling to make the add they hope will put them over the top and into the playoffs.
Granted, given how this year has progressed, any running back with a pulse is worth a roster spot. However, it's important to keep in mind three things with Rainey (might as well just give in to the theme).
First, for all the talk about how well he played, let's remember that it was against an Atlanta team that is currently doing whatever comes after imploding.
Second, the Buccaneers had a big lead in that game (that looks weird spelled out). Should the 2-8 Buccaneers fall behind in a game (impossible it ain't), Rainey will likely lose snaps to passing-down back Brian Leonard.
Third, for what it's worth, Tampa's fantasy schedule from Weeks 11-16 isn't especially favorable. According to FFToolbox.com, the Buccaneers have the eighth-worst fantasy schedule for running backs over that span.
Pick him up but don't be surprised if in two weeks many people are complaining about how Rainey "ruined their season."