Bobby Rainey's Instant Fantasy Reaction for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) scores an 80-yard touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Owners who picked up Bobby Rainey after both Doug Martin and Mike James were lost for the season have been on quite the ride with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back. 

Rainey exploded in Week 11, rushing 30 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns while adding a third receiving touchdown. The next two weeks combined, he totaled 98 rushing yards and no touchdowns, making him the ultimate boom-or-bust play.

But in Week 14 he was up to his old tricks again, rushing 22 times for 127 yards and scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills

The lion's share of his fantasy value came on an 80-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter. If nothing else, Rainey has proven to be a home run threat.

Owners should probably enjoy this while it lasts, however, as the Bucs face one of the top defenses in the NFL next week, the San Francisco 49ers. The running lanes won't be quite as readily available in that contest, and Rainey will be nothing more than a flex option.   

This week, however, he helped quite a few owners savvy enough to start him in their playoff matchups.


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