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34 Charles Sims RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/214 | Birthdate: 9/19/1990 | Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: West Virginia | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 27/2 | Average Draft Position: 166.50
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Buccaneers run game can't get going against the Packers in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Buccaneers running game managed just 16 yards on 14 carries for Tampa Bay in the 20-3 loss to the Packers. Just a week after rushing for 96 yards, Doug Martin had 10 carries for 17 yards. Backup Charles Sims had four carries for -1 yards. 

Sims added three catches for 30 yards. 

The Buccaneers will finish their season in Week 17 against the Saints. 


Buccaneers running game can't get going in loss to Lions


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Buccaneers ran the ball 14 times for just 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Running back Doug Martin had five carries for 22 yards and Charles Sims had five carries for negative four yards. 

Quarterback Josh McCown also had four carries for eight yards. 

The Bucs will try to get their ground game going in Week 15 against the Panthers. 


Doug Martin shows he's still the lead guy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) Though he also led the team in rushing in his return from an ankle injury Week 12 at Chicago, gaining 27 yards on 11 carries isn't any sort of statement. So Doug Martin made sure to leave no room for doubt Week 13 against Cincinnati. He had 18 carries to Charles Sims' five and Bobby Rainey's one and wasn't all that terrible with them, picking up 58 yards and a touchdown.

His numbers would have looked better if he didn't have just 3 yards on six carries in the second half. He got off to a great start, even showing the burst that made him a Fantasy stud two years ago on his 7-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, but faded from there.

Ultimately, his claim to the starting role is bad news in Fantasy. He hasn't offered anything close to stud production in the two years since his rookie season, and the Buccaneers' insistence on sticking with him only blocks two potentially more useful options in Sims and Rainey.

If you're going to start a Buccaneers running back Week 14 at Detroit, it should be Martin, but you're better off not starting any of them.


Several players chip in Sunday for Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Running back Charles Sims led a small contingent of Buccaneers who pitched in offensively to a Sunday loss to Cincinnati. He tied for the team lead with four catches for 49 yards, but was held to just six yards on five carries.

Fellow back Bobby Rainey managed just one run for 11 yards, but had a 29-yard reception down on a failed last-ditch drive down the stretch. Tight end Cameron Brate managed his first NFL reception that went 17 yards while wideout Louis Murphy was held to just one catch for seven yards.


Trio of Buccaneers probables ready to roll in Week 13


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Three Buccaneers who had been deemed probable for the Week 13 game against visiting Cincinnati have been given the thumbs-up for action. They are defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (illness) and running back Charles Sims (ankle).

Sims, Bowers, Goldson among Buccaneers probables for Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Buccaneers listed 10 players on its final injury report for Sunday's contest against Cincinnati. Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (illness) and running back Charles Sims (ankle) were the only three players deemed probable.

Meanwhile, the following seven players were labeled as questionable for Week 13: Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), center Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (calf), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back), tight end Luke Stocker (concussion) and safety Major Wright (shoulder).


Bucs looking for 'the answer' for lackluster running game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Buccaneers have struggled to run the football in 2014, and coach Lovie Smith knows it too well. The Bucs have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in eight of their last nine games and rank second to last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (84.0 ypg).

"A defense can just tee off on you if you can’t run the football," Smith said, per The Tampa Tribune. "When you can’t run the ball consistently in this league, it hurts."

The Bucs did rush for more than 100 yards in each of their first two games. Since then, they are averaging 73.8 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.

The Bucs are averaging 21.7 run plays per game, which is the second-fewest in the NFL. Only one time this year has a Bucs' running back carried the ball more than 20 times. Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo admits it might be time to change that, and get running backs Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey more carries.

"We haven’t tried that yet," Arroyo said when asked if the solution might be as simple as calling 30 or more rushing plays per game. "Maybe that is the answer."


Buccaneers backfield remains unproductive


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Buccaneers turned away from running back Charles Sims in Week 12, as Doug Martin got the start in a 21-13 loss to the Bears Sunday.  

Martin led the team in carries with 11, but ended up second among the team's running backs in all-purpose yards, as he finished with 11 carries for 27 yards and one catch for 4. Sims had just six carries, but rushed for 22 yards and added 11 yards on his two receptions.

Bobby Rainey also got involved, mostly in the passing game, where he finished with 18 yards on four receptions, however it is clear Martin and Sims are the main contenders for carries at this point. Martin has done little all season to earn the benefit of the doubt, but Sims also failed to impress when given the chance.

At this point, none of the Buccaneers' backs looks like someone you want to pin your hopes on for Fantasy purposes. Heading into Week 13 against the Bengals, it might be best to avoid this backfield.  


Bucs backup runners do little Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Buccaneers backup running backs did little Week 12 against the Bears.

Charles Sims got the most work, gaining 22 yards on six carries. He also caught two passes for 11 receiving yards. Bobby Rainey received just one carry, gaining 3 yards. He was a much bigger threat in the passing game, picking up three receptions for 18 yards. Fullback Jorvorskie Lane carried the ball one time for 2 yards.

They'll take on the Bengals Week 13. 


Doug Martin gets the green light for Buccaneers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is active Week 12 against the Bears.

Martin has been dealing with an ankle injury. He's missed the past three games due to the issue. 

The team will also have Charles Sims and Alterraun Verner. Both players came into the contest listed as questionable. Sims has an ankle injury. Verner is dealing with a hamstring issue. 


Report: Bucs' Sims, Martin will play Week 12 at Chicago


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (ankle) and running back Doug Martin (ankle) will play Sunday against the Bears, barring a setback, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport. Both players are listed as questionable for Week 12.

Quartet of Buccaneers questionable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Only four players have landed on the injury report submitted by the Buccaneers for their Week 12 game in Chicago - and they are all questionable. The rather significant quartet consists of linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring), running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) and cornerback Alterraun Verner (hamstring).

Report: Buccaneers RB Charles Sims a full-go Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Buccaneers running back Charles Sims appeared unhindered at Friday practice after being limited Thursday by an ankle issue, per the Tampa Tribune.

The rookie rushed 13 times in Week 11 against Washington, the highest total of his young career.


Ankle limits RB Charles Sims


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Buccaneers running back Charles Sims, who had ankle surgery in August and missed the first eight games, was limited in practice Thursday by an ankle injury, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Bay visits the Bears on Sunday.

Bucs remain committed to run


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Buccaneers rank 28th in rushing with 85.8 yards per game, and they mustered just 48 yards on 21 carries in the Week 11 loss at Washington. But quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who calls the offensive plays, said the team won't abandon the run.

"We're going to continue to try to do it," he told ESPN.com. "The passes and rushes were pretty balanced in the [Washington] game. There might not be 5-, 8- or 10-yard rushes in there, but there were some plays in there where it could have been. There were a couple of times where it gets close and we trip over our own guy. It's getting there."

Running back Doug Martin could return this week from his ankle injury, joining Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey in the backfield. Tampa Bay visits Chicago on Sunday.


Charles Sims getting more work than Bobby Rainey


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey got the start in Week 11 against the Redskins, but he quickly took a backseat to rookie Charles Sims in the 27-7 win.

Neither back was particularly effective in the win, but Rainey hardly got the chance to show what he could do. He finished the game with just 5 rushing yards on four carries, while Sims had 13 carries for 36 yards. The duo's struggles came against a Redskins defense that has allowed just one of their last four opponents to average more than 4 yards per carry on the ground.

Rainey has been productive when given the chance this season, but it looks like Sims might get the bulk of the work down the stretch. If you have to own one of the Bucs' backs, Sims looks like the one at this point. 


Bucs' Sims, Rainey total 40 rushing yards in Week 11 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey totaled 40 rushing yards and 8 receiving yards during a 27-7 win Week 11 at Washington.

Rainey drew the start in place of the injured Doug Martin (knee) Sunday, but it was Sims who got most of the carries out of the backfield. He had a team-high 36 rushing yards on 13 carries. Rainey had just 4 yards on five carries.

In the passing game, Sims was targeted four times, totaling three catches for 8 yards. Rainey had no catches and one target.

The Bucs are back in action Week 12 at Chicago.


Bucs RB Bobby Rainey draws another start Week 11


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey drew the start Week 11 at Washington with Doug Martin still sidelined due to an ankle injury. It's Rainey's third straight start.

Rookie Charles Sims is also expected to be involved in the running game Sunday with Martin sidelined.


Buccaneers RBs struggle to stand out in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The Buccaneers split the workload in the backfield pretty evenly in Week 10, but none of their options really stood out in a 27-17 loss to the Falcons.

Bobby Rainey got the start at running back for the Buccaneers, but was a non-factor in the rushing game, finishing with just 14 yards on six carries. However, neither of the team's other options did much more, as Mike James had just 16 yards on four carries, while Charles Sims had 23 yards on eight carries in his first action.

Rainey made more of an impact in the passing game, catching four for 42 yards, but that might not be enough to keep him in the starting role. The Buccaneers are looking for someone who can run the ball well, and until they find a go-to option, the door is open.

Rainey is the more proven commodity, and should be valued more than Sims for Fantasy purposes moving forward. However, the team probably also wants to see what they have in Sims, their third-round pick this year, so he will get his chance. At this point, both probably have just low-end value for Week 11 against Washington. 


Charles Sims leads Bucs in carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Making his NFL debut, Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims got a team-high eight carries in Sunday's home loss to the Falcons. Sims gained 23 yards (2.9 ypc) and caught both his targets for 17 yards. He also lost a fumble.

He'll visit the Redskins in Week 11.


Charles Sims active, Doug Martin out vs. Falcons


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Falcons, backing up Bobby Rainey, while Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for the second straight game. Sims had ankle surgery right before the season and spent the first half of the season on short-term injured reserve.

Sims is a terrific receiver who caught 203 passes in his college career.


Report: Bucs rookie Charles Sims will make NFL debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Falcons, according to ESPN. 

Although general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith have both indicated this week Sims will make his debut Sunday, he is still listed as questionable on the injury report. Sims has been sidelined all season due to an ankle injury and was on short-term injured reserve until Nov. 1.


Doug Martin among notable Buccaneers labeled questionable


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Buccaneers unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 10 vs. Atlanta. Doug Martin is among the most notable players on the list. He was labeled doubtful for Sunday's game with an ankle injury. Alterraun Verner (hamstring) and Anthony Collins (foot) were the only other players deemed doubtful.

The following players were ruled questionable: Lavonte David (knee), Vincent Jackson (foot), Michael Johnson (hand), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), Charles Sims (ankle), Akeem Spence (hamstring) and Luke Stocker (hip).


Bucs coach expects rookie RB Sims to make debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Thursday he expects rookie running back Charles Sims to make his debut Sunday against the Falcons. Sims has been sidelined all season due to an ankle injury, which required surgery prior to the start of the season.

Sims was activated off short-term injured reserve Saturday. However, he was placed on the inactive list for Week 9 at Cleveland.


Bobby Rainey may have to share load still


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2014) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey validated himself again Week 9 at Cleveland, contributing more than 100 total yards of offense as a fill-in for Doug Martin. So with Martin still nursing an ankle injury, Rainey should be in line for similar numbers Week 10 against Atlanta, right?

Not necessarily. See, rumor has it rookie Charles Sims is finally going to be activated after missing the first nine weeks because of ankle surgery. With their starter down for a favorable matchup, why wouldn't the Buccaneers give him a try?

Well, because he'll be playing for the first time ever after rehabilitating a serious injury, and the Buccaneers, as you may have heard, already have a pretty good running back in Rainey. That doesn't mean Sims can't overtake Rainey (and Martin) in time, but I suspect it'll be a gradual thing.

If the Buccaneers fall behind big like they did in their first meeting with the Falcons back in Week 3, every down will be a passing down, and they've always liked using Rainey in those situations (he had seven catches for 64 yards in Week 3). But even if that doesn't happen, Rainey is an advisable play since he should still get the majority of the carries. The Falcons rank 25th against the run, allowing 128.0 yards per game, and have given up the most Fantasy points per game to running backs.