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43 Bobby Rainey RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/212 | Birthdate: 10/16/1987 | Birthplace: Griffin, GA, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Western Kentucky | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 29/13
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Charles Sims injury alters running back situation in Tampa Bay


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The loss for at least half the season of promising Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims will likely result in more carries for Doug Martin. Sims had been considered a threat to take attempts away from Martin, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season.

Martin was deemed the featured back by Lovie Smith in June. The Sims injury could cement his status, though it could also result in increased work for fellow backs Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Both flashed last year in the absence of Martin. Rainey achieved two 100-yard performances before tailing off late while James rushed for 158 yards against Seattle, no less, and averaged a team-best 4.9 YPC on the season.


Bobby Rainey, Mike James not roster locks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) With the Buccaneers drafting running back Charles Sims to pair with Doug Martin, either Bobby Rainey or Mike James "could get caught in a numbers game," reports the Tampa Tribune.

Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns last year but averaged 3.8 yards per carry. James ran for 295 yards in nine games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.


Bucs could rely on multiple running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin might not be a workhorse for Tampa Bay this season under new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Tedford said he believes in alternating running backs, and behind Martin is rookie Charles Sim, Mike James and Bobby Rainey.

"I think you have to alternate," Tedford said Tuesday. "I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and tat type of thing. That's the goal to try and create some depth right there where there's not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There's no dropoff. We just keep going."

Martin played in only six games last season before suffering a shoulder injury against Atlanta that eventually landed him on injured reserve. James and Rainey were both productive as replacement backs. Sims, at 6-foot, 214-pounds, is a bigger back who caught more than 200 passes in college.


Bucs to lean on Doug Martin over Mike James, Bobby Rainey


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/31/2014) New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith plans to lean on running back Doug Martin this season, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Martin is expected to be 100 percent recovered from last year's shoulder injury.

"We're going to lean on one guy, but I like the rotation," Smith said of Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. "I think you have to have a bell cow. He's ours. At the running back position, there are enough reps to go along. We want three guys we feel comfortable with. Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there."


Buccaneers sign Bobby Rainey


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) The Buccaneers re-signed running back Bobby Rainey to a one-year contract. He was scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent.

Rainey ran for 566 yards and five touchdowns and added a receiving score last season.


Buccaneers plan 1-2 punch in backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Doug Martin will be the lead back in Tampa Bay in 2014, but new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is talking up a 1-2 punch in the backfield, according to the team's website. That could mean pairing Martin with Mike James or Bobby Rainey or someone else.

"I've been very fortunate to be around a lot of great backs – Michael Pittman, who played here; Maurice Morris, at Oregon," Tedford said. "And then through Cal we were really fortunate to always have two really good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch who were together; and then Marshawn and Justin Forsett were together; and Marshawn and Jahvid Best; then Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. We really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that's what you need.

"I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, [is difficult]. [You need] to have two and probably three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things for you, as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups.

"I think it's important to find guys that are versatile that can do those things, and then have great speed. When I say 'speed in space,' [I mean] to get out-flanked and get guys in the open field that can make guys miss and be explosive with big plays."


Several Bucs make small dent in Sunday scorebook


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Running back Brian Leonard was the most productive of the small contributors for the Buccaneers in their Sunday loss at New Orleans. He had five rushes for 35 yards, all in the first half, and added three catches for just one yard. Featured back Bobby Rainey had 35 yards on 11 tries and one reception for 1 yard.

Fellow back Michael Hill managed one attempt for 3 yards and two catches for 23 yards. Wide receiver Chris Owusu contributed one catch for 5 yards while fullback Erik Lorig had one snag for 3 yards.


Bobby Rainey scores, does little else


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey received plenty of work in Week 16 against the Rams, but struggled to make an impact in a 23-13 loss.

Rainey ran the ball 20 times, but managed to pick up just 37 yards on the ground. He did score early in the game on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, but did little beyond that. He added one reception for 4 yards, and lost a fumble as well. 

Rainey has been a bit hit or miss for the Buccaneers, rushing for 100-plus yards twice, but less than 50 in four of his other seven games. He enters Week 17 against the Saints with 531 yards on 139 carries, with five touchdowns. 


Bobby Rainey could be flex option Week 16


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/20/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey heads into Week 16 at St. Louis as a potential flex option for Fantasy owners. We hope he can play well when needed most.

Rainey has shown he can be useful in quality matchups and struggle in difficult ones. He has extended action in six games and finished with double digits in Fantasy points against Miami, Atlanta and Buffalo. He's also had six points or less against Detroit, Carolina and San Francisco.

The Rams enter this game having allowed 10 running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points with 16 touchdowns. It's a matchup Rainey can have success in, but it's not a slam dunk, especially on the road. Rainey has nine Fantasy points combined away from home.

We like Rainey this week but don't love him. Because of that he should be considered a flex option and is worth starting if needed. 


Bobby Rainey gets no running room vs. 49ers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey couldn't find any running room against one of the best defenses in the NFL during a 33-14 loss Week 15 vs. San Francisco. Rainey was held to 27 rushing yards on 11 carries, while adding one catch for 3 yards.

Rainey's longest carry went 8 yards. In fact, his other 10 carries went for 3 yards or less and he received no carries in 49ers' territory.

The Bucs are back in action Week 16 at St. Louis.


Home game could keep Bobby Rainey in mix as starting option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey came through in a big way for Fantasy owners in Week 14, totaling 18 Fantasy points as he rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown against the Bills. Now the question beckons: Do you leave Rainey in active lineups or bench him for Tampa's showdown with the 49ers Week 15?

Rainey has totaled at least 11 Fantasy points in three of his last five games. Though, it could be tough for him to get to double-digit Fantasy points in Week 15 since the 49ers have played well against the run.

For the season, running backs average just 15.6 Fantasy points per week against San Francisco, which is the ninth-lowest average. However, running backs have averaged just 83.3 rushing yards, 7.7 receiving yards and 10 Fantasy points per game in the last three weeks. Running backs have totaled nine rushing touchdowns in 13 games and just one in the last three games against San Francisco.

Rainey struggled Week 12 against the Lions and Week 13 against the Panthers, which are two teams that have good run defenses. Though, those games were on the road and this one will be at home. In his last three home games, Rainey is averaging 21 Fantasy points and 111.6 rushing yards per game.

It might not be the easiest matchup, but since Rainey does play well at home, he could be considered a No. 2 Fantasy running back Week 15.


Bobby Rainey makes first touch count


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey got his day started off right Sunday, rushing for a touchdown on the second play of the game in a Week 14 win over the Bills.

Rainey took his first carry 80 yards for a touchdown, his first since scoring twice in Week 11. He ended up doing little for the remainder of the game, but the early success helped him finish with 127 yards on 22 carries. He added three receptions for -4 yards, in the 27-6 win.

Rainey had just 98 yards in his previous two games, a big disappointment after he exploded four games ago. He now has two 100-plus yard games under his belt since becoming the starting running back, and will try to make it three in Week 15 against the 49ers. 


Bobby Rainey a good option to start Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has had two disappointing performances since breaking out for 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing) during a 41-28 win Week 11 vs. Atlanta. Well, Rainey finally might break his slump Week 14 vs. Buffalo.

In Rainey's defense, he's faced two pretty good run defenses the last two weeks in the Lions and Panthers. Running backs have averaged just 61.6 rushing yards per week against Detroit and 71.3 rushing yards per week against the Panthers.

Running backs are averaging just 15.3 Fantasy points per week against the Bills, which is tied for the 10th-lowest average, but running backs are averaging 108.1 rushing yards per week. Running backs have also totaled five rushing touchdowns in the last three games against Buffalo. The trend has started to change against Buffalo, as running backs have averaged 24 Fantasy points the last three weeks.

Even though Rainey is coming off two bad games, the Bucs continue to feed him the football. The last time he had a favorable matchup, he went off against the Falcons. Rainey could be in for another good game Week 14, so Fantasy owners have to give strong consideration to starting him.


Bobby Rainey unable to get going again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey, who had only 35 yards on 18 carries last week after breaking out for 163 on 30 in Week 11, couldn't get anything going again Week 13 at Carolina, accumulating 63 yards on 17 carries and 8 on two catches.

He did pick up the pace a little in the second half after rushing for just 17 yards on nine carries in the first, breaking off runs of 16, 9 and 11 yards on the Buccaneers' first two drives, but for the most part, the Panthers' third-ranked run defense swallowed up holes before Rainey had a chance to find them.

Rainey was again the Buccaneers' primary ball carrier, with no other running back getting a single carry. He'll look make better use of that workload with a much more favorable matchup Week 14 against the Bills.


Bobby Rainey has nightmare opponent this Sunday


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/27/2013) Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey -- who broke out with a 163-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 11 against the Falcons -- came back to earth in Week 12, gaining just 35 yards on 18 carries against Detroit.

Week 13 brings a matchup against the Panthers, who have been brutal against opposing running backs, allowing the fifth-fewest Fantasy points per game. They've allowed four touchdowns to running backs all season, and just one -- C.J. Spiller -- has run for 100 yards.

Rainey has breakout potential -- and the Bucs have been far more balanced with the pass and run recently (Mike Glennon has averaged 22 pass attempts in each of the past four games), so he could see 18-20 carries -- but this is a tough matchup. If better options are available, Rainey can be left on the bench.

Lightning doesn't strike twice for Bobby Rainey


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) One great game does not a featured back make. It remains to be seen after Sunday if Bobby Rainey will display the consistency needed to take that job and run with it, at least temporarily, for the Buccaneers.

Rainey followed his 163-yard explosion in Week 11 with a dud against an albeit strong run defense in Detroit. Rainey started slow, then slowed down further. He managed just 11 yards on his first six carries, struggled through one stretch in which he gained 11 yards on eight attempts, and finished with 35 yards on 18 tries.

It won't get any easier next Sunday when his team plays at rugged Carolina.


Suggestion: Take Bobby Rainey with a grain of salt in Week 12


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) Before Fantasy owners jump on the Bobby Rainey bandwagon, they should think about the possible consequences of taking such a premature leap. Yes, the new Buccaneers featured back exploded for 163 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11, but a few factors suggest that could have been a one-hit wonder rather than a trend.

One must consider that not only were the Falcons not keying on Rainey, but they also own one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Atlanta ranks 30th in the league in rushing yards surrendered and 28th in YPC given up.

Sunday foe Detroit will provide a far sterner test for Rainey. The Lions have yielded just 946 yards on the ground, which ranks fifth. And their explosive offense is capable of forging a sizeable lead, especially at home, that would force the Bucs to throw.

This is not to suggest that Rainey isn't a must pickup in all leagues or that he should remain on the bench of Fantasy owners fortunate enough to have him on their rosters. He should make a viable second back or flex option. But consider yourself warned that he likely won't match or even approach his numbers of a week ago.


Bobby Rainey takes the reins


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Getting his first shot at extensive playing time with Mike James out for the year with a broken ankle, Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey had a dream performance Week 11 against the Falcons. He ceded the first two carries to Brian Leonard in what was expected to be a platoon situation but was off to the races with runs of 11, 10 and 11 yards on his first three carries. After he broke off a 43-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, the Buccaneers didn't see the need to go back to Leonard. It wasn't the last time Rainey would cross the goal line that day.

Rainey scored on a 3-yard run later in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 110 yards on 13 carries. He added a 4-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter. With the Buccaneers up big, he didn't find quite as much running room in the second half but proved more than capable of carrying the load in a run-out-the-cloock scenario, finishing the day with 30 carries for 163 yards. He also caught two passes for 4 yards and even got a chance to throw the ball, failing to connect on his one attempt.

Rainey wasn't facing an especially stout run defense, but considering he stayed mostly between the tackles, the fact that 12 of his carries went for 5 yards or more shows how well he played off his blockers. He showed good patience waiting for holes to develop and good burst once he found one. He'll look to validate the performance Week 12 at Detroit.


Bobby Rainey has chance for good first impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/13/2013) Expected to play a bigger role with Mike James following Doug Martin to the injured reserve list with a broken ankle, Buccaneers running Bobby Rainey couldn't have a better opportunity to make his presence known Week 11 against the Falcons. Atlanta ranks 27th against the run, allowing 126.8 yards per game, and has given up the 12th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch had a season-high 145 yards against the Falcons just last week.

Of course, Lynch also had a full workload in that game. Rainey probably won't. Brian Leonard came in at running back when James first went down last week, but Rainey came on late with 45 yards on eight carries.

So does either have a clear advantage? Rainey was the more effective of the two in Week 10, but then again, eight carries don't say much. Jamey Eisenberg sees Leonard as the steadier of the two, with Rainey more of a big-pay threat, but he's the only one of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts to rank Leonard ahead of Rainey for this week.

Because the two figure to split carries in some form or fashion, you wouldn't want to use either as more than a flex option even with the favorable matchup.

Bobby Rainey 'picked up our offense'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Running back Bobby Rainey, who helped lift the Buccaneers to their first victory Monday night, drew high praise from his teammates.

“Bobby Rainey has been pretty quiet but he picked up our offense tonight,’’ left tackle Donald Penn told the Tampa Bay Tribune after Rainey ran eight times for 45 yards and the winning touchdown against the Dolphins.

“He’s like a hired assassin," Penn added. "He made the most of his opportunities in football. This is how I got my start in the NFL.’’

A 26-year-old Western Kentucky product, Rainey should see substantial carries moving forward with Mike James (ankle) out indefinitely.


Bobby Rainey makes most of long-sought opportunity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Running back Bobby Rainey got his first touches as a Buccaneer in Week 10 vs. Miami, and he capitalized. The 26-year-old Western Kentucky product ran eight times for 45 yards and his first career touchdown and added an 11-yard catch.

When Mike James fractured his ankle on the opening drive, Tampa Bay turned to Brian Leonard and Rainey, who was claimed off waivers three weeks ago. Rainey broke off a 31-yard run early in the fourth quarter, scoring the winning touchdown from 1 yard out on the same drive. 

Rainey, who's much quicker than Leonard, will be an intriguing waiver add in Fantasy leagues heading into Week 11 vs. Atlanta.


Bucs add Bobby Rainey, cut Skye Dawson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2013) The Buccaneers claimed running back Bobby Rainey off waivers from Cleveland and released wideout Skye Dawson, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Bay is thin at running back after losing Doug Martin to a shoulder injury.

Browns make minor roster moves


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) The Browns placed rookie defensive back Josh Aubrey on injured reserve Friday, after he sustained knee and ankle injuries during Thursday's practice.

The team also waived running back Bobby Rainey, and used the two open roster spots to promote wide receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Julian Posey from the practice squad. 


Browns fairly healthy heading into game against Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Only two Browns starters are on the injury report revealed on Friday - and both are probable for Sunday in Green Bay. They are running back Willis McGahee and Jabaal Sheard, both of whom have been nursing knee injuries.

Defensive end Billy Winn (quad) is again out, as is defensive back Josh Aubrey (ankle/knee). Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) is questionable while cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and running back Bobby Rainey (groin) are probable.


Bobby Rainey seeing small role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Browns running back Bobby Rainey saw little of the field in Week 5 against the Bills, in a 37-24 win. Rainey rushed the ball just two times for 8 yards, as the Browns leaned heavily on Willis McGahee in the win.

Cleveland is set to face the Lions in Week 6.