Next man up has been the mantra of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield thus far in 2013. After Doug Martin went to IR with a shoulder injury, Mike James emerged and rushed for 158 yards against the vaunted Seattle defense. James went down with an injury of his own last week, and in came Bobby Rainey, an undrafted running back from 2012 who bounced from the Ravens to the Browns before settling with Buccaneers this earlier this year. Rainey became the de facto starter, and decided this would be the appropriate time to rip off 162 rushing yards, two touchdowns and tack on a receiving touchdown for good measure. Add that all together and what do you get? 34.60 fantasy points and a KABOOM! award for Week 11.
Rainey ran hard all day, and broke countless tackles against a Falcons defense that is falling apart at the seems. Rainey is owned in just 10.7 percent of NFL.com leagues, which means if you were one of the few owners savvy enough (or lucky enough) to scoop him up and start him off the waiver wire this week, kudos to you. Personally, I decided against adding Rainey, and have been kicking myself all afternoon. Live and learn, people. And always trust Bobby Rainey, apparently.
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