Week 13: Running Back Round Up
Every week, I examine the most turbulent backfields to determine whether a backup is due for a bigger role and how any possible changes will affect Fantasy relevant stars. Here are my thoughts on the muddiest RB situations in Week 13.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin – Charles Sims – Bobby Rainey
Hopes were high this preseason for the Buccaneers’ backfield. Many thought Martin had the goods to put up RB1 numbers in fantasy. For a myriad of reasons, however, those expectations have not been met, and Martin is currently ranked well outside of the top fifty fantasy RBs. Earlier in the season back-up RB Rainey flashed, but couldn’t seal the deal when given lead back duties… and has since fallen out of favor. Optimism then grew for the rookie Sims, who had shown promise before tearing a ligament in his right ankle back in August. Sims eventually made his regular season debut in Week 10, leading the team in rushing attempts. Yet the West Virginia product has failed to impress, averaging a dismal 3.0 YPC. Last Sunday, Martin returned from his latest ailment and resumed his former place atop the depth chart. Still, his production was nothing to write home about as he managed just 27 yards on eleven carries and one reception for 4 yards. When looking at each back’s touches, it’s worth nothing that Martin received the most opportunities followed by Sims and then Rainey. Moving forward, I expect Martin to continue to see the bulk of the ground work with Sims working in just enough to rob the Muscle Hamster of any real value. Rainey’s role is likely to exist solely as part of the passing game. He can, therefore, be dropped in even the deepest of leagues. If possible, I’d advise fantasy owners to avoid this backfield all together. A team whose offensive line is more of a suggestion than an actuality, the Bucs backfield is a sputtering disaster of cannibalized potential.
Trent Richardson – Daniel Herron
Prior to being placed on the Colts’ IR with a broken leg, Ahmad Bradshaw appeared to have turned back the clock. Scoring more TDs than he had since 2011, the 28 year old was ranked among the top 12 fantasy RBs, producing an average in the neighborhood of 13 points per game. Last Sunday, Indianapolis’s RB3 “Boom” Herron was rolled out in his elder’s stead…