SMITTY: In his debut in Week 10, Charles Sims ran the ball eight times for 23 yards, and he added two receptions for 17 yards. Bobby Rainey, like Sims, received 10 touches. So, what can we expect in Week 11? That’s tough to say, but early speculation is pointing to Sims getting a serious shot at starter-type carries this coming week. Stay all over our news wire and Smart Alerts heading into the remainder of this week, though, as things can change fast. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Both Jeremy Hill (Gio is out) and Bobby Rainey have sneaky-good RB2-type upside this week, and both are available in some leagues, and Rainey is available in a lot of leagues. There is always risk with plug-and-play type players, and their Week 10 production isn’t locked in, that’s what makes them plug-and-play for Week 9, but both have huge upside/appeal. There was some thinking all week, and there still is a bit lingering around news wires, that Charles Sims could see a grip of work in this one… while possible, it sounds more like Rainey will lead the charge out of that Bucs’ backfield, but again, that’s why there is some risk with such plays, so know that. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said this on Charles Sims heading into Week 9: “I don’t know if he’ll be ready to go this week.” Early in the week, the runner was kind of looking like a lock to play this week, and most were even expecting that he’d get a healthy dose of carries. However, Sims owners better pump the brakes a bit until we find out more. Doug Martin might be looking at “do or die” type stuff in Week 9, as a good game could buy him more time to hold onto his starting gig, and a bad game could rapidly move Sims into the starting position. Don’t count out Bobby Rainey either, though. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: There is a lot of speculation surrounding this situation. Some sources are reporting that the Bucs’ organization is open to trading Doug Martin due to the fact that Charles Sims (ankle) is back in Week 9. It’s an interesting take considering Tuesday’s trade deadline is approaching, but with Martin not playing well, and given he can’t stay healthy, it is a bit tough imagining a team making a move for him. He is tremendously talented, but health is a real concern. Charles Sims is a must-add this week, as the team is fully expected to give him some work right out of the gate. He could be the starter soon, if not right away, or he could be shoved right into a RBBC with Martin and Bobby Rainey — the situation is still a bit cloudy, so know that. He is a must-add, though, just in case this shapes out like some close to the situation are expecting. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for more info on players like this.
It’s late July, so it’s time to reevaluate the 2014 Fantasy Football Rookies. Below is a one-player taste of our Premium 2014 Rookie Rankings with Analysis, so if you aren’t a 2014 STARTERS Subscriber, get access right after you read this sample (who is #5 on our Rookie Rankings)… after you read this, there are 11 more rookie write-ups just like it waiting for you, along with a complete ranking of my top 50 rookies… here we go!
5. Jordan Matthews | PHI WR
This 2014 rookie receiving class is just flat-out phenomenal, as we are talking about the 4th receiver ranked, and this receiver can be a fantasy WR1 if he develops properly. Jordan Matthews is 6-3, 212 pounds, but he plays like he is 6-5, 225 pounds. He has a long reach and has phenomenal spacial awareness. View this exact play right here to see what I mean… if you watched that play, you should have noticed not only Matthews’ timing pulling in the reception, but his innate ability to use his body to defend the area around the football. It’s an instinct most players don’t develop until their second or third NFL season, but Matthews has a natural instinct to use his body to position the defender where he wants the defender. It’s masterful if you take the time to watch him in acton. Like Brandin Cooks, Matthews couldn’t have landed in a more potent offense. And, in Matthews’ case, the Eagles are in need of a big-time possession receiver, and it appears Chip Kelly is going to immediately lean on the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Matthews makes a strong case for Rookie of the Year in 2014! It wouldn’t be shocking if the guy pulled in 55-60 receptions for 900-1000 yards and 6-7 scores as a rookie. The rookie receiver position is changing, and these guys are maturing much faster than they use to.
According to joebucsfan.com, Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims has a “Hall Of Fame Chance” despite walking into 2014 as the back-up rusher in Tampa Bay.
SMITTY: According to the article, Howard David (SiriusXM NFL Radio host) thinks that Charles Sims “has Hall of Fame talent in his body.” David said, “I think they got themselves a steal here. I don’t want to give him the bust into Canton just yet, but I think he’s got a chance.” It’s high praise for sure, and it’s important not to get too carried away with such a report, but it’s good for fantasy football owners to responsibly absorb everything that they can, then make informed decisions. The take-away here is this… Doug Martin has low-end fantasy RB1-type talent, but his handcuff (Sims) has been compared to Matt Forte on more than one occasion from more than one scout. Now this… the point here is to not overreact or overvalue Sims, but he does have serious upside, and he is almost a must-own this season for all Martin owners (especially dynasty league owners). Owning both running backs will have you sleeping like a baby, as Martin still has an injury label to shake loose. View where we have both players on our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets.
Note: Thanks to STARTERS forum moderator rabidbucfan for the heads up on this article.
According to ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, Bucs RB Doug Martin “is the starter” heading into 2014, but “the Bucs want to use a rotation.”
SMITTY: While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this so far this off-season, it’s important to note that the other running backs on the roster aren’t quite as talented as Martin. Those rushers are: Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps. Also, there are so many ways to define “rotation”. Are we talking about a 60/40 or 65/35 split? A lot of people are guessing with this continued story… I honestly cannot envision any scenario where a healthy D-Mart isn’t getting at least 60% of the running back touches this upcoming season, and that’s more than enough action to earn his sneaky-good 2.08-2.12 ADP. Now, all that said, health could be a concern (key word is “could”), so all Martin owners should keep an eye on the RB2 battle in the coming months. My money is on rookie Charles Sims — If anyone can get near Doug Martin-type production if starting, it’s Sims (often compared to a poor man’s Matt Forte. Want Dough Martin full-season projections?
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