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?
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ during his second show of this Week 9 — This is Russ’ Wednesday show.
Wednesday Show The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Start Bench, Trade Advice, Buy-Low
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.
SMITTY: This is great news, but hopefully the guy can stay healthy looking-forward. Given that Rainey lost two fumbles last week, it’s a reasonably safe bet that Tampa Bay will feed Martin the rock just as long as he can handle it. In an attempt to play things conservative, expect fantasy RB2-type numbers out of Martin for a bit, but know that he is fantasy RB1-capable if healthy and rolling. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Hopefully these two studs make it back onto the field in Week 4. The odds are decent considering both had a shot at playing last week… You have to think that Bobby Rainey fumbled his opportunity away in Week 3, so don’t expect a timeshare Tampa just as long as Doug Martin can stay on the field. Jamaal Charles owners shouldn’t worry about Charles being unseated by anyone talent-wise, but it is possible that the Chiefs play it cautious with Charles this week given how well Davis has been playing… keep tabs on both these situations as we head into Week 4. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Bobby Rainey is a fantasy RB1 against a Falcons rushing defense that gives up over 150 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Get Roddy White out of your line-up, and consider Harry Douglas as a spot play this week if you’re in need. Even if you don’t own White, Douglas is a sneaky start if desperate at your fantasy WR3. Julio Jones owners better get ready for a big Week 3! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is huge news for Bobby Rainey owners, as that Falcons defense is giving 150+ rushing yards per game on the ground, and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Be sure to check back last-minute to ensure that Martin is sitting, but all indications are that Rainey will hold low-end RB1-type value in Week 3. Make sure Rainey isn’t available on your waiver wire still! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith suggested that if the Bucs held a practice on Monday, Doug Martin (knee) would have participated.
SMITTY: This is solid news for Martin owners, although, even if he can go on Thursday night, Martin might not be in for a full workload. It obviously hurts Bobby Rainey’s upside if Martin plays, so keep tabs on this one, as that Falcons match-up is gold for whomever starts (and if they get starter carries). Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?