Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you all know that the Cleveland Browns made a shocking trade with the Indianapolis Colts, exchanging second year back Trent Richardson for the Colts 2014 first round draft pick. Whether you believe the Browns are waving the white flag on this season or not, there’s still some fantasy implications to mull over.
The Browns immediately picked up veteran Willis McGahee to help fill the void in the short term. While most people will be bum rushing the waiver wires to pick up McGahee, you might want to consider another guy, Bobby Rainey, a practice squad guy for the Baltimore Ravens last year. Being that I mainly write about the Ravens, I watch all the preseason games and I can tell you all first hand that Rainey is an explosive running back. A fair comparison would probably be a poor man’s Ray Rice. After an impressive effort in the Ravens’ final preseason game, I thought Rainey was a lock to make the team, but he was surprisingly cut. If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say that the Ravens were probably trying to sneak him through waivers so they could bring him to the practice squad. But seeing as how the Browns love to poach ex-Ravens players, that strategy didn’t work out too well for them.
As far as the immediate future for the Browns, McGahee will probably start out getting the bulk of the carries at first, seeing as how McGahee is the house hold name. McGahee’s best years are behind him, and it will only be a matter of time before he gets himself injured again. Rainey is the type of back who will fit better in a Norv Turner offense. He’s fast, shifty and a solid receiver out of the back field. I picked up Rainey in my PPR league and have him stashed on my bench for now. If you’re in a league that has a good amount of bench spots, I recommend all of you do the same. In Rainey I trust.
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