Week 16 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: RB Bobby Rainey

By Adam McGill
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After a couple big games, many fantasy football owners had Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey active last week in the second round of the playoffs. However, the back only amassed 27 yards on 11 carries and didn’t score a touchdown.

Rainey racked up 163 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, while also gashing the Buffalo Bills for 127 yards and one touchdown. In his three other starts, though, the back has only averaged a meager 41.7 rushing yards. He has been an extremely hit-or-miss starter, which is never a promising sign for fantasy owners heading into the championship.

Fortunately, Rainey gets to face a beat up St. Louis Rams defense this weekend. St. Louis is allowing a staggering 20.1 fantasy points per contest to opposing backs, including 14 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns. The unit has had serious tackling issues this year and the problem has likely not been fixed over the course of a week, so fantasy owners can expect Rainey to extend some plays on Sunday by breaking a couple tackles.

Rainey is worth a flex start in the fantasy finals and the 26-year-old has a chance to put up double-digit fantasy points with the favorable matchup. He should get around 15-18 touches, and with the heavy workload, have no trouble racking up 80 all-purpose yards. If you are looking for a decent third back to plug in this week, put your money in Rainey.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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