Mike James, RB, Buccaneers
|RB - #55||TB||Active||3 years||24||5'10||223|
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-25-2014 by Rusty Reeves
James was arguably the most-effective RB to replace Martin when he went down last season, averaging 4.9 yards per tote. An ankle injury in Week 10 ended James' season and the rest of the year was the Bobby Rainey show. Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is a known advocate of running back committees, so James (who performed well when given the chance last season) should get opportunities to carry the ball; however, for fantasy purposes, he's a risky proposition and is probably a late-round stash.
Editor's note: According to our ADP figures, which are updated nearly every day, James is not being drafted in most standard leagues. Digging a little deeper by using our high stakes ADP (which naturally includes information from high stakes fantasy football drafts), James is the 86th RB drafted with an ADP of 276.3. That places him in Round 23 or 24. If the Bucs are serious about using a committee and the rookie Charles Sims does not pan out, James could be a bargain handcuff to Doug Martin. The whole backfield is a risk until someone separates from the pack.
The Buccaneers have re-signed restricted free agent Bobby Rainey. It's a one-year $1.542 million deal. Rainey has been a cog in a committee down in Tampa. He has seen time as the starter thanks to a rash of injuries to the Bucs backs over the past few seasons.Fantasy Analysis:
Rainey has performed pretty well when given the opportunity, he averaged 4.3 YPC last season. The issue is that there are just too many mouths to feed in Tampa. Even if none of those backs are all that great. He will likely compete with Doug Martin, Charles Sims and former Miami Hurricane Mike James.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/25 - Buccaneers re-sign restricted free agent RB Bobby Rainey
4/9 - Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith: 'We haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet'
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