Mike James, RB, Buccaneers
|RB - #112||TB||Active||2 years||24||5'10||223|
There is no 2015 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2014 profile:
2014 Outlook: Deep-league Only
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.Last updated on Jul-25-2014 by Rusty Reeves
The Buccaneers will have a running back competition in camp this offseason. Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James will all be competing for the job. Martin is the assumed starter, however, the coaching staff is reportedly "very high" on Sims. The talented second-year back missed nearly all of his rookie season due to an ankle injury. He was highly touted heading into last season and that has not changed this season. After back-to-back disappointing seasons from Martin, he's far from a lock to win the starting job.
Sims should and will be the starting RB in Tampa. While he's a solid runner, he'll be a PPR monster. There is going to be some sort of committee in the Bucs backfield, nevertheless, no one on the team has nearly the pass-catching skills as Sims. He will have more value than any Bucs RB and should be drafted as a potential flex option. You should pass on Martin, he will not be a viable fantasy option.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors5/23 - Report: Buccaneers coaching staff 'very high' on RB Charles Sims
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