Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
|RB - #42||126.42||TB||Active||1 year||24||6' 0||214|
2015 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Jul-30-2015 by Shawn Childs
Sims saw plenty of action over his four-year college career with Houston and West Virginia. He finished his career with 3,465 rushing yards on 592 carries and 40 rushing TDs. His biggest asset is his explosiveness and reliability in the passing game (203 catches for 2,008 yards and 11 TDs). Charles has a good feel as a receiver and he has plenty of experience in pass protection. He has decent size (6'0" and 212 lbs.), but it would be nice to see bulk up a bit. Sims ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL combine, but showed questionable quickness (4.30 20-yard shuttle). His scouting report suggests his quick feet and acceleration are his biggest assets. In the run game, he doesn't run with power or create his own offense by breaking tackles. He'll turn 25 in mid-September so his age isn't an advantage. However, he hasn't assumed a high workload. His rookie season in the NFL was cut short due to an ankle injury in mid-August. Over the last eight games of the 2014 season, Sims tallied 85 touches, including 19 receptions for 375 yards and a touchdown. He only averaged 2.8 yards per rush but flashed upside in the passing game (10 yards per catch). I don't think he is built to be a lead runner and may have weakness in pass protection. I see him as the clear number two back for the Bucs with a chance at 100 to 125 carries and possibly 40 receptions. His ADP (110) is slightly ahead of Martin in the early draft season as the 36th RB off the table. If I end up with Martin on my roster, it would make sense to add Sims as a RB4 if he falls to a reasonable price on draft day.
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has struggled mightily the past two seasons. He has dealt with injuries and has been miserable when healthy. The Muscle Hamster hasn't even sniffed 4.0 yards per carry since his rookie year. Despite his struggles, head coach Lovie Smith once again declared him the starter this year. "Definitely a key for us," Smith said. "We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing … I don't know about 2012 and, last year, none of us performed the way we needed to. I just know Doug has been great through the offseason program. Seems like he is running hard out there right now. No complaints. Again, he, like the rest of us, plans on performing a lot better this year and he'll get an opportunity to."Fantasy Analysis:
Starter or not, it's really hard to buy in on Martin. He's just been so bad the past two seasons, can't stay healthy and is running behind a bad line. Charles Sims is also looming over his shoulder and likely to take his PPR value. Martin is currently being drafted as the RB32. This isn't bad value if he stays healthy and plays well, but that is a huge if.
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