Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
|RB - #73||214.69||TB||Active||1 year||24||6' 0||214|
2014 Outlook: Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)Last updated on Aug-16-2014 by Rusty Reeves
Sims is probably the most interesting running back in the Tampa Bay backfield. Teams typically don't spend a third-round pick at the position unless they plan to use him. He could very well be the best pass-catcher out of the backfield for the Bucs. At West Virginia last year, he caught 45 passes for over 400 yards, while rushing for over 1,000. He found the end zone a total of 14 times. Keep in mind, this was in the Big 12, so it's not like he was playing against teams from New Mexico (look it up, they're bad vs. the run). Since it's a crowded backfield, Sims has his work cut out for him just getting onto the field. Due to his play-making ability and someone in the front office apparently liking him enough to spend a third-round pick on him, Sims has to be considered one of the few rookie sleeper RBs with immediate upside.
Update (8/15): Sims suffered an ankle injury that will require surgery on Saturday. Initial reports said recovery time is 12 to 14 weeks. However, it could be as long as 13 to 15 weeks, according to Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud. While it's possible that he could be back late in the season, as early as week 13, his fantasy value for 2014 is pretty well gone. However, as a dynasty league pick, SIms still holds some value. The Bucs expect him to be an asset in their passing game. In his college career, Sims caught 203 balls for 2108 yards and 11 touchdowns combined at Houston and West Virginia. As it stands, Doug Martin's value takes a tick up. Mike James and Bobby Rainey will battle for the backup/change-of-pace role.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/1 - Buccaneers RB Doug Martin may see more work in passing game
8/22 - Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is now team's 'bell cow,' according to head coach
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|14.11||2006 World Champion - As the Doug Martin owner, I've seen what his other back ups can do last year. I'll take the rookie that catches the ball good as the one to own if Martin goes down.|
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