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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 17: Bobby Rainey could have a big day

Dilip Vishwanat

The Bucs haven't been getting much out of Bobby Rainey, but could that turn around for fantasy owners in Week 17?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but they might get a chance to redeem themselves and end on a high note on Sunday. They will travel to the Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 17. The Bucs had some success against the Saints in Week 2 with their running backs accounting for 144 rushing yards on a whopping 30 carries. Plus, they have lost some of their momentum on defense.

The Saints have done a nice job defending the pass all year, so there should be a lot of carries on the way for running back Bobby Rainey. He's racked up 18 or more touches in five of his last six games, which seems like a fair expectation for Week 17, especially since the Bucs will want to keep quarterback Drew Brees off the field.

Fantasy impact: If fantasy value was based solely on carries, Rainey might be a top-10 option. He's one of a handful of players who will see a guaranteed role because of teams thinking about the upcoming playoff runs. He is a solid RB2 in a nice matchup this week, so he's more or less a must-start guy.

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