It feels good to be right in Fantasy Football. Everyone who told you that you have to handcuff Charles Sims to Doug Martin was right, and you’re not feeling so great right now if you didn’t.
Martin could be out two or three weeks, according to a report from Ian Rapport.
But in the quest to be right, it is easy to overlook the bigger picture…
Sims is absolutely the back to own now in Tampa Bay. Coming out of college, he was compared to Matt Forte and finished with a very sneaky 51-561-4 stat line as a receiver in 2015.
His stats weren’t impressive in Week 2, but he was on the field for 62% of the offensive snaps.
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But part of finding success in Fantasy Football is going in a different direction than everyone else. While everyone stacked their Week 2 DFS lineups with Eli Manning and Drew Brees (myself included), lead writer Jon Kelly started Cam Newton and won $2,000 on FanDuel.
I still think you should be excited if you own Sims. He could be in for three big weeks.
But don’t forget about another running back on Tampa Bay: Jacquizz Rodgers.
Rodgers played for head coach Dirk Koetter when he was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons from 2012-2014.
Now, it’s true that Atlanta didn’t have a featured back during that time. So Rodgers may have been relied on more heavily than he normally would have been in another offense.
But take a look at his stats, especially from 2012-2013.
In 2012, he had a total of 768 yards and two touchdowns. In 2013, he had a total of 674 yards and four touchdowns.
I’m not telling you to start him in Week 3. But what I’m asking is to consider the possibility Sims isn’t the answer.
He should be, but Martin should also be the starting running back right now.
This isn’t about looking smarter than everyone else. It’s about winning.
So if Sims doesn’t work out, guess who everyone is going to rush and grab off of waivers in Week 4? If you bid on free agents in your league, spend $10 on him and add him to your roster if you have room in Week 3.
There’s a good chance he’ll be a wasted pick, but it won’t cost you anything to find out.