The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally activated running back Charles Sims, which means we'll get a glimpse at the likely future starting running back in Tampa. Doug Martin is out today, and it seems likely that he'll eventually lose his starting job, given his struggles this and last year. Bobby Rainey is an okay player, but he's not the kind of back you can hang your hat on.
But that Charles Sims is going to be the eventual starter doesn't mean he'll see a large workload today, or be overly productive. They've only seen him play in one preseason game, with no real concept of how he'll do in pass protection. And that one game saw him get six carries for just 13 yards -- hardly the convincing performance they were looking for.
To make matters worse, the Bucs are starting the abysmal Oniel Cousins at left tackle, and that's not about to help their running game. Sims also isn't the dominant player he's sometimes being made out to be: he was a third-round pick who played five years of college football, but never had a 1,000-yard season. Stylistically he resembles Matt Forte, but he doesn't appear to have Forte's inside toughness and tries to bounce too many runs outside.
If you haven't yet picked up Charles Sims in your fantasy football league and he's somehow still up for grabs, go add him to your roster now. He'll probably be the starter before the end of the season, and he's talented enough to be a productive player. But now just isn't the week to start him.