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Chris Rainey

Running Back  BC Lions

Height:   5' 8''   Weight:   180

July 15, 2018    Chris Rainey News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey rushed 10 times for 43 yards and caught six passes for 71 yards in Saturday's 20-17 win over Winnipeg.

Rainey stepped in late in the first quarter for Jeremiah Johnson, who departed due to an undisclosed injury, and had his first 100-yard game of the season. The 30-year-old was all over the comeback win in both the return game and on offense, most notably with his 33-yard catch that set up the Lions' first score of the day. Should Johnson need to miss time, Rainey would be a dual-threat fantasy option, starting Week 6 at Ottawa.

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June 15, 2018

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey is listed as the backup running back, the top punt returner, and the backup kick returner on the depth chart for Saturday's game against the Alouettes.

It's not likely that Rainey will play a major role on offense after averaging under six touches per game a year ago, but his prowess in the return game still makes him a quality option in leagues that score return yardage. While Rainey is listed behind Jeremiah Johnson at the kick returner spot, he could still return a kick or two, having led the CFL in return yardage in 2017 while averaging the fifth most yards (23.2) among players who returned at least 25 kicks.

November 5, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey rushed once for two yards, posted two catches for five yards, compiled 26 yards on two punt returns and added 148 yards on six kickoff returns in Saturday's 40-13 loss to the Argonauts.

The versatile veteran was relegated to a backup role in the backfield despite a stellar showing as the No. 1 running back last week, but he still salvaged the night from a fantasy perspective with his special teams work. Rainey did finish the season with career highs in rushes (54), receptions (51), receiving yards (494) and receiving touchdowns (5). Despite the added involvement from scrimmage, he also once again served as one of the CFL's most dangerous return men, posting a career-best 1,671 kickoff return yards. Given his immense value in multiple phases, Rainey figures to enter the 2018 season as an integral part of the Lions' plans.

November 3, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey is listed as the second-string running back for Saturday's game against the Argonauts.

Although Rainey had a tremendous performance as the lead back last weekend, he will slide back into a reserve role in the offense behind Jeremiah Johnson at running back. He's still expected to man both return units, and as the only other back on the active roster, he is still expected to make decent contributions in the season finale.

October 29, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball 16 times for 106 yards, caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns and added 109 yards on five kickoff returns in Saturday's 36-27 win over the Blue Bombers.

The 29-year-old return ace finally got a chance to show what he could do in a meaningful role on offense and put together a spectacular performance. The Lions haven't yet announced who their starting RB will be for their season finale next Saturday at home against the Argos, but if Rainey gets the nod, there's little reason to think he won't produce big numbers once again.

October 27, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey will start at running back Saturday against Winnipeg.

With BC out of the playoff picture, head coach Wally Buono will turn the position over to Rainey and slide Jeremiah Johnson down to the third spot on the depth chart below Tyler Davis. Over the course of the 2017 season, Rainey has only tallied 37 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown, but he's gathered 400 receiving yards and three touchdown as well. He has also been one of the best special teams' players in the league, with over 2,000 return yards on the season.

October 22, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey returned six kickoffs for 184 yards and six punts for 70 yards, while adding five catches for 27 yards and four carries for minus-4 yards in Saturday's 35-29 overtime loss to Edmonton.

He's one of the most dangerous men in the CFL in the open field, and Rainey has now topped 2,000 return yards on the season with two games left on the schedule. The 29-year-old only has 518 yards from scrimmage through 16 games, however, and that inability to use him effectively on offense could be one of the reasons the Lions are already out of the playoff picture.

October 15, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey rushed twice for seven yards, tallied four receptions for 52 yards, notched seven punt returns for 69 yards and posted four kickoff returns for 88 yards in Saturday's 26-20 loss to the Blue Bombers.

The versatile speedster turned in another of his typically dynamic all-around efforts, averaging over nine yards per punt runback for the second straight game in the process. Rainey's kickoff-return tally also brought him within just 130 yards of eclipsing the career-high 1,359 yards he amassed in that category last season. He'll look to continue contributing through multiple means when the Lions tangle with the Eskimos in Week 18.

October 8, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball four times for 19 yards, caught three passes for 41 yards and added 124 return yards in Saturday's 30-25 loss to the Redblacks.

The 29-year-old is among the CFL leaders in return yards, sitting third with 1,667 behind Calgary's Roy Finch (1,733) and Toronto's Martese Jackson (1,687), but Rainey's 2.102 all-purpose yards tops the league. Expect the versatile weapon to see plenty of touches down the stretch as the Lions try to climb back into the playoff picture.

September 17, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey rushed once for seven yards, notched five receptions for 26 yards, logged 14 yards on five punt returns and managed 80 yards on three kickoff returns in Saturday's 27-13 loss to the Stampeders.

Rainey played his typical jack-of-all-trades role with efficacy, matching his season high in receptions while making his typically solid contributions on kickoff returns. Rainey has averaged between 26.7 and 32.0 yards on kickoff runbacks over the last three contests and remains one of the inconsistent Lions offense's more trusted fantasy weapons. His ability to contribute through multiple means somewhat immunizes him from the occasional struggles of quarterback Jonathon Jennings, keeping Rainey a viable DFS option each week. He'll look to up his contributions in Week 14 against the Tiger-Cats.

August 19, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball once for three yards and caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 21-17 loss to the Stampeders.

The 29-year-old continues to make an impact as a receiver out of the backfield for the Lions, and his 23 catches for 237 yards and two TDs through nine games this year nearly equals his 2016 receiving totals in 18 games. Rainey would need an injury to starting RB Jeremiah Johnson to have consistent fantasy value, however.

July 29, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball four times for 19 yards, caught two passes for a team-high 49 yards and added 154 return yards in Friday's 37-26 loss to Edmonton.

With Travis Lulay at QB for the Lions, Rainey has seen a slight uptick in his touches on offense over the last couple of weeks, but he still has only 201 yards from scrimmage through six games. Barring an injury to Jeremiah Johnson, Rainey's fantasy value will remain largely dependent upon his ability in the return game.

July 22, 2017

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Rainey carried the ball four times for 14 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 40 yards and racked up 204 return yards in Friday's 45-42 win over the Blue Bombers.

The rushing TD was his first of the season. Rainey now has just 133 yards from scrimmage through five games, but his 595 yards on punt and kickoff returns highlights his value to the Lions.

June 30, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey lost a yard on two carries in Friday's 28-15 win over the Argos, but he also caught two passes for 10 yards and a touchdown and picked up 101 return yards.

With Jeremiah Johnson capably handling lead back duties, Rainey's touches this season will mainly come through the air and as the Lions' primary return option. He wound up with 2,862 all-purpose yards and seven TDs last year through 18 games last year in that role, so he'll have some big fantasy nights, but don't expect a lot of week-to-week consistency from him.

June 22, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey had three carries for 37 yards and added 52 yards on five returns in the Lions' exhibition finale.

Rainey's statistics from the referenced contest are indicative of the type of production to expect from him: long runs when given the opportunity to carry the ball, and loads of yards in the return game. Last season Rainey averaged 8.6 YPC and finished second in the CFL with 2,301 combined return yards between kicks and punts.

November 14, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained 40 yards on seven rushes, 57 yards on four receptions, 17 yards on three punt returns, 69 yards on four kickoff returns and nine yards on one missed field-goal return in Sunday's 32-31 semi-final victory over the Blue Bombers.

Rainey provided what turned out to be a pivotal spark late in the second quarter with the Lions already down 25-6 and nearing halftime. He broke off a pretty 37-yard run into Winnipeg territory that Jeremiah Johnson followed up on with a 40-yard touchdown run on the very next play, kick-starting the Lions' comeback. As customary, Rainey was all over the rest of the stat sheet as well, and will undoubtedly play a key role in next Sunday's Western finals showdown with the Stamps, a team which he lit up for two punt return touchdowns during the regular season.

November 6, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained 89 yards on nine rushes, gained a yard on his sole reception, managed 46 yards on three punt returns and totaled 49 yards on three kickoff returns in Saturday's 41-18 victory over the Roughriders.

Rainey was unexpectedly involved heavily in the running game, out-touching starting tailback Jeremiah Johnson out of the backfield and tallying a season-high nine rushes overall. The all-purpose maven was outstanding with the opportunity and also provided typically solid production on special teams. While it's nearly impossible to determine how Rainey will exactly be deployed week to week, his involvement in multiple facets warrants him serious fantasy consideration heading into the playoffs.

October 30, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained 23 yards on five receptions, totaled 44 yards on five punt returns and added 51 yards on two kickoff returns in Saturday's 24-6 win over the Roughriders.

It was another typical stat line for the all-purpose maven, who seems to play at least a modest role from scrimmage every week in addition to his typically strong work in the return game. Rainey should continue serving as a viable and cost-effective DFS option over the season's final week and into the postseason.

October 23, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey totaled 28 yards on three carries, 53 yards on six punt returns and 31 yards on a pair of kickoff returns in Saturday's 32-25 win over the Eskimos.

As customary, Rainey made his presence felt in multiple areas of the box score, providing solid production on special teams and tallying three rushes for the second time in the last three games. Conversely, Rainey failed to record at least one catch for the first time since way back in Week 2 against the Ti-Cats, but his diverse skill set and multiple roles in the Lions' offensive attack make him a viable and cost-effective DFS option each week.

October 15, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained 40 yards and scored a touchdown on five receptions, totaled 34 yards on four punt returns and added 132 yards on five kickoff returns in Friday's 35-32 loss to the Blue Bombers.

Rainey filled out the stat line in impressive fashion once more, leading the Lions in receptions and notching his third receiving touchdown of the season in the process. The all-purpose maven has flourished in his second season with the team, becoming a much more well-rounded player. He's retained his typical proficiency on returns, while also tallying career highs in rushing (192) and receiving yards (228). Factoring in a pair of punt return scores, the 28-year-old has crossed the goal line a total of seven times in 2016.

October 9, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball only three times Friday, but one of them resulted in a 56-yard touchdown in a 37-35 loss to the Blue Bombers.

He managed 61 total rushing yards while also catching one pass for minus-1 yards, but he also racked up 238 return yards in a game that saw plenty of kickoffs. Anthony Allen remains the starter in the backfield for the Lions, but if Rainey continues to provide big plays he could earn a larger share of touches on offense over the final games of the season.

October 2, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained five yards on his sole rush, 34 yards and a touchdown on two catches, 43 yards on three punt returns and 106 yards on five kickoff returns in Saturday's 40-33 victory over the Redblacks.

Rainey turned in an outstanding all-purpose effort and particularly excelled in the area of returns. The all-purpose maven scored his first receiving touchdown since Week 10 as well and has totaled over 100 yards on kickoffs in each of the last two weeks.

September 10, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey carried the ball five times for 61 yards, caught two passes for 30 yards and added 89 yards in kick returns in Friday's win over the Alouettes.

Jeremiah Johnson was having a huge day out of the Lions' backfield, but Rainey was still able to capitalize on the limited offensive touches he did get. As long as he's stuck in a secondary role though he'll be a risky fantasy play, despite his recent run of success.

September 1, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained nine yards on his sole rush, 20 yards on one reception, 55 yards on six punt returns and 20 yards on his only kickoff return in Wednesday's 16-13 victory over the Argos.

The all-purpose maven got in on the action in virtually every possible way Wednesday, making some solid contributions in the punt return department particularly. Despite the modest offensive involvement Wednesday, Rainey's most dependable production typically stems from his special-teams work, making him more of a tournament flyer for fantasy purposes.

July 8, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey gained 23 yards on two receptions, 37 yards on six punt returns and 100 yards on four kickoff run-backs in Thursday's 25-14 loss to the Argos.

The dynamic all-purpose speedster managed to make his customary multi-faceted contributions on a night where the Lions offense struggled. Although he failed to find the end zone, Rainey was productive on returns, and notched a 23-yard scamper on one of the six occasions in which he brought back a punt. Rainey's modest involvement in the passing game was nevertheless a positive as well, as he'd totaled only a sole reception for five yards over the first two weeks, with that catch having come in the opener. Despite the fact his role and touches figure to vary weekly, his big-play ability makes him an intriguing flex play in DFS each time he suits up.

June 26, 2016

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Rainey put his stamp all over the Stamps in Saturday's 20-18 victory, scoring a one-yard rushing touchdown on his sole carry, totaling five yards on his one reception, amassing 108 yards and what turned out to be a game-winning touchdown on four punt returns, and adding 43 yards on a pair of kickoff runbacks.

If this is an accurate sampling of what the dynamic but sometimes troubled former Florida Gator and Pittsburgh Steeler can provide on a weekly basis, opposing defensive and special teams coordinators are in for plenty of sleepless nights in 2016, while Lions fans have a lot to look forward to. The 28-year-old all-purpose maven gave the Stamps fits Saturday, and his exciting 72-yard punt return touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Lions a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Given his blazing speed and diverse skill set, Rainey should be firmly on fantasy radars all season long.