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By Pat James, Buccaneers Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 7:55pm EDT

Lovie Smith referred to Doug Martin as his bell cow running back saying, "Of course, Doug’s our bell cow.’’ Smith also noted that Martin has improved his pass-catching ability and will be a part of the Bucs' passing attack this season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The stars may be aligning for Doug Martin to have a bounce back year. Charles Sims seemed poised to steal receptions from Martin, however he'll be sidelined for the majority of the season. In addition. Martin has impressed coaches with his preseason play and improved pass-catching ability. At this point, his only limiting factor may be the poor offensive line play. Martin should be considered a high-end RB2 to be targeted in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

By Pat James, Buccaneers Correspondent, Sun, Aug 17th 12:51pm EDT

Martin carried the ball six times for 24 yards against the Dolphins on Saturday. He also hauled in one reception for four yards.

Fantasy Impact: Martin turned in a decent performance in the Buccaneers' second preseason game. Despite a second straight week of below-average offensive line play, Martin managed 4.0 yards per carry. Charles Sims' injury makes Martin a tad more enticing in PPR formats, but still expect RB2 numbers at best for Martin this year

By Pat James, Buccaneers Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 3:03pm EDT

The Tampa Tribune reports that Lovie Smith plans to reduce Doug Martin's 23 touch per game average from his first two seasons. Smith acknowledged Martin will be the starter, but a committee approach could be used. (Source: Tampa Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: It seems as though Mike James, Bobby Rainey, and rookie Charles Sims will be eating into Martin's workload this season. Martin is still being considered a fringe RB1 according to his ADP, coming off the board in the late 2nd round. At that price, Martin will need to make the most of his reduced touches to live up to his ADP.

The New York Times | Aug 22nd
Workload concerns lighten with the injury to Sims.
ProFootballTalk | Aug 22nd
Over the course of the offseason, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford each said that the team wanted to use a variety of running backs this season in order to keep Doug Martin fresh and healthy after his 2013 season came to an early end with a shoulder injury. As the old…
Legion Report | Aug 22nd
Tampa Bay is coupled with a very questionable Offensive line along with a brand new OC, Jeff Tedford that has never coached in the NFL before. Tedford has been at coaching at Cal the past 10 seasons, so it’s hard to suggest what his offense will exactly look like . ESPN Bucs reporter says “the Bucs want to use a rotation at the RB position this season,” as both new head coach Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford are very fond of. “One running back just can’t make it through the season,” says Smith. The new regime in Tampa are not the ones who drafted Doug Martin, but they are the ones who spent a Top 70 pick on receiving back Charles Sims. Lovie Smith remains committed to Doug Martin being big part of their offense, but expect Charles Sims to replace him on passing downs while Rainey and James are also mixed within the Running Back Committee.
Rotoworld | Aug 22nd
Coach Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the Bucs' "bell cow" at running back.
The Football Girl | Aug 22nd
A hard guy to peg. Tampa O-line has taken hits; Martin's role may shrink.
The Fake Football | Aug 22nd
Muscle Hamster's stock has fallen a bit with talk of his role being reduced, but I see Tedford upping the run game and that should compensate for any spreading out of touches for the running backs. Martin is still a top tier player.
Breaking Football | Aug 21st
The talent is there but that huge role may not be. He should still be a threat for the top-5.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 21st
He is a forgotten RB except if you were burned last year by his injury. He will slip in drafts, but his amazing upside can not be overlooked.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
A lot of people are going to reach for Martin but the emergence of Mike James, showed me how bad Martin was during the first half of the season. Buyer beware.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 19th
RBBC concerns abound in TB; 27% of career fantasy PTS came in 2 of his 22 games played
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
I think Martin will have a bounce back season in Lovie Smith's run oriented offense. I also do not view the torn labrum injury that cut his season short as an injury as that screams injury prone.
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 9th
Doug Martin probably belongs in tier three for now but as an ‘old regime’ back who has to deal with a very impressive rookie in Charles Sims, who is already a better receiver out of the backfield and who is a more exciting runner, he gets knocked down a tier due to his forecasted value hit.
ESPN | Aug 8th
Ranked next to each other in the running back rankings, should you draft Doug Martin or Zac Stacy this season?
Rotoprofessor | Jul 26th
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) This is the type of article that would’ve seemed like lunacy about 18 months ago. Martin was coming off a stellar rookie season, with 1,926 total yards and 12 TD. He was a workhorse. He appeared to be the
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 18th
Ups and downs characterize the short careers of Ryan Mathews and Doug Martin. Both have penetrated the RB1 class. Both have triggered massive migraines. In this cage-match to the death, Brad Evans and Andy Behrens beat one another to a bloddy pulp over who you should draft.  Sound the bell ...  The Noise, naturally, professes his renewed love for Mathews:  Well, well, well … ...