By Steve Painter, Buccaneers Correspondent, Tue, Aug 4th 12:12am EDT
"We talked about being able to establish the run," said Smith. "Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing." Vegas odds say that the Bucs will win 6.5 games, and this realistic outlook will affect Martin's playing time as it appears he will cede passing down duties to Charles Sims. (Source: Tampa Bay Times
Fantasy Impact: Even so, Martin has good value at his 7th round ADP. He will be a good boost for the team, especially while Jameis Winston gets comfortable under center.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Buccaneers Correspondent, Thu, Jun 25th 9:05pm EDT
The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings said that "Doug Martin has his best offseason in three years." (Source: The Tampa Tribune
Fantasy Impact: Martin is practically locked in as the Week 1 starter. He's now in a contract year and people around the team seem to think that he got his groove back. In his rookie season, he rushed 319 times for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's a steal at his current eighth-round ADP.
By Steve Painter, Buccaneers Correspondent, Fri, Jun 5th 7:42pm EDT
Martin should be the starter ahead of Charles Sims, who only averaged only 2.8 YPC last season. HC Lovie Smith said that Martin is their RB and is putting in good work. (Source: Pewter Report
Fantasy Impact: This is a situation to avoid if possible. Even though Sims had a low average in his rookie season, it seems some in the Bucs organization are not very confident in Martin, so his hold on the starting job may be tenuous.
By Steve Painter, Buccaneers Correspondent, Thu, May 28th 8:41pm EDT
The team declined to exercise its option for 2016. He has not been the same runner as he was his first year, which was monstrous. He'll enter camp in a battle with Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, and Mike James for playing time.
Fantasy Impact: It's a possibility he'll be traded but as things stand now, it looks like a muddled situation for the Bucs.
By Matt Muller, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, May 4th 3:59pm EDT
The Bucs will not pick up their fifth-year option for running back Doug Martin, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. (Source: TampaBay.com
Fantasy Impact: There are indications that Charles Sims will become the lead back in 2015, but drafting any Tampa Bay RB is risky right now. It's unclear who, if anyone, will hold good value in the upcoming season
By Mike Wright, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 1:30pm EST
Doug Martin ran the ball 14 times for 96 yards in Sunday's loss to Carolina. He added 1 catch for 3 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Sigh. Thanks for finally showing Mr. Martin! Those who were bold enough to play Martin in their fantasy playoffs were rewarded with a decent game. It looked like he was the way to a huge game after a 64-yard run, but it was not to be. Martin is a desperation, high risk play for next week against the Packers.
By Mike Wright, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 1:33pm EST
Doug Martin ran the ball 5 times for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He also had 1 catch for 0 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy players would have had to be insanely desperate to fire up Martin against the Lions. Next week, the Bucs take on Carolina. Martin still won't be a recommended fantasy start, but he has looked better in recent weeks.
By Mike Wright, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 12:31pm EST
Doug Martin ran the ball 18 times for 58 yards and a TD in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. He also added 1 catch for yards.
Fantasy Impact: Sigh. After the whole fantasy community had written him off, Martin finally has a decent game. He is still not to be trusted, especially considering his next matchup is against the ferocious Lions defense. The defense that just kept Matt Forte in check.
By Taylor Jenkins, Buccaneers Correspondent, Sat, Nov 29th 12:37pm EST
Last Sunday against the Bears we watched Doug Martin seamlessly take back his role as the lead back in the Bucs' backfield. He led the Bucs' with 11 carries last week, compared to 6 by rookie Charles Sims. Quarterback Coach, Marcus Arroyo, said they plan to keep giving Martin the ball and that they still believe he can return to form. (Source: Buccaneers.com
Fantasy Impact: Martin out-carried rookie Charles Sims 11 to 6 last week but only had 27 rushing yards compared to Sims' 22. Between Sims taking touches away, an ineffective offensive line, an inconsistent offense, and Martin playing just plain bad, I really don't see a situation in which I start him. You may think, "He's the lead back, he'll get touches and maybe a touchdown, right?" Well that would make sense if Martin wasn't averaging 2.8 ypc and didn't have only one of the teams four rushing touchdowns all season (two of which coming from McCown.)
By Clinton, Buccaneers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 12:56pm EST
Doug Martin will miss his second straight week with an ankle injury. Bobby Rainey will take his place in the starting lineup for Week 10. (Source: FOX News
Fantasy Impact: The Doug Martin train is going off the tracks as speculation that he won't regain his starting role when he does return. Charles Sims will be returning from and the rookie will make his long awaited debut in Week 10. Bobby Rainey has also been a fine replacement.
By Andy Holloway, Buccaneers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 9:42am EST
Doug Martin did not practice on Friday and is looking like he'll be held out against the Browns on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Doug Martin (ankle) didn't practice, and is certain to miss Sunday's game. Look for Bobby Rainey to handle the majority of work with Charles Sims worked in to the mix. Martin's days of fantasy relevance seem all but gone.
By Matthew Schultz, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 12:36am EDT
Doug Martin had limited production and then suffered another setback when he went down with an ankle injury. It seems that it's about time to label Martin as a "bust" for fantasy owners. To make matters worse, there are rumors that the Bucs may trade him before the deadline on Tuesday. (Source: Bleacher Report
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners must be frustrated with Martin and to be honest, if they need space on their rosters it may be justifiable to drop him. Otherwise, it looks like they may want to stash him on their benches and hope that he gets traded. In the meantime, both Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims need to be picked up in all leagues.
By Mike Wright, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 4:32pm EDT
Doug Martin carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards in Sunday's blowout loss against the Ravens. He also had 1 catch for 3 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Martin has been just a couple notches above terrible this year. The offensive line is not helping him out much, but the fantasy community had pretty high hopes for Martin. He is still sitting in front of Bobby Rainey, but how long can Coach Smith keep confidence in him? Martin and the Bucs are on their bye for week 7.
By Mike Wright, Buccaneers Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 1:16pm EDT
Doug Martin carried the ball 14 times for 40 yards and 1 TD. He also caught 2 passes for 16 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The good news for Martin owners is he saw the bulk of the work over Bobby Rainey. However, Martin did very little with the work he received against a very weak Steelers run defense that was missing numerous starting linebackers. Martin appears to have the starting job for now, but he is a very volatile RB2.
By Brian Tesch, Buccaneers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 18th 1:52pm EDT
According to Nfl.com's Ian Rappaport, Doug Martin is "unlikely" play tonight vs the Falcons, but he "will test out [his knee] pregame to make sure". (Source: Ian Rappaport via Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Another bump in the road in what has already been a tumultuous season for Martin. Martin looked like a bonafide RB1 going into the season, but is in danger of being passed on the depth chart by the impressive Bobby Rainey. Martin is still a must own, but his status for tonight needs to be monitored closely.
By Clinton, Buccaneers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 1:28pm EDT
Doug Martin will not play later today for Tampa. Bobby Rainey will start. (Source: Jay Glazer on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Leading up to today, it appeared that Martin would have a shot at playing. Now that he is out, look for Bobby Rainey to pick up the slack and be an immediate contributor. Grab him if you need a plug-in starter for this week since he'll be in the afternoon games.
By RJ Lennox, Buccaneers Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 4:27pm EDT
Martin practices on Friday and look to be on track to return to the lineup against the Rams. (Source: Pewter Report on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: The Bucs really need Martin to be healthy and take some pressure off the O line. He will likely be a low end RB2 this week, however with a good showing against a stout Rams front 7, plus getting through the week healthy he could be back in the RB1/2 talk next week.
By RJ Lennox, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:13pm EDT
Martin was ineffective running the ball 9 times for just 9 yards and catching 1 pass for 7 more. He then got rolled up on and missed a big chunk of the game, before briefly returning. We will await word today from the Bucs medical staff on severity of the injury. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: While it was a very bad week for stats, Martin was going up against one of the best front 7's in football. Having said that, the injury didn't look too severe and he did briefly come back into the game. If Martin is out for an extended period Bobby Rainey should inherit most of his workload.
By RJ Lennox, Buccaneers Correspondent, Tue, Aug 26th 2:16pm EDT
Bucs trade for 6 time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins. (Source: Pro Football Talk
Fantasy Impact: Wow what a difference a week makes. With the Mankins addition and the Charles Sims injury, Martin now is looking more like a potential breakout candidate. He had a solid game against the Bills last week in which he showed flashes of his 2012 self, and has now crept back into the conversation as a potential top 10 RB.
By Pat James, Buccaneers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 11:07am EDT
Martin carried the ball 12 times for 38 yards and a touchdown against the Bills on Saturday. He also added two catches for 27 yards.
Fantasy Impact: With the injuries to pass-catching back Charles Sims and reserve running back Mike James, Jeff Tedford used Martin on all downs. Martin was involved in the Bucs' passing attack, catching a 21-yard pass on 3rd down. He also displayed a nose for the endzone, diving over a pile of lineman for a touchdown despite poor blocking.
It seems clear Martin will be the workhorse for Tampa this season. Expect to see Martin on all downs. Many forget that he caught 49 passes in his rookie year. Martin's 3rd round ADP is becoming more and more realistic as the regular season approaches
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.
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