Doug Martin

Doug Martin

RB - TB - Suspended
Height: 5' 9"Weight: 223 lbsAge: 28College: Boise StateDrafted: #31 (1st Rd.)

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Doug Martin to attend offseason workouts

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will participate in the team's offseason workouts.

Fantasy Impact

Rapoport adds that Martin is "out of rehab and in a good place." The troubled rusher checked into a rehab facility in January after violating the league's PED policy testing positive for Adderal with two weeks remaining in the 2016 season. Martin's future with the team is in question, however. He will serve the remaining three games of his four-game suspension to start the 2017 campaign and the Buccaneers could elect to move on from Martin as a result -- especially if they ask him to take a pay cut and he declines. Currently, with Martin set to miss the first three games of the upcoming season, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are in line to handle the running back duties for Tampa Bay. However, if they add a notable free agent rusher, or address the position early in the draft, Martin's days with the Buccaneers would likely be numbered.

Doug Martin expected to attend OTAs

The USA Today is reporting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin "is set to participate in OTA’s and will be given the chance to prove himself this preseason."

Fantasy Impact

It appears that Martin will indeed attend Tampa Bay's offseason workouts that begin in the spring. The recently troubled running back is set to serve out the remainder of his four-game suspension to start the 2017 season stemming from a violation of the league's PED policy in December. If Martin is retained by the Buccaneers, expect him to have to compete for his starting job as Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims were both re-signed this offseason. However, if Tampa Bay brings in a notable rusher via free agency or in the upcoming NFL Draft, Martin's future with the team should be considered in danger. He is not a lock to be on Tampa Bay's 53-man roster come September making his fantasy value uncertain.

Doug Martin's future on Buccaneers uncertain for 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter told the media that he's a "fan" of running back Doug Martin. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Koetter did not give any "definitive statements on if [Martin will] he'll be on the team" in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

It appears that Koetter is a "fan" of Martin. However, just because he is a fan doesn't mean the troubled running back will be on the Buccaneers in 2017. Martin will serve a three-game suspension to start the upcoming campaign stemming from a violation of the league's PED policy that occurred last December. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are currently the top two running backs on Tampa Bay's depth chart, but the team could still explore bringing in a veteran rusher to fill Martin's void. Both Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles are available free agents who have received minimal interest from team's around the league. Perhaps Tampa Bay will bring one or both of them in for a visit as the offseason progresses.

Doug Martin suspended four games

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

Fantasy Impact

In the wake of his failed drug test and suspension, Martin told the media that he will enter a rehabilitation facility. “I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy," Martin said. "My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me - including Coach Koetter - I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need." Martin's suspension will carry over to the 2017 season.

Doug Martin will be INACTIVE for Week 17

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will be inactive for Week 17.

Fantasy Impact

Martin, who was a healthy scratch for Week 16, will not play in Sunday's season finale against Carolina. He clearly fell out of favor with Head Coach Dirk Koetter in 2016 as he struggled to remain healthy and produce while on the field. In eight games this season, Martin received 144 rushing attempts for 421 yards and three touchdowns - averaging a meager 2.9 YPC. Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims will handle the running back duties in Martin's Week 17 absence.