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RB Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 223Born: 1-13-1989College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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Week 11: at Miami Dolphins

All RB vs MIA

FBG says: Good matchup. Doug Martin - and the Buccaneers running game as a whole - continues to look wholly ordinary. As a former first-round pick, Martin carries the reputation of a dynamic athlete always on the brink of a breakout, but that simply doesn't seem to be the case. Over his last 13 full games, Martin has averaged a pitiful 3.06 yards per carry and just 54.1 per game. He didn't boost it any last week, totaling just 51 yards on 20 attempts. He's not a factor on the goal line, the main reason he's scored just 5 touchdowns over those 13 games, and he hasn't found the end zone in any of his last 4. At this point, Martin is only playable in the most extreme of cherry matchups, and this isn't one of those. Jacquizz Rodgers and third down back Charles Sims work their way into the picture at times, but only situationally - neither poses any real threat to Martin's workload. It's fair to expect more mediocrity going forward, with Martin wheezing to whatever's blocked for him and the Tampa Bay offense remaining one-dimensional. The Dolphins run defense opened 2017 strongly, even with new inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons mysteriously AWOL to start the year. They allowed just 82.3 yards per game over their first 6, thoroughly shutting down Melvin Gordon as well as the running games of New Orleans, Tennessee, and Atlanta. But they've suffered a massive nosedive of late, with the Ravens (174 yards) and Panthers (294) both snapping out of mediocrity to shred them badly. Last week was particularly egregious: the Dolphins watched as Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton, Cameron Artis-Payne, and Christian McCaffrey, ineffective on the ground all season, literally took turns gashing them up and down the field. With shaky, aging play at linebacker and tackling issues all over the formation, not even the brilliant play of tackle Ndamukong Suh looks sufficient to stem the bleeding. This is fast becoming a thoroughly targetable unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 at BUF 43 20 49 0 3 2 31 0 0 8
8 vs CAR 39 18 71 0 2 1 4 0 0 7.5
9 at NO 18 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.7
10 vs NYJ 36 20 51 0 2 0 0 0 0 5.1
11 at MIA 0 19 38 0 3 2 6 0 0 4.4
11 at MIA PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 1 * * * *
11 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 1 * * * *
11 at MIA PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (20 / 51 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin got the start but was mostly bottled up by the Patriots front seven. The Bucs ran a lot on first down, constantly finding themselves in 3rd down situations that Fitzpatrick had to throw his way out of. Martin had a 15 yard run negated by a holding penalty on the opposite side of the line in the 3rd quarter. He was targeted twice out of the backfield but could not secure a catch. Jacquizz Rodgers spelled Martin for a couple of brief drives, and Charles Sims handled 3rd down work.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin drew the start, but was inexplicably pulled for Peyton Barber, who got all the remaining carries in the 1st half after Martin's first two series as feature back. Tampa Bay did the same thing in the 2nd half, featuring Martin on the first series with backup QB Fitzpatrick then pulling him in favor of Barber for the remaining half. Martin finished 3 carries short of Barber's total with less than a yard per carry.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Martin ran hard against a stout Carolina front seven, but the offenses' inability to convert even short 3rd down situations limited Martin's opportunities. His longest run was a 17 yard gain off left tackle early in the 3rd quarter. Martin hauled in a short crossing route late in the 3rd quarter. He dropped his second target as Thomas Davis smacked him right after the ball hit his hands.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (20 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Martin struggled to break any decent runs against a stout Buffalo front 7, but he did enough to keep the play action passing game going as Tampa Bay kept grinding carries out consistently through 4 quarters. Martin has clearly relegated Jacquizz Rodgers (2 touches) to a backup role, though Charles Sims keeps siphoning off the work in the passing game. Martin hauled in an out route out of the backfield for a 15 yard gain late in the 1st quarter. Winston found him wide open for an easy checkdown and run that picked up 17 yards in the 3rd quarter.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Tampa Bay fell behind early and had to start throwing the ball, limiting Martin's touches, but he did punch in a late touchdown to save the day for fantasy owners. Lined up deep in the backfield in a single back formation with 2 tight ends, Martin followed a couple of pulling blockers off right tackle and broke the run down the sideline for a 27 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, his longest of the game. Martin took a handoff up the middle on 3rd and 1 late in the 3rd for a nice gain of 12, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. Martin punched in a 2-point conversion on an inside handoff in the 4th quarter, then a short 1 yard touchdown on the next drive. Martin leaked out of the backfield and caught a quick pass for 11 yards in the waning second of the 1st half. Martin was targeted with another pass on the goal line on the next play, but couldn't haul it in. Martin lost snaps to Sims and Rodgers on passing downs, but still kept the defense honest enough to allow Ryan Fitzpatrick some success with play action.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (13 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Martin made his 2017 debut on Tampa Bay's second drive of the game, picking up 7 yards on his first carry and then missing a high pass from Winston a couple plays later. Martin heated up quickly, peeling off consecutive runs of 11 and 12 yards on the next offensive drive. He carried the ball again for 9 yards on the same drive, and capped it off with an 11 yard touchdown run that was overturned after an official review determined he was down inside the 1 yard line. Martin took the next snap and dove over the top of the pile for his first official touchdown of the season. Tampa Bay fell behind early and were forced to pass the ball more as time ticked away, limiting Martin's touches despite his 5.7 ypc average. Martin caught a short pass in the 3rd and bounced off a tackle before weaving between a couple more defenders for extra yardage. Martin's two other targets were both out routes that Winston threw too high for the short running back to secure.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin goes nowhere fast (Sun Nov 19, 08:32 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin ran 19 times for just 38 yards in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins and he had two grabs for six yards on three targets.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin rushes for 51 yards (Sun Nov 12, 04:55 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries against the New York Jets in Week 10.

Our View: Even in a game the Bucs control, Martin can't generate quality fantasy value. He appears to have held off Peyton Barber after Barber outplayed him in Week 9, but Martin is only end of the bench depth heading into a matchup with Miami, and the Bucs could still give Barber a longer look at some point before the end of the season.
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Schedule

11@ Miami Dolphins
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Green Bay Packers
14vs Detroit Lions
15vs Atlanta Falcons
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints