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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Martin's blocking is improving, bringing the burst and balance that made him a rookie sensation back to the surface, He's worth a what the heck flex at least, and maybe more if the Bucs can establish the run in an attempt to knock off Green Bay this week.

Week 16: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Doug Martin got back onto the fantasy radar last week with (at long last) a strong performance (14/96/0 rushing with 1/3/0 receiving at Carolina). It was his first time all season anywhere near 100 yards combined, but there is some room for hope among his weary fantasy owners. This week, the Buccaneers welcome the Packers to Raymond James Stadium - Green Bay averages 128.0 rushing yards allowed per game (26th in the NFL) with 11 rushing scores given up to date. Last week, Buffalo posted 33/113/0 against Green Bay; two weeks ago, Atlanta had 24/91/1 rushing in Lambeau Field. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at CHI 11 27 0 3 1 4 0 0
13 vs CIN 18 58 1 1 1 3 0 0
14 at DET 5 22 0 1 1 0 0 0
15 at CAR 14 96 0 1 1 3 0 0
16 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 13 * * 1 * * *
16 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 1 * * *
16 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 13 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CIN (18 / 58 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The Bucs used Martin against the Bengals as if it were 2011 again. He saw 18 carries along with some targets out of the backfield. Martin scored the only touchdown on the day for the Bucs. The Bucs lined up with six offensive lineman with an extra tackle on the right side. At the snap out of a single back set, Martin ran off tackle. Bucs' tackle Cousins turned his man right out of the play which allow Martin to skirt through the c-gap. He stiff-armed a defensive back as he crossed the goal line or the score. Martin did a much better job of being patient to the hole and exploding through it. Martin by no mean looked like the running back that destroyed the Raiders in his rookie season, but he showed flashes of his ability from time to time. Martin only hauled in one reception. Despite being the go-to back in the run game, Martin didn't play much on third down which enabled Sims and Rainey to catch the passes on 3rd down.

2014 Week 14 vs DET (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Buccaneers completely abandoned the run game against the stout Lions front four. The Lions defensive front created havoc for the Bucs offensive lineman on running plays. Their tackles and ends got great penetration, not allowing the Buccaneers to do much on the ground. Martin rip off a 9-yard carry, but he only received six total touches on the day as the Buccaneers relied on Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans for the majority of the game. Martin does seem to be at least be regaining a little bit of the burst we saw in his rookie year. He is being patient to the hole, but exploding through it. He is showing some nice vision as well, but unfortunately there is limited sample size as he did not receive many carries against the Lions.

2014 Week 15 vs CAR (14 / 96 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Martin flashed the moves that made everyone drool over his potential in his rookie year on Sunday against the Panthers. Early in the first quarter, the Buccaneers ran a counter trap. At the snap, Martin comes out of his stance to the left of McCown faking run action left, but then sticks his foot in the ground and makes a great jump cut back to the right. Brandon Myers comes from the left side of the formation across to the right and kicks out the defensive end opening a huge lane. Martin turned on the Jets and ran by a few Panthers' defenders before being forced out of bounds 60 yards later. The play was well designed and well blocked. The action to the left got all the Panthers' defenders flowing to that side, but Martin came back right and had a huge alley that allowed him to scamper for over 60 yards. The key to the play was getting middle linebacker Luke Kuechly sealed, which they did successfully. Martin finished with almost 7 yards per carry thanks mostly to ripping off that monster gain. On his other 13 carries Martin averaged less than two yards per carry. Martin didn't have many holes to run through for the rest of the day. In fact, the Panthers did a nice job of filling the gaps and stopping Martin. Martin was not involved much in the passing game as Charles Sims played on third downs more often and received more targets out of the backfield. Martin played on 30 of 55 snaps. At this point, it seems as though the Bucs are content with a time share at running back no matter who they have available at running back.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey limited Thursday (Thu Dec 11, 06:52 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle) returned to practice in limited fashion Thursday, Dec. 11.

Our View: Rainey isn't worth starting in the fantasy playoffs. In point of fact, we would avoid everyone in the backfield right now.

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