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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 Sep 29): Martin isn't the exciting RB1 he was as a rookie and going into last year's drafts, but he appears to have recovered his starting job and has low-end RB2 value in an offense that has a pulse with Mike Glennon at the helm.

Week 5: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Doug Martin started to shake off his rust vs. Pittsburgh, and delivered some decent production for his fantasy squads due to a rushing TD (14/40/1 rushing with 2/16/0 receiving) - the feared committee with Bobby Rainey didn't materialize (4/2/0 rushing with 1/16/0 receiving), with Martin handling a little over 75% of the touches between the two (16 vs. 5, 76% in favor of Martin). We'll see if he can do a little more this week as Martin gets back into 'game shape'. The Saints' rush D ranks 21st in the NFL averaging 123.5 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given away to date. They gave up 35/190/2 to the Dallas backs last week, after holding Minnesota to 22/59/0 rushing two weeks ago. Lately, the Saints' defensive front has been all over the map. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs CAR 9 9 0 2 1 7 0 0
4 at PIT 14 40 1 2 2 16 0 0
5 at NO PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 2 * * *
5 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 2 * * *
5 at NO PROJ-Bloom 14 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs PIT (14 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Martin found the endzone against the Steelers on Sunday for the first time this season. The Buccaneers had first and goal from the Steelers' 3-yard line. The play design called for Martin to follow his fullback through the middle of the line, but a blitzing Steeler caused Martin to bounce the ball outside and sprint hard for the pylon. Due to Martin's good vision on the play, her converted what should have been a loss into six points. Martin didn't see a lot of carries against the Steelers on Sunday, only toting the rock 14 times. He had a long run of nine yards in which he made a few tacklers miss, but he was largely ineffective, averaging less than 3.0 yards per carry. The Bucs did involved him in the passing game a little, but the Glennon focused mostly on his initial few reads instead of checking down a ton like he did last season.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin carries load (Sun Sep 28, 06:32 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) was active in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he led the team with 14 carries, 40 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in two passes for 16 yards.

Our View: Martin wasn't impressive on his touches (nor was the Tampa offensive line), so he is still nothing near the high RB2 he was drafted to be after Charles Sims went down.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin probable (Fri Sep 26, 03:45 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) fully practiced Friday, Sept. 26, and is probable for Week 4.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin practices in full (Thu Sep 25, 06:07 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Sept. 25.

Our View: Martin is likely back this week, but we're not rushing to put him in our lineups. While out, Bobby Rainey did a decent job holding down the fort (not holding onto the rock), so we could be staring at a near 50/50 RBBC in Tampa.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin expects to play (Thu Sep 25, 02:17 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) said he expects to return in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 'The knee's coming along just fine,' Martin said. 'Full go in practice, and I expect to play in this upcoming game.' RB Bobby Rainey started in the backfield for the two games that Martin missed.

Our View: Rainey might have been a bigger factor but he coughed the ball up last week, so Martin will get a shot to take his job back. He has a tough matchup this week and the Bucs offense is a mess so we consider Martin as an RB3 right now until he can prove that he will overcome the issues around him as well as his own injury problems.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin at full strength (Thu Sep 25, 01:57 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) said he back to full strength and he is anxious to get back on the football field and prove he is an impact player.

Our View: It's been a disappointing, injury riddled season for Martin and we're happy to hear the determination in his voice, but we need to see it to believe it. It's a tough matchup this week and the Bucs offense is a mess. We have Martin as an RB3 right now until we see something that supports him as something more.
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