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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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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Martin was listed as out on Friday after missing practice Wednesday and being limited the rest of last week due to his injured ankle. He was inactive on Sunday.

General News (Sat Nov 22): took most of the first-team repetitions in practice Friday, Nov. 21, according to Matt Baker of Head coach Lovie Smith said Martin's role will be to get "back into the mix." Martin's health will help determine how many offensive touches he gets and whether he can step into the role Smith envisioned for him months ago. "Yes, we would like to see one of our running backs rush for 200 yards and he becomes the bell-cow role," Smith said. "But Doug is back this week, and that's a good thing. He's looked pretty good in practice, and we feel real good about that group, whatever three or four we go with."

General News (Fri Nov 21): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Charles Sims has been handling more carries of the football over the last two games, but his results are still fairly unimpressive, with 13/36/0 rushing and 3/8/0 receiving at Washington last week representing his season-best effort so far. Bobby Rainey (5/4/0 rushing with 1/0/0 receiving last week; 6/14/0 rushing with 4/42/0 receiving two games ago) has fallen by the wayside as the Buccaneers get more experience for Sims here in November. The Bears' rush D is currently 15th in the NFL averaging 110.9 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores given out to date. They have coughed up 16/96/0 rushing and 32/132/0 rushing to their last two opponents, Minnesota and Green Bay (114 rushing yards allowed per game on average over the last two weeks). This is a mediocre rush D any way you slice it. Sims and friends have to visit partisan Soldier Field this week - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIN 10 27 0 2 2 -1 0 0
12 at CHI 11 27 0 3 1 4 0 0
12 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 8 * * 2 * * *
12 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 2 * * *
12 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 3 * * 1 * * *

Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin quiet in return (Sun Nov 23, 10:17 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. He carried 11 times for 27 yards. He was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury.

Our View: The bottom line here is that you have to be in very very deep league to make any Tampa running back worth owning.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin takes most reps (Sat Nov 22, 05:02 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took most of the first-team repetitions in practice Friday, Nov. 21.

Our View: He might be questionable, but it appears as if in this case "questionable" means "probably going." Martin has a shot to take his role back as both Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey have been unimpressive. Of course, so was Martin pre-injury. The offensive line will keep killing this run game - nobody is better than an RB3 and we'd stay away this week and see if we get more clarity.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin questionable (Fri Nov 21, 05:38 PM) - Tamp Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) was limited in practice and is questionable for Week 12.

Our View: Martin could play but at best is one-third of an RBBC, and not the bigger third, either. His time seems to have come and gone in Tampa under this new regime.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin, Charles Sims limited (Thu Nov 20, 05:48 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) were both limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Sims is the only one of these two worth anything, but even he is only going to give you RB3 numbers at best. This ground game is too problematic to rely on.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin practicing (Wed Nov 19, 02:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) is participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Good news for Martin here. The bad news? A lot of fantasy owners have already moved on.
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