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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 Nov 28): Martin didn't have a huge game against Seattle, but he wasn't supposed to. He did get huge volume and his value should be fueled a defense that suddenly looks like one of the league's best. He's knocking on the door of RB1 status heading into a matchup with San Diego.

Week 13: at San Diego Chargers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Doug Martin is starting to round back into form as his return to the field of play lengthens (he's played in three straight games after missing Weeks Four through Nine) and he put up a workmanlike 23/87/0 rushing with two targets for 2/3/0 receiving against the Seahawks' hard-nosed defense last week. One problem from fantasy owners' perspectives is that Martin has only scored one rushing TD this season, with zero receiving scores - the lack of six-point plays is capping his fantasy upside. Peyton Barber (5/16/0 rushing with one target for 1/4/0 receiving) and Jameis Winston (5/12/0 rushing) helped push the Buccaneers over 100 yards rushing last week (35/118/0 as a team). The Chargers' rush defense averages 89.8 yards allowed per game this year (sixth in the NFL) but they have surrendered the second-most rushing scores so far with 15 given away. Houston had 27/114/1 rushing vs. San Diego last week - the Chargers held Jay Ajayi to 19/79/0 rushing two games ago, and limited Miami to 25/106/1 as a team that day. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), San Diego averages 16.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (17th in the NFL). This is a neutral matchup for Martin and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs CHI 31 16 33 1 2 1 13 0 0 10.6
11 at KC 60 24 63 0 4 3 42 0 0 10.5
12 vs SEA 53 23 87 0 2 2 3 0 1 8
13 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 3 * * * *
13 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 4 * * * *
13 at SD PROJ-Bloom * 23 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs SEA (23 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Martin gashed the Seahawks with a handful of runs for 5 or more yards on the Bucs' opening drive that ended in a Mike Evans touchdown catch. After the opening drive, the Seahawks seemed to tighten up and the going got tougher for Martin in the run game. Still, he managed 87 yards on 23 carries for the day. Martin was chewing clock and killing the Seahawks with several 1st down conversions on a 4th quarter drive when he fumbled and lost the ball on a carry up the middle. He finished the day with 2 catches on 3 targets for just 3 yards total.

2016 Week 11 vs KC (24 / 63 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Martin had a slow day of it on the ground. The volume was there(24 carries) but Martin only totaled 63 yards against a strong effort by the Chiefs front 7. Martin got the majority of the work in the backfield with Peyton Barber only logging 4 carries and Mike James 1. Martin did have a couple of nice gains in the passing game.Martin faked a handoff on a play-action pass in the 2nd quarter, then leaked out into the flat and caught the ball as Winston's final checkdown after no one got open down the field. Martin took the ball back towards the middle of the field and dodged several tackles on his way to a 27 yard gain. Martin had another nice gain on a designed halfback screen during the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Martin ran the ball down to the Kansas City 2 yard line late in the 4th, but saw the touchdown vultured two plays later by Alan Cross.

2016 Week 10 vs CHI (16 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Martin returned to the starting lineup for the first time in weeks, but the Tampa Bay running game struggled against a somewhat surprising effort from the Chicago defense. Martin only managed 33 yards on 16 carries, but saved his day somewhat with a garbage time touchdown. Martin got 3 consecutive carries on the 1 yard line late in the 4th quarter, and finally managed to punch the ball in on 3rd and 1 with Gerald McCoy lead blocking from the fullback position. Martin secured 1 of 2 targets for 12 yards.

2016 Week 2 vs ARI (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Martin started the day out with some hard running against a tough Arizona front 7, but tweaked his hamstring in the 2nd quarter and left the game after carrying the ball 7 times for 23 yards. He was never targeted in the passing game. Charles Sims took over in the backfield after Martin went down, being spelled occasionally by newly signed Jacquizz Rogers. Details about Martin's availability for next week are still murky.

2016 Week 1 vs ATL (18 / 62 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

Martin was his usual hard-running self, but struggled to pile up yardage, as the Atlanta defense did a good job of hitting him behind the line of scrimmage before he could ever get his momentum going. Martin did have some strong runs for decent gains, but his per-carry average dwindled because of several runs for negative yardage as he was continually harried in the backfield. Martin's ripped off his longest run, 17 yards, midway through the 3rd quarter. He trucked a couple of defenders and showed a nice spin move as he plowed up the middle on the carry. Mike Evans scored his deep touchdown reception two plays later. Martin did have a busy day as a pass catcher, starting in the first quarter with a quick reception out of the backfield that failed to convert a long 3rd down on Tampa Bay's second drive of the day. Martin seems to have taken a page from Charles Sims' book, as he did a great job of getting open as an outlet for Winston when the QB was pressured and scrambling. Martin had a nice reception for first down yardage on Tampa Bay's first drive of the 2nd quarter. Winston got hit and wrapped up, and was going down, but Martin drifted out into an open area in the flat to bail him out. Martin turned the pass upfield for a first down and some change. Martin caught the ball again on the very next play for another nice gain out of the backfield.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin turning it up (Mon Nov 28, 08:46 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed 23 times for 87 yards against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 27. He caught two balls for three yards and lost a fumble as well.

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Buccaneers | Doug Martin totals 105 yards (Sun Nov 20, 10:16 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (hamstring) rushed 24 times for 63 yards in the Week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added three receptions for 42 yards on four targets.

Our View: Martin having over 100 total yards in a "down" week shows you that he's back to being a borderline RB1 heading into a home matchup against Seattle.
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