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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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Summary

Doug Martin is coming off a significant sophomore slump in 2013. After a huge rookie season with more than 1,900 total yards and 12 touchdowns, Martin struggled for six games in 2013 prior to missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Martin's yards-per-carry dropped a full yard, his yards-per-reception was nearly cut in half and the Tampa Bay running game struggled mightily. After Martin's injury, reserves Mike James and Bobby Rainey outplayed the incumbent. The three best rushing performances of the season for Tampa Bay came after the Doug Martin injury. This offseason, the team drafted receiving back extraordinaire Charles Sims in the third round. With James and Rainey both showing their mettle as between-the-tackle options and Sims joining the fray, Doug Martin's time as the workhorse back could be over. In addition to the added direct competition at running back, Tampa Bay added oversized passing targets Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the top-40 picks of the draft. Both will shift the offense to more pass attempts in the red zone that were previously going to Doug Martin. With Charles Sims injuring his ankle in the preseason, missing more than half the regular season in the process, Martin regains some of his passing game work as the best receiver, by far, in the Tampa Bay backfield. (August 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 11, 3, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17
Overall Redraft - 22, 9, 13, 13, 16, 17, 17, 18, 20, 22, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 32, 33, 34, 36, 44
RB Redraft PPR - 11, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16
Overall Redraft PPR - 24, 9, 13, 13, 14, 18, 18, 18, 19, 21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 32, 33, 43, 46
RB Dynasty - 3, 2, 3, 3, 5
Overall Dynasty - 8, 6, 11

Stats and Projections

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2012 TB 16 319 1454 11 70 49 472 1
2013 TB 6 127 456 1 24 12 66 0 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 240 * * 35 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 270 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 288 * * 37 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 223 * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 23
RB: 12
Overall-PPR: 25
RB-PPR: 12

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Doug Martin the bell cow (Fri Aug 22, 12:49 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Doug Martin was called the team's 'bell cow' running back by head coach Lovie Smith.

Our View: The injury to rookie Charles Sims (ankle) means the Bucs will lean on Martin more than some originally thought. Coming off the shoulder injury that cut his season short in 2013, Martin is looking to produce like he did as a rookie in 2012 when he finished the year as the 3rd-best fantasy running back. His current ADP of RB13 (3.05) makes him a decent value.
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin the (Thu Aug 21, 10:51 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Doug Martin was called the team's 'bell cow' running back by head coach Lovie Smith.

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Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey and Mike James likely to compete for backup job (Fri Aug 15, 04:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey and RB Mike James are likely to compete for the back up running back job behind Doug Martin. RB Jeff Demps may also be in the mix as a situational player.

Our View: Keep an eye on both guys in the preseason here. Both James and Rainey looked good in limited duty last year. James got banged up after Doug Martin went down, which opened the door for Rainey. The former Western Kentucky back looked good against bad defenses but struggled against better teams.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Carolina Panthers
2vs St. Louis Rams
3@ Atlanta Falcons
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ New Orleans Saints
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Minnesota Vikings
9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs New Orleans Saints