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RB Charles Sims - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-0, 214Born: 9-19-1990College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. It's looking more and more as though Doug Martin's potential is nearly kaput. Martin, the former first-round pick who dazzled us as a 2012 rookie, has hit wall after wall ever since. Since his second NFL season, he's averaged just 3.87 yards per carry and 64.9 per game - including a pitiful 2.98 and 50.9 dating back to last year. That's even more amazing considering Martin's stranglehold on the team's backfield - passing down back Charles Sims and the team's reserves account for very few opportunities each week. Considering his inability to create yardage and consistently poor showing in the pass game, it's fair to wonder just how much longer hot-seat coach Dirk Koetter sticks with Martin. For the time being, however, he's the face of the Buccaneers' pitiful ground game, and he's safe to consistently pencil him in between 30 and 75 ground yards a week. Just note that, whatever his total, it will be hard-fought and not supplemented with notable goal line or receiving work. Martin looks settled in as a one-gear, low-impact fantasy back, and it's hard to like his chances in any matchup. The Falcons run defense remains an up-and-down unit, one adept at preventing touchdowns but sometimes soft at stopping running games on the whole. They've allowed just six rushing touchdowns on the year, seventh-fewest in the league, yet the 11th-most yards on the whole. It's worth noting, however, that a disproportionate chunk of their allowed yardage has gone to running quarterbacks. Over the past 3 weeks, Cam Newton (86 yards), Dak Prescott (42), and Russell Wilson (86) have run wild, yet their running backs have been held relatively in check (57 rushes for 207, a 3.63 average). That said, a further caveat is that they've faced three underwhelming running games over that span, and that a better attack could mow down their shaky front seven. The Falcons are breathing a sigh of relief that it's only Doug Martin, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the Buccaneers' underwater "attack" coming to town for Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs CAR 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 at NO 18 0 0 0 2 2 11 0 0 1.1
10 vs NYJ 22 3 20 0 4 3 10 1 0 9
11 at MIA 23 1 3 0 5 3 25 0 0 2.8
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 2 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 2 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Sims entered the game late in the 1st quarter on a 3rd down inside the Miami red zone. Fitzpatrick targeted him with a swing pass out of the backfield, but a linebacker keyed on the play and knocked the ball loose as soon as it hit Sims' hands. Sims split out wide left on the next offensive drive and caught a slant route, converting 3rd and 4 with a gain of of 8. Sims split out wide right in the 2nd quarter and caught a bubble screen for a minimal gain. Sims hauled in another bubble screen just before halftime that nearly converted 3rd and 17. Sims carried the ball once for 3 yards.

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 1 rec)

Sims saw his first action early in the 2nd quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain. Sims picked up a 3rd and 15 conversion with a 21 yard run around left end in the 4th quarter, and then sealed the game with a touchdown reception to cap the same drive. Sims lined up on the left side of Fitzpatrick in the shotgun, then took off right on a shallow crossing route, catching the ball and beating pursuing LB Demario Davis to the pylon.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Sims spelled Doug Martin on 3rd down early in the 1st quarter, catching a quick out route that fell short of 1st down yardage. Sims caught another checkdown pass late in the 2nd quarter from a scrambling Winston. He did not carry the ball.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sims saw minimal snaps as a pass blocker and did not log any touches.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Sims didn't see any snaps until late in the 2nd quarter. He carried the ball for 5 and 3 yards then split out wide to run routes as a receiver. Winston targeted him on a fly route from the left WR slot, but overthrew him in the end zone. Sims hauled in a short checkdown pass on the next drive as the Bucs drove down the field in 2 minute mode. Sims saw more snaps in the 4th quarter as the Bucs tried to hurry their offense.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Sims continued to draw plenty of targets as the pass catching back, hauling in his first target on a RB screen late in the 1st quarter. Lined up wide left late in the 4th quarter, Sims caught a WR screen and followed his blocking down the field for a 25 yard gain, his longest of the day. He caught another dumpoff out of the backfield for a gain of 10 on the next play. Sims did not carry the ball, except for a botched snap on a 2 point attempt that he scooped up and ran out of bounds.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

Sims saw his most involvement in the passing game all year in week 5. The Bucs fell behind early and had several "2 minute drill" situations at the end of the 1st and 2nd half that saw Sims featured in the backfield. New England's soft zone coverage, intended to limit Evans and Jackson's big plays, left room underneath for Sims to work the short passing game. Winston peppered him with 7 targets, starting with a deep route down the left sideline in the 1st quarter that was just out of Sims' reach. Sims was targeted on a crossing route in the 2nd quarter that Winston threw behind him. SIms caught 2 quick, consecutive crossing routes at the end of the 2nd quarter as the Bucs attempted a scoring drive with 34 seconds left in the half. Sims gathered a short curl route and another improvised toss from Winston for a 1st down as the Bucs drove downfield with 4 minutes left in the game.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (1 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Sims took a toss for 14 yards as he was featured in the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. It was his only carry. Sims lined up wide left as a receiver and caught a bubble screen in the 1st quarter for a short gain, his only target.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Sims split out wide right and caught a WR bubble screen that was called back for a penalty. He secured his only other target for a short gain on an out route, and logged 4 yards on 2 carries.

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Sims fumbled and lost the ball after a short reception in the 3rd quarter, killing a Tampa Bay drive deep in Chicago territory. The coaches didn't abandon him completely, as he was targeted (and wide open) later on a deep wheel route that Winston overthrew in the end zone. Sims didn't see a lot of snaps, finishing the day with 2 carries for negative yardage, and 2 receptions for minimal yards.

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Schedule

12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Green Bay Packers
14vs Detroit Lions
15vs Atlanta Falcons
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints