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RB Antone Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5-9, 190Born: 9-17-1985College: Florida StateDrafted: ---

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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.

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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