RB Michael Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|5-8, 207||Born: 8-9-1988||College: Utah State||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 8: vs Minnesota Vikings
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tampa Bay comes off the bye week with Doug Martin doing so-so as the starting running back (11/45/0 rushing with 1/3/0 receiving in the blowout loss to Baltimore two weeks ago; 14/45/0 rushing with 3/29/0 receiving at New Orleans back in Week 5). He hasn't been anything for fantasy owners to drool over, but the Buccaneers are getting him the ball on a regular basis (even in a blowout like the loss to Baltimore).
The Vikings' rush D is ranked 19th in the NFL, averaging 118.1 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given up. They allowed 19/118/0 to the Buffalo backs last week, and 28/100/1 to Detroit's two weeks ago.
During this battle of bad teams, Martin should have enough work to perhaps find some pay dirt or go over 100 yards combined. We call this a neutral matchup.
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