25-Year-Old Running Back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
A shoulder injury suffered in last year's Week 7 game against Atlanta ended up knocking Martin out for the season and throwing the Bucs' running game into a state of chaos, but the injury is all clear...
Doug Martin Contract Information:
Signed to a five-year, $6.7 million contract with the Buccaneers in June of 2012.
Martin (ankle) had a team-high 11 carries for 27 rushing yards and one catch on three targets for four receiving yards Sunday against the Bears.
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Doug Martin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Martin will get his first taste of action since Week 8, as the back has missed three straight contests due to an ankle ailment. He returned to the practice field Thursday, and even took many of the first-team reps in Friday’s session. Martin is unlikely to be immediately thrusted into the starting role, however, as the most likely scenario is that he’ll be part of a committee involving Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims (ankle). For that reason, Martin becomes a bit of a risky fantasy play, until more concrete information is known about the carry distribution in Tampa Bay.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Martin is officially questionable to play Sunday against Chicago but the expectation is that he will return following a three-game absence. Rookie Charles Sims saw 13 carries last week to Bobby Rainey's four, and while Martin may eat significantly into the backfield work in his first game back, Sims figures to remain the top pass-catching option at the position.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After practicing in a limited capacity to conclude last week, Martin still received inactive status for Sunday's eventual win at Washington. He seems resigned to building up his rep count in drills before he can play, especially due to healthy nature of the remaining running backs. No matter, continue to watch his status as the weekend approaches in case his first appearance since Week 8 comes to fruition.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Martin was able to log some practice time this week, but coach Lovie Smith indicated that the running back still isn't ready for game action. A combination of Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims and Mike James will handle the rushing workload for the Bucs on Sunday, with Martin setting his sights on a possible Week 12 return at Chicago.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Martin's appearance in drills marks his first since suffering an ankle injury in Week 8, but his activity level has yet to be revealed. Clearly, his return is an encouraging sign for his potential availability Sunday in Washington. However, the rest of the backfield is healthy, meaning he'd likely have a difficult time wresting work from Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, and Mike James, if Martin attains active status, that is.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Martin has missed all drills since sustaining an injured ankle in Week 8, and until he makes an appearance, it's difficult to project when in fact his next game will occur. In the meantime, Bobby Rainey will head the Bucs' backfield, with Mike James and Charles Sims present to act in complementary roles.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 31st pick in the 2012 draft, Martin earned the starting job out of camp last year and quickly became the Bucs' workhorse in a standout rookie season. He ranked fourth in the league with 319 rushes, tied for second among feature backs with 70 targets and took 83.3 percent of his team's handoffs in the red zone, second only to Arian Foster. All of which led to nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage (2nd) and 12 total touchdowns (4th). At 5-9, 223, Martin has a low center of gravity and boasts a blend of power and exceptional balance that helped him total 800 yards after contact last season, more than any back other than Adrian Peterson. He also has big-play ability as touchdowns of 36, 40, 45, 64, 67 and 70 yards attest. Despite 16 rushes inside the five-yard line last year (3rd), Martin converted only five, but this season he should benefit from the return of Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks – arguably the game's top run blocker – who were lost to injury in 2012.
The Buccaneers used their first-round pick to draft Martin, who totaled 1,554 yards with 18 touchdowns during his final season at Boise State. At 5-9, 219, he offers big-play ability but is also considered a complete back, capable as a receiver and in pass protection. LeGarrette Blount struggles badly in those latter two areas, so expect the rookie to start immediately, especially since the new regime traded up to select Martin and has zero ties to Blount. Tampa Bay has a bad offensive line and scored the sixth-fewest points per game last season, so other than the clear path to playing time, it’s hardly an ideal situation. Still, Josh Freeman is capable of bouncing back, the team added Vincent Jackson through free agency, and new coach Greg Schiano’s offense was extremely run-heavy at Rutgers. Martin should make a major impact right away.