Adrian Martinez
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Martinez didn’t experience the breakout campaign many were expecting with new coach Scott Frost at the helm in 2019. While some of that could be attributed to Martinez battling a nagging knee issue, it’s worth noting that Martinez’s rushing numbers (144 carries for 636 yards and seven touchdowns) were essentially on par with what he recorded as a freshman. Where Martinez struggled most was in the passing game, finishing the season with just a 59.4 completion percentage and a 10:9 TD:INT ratio to go along with 7.8 passing yards per attempt. A second offseason in the Frost system should pay dividends, though it’s worth noting top target JD Spielman has opted to transfer elsewhere for his final season. Wan’Dale Robinson seems the likely candidate to hold that mantle in 2020 after hauling in 40 passes for 453 yards and two scores last year. Jack Stoll should also supply a reliable option at tight end. Read Past Outlooks
Ups and downs in win
December 22, 2020
Martinez finished Friday's season finale versus Rutgers 24-for-28 passing for 255 yards, a touchdown and two picks while also rushing 23 times for another 157 yards and a pair of scores.
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While Martinez struggled with turnovers, also coughing it up twice on the ground for a total of four on the day, he did make a large impact on the ground and was on target passing for most of the day. With Nebraska electing to forgo a possible bowl game, Martinez will finish out 2020 with a 71.5 completion percentage for 1,055 yards and a 4:3 TD:INT ratio while running for another 513 yards and seven scores over seven games. His play down the stretch likely marks him as the favorite to retain the starting gig entering his 2021 senior season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2019
Martinez enrolled early to get a jump start in spring and it paid off in a big way. As the only Scott Frost recruit under center, Martinez compiled an impressive showing in the spring game to the tune of 14 carries for 60 yards and three touchdowns and 10-for-13 passing for 114 yards and another score. Patrick O'Brien transferred following the session, clearing one of the hurdles between Martinez and the starting job. He enters fall camp in competition with just Tristan Gebbia to lock down the gig, but his spring effort, combined with his ideal skill set for Frost's offense, puts the freshman in a good position to potentially start in Lincoln right off the bat. A talented group of pass catchers, including Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman could yield immediate fantasy viability for Martinez should he earn the starting nod.
Martinez’s blend of accuracy and athleticism makes him a perfect fit for Scott Frost’s high-powered system that emphasizes quick passing and also works at its best when the quarterback poses a rushing threat. He got off to a rocky start in 2018 but once he settled in, Martinez averaged 30.1 fantasy points over his final six games, accounting for 16 total touchdowns in that span. There’s reason to believe he can parlay his strong finish into a full year of elite production as he further masters the offense and strengthens his rapport with his skill position players.
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Accounts for two TDs
December 15, 2020
Martinez completed 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown in addition to rushing another 15 times for 96 yards and another score Saturday versus Minnesota.
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Returns to fend off Purdue
December 5, 2020
Martinez (shoulder) rejoined the action during Saturday's game versus Purdue, Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
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Heads to sidelines
December 5, 2020
Martinez didn't come out for a drive in the third quarter due, Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
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Decent effort in return to starting role
December 1, 2020
Martinez completed 18 of his 20 pass attempts for 174 yards and rushed 12 times for another 28 yards and a touchdown Saturday versus the Hawkeyes.
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Warming with first-team offense
November 27, 2020
Martinez is warming up with the starters ahead of Friday's game against Iowa, Brian Christopherson of 247Sports.com reports.
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