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Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #28 90.17 TB Active 3 years 26 5'9 215 @DougMartin22

2015 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-30-2015 by Shawn Childs

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There has been a whole lot of ugly in Martin's game over the last two years after he flashed stud upside in his 2012 rookie campaign (1,926 yards, 49 receptions and 12 TDs). Over the last two years, Doug has averaged only 3.6 yards per rush and 5.2 yards per catch. He missed the last 10 games of 2013 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Martin suffered a knee injury in week one of the 2014 season after rushing for only nine yards on nine carries. When he returned in week five, Doug was unimpressive over his next four games (207 combined yards on 53 touches). An ankle injury led to three more games on the sideline. Martin did show a spark in two of his last three games (14/96 and one TD and 19/108 and one TD). He only had 20 targets on the year, which resulted in 13 catches for 64 yards. Doug has had one elite season and his lack of success over the last two years has been in a large part due to injuries. Martin was motivated to get in the 'best shape of his career' during the offseason. He'll have more competition for playing time this season with the talented RB Charles Sims healthy. Martin's ADP is 124 in the early draft season as the 39th RB off the table. I've lost a ton of money on him over the last two years so he's a tough buy. However, his price is more than fair if the training camp news continues on an upward trend. With two-thirds of the RB playing time for the Bucs, Martin has a chance to finish with 1,100 total yards, plus he should lead Tampa in rushing TDs. A RB3 seems about right, with possible upside due to a favorable run schedule and improved QB play.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin

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Aug-03-15 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be the 'lead guy' in Tampa

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has struggled mightily the past two seasons. He has dealt with injuries and has been miserable when healthy. The Muscle Hamster hasn't even sniffed 4.0 yards per carry since his rookie year. Despite his struggles, head coach Lovie Smith once again declared him the starter this year. "Definitely a key for us," Smith said. "We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing … I don't know about 2012 and, last year, none of us performed the way we needed to. I just know Doug has been great through the offseason program. Seems like he is running hard out there right now. No complaints. Again, he, like the rest of us, plans on performing a lot better this year and he'll get an opportunity to."

Fantasy Analysis:

Starter or not, it's really hard to buy in on Martin. He's just been so bad the past two seasons, can't stay healthy and is running behind a bad line. Charles Sims is also looming over his shoulder and likely to take his PPR value. Martin is currently being drafted as the RB32. This isn't bad value if he stays healthy and plays well, but that is a huge if.


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8/3 - Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be the 'lead guy' in Tampa
7/10 - Buccaneers RB Doug Martin down 15 pounds from last season

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
2.11 DLF - I fully expect Martin to bounce back in a great way. His time may be eroded some by Sims but overall I feel he's a solid value here.
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