News: Bucs coach Greg Schiano said in an interview with CBSSports.com on Wednesday at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix that he doesn't want to overwork second-year running back Doug Martin, but he also wants to use him more on third downs. "You like to maybe take a little load off him," Schiano said. "But you like to get him more involved in some things that he does well. He wasnt in the game on third down. Maybe he gets some of those plays because hes such a good pass receiver and a good blocker. We have some thoughts on how to best utilize him. We just have to figure out how it fits with the rest of the team."
Analysis: As a rookie in 2012, Martin had 319 carries for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and 49 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown. It's hard to imagine him doing more, but clearly Schiano thinks he can be a better receiver. Either way we consider Martin a slam-dunk No. 1 Fantasy running back, and he's worth drafting as early as Top 5 overall.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin went on a local radio show in Tampa on Monday and talked about a variety of topics, including his success in his rookie season when he had 319 carries for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and 49 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown. I would hope that in my future, eventually in my career, that I would," Martin said of doing well as a rookie. "But so early? Probably not. Ive been blessed. Im taking advantage, enjoying this time and reflecting on the past season. Martin said by Week 5, which was Tampa Bay's bye week, he felt like he was ready to shine. Probably after that bye week," he said. "I just told myself, Just play the game. Just have fun. Just go out there and just have fun and play football. You have to let your blocks develop and be patient and find that hole.
Analysis: Martin will enter the 2013 season as an elite Fantasy option, and he has the chance to be considered a Top 5 overall pick. He is a definite first-round draft pick, and we expect Martin to have another outstanding season in his sophomore campaign.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who had averaged 3.3 yards per carry over his last five games after averaging 6.0 per carry over his previous six, finished his rookie year on a high note by rushing for 142 yards on 28 carries Week 17 at Atlanta. It was his second-highest single-game rushing total this season and marked just the second time in his last six games that he ran for more than 65 yards. His defining run was a 40-yarder in the third quarter that resulted in a touchdown. He also had four catches (on five targets) for 18 yards.
Analysis: If you subtract that 40-yard run from Martin's line, his yard-per-carry average wasn't so great, but keep in mind the Buccaneers, who led from start to finish, were in obvious running situations for much of the fourth quarter. For most of the game, Martin was the key weapon on offense, contributing runs of 19, 8, 10 and 24 yards. It was a fine finish to a rookie season that saw him deliver nearly 2,000 yards of total offense. Though he had some ups and downs, the high points will most likely make Martin a top-10 running back entering 2013, especially when you consider he might have some room for improvement.
News: For the fifth time in seven games, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was held to less than 70 yards rushing Week 16 against the Rams, finishing with 18 carries for 62 yards. Fortunately, he was enough of a factor in the passing game that he still accumulated more than 100 total yards on the day. He had just one catch for 7 yards in the first half, but with the Buccaneers down multiple scores in the second half, he became a critical check-down option for quarterback Josh Freeman, finishing the day with seven catches for 57 yards. He was targeted eight times.
Analysis: Martin's rookie season has been one of ups and downs. He couldn't get much going over his first four games, picking up 247 yards on 71 carries (3.5 yards per carry). Then, he blew up for 753 yards on 126 carries (6.0) over his next six. But now over his last five, he has just 312 yards on 94 carries (3.3 yards per carry). Some think he might be running out of steam after getting so many carries during that impressive six-game stretch, but coach Greg Schiano has already said he doesn't plan to limit the rookie's carries down the stretch. Fortunately, Martin is a good enough receiver to make up for any of his shortcomings as a rusher to close out the season. Against a weak run defense Week 17 at Atlanta, he should remain active in Fantasy.
News: Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday he doesn't intend to lighten rookie running back Doug Martin's workload just because Tampa Bat isn't playoff bound. Schiano said he is trying to establish a culture of winning. Martin looks to erase memories of a season-worst performance Week 15 when he returns to action Week 16 vs. St. Louis. Martin, who rushed for a season-low 16 yards against the Saints, actually has performed better on the road than at home. He has rushed for 100-plus yards just once in seven home games and is averaging 76.4 rushing yards per game at home, as opposed to 102.1 rushing yards per game on the road. Running backs average 91.1 rushing yards and 17.9 Fantasy points per week against St. Louis. Running backs have totaled 14 touchdowns (13 rushing) against the Rams, including nine rushing touchdowns in the last seven games.
Analysis: The Bucs offense was absolutely embarrassed during a Week 15 shutout loss at New Orleans. The Bucs found themselves in a major deficit early, so Martin didn't get many chances to make plays. It was really unfortunate because Martin's poor performance cost a lot of Fantasy owners a chance to play for their league title. Martin has been an outstanding Fantasy option this season, so for him to have a bad game during crunch time was highly disappointing. If you were fortunate enough to survive Martin's catastrophic week, then consider starting him again Week 16, especially since Schiano said his workload will remain the same. It might not look like an overly favorable matchup, but expect the Bucs to come out fired up Week 16 after last week's disappointing performance. Running backs have been racking up touchdowns lately against St. Louis, so Martin has a chance to bounce back for Fantasy owners.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin looks to erase memories of a season-worst performance Week 15 when he returns to action Week 16 vs. St. Louis. Martin, who rushed for a season-low 16 yards against the Saints, actually has performed better on the road than at home. He has rushed for 100-plus yards just once in seven home games and is averaging 76.4 rushing yards per game at home, as opposed to 102.1 rushing yards per game on the road. Running backs average 91.1 rushing yards and 17.9 Fantasy points per week against St. Louis. Running backs have totaled 14 touchdowns (13 rushing) against the Rams, including nine rushing touchdowns in the last seven games.
Analysis: The Bucs offense was absolutely embarrassed during a Week 15 shutout loss at New Orleans. The Bucs found themselves in a major deficit early, so Martin didn't get many chances to make plays. It was really unfortunate because Martin's poor performance cost a lot of Fantasy owners a chance to play for their league title. Martin has been an outstanding Fantasy option this season, so for him to have a bad game during crunch time was highly disappointing. If you were fortunate enough to survive Martin's catastrophic week, then consider starting him again Week 16. It might not look like an overly favorable matchup, but expect the Bucs to come out fired up Week 16 after last week's disappointing performance. Running backs have been racking up touchdowns lately against St. Louis, so Martin has a chance to bounce back for Fantasy owners.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin had a season-low 16 rushing yards on nine carries Week 15 at New Orleans. Martin, who totaled 122 yards (85 rushing) and one touchdown Week 7 vs. New Orleans, added three catches for 19 yards and no touchdowns Sunday.
Analysis: There is not much you can say about Martin's performance outside of the fact it was one of the most disappointing Fantasy outings of the season. Fantasy owners were expecting big numbers from Martin Week 15 since he was going up against a poor defense, but the Saints played like they were the Bears defense Sunday. The Saints built a huge lead, so Tampa Bay had to throw a lot Sunday and that took chances away from Martin. You can't say he hit a rookie wall. It was just a bad game from the Bucs and Martin paid dearly. If you survived Martin's abysmal performance Week 15, then consider starting him again Week 16, when the Bucs host the Rams.
News: The Bucs hit the road Week 15 to face NFC South rival New Orleans and that's especially good news for rookie running back Doug Martin, who has been stellar away from home. In his last four road games, Martin has totaled 745 scrimmage yards (580 rushing) and six touchdowns (five rushing). In his earlier matchup against New Orleans, Martin rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown, while adding three catches for 37 yards during a 35-28 loss Week 7. The Saints are yielding 132.9 rushing yards, 48.9 receiving yards and 22.7 Fantasy points per week to running backs, which is the highest average in the NFL. Running backs have also totaled 13 touchdowns (11 rushing) against New Orleans.
Analysis: Martin has been a breakout Fantasy player in 2012. He has managed 1,612 scrimmage yards (1,234 rushing), which sets a rookie franchise record and also puts Martin with the second-most scrimmage yards in the NFL. He is also tied for the NFC lead with 10 rushing touchdowns. He is the third-highest Fantasy scoring running back behind Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. Fantasy owners were getting a little concerned about Martin hitting a rookie wall after he managed less than 60 rushing yards in Week 12 and Week 13, but Martin bounced back to total 128 rushing yards Week 14 and put those concerns to bed. Keep Martin active in all Fantasy formats Week 15.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had 28 carries for 128 yards and touchdown in the team's 23-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. The 28 carries were the second-most for him on the season. Martin also caught three passes -- on five targets -- for four yards.
Analysis: For all the knocks the Eagles take on their rather weak rush defense, they hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher all season until Martin hit the mark on Sunday. This was the fourth time Martin has gone over 100 yards this season, and it was a refreshing change of pace from his last two games, when he gained a total of 106 yards against the Falcons and Broncos. Martin and the Bucs face the Saints in Week 15, a team that has allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. In Week 7 against New Orleans, Martin rushed 16 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He's a must-start in all formats.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin has been held to 106 rushing yards and is averaging 2.7 yards per carry in his last two games, but heading into Week 14 he insists he hasn't hit a rookie wall and is not fatigued. "That stuff about the rookie wall, I don't feel that at all," Martin said, per The Tampa Tribune. "My body feels great and my mind is clear.'' Martin admits he had "two rough weeks," but he believes extra film study and more attention to detail will help erase any concerns. Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan agrees. "I don't see him struggling at all," Sullivan said. "In fact, I see Doug continuing to get stronger. I don't see him hitting a wall. I think he's right on track and we're going to continue to move forward and get him in positions to make plays."
Analysis: Sullivan said Martin being held to 56 rushing yards Week 13 at Denver had to do with the team's need to throw the ball in the second half. There is obviously some concern because Martin never played more than 13 games in one season in college and the most touches he had in a single season were 291. He will be playing in his 13th game Sunday against the Eagles and is already at 268 touches, but both Martin and the coaching staff remain confident he can finish strong. He does have a favorable matchup Week 14. Running backs average 92.5 rushing yards and 33.1 receiving yards per game against Philadelphia. The only thing the Eagles can hang their hats on is over their last four games, they've allowed just two touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving -- to running backs. And they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. Still, Martin, who is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and third among running backs in Fantasy points, is an elite option at the position, so keep him active Week 14.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin saw his double-digit Fantasy point streak end at seven games on Sunday, as he rushed for 56 yards but failed to reach the end zone for the third game in his last four. In fact, since Martin's 251 yard game against the Raiders in Week 9, he has rushed for more than 70 yards and eclipsed 25 yards receiving just once (both in the same game in Week 11).
Analysis: Martin's opponent in Week 14, the Eagles, have been a disaster on almost all fronts recently. But they can hang their hats on this: over their last four games, they've allowed just two touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving -- to opposing running backs. And they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. Still, Martin, who is fourth in the NFL in rushing yards and third among RBs in Fantasy points, is an elite option at the position. He may not have the best matchup, but he should be started in all leagues.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin finished with only 56 yards on 18 carries during Tampa Bay's 31-23 loss at Denver in Week 13. Martin was bottled up on the ground against the Broncos' stout run defense and finished with less than 60 yards for the second straight week -- the first time that has occurred since Weeks 3-4. He was able to garner another 42 yards in the passing game while registering three catches.
Analysis: Last Sunday, Martin salvaged his modest rushing total with a pair of touchdowns, but was unable to find the end zone in Week 13 as the Buccaneers posted their two scores through the air. The dynamic rookie was provided with plenty of chances to break free as D.J. Ware was the only other running back to record a carry (one). Martin should anticipate a rebound on the ground in Week 14 against Philadelphia, which was throttled for 83 yards and a touchdown by Dallas' DeMarco Murray on Sunday. Keep him active in all Fantasy formats for the matchup.
News: Even when he finds little space to move, Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin still finds ways to be productive. Martin was held to just 50 rushing yards in a loss to Atlanta last Sunday -- his second-lowest output of the season -- but managed two touchdowns to cement a spot atop the NFC with nine total rushing scores. Martin will look to add to his impressive overall yardage total from scrimmage (1,382) during the Buccaneers' matchup at Denver in Week 13. The Broncos are allowing just 98.7 rushing yards per game this season, ninth fewest in the NFL.
Analysis: Martin has also done plenty of his damage against the AFC, racking up 522 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in just three games against the other conference. The dynamic 23-year-old has shown tremendous ability to read holes and burst through the line of scrimmage as a rookie and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Denver has been tough against opposing running backs and is yielding an average of 13.9 Fantasy points per game to the position and just one score over the past six games. Still, Martin has been red-hot recently and should remain active in all Fantasy formats for Week 13.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin only averaged 2.4 yards per carry in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Still, Martin came away from the Week 12 game with two rushing touchdowns. Martin scored on two 1-yard runs, one coming in the first quarter and the second coming in the fourth. He finished with 21 carries for 50 yards and the two TDs and added two catches for 13 more yards. Martin has 1,050 yards rushing yards, eighth-most in a season by a Tampa Bay running back.
Analysis: Martin had not rushed for a touchdown in the previous two games for Tampa Bay but still has six rushing touchdowns in his last four games and eight in his last six. A four-touchdown game will help and Martin did that Week 9 at Oakland. Martin has continued to be an excellent Fantasy option almost week in and week out and that should continue Week 13 at Denver. Consider Martin a solid Fantasy start in all leagues and formats against the Broncos.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will try to reach the century mark for the fourth time in his last five games heading into Week 12 at home against the Falcons. Martin, who rushed for 138 yards on 24 carries against Carolina his last time out in Week 11, has struggled a bit at Raymond James Stadium and has rushed for an average of 71.4 yards through five games and has only reach the end zone once in front of the home crowd. He'll face an Atlanta defense that has allowed 130.5 yards per game on the ground, which is the seventh-most allowed in the league.
Analysis: Though Martin has struggled at home this season, he has been on a bit of a hot streak which could fare well against a mediocre run defense. The Falcons have allowed a rishing touchdown in each of the last two games and have allowed their opponents to reach the 10-yard mark in all but two of their 10 games this season. Martin has rushed for 1,000 yards this season, which is third among all running back in the league. Opposing running backs have scored an average of 18.8 points per game against the Falcons this season. The rookie has shown that he is among one of the most reliable running backs in the league and should be considered as a must-start Fantasy option in all formats heading into Week 12.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin ran 24 times for 138 yards and caught four passes for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-21 overtime victory over the Panthers. This was the third time in four games that Martin has gone over the 100-yard mark, but the second game in a row he has failed to score a touchdown.
Analysis: Martin appeared to score a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, but the play was ruled a fumble instead, as he lost the ball just as he crossed the goal line. This would have, obviously, been a nice boost to Martin's value, but his 161 total yards still gets Martin's owners 15 Fantasy points in most formats. Martin was the first running back to rush for 100 yards against the Panthers since Week 4, making his game even more impressive. The Bucs face the Falcons next week, and Atlanta allowed 137 rushing yards to Arizona in Week 11. Martin should be started in all formats.
News: Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin, who put up a combined 83 points in Weeks 8 and 9 and hasn't dipped into single-digit Fantasy points since Week 4, rolls into Carolina looking to take advantage of a defense that hasn't allowed single-digit Fantasy points to a running back since Week 5. Martin had over 100 total yards in Week 10 against the Chargers.
Analysis: While this looks like a slam dunk for Martin -- and you are starting him regardless of the matchup -- his owners should at least be aware of Carolina's improved run defense after their bye week. Over their first five games, the Panthers allowed an average of 127.4 rushing yards; in their last four, they've allowed an average of 95 (and that number is inflated thanks to Robert Griffin III's 53 rushing yards in Week 9). While the Panthers gave up 25 or more points to RBs three times in the first four weeks, they've managed to keep them all under 18 points since. They're still giving up touchdowns -- opposing RBs have scored in three consecutive games -- but two of those three were scored by backups (Evan Royster and Ronnie Hillman) and you have to go all the way back to Week 3 to find a 100-yard rusher. Again, you start Martin in all circumstances, but don't be surprised if this improved unit dampens his numbers just a bit.
News: Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin picked up 68 yards on 19 carries and another 51 yards on three catches but did not score Sunday vs. the Chargers. Martin didn't even have any touchdown opportunities -- the two plays the Bucs ran in goal-to-go situations involved LeGarrette Blount getting stuffed and Dallas Clark catching a touchdown. Tampa Bay also ran just 42 plays on the game, owning the clock for just over 23 minutes.
Analysis: Martin still totaled over 100 yards, giving Fantasy owners something decent. His uncommon receiving average is still going strong, too. Expect him to continue to be a big part of the Bucs offense when they play at Carolina next week. Keep him active.
News: Doug 'Muscle Hamster' Martin and the Bucs will host the Chargers in Week 10, a matchup that isn't so bad. Then again, is there a matchup where a Fantasy owner wouldn't start Martin? Since the Bucs' bye week Martin has totaled 547 rush yards, 192 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns over four games. Many of those numbers came in a four-score, 272-total-yard output at Oakland last week, but here are some legit stats: He's averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 16.0 yards per catch in those four games and doesn't have a single outing with under 15 touches. The Chargers have allowed a rushing score to a running back in three of their last four, giving up an average of 122.0 total yards per game to running backs.
Analysis: You'd have to have a lot of nerves (or stud running backs) to sit Martin this week. If you're somehow still waffling on whether or not to use him, consider that he's had at least 11 Fantasy points in all but one home game this year (he somehow had just 11 total touches for 42 yards vs. Washington back in Week 4). We think he should be in every Fantasy lineup in Week 10.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin could not find a ton of room to run in the first half of Week 9 against the Raiders but really turned some heads with his performance after halftime. After gaining 31 yards on eight carries through the first two quarters, he ended up carrying the ball 25 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns in the 42-32 win. Martin also caught four passes for 21 yards. His first score came on a 45-yard run in the third quarter before he found the end zone from 67 yards out later in the same quarter. Martin then topped both of those runs with a 70-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth before capping off his day with a 1-yard score. Martin, who was born in Oakland, became the first back since at least 1940 to score on three touchdown runs of at least 45 yards in one game, according to STATS LLC. "That was a great, great performance," coach Greg Schiano said. "After having a big outing in Minnesota on national TV and winning some awards you wonder how the young guys is going to handle the success. This test he stepped up and met the challenge for sure."
Analysis: Owners thought Martin had his breakout performance last week against the Vikings but they did not anticipate his thrashing of the Raiders on Sunday. While he lost 14 yards while the Bucs were icing the game, the rookie came 45 yards short of matching the NFL record for rushing yards in a single game and set many franchise marks in the process. The 23-year-old has rushed for 471 yards with seven total touchdowns over the last three games and is proving to be a must-start Fantasy option in his first year in the league. With the Chargers up next on the schedule, be sure to have Martin active in all formats for Week 10. San Diego has surrendered six total touchdowns to running backs thus far.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin enters Week 9 against the Raiders as the only player in the NFC with 500-plus rushing yards (543) and 200-plus receiving yards (224). Oakland ranks 11th in the league in run defense, giving up over 102 yards per game, and has allowed an average of 16.9 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Martin became the first rookie in 25 seasons with 135-plus rushing yards (135) & 75-plus receiving yards (79) in game his last time out and is putting together a productive campaign in his first season out of Boise State. He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has established himself as the lead back in front of LeGarrette Blout in Tampa Bay. The 23-year-old is on pace to rush for over 1,000 yards in his first season in the NFL is looking like a solid play for Week 9. The Raiders has surrendered six total touchdowns to running backs thus far so keep Martin active in all Fantasy formats.
News: With a rare chance to play in a nationally-televised game, Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin showed off Thursday in a 36-17 win in Week 8. Martin overshadowed Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the NFLs current rushing leader, in the game by posting a career-high 135 yards on 29 carries. Martin established another career-high in receiving yards with 79 on three catches, including a big 64-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass early in the second half. Overall, Martin topped 200 total yards on the day, while scoring for the second week in a row. This was the first two-touchdown game of Martins young career. After the game, Martin told reporters he is starting to catch up to the speed of the NFL game. "It's hard to come from college to the NFL. The speed of the game is definitely increased, and this is a feel thing," Martin said. "You're looking for that rhythm, as a running back, getting comfortable in the offense and having that game-time experience. I'm definitely there, right where I need to be."
Analysis: Martin finished with 100 yards rushing for the first time, and eclipsed 200 yards of total offense for the first time as well. Martin has now scored three times over the last two games. The first-round pick out of Boise State has quickly established himself as a play maker at the NFL level, with 767 yards of total offense through seven games. He has 543 rushing yards on a 4.2 yards per carry average, and he is starting to show a nose for the end zone. Martin is clearly the No. 1 option in the running game, and has topped 100 all-purpose yards in three consecutive games. Martin will try to keep his strong run going in Week 9 against the Raiders, who rank 22nd in the NFL in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Martin has emerged as a solid Fantasy option in all formats in his rookie season.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin heads into Week 8 at Minnesota on Thursday night with perhaps even more responsibility headed his way in the running game. The Buccaneers could take away LeGarrette Blount's short-yardage carries and hand them to Martin, who scored his second rushing TD last week against the Saints. The rookie Martin does have a tough matchup ahead of him in the Vikings, however. Minnesota is allowing the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.
Analysis: Martin has yet to top 100 rushing yards in a game in his career but was over 100 scrimmage yards last week against the Saints with his second TD. Martin has had back-to-back games with well over 100 scrimmage yards and should continue to produce with Blount likely seeing even less work. While the Vikings have been good against the run, Alfred Morris and LaRod Stephens-Howling have each scored touchdowns against them the last two weeks as the run defense may be showing some signs of weakness. We like Martin as a solid start in all Fantasy formats for the Week 8 Thursday night game.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin finished with more than 100 yards from scrimmage for the third time this season and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 35-28 loss to New Orleans in Week 7. Martin gained 85 yards on 16 carries -- his highest total in the past three games -- and added another 37 yards on three receptions in the passing game. Martin also piled up 131 total yards during last Sunday's win over Kansas City. With Tampa Bay providing him the bulk of carries, Martin reached the end zone for the first time since Week 2 when he raced into the end zone on a 36-yard run during the first quarter.
Analysis: For the second straight week, Martin showcased the shiftiness and ability to barrel through tacklers that made him an intriguing rookie out of Boise State. He has now posted at least 5.3 yards per carry in each of the past two games and is overcoming a brief cold stretch when he was bottled up on the ground by opposing defenses. His touchdown dash Sunday also represented his longest run overall of the season. Martin could have trouble finding room to run in his Week 8 outing at Minnesota on Thursday, but he still remains a quality option in the majority of Fantasy formats for the matchup.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin halted his rash of uneven performances with an encouraging outing last Sunday against Kansas City when he posted a season-high 5.8 yards per carry. Martin, who ranks third among rookie running backs with 323 rushing yards, will attempt to extend his strong play into the Buccaneers' Week 7 matchup against New Orleans. The Saints have allowed a whopping 172.8 rushing yards per game.
Analysis: Martin also registered a season-high 55 yards on two receptions last week, and could be salivating for his favorable matchup against New Orleans. The Saints have also surrendered an average of 27.4 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season -- tops in the NFL -- as well as six touchdowns to the position. Tampa Bay continues to show faith in Martin and provided him additional carries against the Chiefs (13) after he was held to a season-low eight attempts in Week 4. Consider Martin a strong starting option in the majority of Fantasy formats for Week 7.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin had 13 carries for 76 yards in Sunday's 38-10 blowout of the Chiefs. He also caught two passes for 55 yards.
Analysis: Martin lined up a few times as a receiver, and his 42-yard catch wasn't just a dump-and-run -- he was targeted about 10 yards into a legitimate route. Overall, Martin was targeted four times and had the majority of rushes before garbage time kicked in; LeGarrette Blount had five of his seven carries in the fourth-quarter. Still, it's not all hugely positive for Martin, as he had just eight carries for 38 yards going unto the fourth quarter, and benefited from a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. On the bright side, the Bucs face New Orleans in Week 7, and the Saints have allowed 172.8 rushing yards per game, the most in the NFL. With the matchup and his decent performance against the Chiefs, Martin should be started as a RB2 or flex in most standard leagues.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin will enter Week 6 trying to reverse an ugly recent slide, having dropped in rushing yards every week since his debut against the Panthers. Martin had 95 yards in Week 1, 66 in Week 2, 53 in Week 3, and just 33 in Week 4. Complicating matters is the presence of LeGarrette Blount in the backfield. "I think those guys can really play off each other well, head coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week, referring to Martin and Blount. They are different styles. They are different body types. I think it can serve the whole offense well for them both to have carries.
Analysis: Blount ran the ball six times for 17 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, while Martin carried eight times. And with Martin's recent step back in production, it stands to reason that Blount could chip away and find himself some more carries. Kansas City isn't the toughest run defense in the league -- allowing 121 rushing yards per game, they rank in the middle of the pack -- but it might not even matter who is on the other side of the ball for Martin, as he has to fight off Blount in his own backfield. Martin is still worth a start as an RB2 in most leagues, but his owners should keep their fingers crossed that he breaks out against the Chiefs; otherwise, he may be seeing more of his carries go to Blount.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin was held in check by the Redskins in the Week 4 loss at home. Martin finished the game with just 33 yards on eight carries as the Bucs aired it out in the second half. Martin caught two passes for 9 yards and was targeted five times by quarterback Josh Freeman. LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Bucs.
Analysis: Martin was expected to see fewer carries with D.J. Ware and Blount seeing more looks in order to keep the rookie fresh. Martin saw fewer touches, but that was mostly because the Buccaneers were playing from behind most of the Week 4 game against the Redskins. Martin had an awful performance and Blount did little but score. Martin should be benched in all Fantasy leagues heading into the Week 5 bye. The Bucs return Week 6 at home against the Chiefs.
News: Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday the team needs to get running back LeGarrette Blount more involved on offense and that could happen Week 4 against the Redskins. Through three games, starting running back Doug Martin has 63 carries for 214 yards, while Blount has just seven carries for 27 yards. "I think he is running hard; I think he is running well,'' Schiano said of Martin, per The Tampa Tribune. "I don't think we have done as good a job blocking as I thought we would be able to. But when you lose Davin (Joseph to injury) that throws it into a little state of flux, and we are starting a new guy (Demar Dotson) at tackle so I think we are going to clearly get better as we move forward."
Analysis: The Bucs aren't souring on Martin. It just seems Schiano is realizing he might have more success by taking some of the pressure off Martin and giving some more reps to Blount. Schiano didn't exactly specify how much Blount would be used, but it seems he's going to get more touches moving forward. Still, Martin will be the featured back and see plenty of work, so Fantasy owners shouldn't panic. Of course, the Redskins have been tough on running backs this season more due to the fact that they can't stop the pass. Look for Tampa Bay to throw the ball around as no running back has topped 83 yards against Washington this season and only one rushing TD has been scored against them. Continue to view Martin as a viable Fantasy starter heading into Week 4, but temper expectations a bit.
News: Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin had an OK afternoon in Dallas Week 3. The Buccaneers took the loss and Martin did not get into the end zone in the game. Martin, the rookie, finished with 53 yards on 19 carries as he averaged 2.8 yards per touch. Martin added two catches for 21 yards and was targeted three times by Josh Freeman in the losing effort.
Analysis: Martin failed to top 20 rushing attempts for the first time this season and in his NFL career, but 19 isn't bad. He's yet to top 100 rushing yards, but does have a touchdown in three games. Martin hasn't been a sensational Fantasy play thus far, but he's definitely shown his potential. Still a better option than LeGarrette Blount, Martin is a decent flex play entering Week 4 against Washington.
News: Tampa Bay rookie running back heads into Week 3 at Dallas looking to build off scoring his first NFL touchdown last week in New York. Martin, who rushed for 66 yards and the score against the Giants, is second among NFL rookies with 161 rushing yards to this point. The Cowboys can be run on as they are allowing the 12th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs after two weeks to the season.
Analysis: Martin has yet to get a 100-yard rushing game under his belt but could have that milestone coming against the Cowboys. Dallas just gave up 122 yards and a touchdown to Marshawn Lynce of the Seahawks last week and Ahmad Bradshaw netted 78 rushing yards and a TD against them Week 1. Martin has looked good thus far in his rookie season and we consider him a viable Fantasy start in all leagues for Week 3 in Big D.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin recorded his first career touchdown Week 2 against the Giants. It was a pretty one too, as Martin spun away from Giants' defenders like something out of a video game in the second quarter and turned the corner for an 8-yard score. Martin finished with 20 carries for 66 yards, with his longest gain going 12 yards. He added no catches, but he was targeted three times in the passing game.
Analysis: Martin has performed well in his first two NFL games. He has totaled 184 yards (23 receiving) and one touchdown through two weeks, and has shown he can handle being the every-down back for the Bucs. Martin remains a viable Fantasy start in all formats heading into Week 3 at Dallas.
News: Bucs running back Doug Martin was happy with his performance in his NFL regular-season debut Week 1 against the Panthers, totaling 118 yards (95 rushing), but now he has turned his focus toward Week 2 against the Giants. As a running back, you definitely want to have that rhythm throughout the game to feel the defense and speed of the game,'' Martin said, per the Tampa Bay Times. I had a pretty productive game yesterday. Ill go back and watch the film and see what we have to tweak so the next game I make sure I stay productive.'' Martin will now face a Giants defense that allowed Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to rush for 131 yards and average 6.5 yards per carry Week 1.
Analysis: Fantasy owners were more than happy to take a flier on Martin in drafts this summer since the Bucs haven't stopped raving about him since he was drafted. He has already ascended to the starting role and showed Week 1 he is going to be a force in the NFL. The Bucs are committed to feeding Martin the football, so consider him a viable Fantasy start in all formats Week 2.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was impressive in his regular season debut in Week 1 against the Panthers. Martin racked up 118 total yards on 28 touches in the 16-10 but was unable to get into the end zone. He did most of his damage on the ground as he racked 95 yards on 24 carries and had a long of 15 yards. However, he was stuffed on the goal line twice in the second quarter as Carolina's defense was able to drive him backwards. Still, Martin added four receptions for 23 yards and averaged 4.2 yards each time he touched the ball.
Analysis: Martin was his team's workhorse Sunday afternoon as he touched the ball 28 times, which was by far the most of any player on the Bucs. Part of the reason for that was the fact that LeGarrette Blount suffered an apparent knee injury in the first half and did not return to the contest. However, it appears new coach Greg Schiano wants to establish the ground game and rack up time of possession, so look for Martin to be the focal point of the team's offense moving forward. Despite failing to get into the end zone, Martin was very impressive in his debut and looks to have a somewhat favorable matchup in Week 2 against the Giants. New York had all sorts of trouble slowing down DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys ground attack in Week 1 so look for Martin to see a healthy number of touches next Sunday. Even if Blount is able to play next week, Martin should remain active in the majority of formats heading into that matchup.
News: Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin looks to have a fairly favorable matchup in Week 1 against the Panthers. Carolina struggled to defend the run at times last season, allowing an average of 130.8 yards per game on the ground and 19 rushing touchdowns. The Panthers also allowed an average of 24 Fantasy points to opposing RBs, which ranked second to last among the 32 teams in 2011.
Analysis: Martin was considered the the top running back prospect among this year's rookie class and he did not disappoint in the preseason as he won a starting job. Now the former Boise State standout will get his first real taste of NFL action against a Carolina defense that has had problems stopping the run over the last few seasons. New coach Greg Schiano wants his team to establish more of a ground attack to help take some of the pressure off Josh Freeman, so most are expecting Martin to see somewhere around 20 touches per game. With a ton of upside and a favorable matchup on tap, owners should consider Martin a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 Fantasy RB against the Panthers.
News: It's official: Doug Martin is the starting running back for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday the promising rookie won the starting job over incumbent LeGarrette Blount following his dazzling performance in the preseason, the team's official website reports. Martin rushed for at least 20 yards in the first three exhibition games (97 total) while spending the majority of his playing time with the first-team offense. He also scored two rushing touchdowns and contributed four receptions for 12 yards. Blount totaled 63 yards and one score. "I think Dougs done a great job and thats why hes got the number one seat," Schiano said. "But hes got to work to keep it."
Analysis: This was the news Fantasy owners were wishing for as Martin is widely considered the top running back prospect among this year's rookie class. Martin, a rugged back who has shown strong bursts of speed through the line of scrimmage, outplayed Blount during the preseason and finished with five more carries than the older back. The Bucs plan to emphasize the run this season and Martin could receive 20-plus touches a game the season. He holds tremendous upside is worthy of a selection in Fantasy drafts beginning as early as Round 4.
News: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin earned his first NFL start during the team's third preseason game last Friday against New England. It may be a sign of things to come for the dynamic rookie. Martin continued to receive reps with the first-team offense and finished with a team-high 53 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He also caught three passes for 12 yards. "That's why he moved in and started the game; because he has shown me that much," coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times. "I thought he ran the ball well and did some things well. So right now, he's got to continue on that course. He's learning every day. And he's a very open-minded guy. He wants to learn."
Analysis: The label that Fantasy owners were hoping Martin would wear at the beginning of the season took another step closer to reality with his latest solid performance. While it's not completely official, Schiano all but assured Martin would be the lead back as the Boise State product has outplayed incumbent LeGarrette Blount during the preseason. Martin had 10 of the team's 13 runs in the first half Friday, piling up 42 yards in the process -- 20 more yards than Blount finished with for the entire game on seven attempts. The Bucs plan to emphasize the run this season and Martin has drawn comparisons to Baltimore star Ray Rice, who was a standout at Rutgers under the tutelage of Schiano. Martin could receive 20-plus touches a game the season, and is worthy of a selection in Fantasy drafts beginning as early as Round 4.
News: Even with LeGarrette Blount healthy and active, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin got the start and the majority of the teams carries in the first-team in Fridays preseason game against the Patriots. Martin led the team in rushing with 53 yards on 13 carries, and he got the teams goal-line carries as well, scoring from one yard out on the teams first series. He also caught three of four passes sent his way in the game for 12 yards, to lead the team in all-purpose offense as well.
Analysis: Martin has been in competition with Blount all throughout training camp, but we have been telling you all along that he would be the more effective of the two from a Fantasy perspective. After this game, it seems clear that Martin is going to be the top option heading into the regular season, despite being just a rookie. The Bucs invested a first-round pick in him, and it looks like there are ready to ride with him right away. This makes him worth targeting beginning in Round 4 on Draft Day as, he could end up nearing 20 touches per game.
News: Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has not been sheepish about his glowing assessment of rookie running back Doug Martin during the preseason. The first-year mentor provided another encouraging statement Tuesday when he said Martin has "definitely reminded" him at times of Baltimore star running back Ray Rice, the team's official website reports. Schiano coached Rice in college at Rutgers, and is known for relying heavily on the running game. Martin, who was selected in the first round of last April's draft, is competing for the starting job with LeGarrette Blount.
Analysis: Despite his regular-season debut still more than two weeks away, Martin has been showered with praise as he is expected to eventually pass Blount for the lead role out of the backfield. The two have posted nearly identical stats during the preseason, but Martin has shown more burst through the line of scrimmage and evaded tacklers easier than the older and bulkier Blount. Martin is also expected to be active on passing downs as Blount has netted just 20 career receptions. It may appear like a timeshare now, but Martin could be looking at 20-plus touches in a game early into the season. The 23-year-old is worth a selection in Fantasy drafts beginning in Round 4 and is a first-round pick in rookie-only leagues.
News: Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin had another solid performance during Friday's preseason game against the Titans. Martin, who is competing for a starting position at running back with LeGarrette Blount, rushed for 21 yards on five carries, averaging 4.2 yards per clip. He played behind Blount, who earned the start and was forced out of the game with a knee injury. Martin played just one half and was not involved in the passing game, with no catches or targets.
Analysis: Martin looked well again and has rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries through his first two preseason games. Although he played behind Blount, we still value Martin as a No. 2 Fantasy running back. But it seems likely that the Bucs will use them as more of a tandem than originally thought. Martin will likely get a chance to start a preseason game, especially if Blount is not healthy enough to play in the Bucs' third preseason game. Martin should be drafted with a pick in Round 4 in standard leagues and late Round 3 in PPR formats. In rookie-only drafts, Martin is a first-round pick.
News: Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin had a solid debut in his first preseason game Friday night at Miami. Playing one play with the first-team offense and a full drive with the second team, Martin finished with seven carries for 21 yards and and a touchdown and one catch for 7 yards. He scored from 2-yards out. But the important news for Martin was that he played behind LeGarrette Blount, who ran well. Blount started and finished with seven carries for 30 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 3 yards.
Analysis: Now, before you panic that Martin is the No. 2 option in Tampa Bay, keep in mind this was a preseason game, and Blount was likely being rewarded as the starter for his hard work this offseason. But it's also clear that Blount isn't going to just hand the job over to Martin even though he's a first-round pick. We still value Martin as a No. 2 Fantasy running back, and he has more upside than Blount. But this is likely more of a tandem than originally thought. Martin will likely get a chance to start a preseason game, and he also looked good against the Dolphins. The problem was Blount looked better with the starting group. Martin should be drafted with a pick in Round 4 in standard leagues and late Round 3 in PPR formats. In rookie-only drafts, Martin is a first-round pick.
News: Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano knows who he wants as his starting running back this season, and it's not the player currently atop the team's initial depth chart. Schiano, who is in his first season with the Buccaneers, told a Miami radio station on Thursday that he expects rookie Doug Martin to start at the beginning of the regular season. Martin is part of a dynamic group of rookies who were selected in last April's draft along with Mark Barron and Lavonte David. "Theyve been doing very well in camp. And, you know, I think theyre really talented guys and they pick things up very quickly, all three of them. So, thats our hope. Thats our plan," Schiano said.
Analysis: It certainly makes sense Tampa Bay wants Martin to take over as starter, especially after the team traded into the first round to select the former Boise State standout. LeGarrette Blount may slot as the No. 1 running back on the depth chart, but Martin has dazzled onlookers in practice while taking reps with the first team. Despite being the newcomer, it appears the starting job is Martin's to lose, considering Blount is also coming off a disappointing season. Martin has clearly enhanced his draft stock in all Fantasy formats and is worthy of being selected as a No. 2 running back with a pick beginning in Round 4.
News: The Bucs official team website lists running back LeGarrette Blount as the No. 1 running back on the first depth chart ahead of Doug Martin. Blount will work with the first team in the preseason opener at Miami on Friday.
Analysis: Martin still remains the best Fantasy option for the Bucs, and this was likely a way to reward Blount for his hard work this offseason and being the veteran of the backfield. We still view Martin as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues, and he is worth drafting with a pick in Round 4 in standard leagues and Round 3 in PPR formats.
News: When the Bucs moved up in the draft to land running back Doug Martin, they hoped they'd land an all-around back with a complete game. So far, Martin's been exactly that. The Tampa Bay Times reports Martin's been doing very well, drawing comparisons to Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew by teammates. He's shown that he's tough to bring down, able to run inside and outside, can catch the ball and run routes well and most importantly pass protect. Head coach Greg Schiano is open to the idea of giving Martin a full workload if he deserves it. Martin thinks he's up for it. "I feel like I'm a complete back," Martin said. "That's why they drafted me. They felt I was a complete back. I'm trying to show them out here and hopefully it translates to the games."
Analysis: We expect to see a lot of Martin through the preseason and get a real good look at his game. With LeGarrette Blount in the mix but not expected to see quite as many carries, Martin is shaping up to begin the season as a No. 2 Fantasy running back worth a pick as early as late Round 4 in all drafts. He's easily a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts. Blount, meanwhile, has slipped to a mid-to-late pick as a decent reserve rusher and potential handcuff for those who draft Martin.
News: The Tampa Bay Times reports that Bucs running back Doug Martin appears to already have the leg up on LeGarrette Blount for the starting job. The report says Friday that "if today's practice suggests anything it's that Doug Martin looks like Bucs primary running back. But it's just the first practice, so too early to say."
Analysis: This is not much of a surprise as we expect Martin to be the starter ahead of Blount. That doesn't mean Blount is going away, and he will likely be used in short-yardage situations and work at the goal line. But Martin has a ton of potential and should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back on Draft Day. He is worth drafting in Round 4 in most leagues. He's also easily a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts.
News: New Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said that he'll wait until training camp to make a decision on who will be the team's starting running back this summer. Rookie Doug Martin is the favorite to win the job over LeGarrette Blount, but Schiano is taking a patient approach. "I don't have any favorites," Schiano said. " ... Most positions we will dish out the reps in an appropriate manner and then we will see where the chips fall."
Analysis: Martin spoke on the first day of training camp for rookies and believes in competition. He's spending the next week going over his pass protection assignments so he can truly battle for as many reps as he can. Schiano said previously he'd like to have a workhorse-type back and not a run-by-committee approach like other teams have. Martin could fit the bill given his improving skills as a blocker on top of his rushing and receiving abilities. With Blount in the mix but not expected to see quite as many carries, Martin is shaping up to begin the season as a No. 2 Fantasy running back worth a pick as early as late Round 4 in all drafts. He's easily a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts. Blount, meanwhile, has slipped to a mid-to-late pick as a decent reserve rusher and potential handcuff for those who draft Martin.
News: Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin was able to participate fully in the team's recent minicamp and left his coaches impressed. After overcoming a hamstring tweak that cost him some time in OTAs, Martin told Pewter Report that he's got a good understanding of the playbook. Running backs coach Earnest Byner noted a specific quality of Martin's that could help him get on the field more as a rookie. "The thing that they struggle with most of the time is pass protection and especially nickel pass protection, but I don't think that's going to be an issue with him," Byner said. "He has done some good things. He has some quickness. Doug is really smart, and eager to grab some of the concepts that we are teaching."
Analysis: Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said he'd like to have a workhorse-type back and not a committee like other teams have. Martin could fit the bill given his improving skills as a blocker on top of his rushing and receiving abilities. With LeGarrette Blount in the mix but not expected to start, Martin is shaping up to begin the season as a No. 2 Fantasy running back worth a pick starting in Round 5 in standard drafts and Round 4 in PPR formats. He's easily a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts.
News:Doug Martin, the 31st overall pick who signed a five-year contract Monday, said on Tuesday that his sore hamstring is feeling better. The tweaked hamstring held Martin back in earlier OTA sessions. "He's only done it two days (Monday and Tuesday), but he's done some nice things," Schiano said according to the Tampa Bay Times. "You can see he has good vision. That's one of the things you can't teach. You can teach a lot of things, but for me to see daylight over here when I'm looking over there, that's a gift."
Analysis: New Bucs head coach Greg Schiano might see a lot of Ray Rice in Martin, who has Rice's body type and skill set minus the breakaway speed. Martin is a very heady runner who is tough to tackle. He broke a slew of arm tackles over his time in college and is durable (he missed one game in three years). He also falls forward when tackled, helping him pick up some extra yards. Do not mistake him for a third-down back; he is capable of being a three-down back and reducing LeGarrette Blount's role significantly in Tampa Bay before the year is through. He's worth a pick between Rounds 8 and 9 in seasonal drafts and dynasty/keeper leagues and a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Tampa Bay Times reports that Bucs general manager said Tuesday that rookie running back Doug Martin has a slight hamstring strain. He did not practice with the team during OTA workouts.
Analysis: Martin was drafted to compete with running back LeGarrette Blount, and Martin has the chance to start right away. But he needs to be 100 percent healthy, and hopefully he will be ready for the start of training camp. Keep an eye on what happens with Martin, and he should be considered a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy option if his hamstring is OK. He will lose reps, possibly at the goal line, to Blount, but Martin has the potential to be a three-down rusher as long as he's healthy.
News: Boise State running back Doug Martin was picked by the Bucs late in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay traded back into Round 1, ahead of the Giants, to swipe him, and now he might swipe the starting job from LeGarrette Blount. Martin was the primary bell cow for the Broncos for the last two seasons, totaling at least 1,350 total yards (over 1,100 rushing) and at least 14 touchdowns in each year. He also did some work on kick returns including a touchdown last season.
Analysis: New Bucs head coach Greg Schiano might see a lot of Ray Rice in Martin, who has Rice's body type and skill set minus the breakaway speed. Martin is a very heady runner who is tough to tackle. He broke a slew of arm tackles over his time in college and is durable (he missed one game in three years). He also falls forward when tackled, helping him pick up some extra yards. Do not mistake him for a third-down back; he is capable of being a three-down back and reducing Blount's role significantly in Tampa Bay before the year is through. He's worth a pick between Rounds 8 and 9 in seasonal drafts and dynasty/keeper leagues and a Top 10 pick in rookie-only drafts.
News:Trent Richardson might be the draft's top running back, but Boise State's Doug Martin might not be far behind. Martin was the primary bell cow for the Broncos for the last two seasons, totaling at least 1,350 total yards (over 1,100 rushing) and at least 14 touchdowns in each year. He also did some work on kick returns including a touchdown last season.
Analysis: Martin doesn't play with tremendous speed or acceleration but is a very heady runner who is tough to tackle. He broke a slew of arm tackles over his time in college and is durable (he missed one game in three years). He also falls forward when tackled, helping him pick up some extra yards. Though he resembles Maurice Jones-Drew, he's not expected to be nearly as dominant. But don't take that to mean he'll be useless for Fantasy because he'll be capable so long as he gets good touches. We suspect he'll spend his first season working as part of a rushing unit before having any chance to be a primary back. He'll be worth a mid- to late-round pick in seasonal drafts and dynasty/keeper leagues and a Top 15 pick in rookie-only drafts.