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22 Doug Martin RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/215 | Birthdate: 1/13/1989 | Birthplace: Oakland, CA, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Boise State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 93/50 | Average Draft Position: 23.87
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Doug Martin at least has matchup going for him


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/23/2014) Chances are most Doug Martin owners didn't really miss him with the Buccaneers on bye in Week 7. He has yet to rush for more than 45 yards in the four games he's played this season, and he's scored just one touchdown.

But for better or worse, he remains the Buccaneers' go-to running back, and that role keeps him relevant enough in Fantasy that you shouldn't ignore him when he has a favorable matchup. And he has such a matchup Week 8 against Minnesota.

The Vikings rank 19th against the run, allowing 118.1 yards per game, and have surrendered the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Like the Buccaneers, their offense is a work in progress with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, so they may not force the Buccaneers' into catchup mode so early, allowing Martin to get more than his usual dozen or so carries.

You're probably still not excited about starting Martin this week, but if you don't like your other options for the flex spot, he may be your best choice.


Buccaneers' Doug Martin doesn't do much Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin didn't do much Week 6.

The Bucs fell behind 35-0 in the first half, meaning the team had to go away from the run game. Martin wasn't all that bad when he got work, gaining 45 yards on 11 carries. He also caught one pass for 3 yards. The team didn't run many running back passes during the game, so Martin didn't do all that much in the second half.

The Bucs are on a bye Week 7.


Doug Martin looking like a desperation play


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Since returning from a knee injury in Week 4, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has yet to rush for even 50 yards in a game, and the two teams he's faced aren't as tough against the run as his Week 6 opponent. The Ravens rank eighth against the run, allowing 91.4 yards per game, and have given up the seventh-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs.

The Buccaneers gave Martin a vote of confidence earlier this week, with temporary offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo telling ESPN that the running back's struggles begin with the coaching staff. But as well as Bobby Rainey performed in Martin's absence, a change isn't outside the realm of possibility.

So it's a not so great matchup and a not so great situation for what may well be a not so great running back. I wouldn't start Martin in Fantasy unless I had to.


Buccaneers still trust Doug Martin as the top RB


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Buccaneers still have faith in running back Doug Martin, according to ESPN on Wednesday.

Martin has rushed for 94 yards on 37 carries through three games, averaging only 2.5 yards per carry over that span. After suffering a knee injury in the opening week of the season, Bobby Rainey filled in and rushed for 144 yards in Week 2. Martin is back healthy and ready to get back on track. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who is temporarily calling plays for offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, indicated he's going to give Martin every opportunity to bounce back.

"I like the things Doug has done," Arroyo said. "Our run game has to improve, obviously, overall. We believe that as a staff that starts with us. I think wholeheartedly we need to continue to find out what exactly it takes to get us back on track in the run game. There's going to be some finer points, detail and those things execution wise."


Buccaneers RB Doug Martin disappoints again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin carried 14 times for 45 yards (3.2 ypc) and caught three of five targets for 29 yards in the loss at New Orleans. Martin is averaging 2.5 yards on 37 carries this season.

Martin served as the lead back ahead of Bobby Rainey, who carried six times for 21 yards and also caught three passes. Martin plays the Ravens in Week 6.


Doug Martin still searching for breakout game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is looking for his first big game of the season, but it is not clear if that is coming in Week 5 against the Saints.

New Orleans' defense has struggled against running backs this season, allowing 21.5 Fantasy points per game through four contests. However, this might be a game where the Buccaneers have to abandon the run early, since the Saints' offense tends to be unstoppable at home. Opponents rushed for just 93.78 yards per game against the Saints in the Superdome last season, compared to 129 on the road.

Martin's role might just depend on how the game goes this Sunday. If the Buccaneers can keep it close, he could put together a solid performance, as he did in Week 3 a year ago, when he rushed for 144 yards against the Saints.

Consider him more of a No. 2 back this week, with both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg ranking him toward the bottom of the top 20


Doug Martin doesn't give Bobby Rainey a chance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) In his return from a knee injury Week 4 at Pittsburgh, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin led the way with 14 carries. The second-most went to the player who thrived in his absence, Bobby Rainey. He got only four.

That's mostly good news in Fantasy, but for the Rainey owners, perhaps it isn't. Certainly, you'd rather see one of the two backs carry the load rather than another timeshare, but maybe Martin isn't the one to do it. He scored a touchdown, sure, but he gained only 40 yards on those 14 carries, giving him 2.1 yards per carry on the year.

Rainey, by comparison, is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. True, he owes much of that to the 144 yards he had on 22 carries against the Rams in Week 2, but despite the two early fumbles Week 3 at Atlanta, he still finished with 105 total yards in that game, 64 on the receiving end.

Ideally, if you own Martin, you own Rainey and vice versa. Whichever gets the carries looks like he'll get the vast majority of them. But I still have some doubts as to which running back will emerge in the long run.


Doug Martin pitches in with TD and little more in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Buccaneers featured back Doug Martin played little role in a shocking victory over host Pittsburgh on Sunday despite a 3-yard touchdown run three minutes into the third quarter.

Martin finished with just 40 yards on 14 carries and added two catches for 16 yards. He ran like a guy coming off a knee injury that prevented him from playing the previous two weeks. Oddly, he managed exactly seven carries for 20 yards in both halves. He will attempt to contribute more next Sunday against the host Saints.


Doug Martin green light for Sunday no surprise


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) As expected, Buccaneers featured back Doug Martin has received the green light to play Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was listed as probable with a knee problem, but practiced in full throughout the week.

Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin probable for Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Two premier skill position players have been deemed probable by the Buccaneers for their Sunday game in Pittsburgh. Both wide receiver Vincent Jackson (wrist) and featured back Doug Martin (knee) appear all but set to play.

Doug Martin deems himself 100 percent heading into Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said Thursday he is 100 percent recovered from a knee injury that kept him out two games, according to The Tampa Tribune. Martin added he is anxious to get back on the field and prove he is still an impact player. 

The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh Week 4.


Doug Martin practices in full


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin practiced fully Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's visit to Pittsburgh, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Martin missed the Week 3 loss in Atlanta with a knee injury but is on track to face the Steelers.

Buccaneers backs heading for solid matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) With Doug Martin returning to practice ahead of Week 4 against the Steelers, the Buccaneers running back picture if a bit more cloudy than it was a week ago at this time. With a promising matchup on the way against the Steelers, can you trust either Martin or backup Bobby Rainey Sunday?

If Martin is able to overcome his knee injury, he is the guy you want in your lineup, obviously. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him as a top-20 running back option for Week 4, and that might even be underselling his upside a bit. There is risk in relying on Martin, obviously, but the Steelers have provided little resistance against the run this season, allowing opposing running backs to rack up 5.5 yards per carry so far.

If Martin is unable to play unexpectedly, as was the case a week ago, Rainey should slide up the running back ranks. He made up for a pretty disastrous Week 3 performance in garbage time, but was better than his two fumbles might indicate. Rainey racked up over 100 all-purpose yards, coming off his massive 144-yard performance the week before.

At the very least, both Rainey and Martin should be owned ahead of this matchup. If Martin is good to go, he will be worth starting, while Rainey makes for a nice handcuff option if he suffers a setback. 


Doug Martin practices without limitations


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who has missed two straight games with a knee injury, "showed no limitations" during practice Monday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. He appears set to return for Week 4 at Pittsburgh.

Buccaneers list inactives for Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Buccaneers have listed RB Doug Martin, LB Mason Foster, T Kevin Pamphile, G Rishaw Johnson, G Kadeem Edwards, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and DT Gerald McCoy as inactive Week 3 against the Falcons.

Martin and McCoy are the biggest names on the list. Both players entered the game considered questionable. 


Doug Martin inactive Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is inactive Week 3 against the Falcons.

Martin is still dealing with a knee injury. He was considered questionable coming into the game, but was able to get through limited practice throughout the week. 


Report: Doug Martin unlikely to play Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who is questionable due to a knee injury, is unlikely to play Thursday against the Falcons, a source told NFL.com. However, he is expected to test his injured knee during pregame to see if he can play.

Bucs might use three RBs Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Even if Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who is questionable due to a knee injury, suits up Thursday against the Falcons, coach Lovie Smith indicated the team will use multiple running backs to pace the rushing attack Week 3.

Bobby Rainey rushed for 144 yards in a Week 2 loss vs. St. Louis and third-string running back Mike James had six carries with Martin sidelined Sunday.

"We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said, per ESPN. "That’s why we’ve had three (active) every time we could. That’s just making our running back position stronger."


Buccaneers list Doug Martin as questionable


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was limited in practice for a third straight day, and he's officially questionable to face the Falcons. Martin was inactive Week 2 against the Rams but appears to have a good chance of suiting up Thursday night in Atlanta.

Doug Martin gets first carries at practice Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who sat out Week 2 due to a knee injury, received the first carries at running back during the early portion of practice Tuesday, according to The Tampa Tribune. Martin was listed as a limited participant in practice Monday.

Doug Martin an option to play Thursday?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Monday only three players would have not been able to practice and the list didn't include running back Doug Martin, who missed Week 2 due to a knee injury. Martin's availability to practice Monday indicates he could be an option for Thursday's game at Atlanta, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Doug Martin sat out Week 2 with eye on Thursday night


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) According to 620 WDAE in Tampa, the Buccaneers sat Doug Martin out from Sunday's game against the Rams in order to allow him to get healthy for Week 3's Thursday night game against the Falcons.

Martin missed most of the second half of the team's opener, and was deactivated shortly before kickoff in Week 2, but appears to be aiming to return Thursday. He is dealing with a knee injury. 


Doug Martin inactive for Week 2 showdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) As expected, the Buccaneers have ruled running back Doug Martin out for Week 2 against the Rams because of a knee injury. Martin suffered the injury in Week 1, which caused him to miss most of the second half against the Panthers. Bobby Rainey will get the start in his place.

Reports: Doug Martin probably out in Week 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Buccaneers featured back Doug Martin is unlikely to play Sunday, per various reports. He has been dealing with a knee injury that had him listed as questionable.

His absence would probably result in Bobby Rainey getting the bulk of the carries.


Doug Martin expected to go Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is expected to give it a go Week 2 against the Rams, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Martin is considered questionable heading into the game, but is expected to play. Martin expressed a desire to bounce-back after running for just 9 yards Week 1. Coach Lovie Smith agreed, saying Martin remains the team's bellcow. "I've talked about how important Doug is to us," Smith said. "Just our running game in general, we were trying to get it going with all of our guys. Doug is our lead guy. We weren't able to for whatever reason this first game, but we'll stay committed to it."