Doug Martin Fantasy News

Bucs 'very high' on RB Charles Sims

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 10:29am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pat Yasinkas on the Buccaneers running back situation: The Bucs will have two position battles that I find especially compelling. First, there's running back. Doug Martin has been the starter the past three seasons. But he's coming off a disappointing season and the coaching staff and front office don't seem sold on a player they didn't draft. They did draft Charles Sims last year and the coaches are very high on him. Sims could end up beating out Martin.

Fantasy Impact:

Sims averaged 2.8 YPC on 66 carries last year but fared well in the passing game (19 catches for 190 yards). The best running back on the roster last year was Bobby Rainey, but no one seems to think he's a threat for a major role as long as Sims and Martin stay healthy.

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Lovie Smith: 'Haven't seen true Doug Martin yet'

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still believe in running back Doug Martin? Coach Lovie Smith told a gathering of team suite holders on Thursday that "we haven't seen the true Doug Martin yet," per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.

Smith went on to praise Tampa's stable of backs -- including Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Charles Sims -- while noting that new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is excited to see what a healthy Martin can accomplish in 2015.

Three years removed from a sizzling rookie campaign that saw him rumble for 1,454 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, Martin has been slowed by shoulder, knee and ankle injuries over the past two seasons. After burning through opponents for 4.6 yards per carry as a rookie, he's logged just 3.6 yards per tote since.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story also pointed out, Martin played last season behind a terrible O-line. There's also been a lot of hype surrounding Sims, who could cut into any kind of workload Martin would get this season. However, the story also pointed out it's entirely possible the Bucs look to trade or release Martin before the season.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 14. Rainey’s absence would open the for both Doug Martin and Charles Sims to receive more snaps and touches, though a matchup with a very tough Detroit defense isn’t appealing.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Rainey’s absence would open the for both Doug Martin and Charles Sims to receive more snaps and touches, though a matchup with a very tough Detroit defense isn’t appealing.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Rainey’s absence would open the for both Doug Martin and Charles Sims to receive more snaps and touches, though a matchup with a very tough Detroit defense isn’t appealing.

Bucs say Doug Martin's role will be to get 'back into the mix'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:10pm

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the team's bell cow in August, and Martin's photograph stares out from billboards near Raymond James Stadium. Martin, who hasn't addressed reporters this week, got many of the reps with the first team during drills.

Smith said Martin's role will be to get "back into the mix." Martin's health will help determine how many offensive touches he gets and whether he can step into the role Smith envisioned for him months ago.

"Yes, we would like to see one of our running backs rush for 200 yards and he becomes the bell-cow role," Smith said. "But Doug is back this week, and that's a good thing. He's looked pretty good in practice, and we feel real good about that group, whatever three or four we go with."

Fantasy Impact:

It's shaping up to be an ugly three-headed committee in Week 12, but we believe the team wants to see what they have in Charles Sims. Unfortunately, he's questionable with an ankle injury after sitting out most of the season (with an ankle injury), so that certainly limits his upside.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. Charles Sims (ankle, questionable) is also iffy. Sims likely gets the lion’s share if they both play, but neither is an attractive start at this point.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Doug Martin (ankle, questionable) is also questionable. Sims likely gets the lion’s share if they both play, but neither is an attractive start at this point.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Martin will return, but it appears that the team wants to feature Charles Sims at this point.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a midweek downgrade for Sims, which is typically a bad sign. He missed most of the season with an ankle injury. If Sims can’t play Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin would likely form a committee against the Bears.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Martin will return, but it appears that the team wants to feature Charles Sims at this point.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, out) took limited practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 11. Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will split the work against the Redskins, though the backfield seems to be tilting Sims’ way.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Martin’s possible return would muddy the waters further. He’s likely behind Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey at this point, but we won’t know for sure until the game begins.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Martin’s injury continues to linger, so he may have a high-ankle sprain. He has missed two games so far. Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will continue to share the RB work in Tampa.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 10. Martin won’t return this week, so Bobby Rainey will be a good start again against the Falcons. It seems like the Bucs are intent on bringing Charles Sims along slowly, though he’s tentatively expected to play this week.

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