Doug Martin Fantasy News
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:44am
"The healing process is going well," James said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything."
Asked if he has been cleared to participate in the first minicamp (April 22-24), James said the team is still "taking everything day by day." His focus is on getting back to full strength and full speed.
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Doug Martin still the 'main ball carrier' for Bucs
Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:07am
Martin still is going to be the main ball carrier and that means he still will be a fantasy force. Smith and his staff will work Mike James and Bobby Rainey into the rotation, but that’s not going to diminish Martin’s impact.
If anything, not having to handle virtually all the carries, the way he did under former coach Greg Schiano, should help keep Martin fresh. James and Rainey showed they’re capable runners last year when Martin was out with a shoulder injury.
Martin should bounce back in 2014, though he has a couple of solid RBs behind him in Rainey and James. Rainey was particularly good down the stretch, racking up 559 total yards and six TDs on 148 touches. His YPC (3.9) wasn't great, but that should improve in a smaller role. Martin's ADP will likely settle in around the 1/2 turn in fantasy drafts.
Doug Martin medically cleared
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:30am
Bucs RB Doug Martin announced he's been medically cleared from a torn labrum that cost him the entire second half of the 2013 season.
Martin confirmed in a tweet that he's officially cleared. Head coach Lovie Smith added over the weekend the team will lean on Martin this season, but also likes the other backs - as Mike James and Bobby Rainey both proved worthy in their time last year and will probably take away some work. Martin will likely slip a little from his top-three RB ranking a year ago, but should fall in the low-end RB1, high-end RB2 area.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 6:06pm
Bucs RB Doug Martin says he's "about to get cleared" regarding his shoulder injury. Should be good to go for OTAs on April 7.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:20am
Bucs new head coach Lovie Smith says their offense is a running attack that can pass the football. RB Doug Martin will be the bell cow, but they will have backup help.
Looks like Martin could bounce back this year, but previous owners will likely use caution after high expectations with Martin likely cost them in 2013. In our Never-Too-Early RB rankings, John Paulsen has Martin 12th.
Bucs want to 'upgrade the tight end position'
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 5:21pm
Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith plans to run the ball, and running back is one of the few positions the team has depth with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. But to open holes, Smith says he needs a run-blocking tight end. Tim Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. But he's limited as a blocker.
"If we talk about being a running football team, we need a traditional (tight end) that can block and be a pass catcher also," Smith said. "Injuries have hurt the position. But right now, we need to upgrade the tight end position also."
It doesn't sound as if the team is counting on Wright to be their full time tight end.
Bucs sign Bobby Rainey to a two-year deal
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:08pm
The Buccaneers weren’t at any risk of losing running back Bobby Rainey because he was set to be an exclusive rights free agent, but the team decided they wanted to enter into a longer relationship with a player who flashed some ability late last season.
The Bucs announced that they have signed Rainey to a two-year deal designed to keep him in Tampa through 2015.
From Week 10 to Week 17, Rainey was the #11 RB in standard formats, gaining 559 total yards to go along with six TDs (5 rush, 1 rec) in eight games. He'll likely serve as the primary backup to Doug Martin and is a good handcuff for Martin owners.
Bucs plan to use a 'one-two punch' in backfield
Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00pm
Unlike former head coach Greg Schiano, who preferred to give the bulk of the carries to a single back such as Doug Martin, new OC Jeff Tedford plans to use a two- and maybe even three-back scheme that constantly forces defenses to adjust to his personnel.
“When I was at (the University of California) we were always very fortunate to have two very good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch or Lynch and Justin Forsett, or Lynch and Jahvid Best or Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen,’’ Tedford said Wednesday.
“We really had a good one-two punch in the backfield there and I think that’s what you need. For one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, is a lot. So (we’re looking) to have two and probably three backs that can provide different things for you.’’
We don't have to read between the lines to see that Martin may not get the workhorse-type touches that he received in his first season. Still, he'll very likely be the lead back and hold 2nd/3rd round value heading into 2014 fantasy drafts.
Bucs hire Lovie Smith
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:01am
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted little time replacing Greg Schiano, agreeing to terms with Lovie Smith on Wednesday to become their next head coach on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.
Smith is expected to hire former University of California-Berkeley head coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator and recently-fired former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator.
MNF Injury Report
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6:09pm
T Jonathan Martin (illness)
CB Dimitri Patterson (groin)
LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), LB Koa Misi (knee)
G Carl Nicks (foot)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)
LB Mason Foster (elbow), S Dashon Goldson (knee), CB Danny Gorrer (groin), G Davin Joseph (knee), RB Erik Lorig (toe), DT Akeem Spence (wrist), S Keith Tandy (ankle), LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)
Bucs place Doug Martin (shoulder) on injured reserve
Friday, November 8, 2013, 5:47pm
Neither the Bucs nor Martin can be blamed for exploring the possibility of rehabbing the injury and returning later in the season, but the stars never were aligned for that scenario.
It doesn't make sense to delay the inevitable surgery until the offseason when an injured Martin can't help turn an 0-8 season around. Once the coaching staff had a long look at Mike James' impressive Week 9 game film, it became an easier decision to end Martin's season.
It was the right move from a franchise standpoint, but obviously Martin owners are still reeling from the loss of their first round pick. Mike James looks like a solid RB2 for the remainder of the season.
Bucs to decide Doug Martin's fate by Monday
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:18pm
Indications are the Bucs are leaning toward placing Martin on season-ending injured reserve and scheduling surgery to have the torn labrum his left shoulder repaired within the next few weeks rather than risk further injury to their Pro Bowl tailback with the team off to an 0-8 start.
It's unlikely that Martin plays another down this season since there's nothing to play for but pride. Mike James will continue to carry the load.
Bucs won't risk re-injury to Doug Martin (shoulder)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:55pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin said he’s day to day and believes it will be his decision whether or not he’ll be able to return this season from a shoulder injury. Martin needs surgery at some point, and HC Greg Schiano said he’ll only be allowed to return if team doctors believe Martin won’t be subject to further damage to the shoulder.
The initial report had Martin targeting a Week 10 return, but since Martin is not practicing, that doesn't look like it's going to happen. It's hard to imagine a scenario where Martin wouldn't be risking further injury by coming back prior to surgery, but it sounds as if both he and the team are open to the idea of a return in 2013. We're holding in deeper leagues, but if there is an attractive waiver wire option that can offer immediate or near-term help (i.e. Shane Vereen or Andre Brown), go ahead and cut Martin.