Doug Martin Fantasy News
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:11pm
One of the biggest myths of the offseason has taken on a life of its own because coach Lovie Smith said a team needs more than one quality back. He is serious about that and there will be some sort of rotation. But the fact is Doug Martin still is the feature back and will get most of the carries. He just won’t get almost all the carries like he did under former coach Greg Schiano. There will be room for Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps to compete for touches.
Martin was the #3 fantasy running back as a rookie, but his PPG dropped from #3 to #22 during his sophomore season. His stock has taken a hit due to the new regime in Tampa adding rookie Charles Sims to a stacked backfield that already includes Bobby Rainey and Mike James. He’s still going to be the RB1 for the Bucs but probably won’t see the 79.5% share of the carries that he received in his first 21 games. He’s still likely to be a high-end RB2 in both standard and PPR formats.
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Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:14pm
Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith has compared RB Charles Sims – as a type of player – to the Bears' Matt Forte, and draft analyst Rob Rang makes the same link. The author praises Sims' "impressive burst," "hand-eye coordination," "body control" and "soft mitts" and says those traits fit in well with the system new Offensive Coordination Jeff Tedford is installing in Tampa. The reason that Rang believes Sims could contribute significantly early on isn't necessarily positive, but it's a fair point: Josh McCown will need good protection up front to allow his crew of huge pass-catchers to get downfield, and it's not yet known how strong the Bucs' offensive line will be.
Rang would not be surprised if Sims, who was seen as something of a head-scratcher of a pick in early May, looks like a steal instead a month or two into the season.
The arrival of Sims has taken a good amount of wind out of Doug Martin's sails, causing his ADP to slip into the 2nd/3rd rounds. This is a new regime, so Martin's role is far from safe, though we still see him as the lead back in Tampa.
Bucs 'want to use a rotation' at RB
Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:20pm
Martin was not drafted by this regime, so he potentially could find himself in a timeshare, especially after a lackluster start to his second season (prior to getting injured).
Bucs want to 'alternate' running backs
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 5:12pm
Bucaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford said he believes in alternating running backs and the Bucs have no shortage of ballcarriers. In addition to Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey also rushed for more than 500 yards last season. And Tampa Bay used a third round draft pick on West Virginia running back Charles Sims.
“I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said Tuesday. "Even when we had two, 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had a thousand yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing.
"That's the goal to try and create some depth right there where there's not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There's no dropoff. We just keep going.''
Anytime a new OC is in town it throws some uncertainty into the mix. It's not clear just how many carries Martin will see when compared to the other backs. We currently project him to see 339 touches, but there's some downside from there if Tedford gives one of the other backs gets more than a 'change-of-pace' type of a role.
Charles Sims likely to have a role as a rookie
Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:38pm
Buccaneers.com Scott Smith on what the team's backfield looks like at this point in the offseason:
"I've made a point of noting that Buccaneers RB Charles Sims was a very productive runner at both West Virginia and Houston, since he seems to have been pigeon-holed since the draft as a pass-catcher only. Still, we can't ignore that it is his pass-catching ability that HC Lovie Smith cited immediately after the Bucs drafted him, and that Smith has referenced that potential role for Sims on several occasions since. Right now, Sims seems like the most likely of the three (Bobby Rainey, Mike James) behind Doug Martin to be involved in the offense on Sundays, but I still believe it will be in a complimentary role to Martin.
"The Bucs could very well keep all four of those backs on the roster, but even if they did they would likely only have three of them active on any given game day. So in this scenario you have Martin starting, Sims taking a handful of carries in his place and perhaps also serving as the third-down back and either James or Rainey taking some series from Martin as well."
We've moved Sims up the depth chart. He'll likely be the second-most valuable RB on draft day, though he may not see the carries that a typical RB2 might see given the quality runners behind him (James, Rainey). As for Martin, he comes in at #12 in the standard RB rankings. It doesn't sound like he's going to dominate the touches like he has in his first two years in the league.
Bucs want to give Doug Martin enough rest
Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:59pm
"He's our starting tailback," Smith said. "He's on most of the billboards around here. He's an All-Pro running back. There is nothing to dislike about Doug Martin. At the same time, we want Doug around here for many years. You need to have some other guys. He can't carry it every second.''
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.
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.