Doug Martin Fantasy News
Bucs offense on same page, expects big things
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:30pm
The Bucs say they are about to reap the benefits of stability.
With offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan back for a second season, the NFL’s No. 9 attack is gearing up for a more dynamic year.
WR Vincent Jackson said the difference in Freeman is apparent, well before the start of training camp.
“He’s way more comfortable this year with the language,’’ Jackson said. “You can see it in his confidence, the way he’s directing the field. It’s fun to watch his physical tools take shape. We’ve got some new faces out here and it’s fun because we spread the ball around. Once we’re clicking, we’re going to be hard to stop."
Freeman comes in ranked 16th among our QBs with the potential to finish much better than that if the Bucs really are all on the same page. But we've expected big things from Freeman in the past only to end up disappointed. Taking him as a middle of the road QB2 seems like the best way to approach drafting him. With an ADP of the 16th round, he should be there pretty late in fantasy drafts, especially in 10-team leagues. Despite Freeman's rank, Jackson comes in ranked 8th with Williams ranked 32nd. RB Doug Martin is ranked third at his position. Freeman certainly has the talent around him.
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Jamaal Charles will "stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls" in new offense
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:40pm
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with [Brian Westbrook] and [LeSean McCoy], and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
We have Charles as our #4 RB in standard formats and #3 in PPR. He is right there with Doug Martin in both formats.
OC Gruden: Gio Bernard will compete "for the third-down spot"
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:03am
OC Jay Gruden loves the pick of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard in the second round. He's a three-down back, Gruden says, who upgrades the Cincinnati passing game with an exciting sizzle.
"We had a need and we filled it with two guys. Bernard and [Rex Burkhead] are both good in that role," Gruden says. "They'll be competing for the third-down spot."
Gruden covets Bernard's versatility, and his size, 5-9, 205 pounds, he says, is no different than three-down backs coming into the league. Like Tampa Bay's 5-9, 220-pound Doug Martin in the last draft: "(Bernard) ran the ball in and outside zones and caught it as well. A lot of guys his size are doing it."
He also calls Bernard a three-down back which shouldn't make BenJarvus Green-Ellis sleep any better at night. We expect BJGE to get most of the early down work, with Bernard being used as the change-of-pace and third-down back. In other words, this looks like it's turning into a RBBC.
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11:42am
The team has announced the move. But a source said Blount will receive $1.25 million in base salary. He also can earn a $350,000 reporting bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus.
Blount will continue to serve as Doug Martin's primary backup.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 1:17pm
His 56 yards on 18 carries against the Broncos included just 8 yards on three carries in the second half. But Schiano said Martin, whose 1,106 rushing yards are third in the league, is not wearing down. Against Denver it was only game circumstances.
"I thought he was right on stride to have a really good rushing production day, but then we go down the three scores," head coach Greg Schiano said. "From 18 minutes left in the game on it was purely passing. So, you take away, really, the prime real estate for rushing the football and that's in the forth quarter when people are worn out. Overall, I thought Doug ran the ball well."
Between Week 8 and Week 11, Martin rushed 97 times for 592 yards. As the story points out, the last two weeks he's slumped a bit in tough matchups. The good news is he should bounce back at home this week against a struggling Eagles defense.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:30pm
RB Doug Martin is on pace to become the most productive rookie ball carrier in team history. That honor is currently held by Cadillac Williams, who ran for 1,178 yards in 2005. With 543 yards through seven games Martin is on pace to finish with 1,241 yards.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 8:19am
Execs said they would not be surprised if little-used back-up running back LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs was dealt by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Doug Martin has established himself as the starter in Tampa. Blount had a streak of 2 TDs in two games, but after falling short on a couple of tries last week, he seems on the outs and Martin received the in-close chances. Blount could have some value to a team as a big, change of pace back or possibly more. Danny Ware and Michael Smith would move up on the depth chart if Blount got moved.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2:27pm
Running back LeGarrette Blount may have lost his job as the goal-line back after failing to score on three tries from the 1-yard line in the loss to the Saints. The Bucs will have to consider using Doug Martin from here on. They can’t afford to waste scoring opportunities.
Blount had scored in two-straight games prior to last week, so this would be great news for Doug Martin owners. Blount was a risky play just counting on him to get you six points from a TD and he isn't getting enough work prior to this potential demotion to be in your lineup.
Doug Martin expects to break out
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 11:12am
Doug Martin has an average of 3.5 yards per carry on his 71 totes, which is actually a bit more impressive than it looks.
He has run hard between the tackles and generally managed to get positive yards, with a lot of three and four-yard gains. His average has simply not been spiked by long runs; his longest carry so far is 17 yards, though he’s had a 19 and a 20-yarder erased by penalty.
Given his quick moves and his demonstrated tackle-breaking ability, one would expect Martin to eventually break out for some bigger gains. He believes that is right around the corner.
Martin's been a bit of a fantasy disappointment this season and owners likely expected more. But, the team is last in third-down percentage so they're not extending drives which doesn't help. LeGarrette Blount scored a TD last week but Martin still got the majority of the work and that should continue. The Bucs have a bye this week.
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 9:42pm
Bucs HC Greg Schiano says there is no set percentage of handoffs he is looking to give either Doug Martin or LeGarrette Blount; rather, he describes it is a “perfect-feel” type of thing. Ideally, Blount’s insertion into the game would give the offense a dynamic and bruising changeup, and that would in turn help Martin when he comes back into the game, rested and ready to provide a different look.
“One week it could be 50-50 and the next week it could be 80-20 – whatever fits the situation perfectly,” said Schiano. “But you’ve got to be careful because when you go totally by feel you can look up and it’s the fourth quarter and he’s only got one carry. So it’s a delicate balance.”
LeGarrette Blount diagnosed with a stinger
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 5:56pm
Doug Martin seems to be entrenched as the team's RB1. Blount is the proper handcuff for now.
Doug Martin officially named RB1 in Tampa
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12:26pm
We suspected this to be the case when Martin played the majority of the 1st half in the last preseason game, but this change makes it official. Draft him in the 3rd round with confidence.
Sunday, August 26, 2012, 1:40pm
It would appear as though Bucs RB Doug Martin has secured the starting job in Tampa Bay.
"Martin moved into the starting lineup Friday against the Patriots, and he won't be replaced any time soon.
With starters expected to rest in Wednesday's preseason finale at Washington, it appears Martin has won the tailback job over incumbent LeGarrette Blount.
Friday, Martin ran 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 12 yards. Blount ran seven times for 22 yards and didn't catch a pass."
Friday, August 24, 2012, 11:05pm
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin played extensively on six of the team's first seven possessions, while LeGarrette Blount was relegated to only early down duty on one of those positions. Martin also got a goal and carry and managed to score.