Doug Martin Fantasy News

Bucs improve line by acquiring G Logan Mankins

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Patriots have agreed to the parameters of a trade that would send Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick and tight end Tim Wright. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the news.

"We were looking at all options," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman. "It's something we've been talking about since first week of camp. We feel very fortunate. Logan is a very good player. I'm a first-hand witness to what he means to the locker room."

Licht worked in the Pats' front office from 2009-11, and director of player personnel Jon Robinson was with the Pats from 2002-13.

Mankins, the Patriots' 2005 first-round pick has started at least 15 games in seven of his nine NFL seasons, and he fills an obvious need on a Buccaneers' offensive line that has looked overmatched for much of the preseason. On Monday, the Bucs visited with former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, but he left without signing a contract.

Fantasy Impact:
The raises the stock of Bucs RB Doug Martin a bit as the Tampa has been looking to improve their struggling line and this will help. As the story points out, the Pats have a history of knowing when to get rid of an aging player and still get value. Mankins is a Pro Bowler and considered a top-20 guard.

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Lovie: Doug Martin 'is our bell cow'

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:21pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

"He's a key guy," Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith said of RB Doug Martin, adding that backup Bobby Rainey also figures prominently in the team's plans as it prepare for the Sept. 7 regular season opener against Carolina.

"With Mike James going down with an injury and with (Charles Sims) going down, those guys need to play at a certain level," the coach added. "They're both good players, but Doug is our bell cow. He likes that role. He's had a good camp, hasn't missed a beat."

"A tough runner, doesn't complain," Smith said. "He's going to rush for a lot of yards for us this year."

Fantasy Impact:
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. The Sims injury certainly helps Martin's outlook.

Bucs see Doug Martin as all-around back

Monday, August 18, 2014, 4:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s easy to forget that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin caught 49 passes as a rookie in 2012. It’s so easy that even the new coaching staff and front office came in not counting on Martin as a pass catcher.

“In the offseason, that was an area that we talked about,’’ coach Lovie Smith said Monday. “We went into the draft because we thought that was an area where we thought we needed a little bit of help.’’

The Bucs used a third-round pick to draft Charles Sims, who caught more than 200 passes in his college career. But Sims isn’t going to be contributing right away. He suffered an ankle injury last week that’s going to keep him out for 12 to 14 weeks.

Along the way, though, the Bucs might have found a running back they’re comfortable with as a pass catcher. That’s Martin.

Fantasy Impact:
Smith admitted Martin’s pass-catching game has been better than expected. You'll find a lot of different opinions of Martin on draft day most likely, with not a lot of in between - there are those who love him and those who are scared to death to draft him. His third round ADP still makes him a pretty attractive back at that point in drafts, and we have him ranked 13th on our PPR list. We think he loses some work to Bobby Rainey and Mike James, but still ending up as a RB2.

Bucs RB Charles Sims (ankle) out 3+ months after surgery

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:40pm

Rick Stroud, Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims will have surgery on his right ankle and is out 12-14 weeks.

Fantasy Impact:
Doug Martin gets a small boost as Sims was seen as the primary threat to his touches, though the team is still stacked at running back with Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Martin is showing good hands in camp, so he may see most of his additional touches in the passing game.

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin showing better-than-expected hands

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN on the Buccaneers' running backs...

Rookie running back Charles Sims is going to be at least a nice player, but he needs to be really good to validate his drafting. Sims was taken in the third round even though the Bucs didn't have a big need at running back. They had a big need at guard and could have gotten a quality one in the third round.

Speaking of running backs, I think Doug Martin showed the new coaching staff he can catch passes better than it thought.

Fantasy Impact:
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.

Bucs RB Doug Martin has 'looked sharp' in camp

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Doug Martin is back from a shoulder injury that kept him out for about half of last season. That should provide a huge lift for the offense. Martin rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012, and he has looked sharp in training camp. Under Schiano, the Bucs often overused Martin. That’s not going to be the case with Smith. The Bucs have made it clear that Martin will remain as the feature back but that they’ll rotate in some other backs to keep him fresh.

Fantasy Impact:
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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas: Starter Doug Martin has looked very good at running back, but he’s not the only one. Third-round draft pick Charles Sims has made some nice cuts in the last few practices and also has shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield. I think Sims might have a shot to be the top backup to Martin. “He’s a scholarship player, looking at it in college terms," Smith said. “He’s not a walk-on. He got his scholarship for a reason."

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:14pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Doug Martin is the starter, but the Buccaneers want to use a rotation. Bobby Rainey, Mike James, Charles Sims and Jeff Demps will all be vying for carries.

Fantasy Impact:
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

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

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.''

Fantasy Impact:
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 - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:
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

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith discussed RB Doug Martin...

"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.''

Fantasy Impact:
It sounds as if Smith wants to be able to spell Martin. The Bucs are pretty deep at RB with Mike James, Bobby Rainey and draft pick Charles Sims. Martin is still primed for a big role in what should be a bounce back season.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:44am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Five months after a promising rookie season ended with a broken left ankle, Buccaneers running back Mike James said he's pleased with his recovery and is running and cutting.

"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.

Fantasy Impact:
James will compete with Bobby Rainey for touches behind Doug Martin.

Doug Martin still the 'main ball carrier' for Bucs

Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:07am

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN - [Full Article]

Even though coach Lovie Smith has said he plans to use a rotation in his backfield, don't go dropping Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin from your fantasy team.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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.