Doug Martin Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. If Martin remains out, Bobby Rainey would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons. It seems like the Bucs are intent on bringing Charles Sims along slowly, though he’s expected to play this week.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. If Martin remains out, Bobby Rainey would be a Sneaky Start against the Falcons. It seems like the Bucs are intent on bringing Charles Sims along slowly.

Bucs Beat: Doug Martin could be odd man out

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Bucs have been starting RB Doug Martin for most of the season. That’s understandable because Martin rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012. But the NFL is a league that’s all about what has happened lately. For Martin, not much has.

He missed much of 2013 with a shoulder injury. He's been dealing with knee and ankle injuries this seasons and hasn’t produced much. Martin has gained 166 yards on 28 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

Backup Bobby Rainey has been more productive than Martin, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Top that off with the fact that rookie Charles Sims is close to being active, and things aren’t looking really bright for Martin.

He was a first-round pick in 2012. But it’s looking like Martin could be the third man in a two-back rotation for the rest of this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Sims has been a very popular waiver pickup, but was inactive last week. That very well could change sooner than later leaving Rainey and Sims as the team's top options at the position. As we've pointed out in the past, Martin doesn't have any ties to the new coaching staff, the same staff that did draft Sims. Martin's injuries certainly aren't helping his situation.

Bucs activate RB Charles Sims

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:13pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are welcoming running back Charles Sims to the backfield committee.

The team activated the rookie from the injured reserve-designated to return list Saturday. It is uncertain if he will play Sunday.

With Doug Martin doubtful due to an ankle injury, Sims could share some of the load with Bobby Rainey, who will likely get most of the backfield work as the team eases the rookie back into game shape.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say the Bucs lavishly glowed about Sims' potential during the offseason before the running back suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. This was pretty much expected news all week and Sims was a popular pickup for owners needing help at RB. Rainey shapes up to be the better play, and we figure Sims in the 10-12 range for touches. It's a very good matchup, but both backs are a bit tough to trust given the Tampa offense.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 9. Martin will very likely sit, allowing the team to get a look at Charles Sims, who is a good bet to be active in Week 9. (We will know on Saturday if the team activates him from the designated-for-return list.) Bobby Rainey would figure to get a majority of the touches with Sims in line for 10-12 touches if things go to plan.