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Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:59pm
ESPN Staff Writer Dan Graziano believes Doug Martin will be "significantly in the mix" versus the Patriots tonight in his return from suspension.
Graziano also goes on to speculate that the Bucs didn't activate Martin just to split the workload with Jacquizz Rodgers. Going off of Graziano's feelings, it seems Martin will be the lead back; however, it's hard to base starting lineup decisions just on a feeling. Blue Swede, we are not. In what is a great matchup according to our schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) metric, we have Martin ranked higher than Rodgers in both standard (RB22 vs. RB49) and PPR leagues (RB23 vs. RB47). The Pats are allowing 132.8 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry this season. With four teams on a bye, Martin is a solid RB2 option this week.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 10:33am
Week 6 at Arizona Cardinals
Doug Martin made his return last week after serving a suspension to start the year, and it was worth the wait. He played well, rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The game script made it so he didn't carry the ball too much, but if he keeps averaging 5.7 yards per carry he'll be in for a big season.
Having said that, though, he could struggle this week. He gets a tough matchup against the Cardinals who are allowing less than 100 rushing yards per game. Arizona is giving up just 3.3 yards per carry, which ranks sixth in the league.
Martin is mostly a rush-only player as he didn't do much in the passing game last week (1 catch). He should be viewed as a solid RB2 play this week.
2017 Strength of Schedule - TB
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||13.50||63.50||1.00||0||4.70||1.00||9.50||0||2.50||9.50||13.30||14.30||31.50/71.00||44.49% |
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