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Scouting report

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Let's check in on the Raiders offense as they begin the second half of their season: 19th in total offense, 28th in scoring offense and 24th in rushing offense. The Jon Gruden era is going swimmingly so far. The Raiders also have one of the lowest implied team totals this week against Los Angeles. Doug Martin has double-digit carries in his last two games with Marshawn Lynch on IR, but he's not adding anything in the passing game with these negative game scripts Oakland keeps running into this year. Richard is the one providing the much safer floor in PPR formats. Martin is nothing more than a desperation FLEX in search of a rushing touchdown in Week 10.

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday)

So what did the run game look like for Oakland without Marshawn Lynch? 15 touches on 56 percent of snaps for Doug Martin and 10 touches on 44 percent of snaps for Jalen Richard. Richard's touches will continue to come mostly in the passing game where Martin has taken over early-down work. There will be weeks where game script sinks Martin's fantasy value, but on paper, this is not one of them. San Francisco is just 19th in aFPA to RBs, and with the 49ers possibly starting a third-string quarterback, positive game flow is likely for Martin in Week 9. He's a viable low-end RB2 this week.

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Raiders come out of the bye week without their top running back, as Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Do we have optimism for Doug Martin to step in and provide good fantasy value? Not exactly. Martin has rushed for four yards per carry in a season since 2015 and will run behind a bottom-half run blocking offensive line. When Lynch was healthy, his fantasy value still suffered in negative game script situations. We expect the same to continue with Doug Martin, as Jalen Richard is still the passing down back. Martin should be viewed as a risky FLEX in Week 8.

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Denver Broncos

The Broncos were top-10 last season in aFPA to RBs. Denver was also top-10 in PPR points allowed to the RB position in Week 1. The Raiders have an implied team total under 20 points, which is very low by Vegas standards. Doug Martin only received six touches in Week 1. His role is not one you can count on behind starter Marshawn Lynch. Martin should not be owned in most leagues.

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Welcome back to the Jon Gruden era, where the Raiders will start with a bottom-half implied team total in Vegas for Week 1. Doug Martin will play backup RB to Marshawn Lynch against a stingy defense that added Ndamukong Suh to go with Aaron Donald up front. Add the likely negative game script to having no idea how much Gruden wants to play Martin (who was terrible the past two seasons), and he should be nowhere near starting lineups.

by Steve Andress

OAK RB Doug Martin - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

“Doug has really jumped out in camp with his quickness, his ability to pick up the offense and what we’ve given him,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said in May. New head coach Jon Gruden has also praised Martin, who is looking to revitalize his career after back-to-back fantasy bust seasons after he finished as the RB4 in 2015.

Fantasy Downside

Doug Martin garnered preseason praise last season also, but that doesn't change the fact he's been terrible in games for two straight seasons. He averaged a pathetic 2.94 yards per carry last season. Plus, Marshawn Lynch isn't going anywhere.

2018 Bottom Line

It's a longshot, but maybe Doug Martin can work his way into the backfield rotation in Oakland. However, that still will not garner enough touches for him to be fantasy relevant unless he can somehow pass Marshawn Lynch on the depth chart. That's unlikely, given Lynch's above-average per carry metrics last season.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Doug Martin has been struggling to find much production, averaging 2.4 yards per carry in his last five games. He did score a touchdown last week, but it was his first score since Week 6. Peyton Barber has been running better than him, and we could end up seeing Barber get more touches.

Martin gets a tough matchup this week against the Falcons, a team he ran for 33 yards against earlier in the season. Martin has really fallen down the rankings and is nothing more than a desperate RB3 play this week.

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