“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.
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.