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by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

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.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. New England Patriots

Doug Martin returns from suspension this week, and his presence is badly needed. The Bucs rank near the bottom of the league in almost every rushing offense category. Martin looked good in the preseason and should step right into the starting role this week.

The veteran rusher gets a great opportunity in his first game back as he faces a favorable Patriots defense. The Pats have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing backs this season.

Martin carries some risk this week considering he's returning on a short week and hasn't been able to practice much. But Jacquizz Rodgers hasn't been getting it done, so Martin should still get plenty of touches. He should be viewed as an RB2 this week.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Heading into last season, Doug Martin was receiving all of the hype as he came off a career-year in 2015. He had some troubles last season, but if he can return to the back he was just a few years ago, he’ll be a steal in fantasy. He’s expected to be the starter in Tampa Bay this season and the two-time Pro Bowl running back has looked good in camp.

Martin is a threat out of the backfield, he’s a good goal-line rusher and he can break off big runs. When healthy and on the field, Martin can be one of the top backs in the league. And even though there are other backs in Tampa, the Bucs gave Martin plenty of touches once he returned from injury at the end of last season. In his final six games, Martin averaged 21.3 touches.

Fantasy Downside

Fantasy owners who draft Martin will be without him for the first three games of the season as he serves a suspension. Then there’s also a chance he gets hurt, as he’s been injury-prone throughout his career.

Despite all of those troubles, Martin even struggled on the football field. He averaged 2.9 yards a carry last season in eight games and didn’t have a big role in the passing game once he returned from injury.

2017 Bottom Line

There are some rumblings Martin’s starting job isn’t guaranteed by the time he returns in Week 4. If Jacquizz Rodgers plays well, why not ride the hot hand? Martin’s off-field problems also carry some risk as a fantasy owner, although he appears to be getting better. Martin clearly isn’t in the same position he was last year, but if things fall correctly, he could end up being a value pick later in the draft.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 16, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. New Orleans
Doug Martin's struggles continued last week as the Bucs rusher just can't find running room. Since returning from injury, he's averaged over three yards per carry in just one game despite getting 16+ attempts in every game.

He'll face the Saints again this week, a team he had success against just a few weeks ago. In that game, Martin scored a touchdown and had 85 total yards. Expect the Bucs to lean heavily on Martin once again, even though he hasn't shown much promise.

He should be viewed as an RB2 in a favorable matchup.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 15, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Dallas
Doug Martin has scored in consecutive weeks, and is clearly in no danger of losing his starting job despite the return of Charles Sims. Martin had 23 carries last week and added two receptions on top of that.

He gets an unfavorable matchup this week against the Cowboys, as Dallas has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game (83.1). The Bucs will likely give Martin his touches, but he may struggle to find open rushing lanes. He should be viewed as an RB2 in Week 15.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 14, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14. vs. New Orleans
Doug Martin hasn't run very well since his return from injury, but he's definitely getting the touches. That may change in the future, however, as coaches have hyped up Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims is expected back in the rotation this week.

Martin will still be the main ball carrier, however, and he'll have a chance at success this week against the Saints. New Orleans has been poor against stopping running backs this season, so Martin should be viewed as a strong RB2.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Doug Martin - Week 13, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. San Diego
Doug Martin is the clear bell cow in Tampa Bay, as he's had 24 carries and 23 carries in his last two games, respectively. He's not lighting the world on fire, as he's averaging just three yards per run, but the volume is hard to ignore.

He'll look to try and improve on his season this week in a favorable matchup against the Chargers. San Diego has allowed 15 total touchdowns to running backs this season, which ties for the second-highest.

Martin may not finish in the top five this week, but his touches alone make him a low-end RB1 play.

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