| Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (31)
College: Boise State
Ht: 5’9” Wt: 223 DOB: 1989-01-13 Age: 25
|With LeGarrette Blount failing to build upon his solid rookie season and struggling for much of 2011, the Bucs traded back into the first round of this yearís draft to select Doug Martin. A solid all around running back, the Boise State product has decent size (5í9Ē, 223 pounds), agility and speed and excelled as a receiver and pass blocker in college. Martinís skill set sets him apart from Blount, who has struggled in a receiving role and is more of a power runner. That makes Martin the favorite to open the season as the teamís starter and earn a significant amount of touches in 2012. Given the addition of guard Carl Nicks, further improving an already solid offensive line, and new head coach Greg Schianoís preference to run the ball, Martin is a breakout candidate this season. The only issue dampening his fantasy prospects is that Blount is likely to earn the goal line work, which limits Martinís touchdown potential. Consider Martin a mid to lower tier RB2 in 2012 and an outstanding dynasty league prospect.
Comment: As a rookie, Martin has a chance to unseat LeGarrette Blount as the Bucs starting running back.
| Martin and Jackson practice for the Bucs -- Thu Sep 25 12:10 pm --|
Mike Glennon likely to get the start at QB
|For the Bucs, in addition to McCoy, Mike Glennon is likely to start for QB Josh McCown (thumb), rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) was limited in practice while RB Doug Martin (knee) was a full go, along with WR Vincent Jackson (wrist) (Tampa Bay Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Martin has gotten off to a rocky start with 9 total rushing yards after three weeks. Backup Bobby Rainey put the ball on the ground twice in Week 3 so the coaching staff shouldn't hesitate to give Martin a chance to regain the starting running back job in Week 4.
| Doug Martin officially Inactive -- Thu Sep 18 6:11 pm --|
Bobby Rainey expected to start
|And Bucs have deactivated RB Doug Martin. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Bobby Rainey moves into RB2 territory with Martin watching on the sidelines. The Falcons have given up the most fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks.
| Bucs likely without Doug Martin in Week 3 -- Thu Sep 18 4:10 pm --|
Team also expects to be minus Gerald McCoy
|The Buccaneers listed DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin as questionable for Thursday nightís game against the Falcons, but it doesnít look like either one of them will be on the field.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that McCoy and Martin are both unlikely to be active for the NFC South matchup. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Martin is expected to test his knee before the call is officially made to deactivate him, so there is still a glimmer of hope for his owners that he'll be able to play in what should be a juicy matchup. If he cannot go, then Bobby Rainey is a high-end RB2 play. McCoy's absence should allow Matt Ryan & Co. to feel a bit more comfortable in the pocket, meaning the Falcons have a shot to put up some stellar offensive numbers.
| Doug Martin questionable, expected to start -- Fri Sep 12 7:00 pm --|
Head coach calls Martin "lead guy"
|Doug Martin practiced last week and, although he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, is expected back in the lineup against the St. Louis Rams. "I've talked about how important Doug is to us," (Lovie) Smith said. "Just our running game in general, we were trying to get it going with all of our guys. Doug is our lead guy. We weren't able to for whatever reason this first game, but we'll stay committed to it." (Tampa Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Martin was removed from last week's game due to a knee injury but should get the start when the Bucs host the Rams on Sunday. Bobby Rainey will serve as Martin's backup. Martin has RB2 upside but needs a solid performance this week to ease the minds of his fantasy owners.
| Bucs RB Chalres Sims to have ankle surgery -- Fri Aug 15 3:14 pm --|
Expected to miss 12-14 weeks
|Rookie Charles Sims, a third-round draft pick, is expected to miss 12-14 weeks because of a right ankle injury that occurred Tuesday and requires surgery, the team announced. The Bucs have not said what the injury is, but that Sims will have surgery on Saturday.
Sims walked around in a protective boot on Thursday. (Tampa Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The rookie has been battling with Bobby Rainey and Mike James during camp in hopes of being part of a rotation at running back with starter Doug Martin. Rainey is the favorite to win the No. 2 job but Martin is the only runner to own in this backfield.
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