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| In 2016, Martin reminded fantasy owners of just how disappointing he can be before checking himself into rehab prior to the end of the regular season. So what can we make of his outlook for 2017? The facts begin with his four-game suspension that started at the end of the 2016 season. That means he has only three games left to serve and will be able to return Week 4 just in time for four straight games against quality defenses (NYG, NE, @ARI, @BUF). Martin's injury history (dating back to college) includes four lower body injuries and one shoulder injury. That isn't that much worse than the average back these days but knowing that he could miss a game or two is worth noting when you are considering investing in a player already tabbed to miss three games. The good news is that he is on the right side of 30 and the team is on the upswing. Though many fantasy owners will likely avoid the Muscle Hamster, there are still miles left on the tires that shouldn't be ignored. Martin should return to his role of lead dog in the backfield making him a solid bet to get at least 80 total yards each week he plays. That may not be RB1 material but there is a place for a veteran running back that can catch the ball out of the backfield. The key will come down to what each owner is willing to pay for his services or how much of a discount is required to take on a player that is probably a RB2 at maximum value and best valued as a quality RB3 outside the top 25 fantasy running backs.
|Doug Martin to jump into the fire Week 5?|
NFL insider believes RB will play big role in season debut
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 5, 5:00 pm
|Bucs aren't saying much, but I would expect RB Doug Martin to be significantly in the mix tonight coming off his suspension. They believe his return can help spark the offense. They'll monitor him as game goes along, as he could have some rust. But my sense is they wouldn't have activated him just to split carries with Jacquizz Rodgers. (ESPN - Dan Graziano)|
FFToday's Take: Martin is far from a safe play tonight given his complete lack of practice time following his three-game suspension, but owners may not have much of a choice with the bye-week crunch starting to hit and the rash of injuries that hit the running back position last week. He's going to be hard to trust as anything more than a flex, but he certainly has upside and the matchup working in his favor.
|Bucs thinking RBBC to replace Martin now?|
Jacquizz Rodgers set to share work in Weeks 1-3
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 31, 8:20 pm
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the Bucs are leaning toward a committee approach at running back during Doug Martin's suspension the first three games of the season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Over the weekend, Licht said Martin would have to earn his starting job back. It was also speculated Jacquizz Rodgers had a realistic shot at holding the job if he performed well in Martin's absence. The most likely scenario is probably one in which Martin returns to 16-18 carry/game workload and loses a series or two every game to Rodgers. Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols figure to fight over third-down and garbage-time duties.
|Bucs won't guarantee starting RB job to Martin|
Motivational ploy for suspended RB
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jul 30, 11:01 am
|Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN on Saturday that Doug Martin was looking good so far in camp and that the team is happy with the way he's handling things, but that the reality of the situation is that Martin's job might not be there for him anymore in Week 4. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jacquizz Rodgers will be the starting running back Weeks 1-3 and it appears the Bucs are attempting to motivate the suspended Martin by not naming him the starter upon his return. Charles Sims has carved out a third-down role and Peyton Barber along with rookie Jeremy McNichols are also in the mix. Martin is risky pick with a current ADP in middle of the 4th round, RB20.