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Doug Martin | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Boise State
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Doug Martin (knee) participated in Bucs practice Monday.
Per beat writer Greg Auman, Martin "looked like he was practicing without limitations." Bobby Rainey has lost three fumbles through three games, and struggled outside of his Week 2 blowup against St. Louis. Martin still has a chance to retake Tampa Bay's backfield. The Bucs face Pittsburgh in Week 4. Sep 22 - 4:19 PM

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The Bucs are reportedly confident that Doug Martin (knee) will return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Martin was a late scratch last Thursday night, giving Bobby Rainey a chance to run toward the lead of this committee. Instead, Rainey lost two fumbles, averaged 3.72 YPC and the Bucs got whipped 56-14 by the Falcons. In other words, things couldn't have gone much better for Martin owners. If truly healthy, he'll likely start against a Steelers defense that is both shaky and injured.
Sep 22 - 10:48 AM

Doug Martin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Bucs had been hinting all week that Martin would suit up, but that changed Thursday afternoon. His absence leaves Bobby Rainey as a high-upside RB2 against a Falcons defense that's gotten smoked by the run the past two weeks. Rainey will be spelled by Mike James. Martin is week to week, with a strong chance at returning in Week 4. It could be as a backup if Rainey has another big game, however. Also inactive for the Bucs are DT Gerald McCoy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, LB Mason Foster, OT Kevin Pamphile, OG Kadeem Edwards and OG Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 18 - 6:58 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms there's a "good chance" Doug Martin (knee) is inactive Thursday against the Falcons.

Per La Canfora, even if Martin does dress, there's "not much expectation of him being involved." It's going to be the Bobby Rainey show against a run defense that's allowed 309 yards through its first two games. Rainey can be used as a plug-and-play RB2.
Sep 18 - 4:36 PM

According NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Martin will test out his knee pregame before the Bucs make his status official. But it's now crystal clear that Bobby Rainey is a borderline RB1 play against a Falcons defense that has already given up 284 yards and five touchdowns to opponent tailbacks. Reports already had the hot Rainey, growing into a coaching staff favorite, in line to start the game. He also started against the Falcons in Week 11 of last year, going for 167 total yards on 32 touches and scoring three touchdowns.
Sep 18 - 12:11 PM

The Tampa Bay Times says Bobby Rainey will start Thursday's game against the Falcons.

"Not just because of Doug Martin's knee. Coaches really like [Rainey]," said beat writer Rick Stroud. To be clear, this looks like educated speculation, not sourced reporting. Coach Lovie Smith has declined to name a starter, only saying he wants to use a committee. But it's not that far-fetched to think that the Bucs want to ride Rainey's hot hand after he put up 174 total yards on 25 touches in Week 2. It's a messy situation, but at this point we'd give Rainey the edge as the better flex play in this cake matchup. Martin is averaging a pathetic 3.41 YPC over the last two seasons (seven games).
Sep 18 - 10:23 AM

Doug Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Despite the questionable tag, Martin practiced all week and is expected to play. He ran with the first-team offense and appears on track to start. Martin will be an RB2/3 against the Falcons' bottom-ten run defense.
Sep 17 - 2:35 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice, and was running with the first-team offense.

It's a sign the Bucs fully expect Martin to go for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. The question is what his role will be. Martin struggled mightily in Week 1, while backup Bobby Rainey went off against the Rams in his absence in Week 2. For now, owners should consider Martin a borderline RB2 against a Falcons run defense that's been gashed through the season's first two games.
Sep 16 - 2:00 PM

Coach Lovie Smith suggested Doug Martin (knee) would have participated Monday if the Bucs had held a practice.

As beat writer Rick Stroud notes, it means Martin is "in play" for Thursday night's game at Atlanta. The Falcons have been gashed by the run game through two weeks -- surrendering a league-high five rushing TDs -- but Martin's role isn't entirely clear. Bobby Rainey went off for 22-144 and 3-30 in the pass game during Sunday's loss to St. Louis. This may be an even RBBC with Martin back.
Sep 15 - 4:20 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is officially inactive for Week 2 against the Rams.

Bobby Rainey is expected to get the start, with Mike James as the only other health running back on the roster as Rainey's backup. Rainey is on the back end of the RB2 radar against a Rams defense that plays the run decently well. Also inactive for the Bucs are RE Michael Johnson, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Rashaan Melvin, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Kadeem Edwards, and OL Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 14 - 2:35 PM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Doug Martin (knee) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams.

A knee injury that originally seemed minor is serious enough to cause Martin to sit. Consider him questionable for a dreamy Week 3 matchup at Atlanta. Backup Bobby Rainey, who averaged just 3.88 YPC on 137 rushes last year, steps in as a shaky RB3 type against a very strong Rams run defense.
Sep 14 - 12:43 PM

Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay passes along a "feeling" that Doug Martin (questionable, knee) is "unlikely" to play Sunday at St. Louis.

It should be noted that this doesn't appear to be a firm report, and more along the lines of speculation. Krasniqi "expect(s) to see a lot of Bobby Rainey" ... "regardless" of Martin's availability versus St. Louis. The Rams-Bucs game doesn't start until 4:05PM, and on Saturday the Tampa Bay Times reported Martin was "expected" to play. At this point, the Bucs' backfield is shaping up as a situation to avoid in fantasy lineup decisions.
Sep 14 - 12:26 PM

Despite his questionable tag, the Tampa Bay Times reports Doug Martin (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against St. Louis.

Coach Lovie Smith has been adamant all week that Martin was not benched in last week's loss to the Panthers, despite rumors to the contrary. Smith also promised the Buccaneers will stay committed to the running game moving forward. "I've talked about how important Doug is to us," Smith insisted. "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." Martin is an RB2 against the Rams.
Sep 12 - 11:14 PM

After practicing on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, Doug Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Rams.

The fact that Martin participated in practice on back-to-back days to finish out the week, even in limited form, suggests he is tentatively on track to play. Still, he may officially come down to a game-time decision, and is also in danger of losing some touches to Bobby Rainey, on whom the Bucs' coaching staff is clearly high. The Rams and Bucs don't play until 4:05PM ET on Sunday, so Martin owners need to have an alternative ready in an early game, or at the very least have Rainey rostered as a handcuff.
Sep 12 - 3:12 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Bucs practice again on Friday.

Martin practiced on both Thursday and Friday after being in and out of last Sunday's loss to Carolina. The matchup gets easier this week against the Rams, although not by a whole lot. For now, at least, we're downgrading Martin to a dicey RB2. If he emerges from Sunday's game healthy and with a solid workload, Dougie could jump right back into the RB1/2 fantasy discussion.
Sep 12 - 1:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Josh McCown
RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
3Mike James
4Charles Sims
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Robert Herron
3Russell Shepard
WR31Chris Owusu
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
K1Patrick Murray