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Doug Martin | Running Back | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / TB
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The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud believes there's "no chance" the Bucs keep Doug Martin for 2018.
Martin just turned 29 four days ago and has three years left on his contract. But as a result of his drug-induced suspension at the end of the 2016 season, the guarantees in his contract were wiped away. The Bucs decided to keep him around in 2017, but Martin proved to be a waste of $7 million for Tampa Bay, averaging a pitiful 2.9 YPC for the second straight season. He has two 1,400-yard rushing seasons to go with four sub-500-yard years and is a non-factor in the pass game. Martin's sure release will save the Bucs $6.75 million against the 2018 cap. Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

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Bucs GM Jason Licht said Doug Martin "wasn't ever the same" after returning from suspension.

Martin looked great in his first game back, rushing for 74 yards and a score on just 13 carries against the Patriots, but it was all downhill from there. He was disciplined for a team-rules violation in Week 13, and he watched Peyton Barber jump him on the depth chart. The Bucs can wipe all of Martin's $6.75 million salary off the cap by cutting him. It would be a shock if that did not happen.
Jan 16 - 9:34 AM

Doug Martin lost three yards combined on three carries in the Bucs' Week 17 win over the Saints.

Martin was a trainwreck after returning from his three-game suspension to begin the year, struggling mightily for any kind of rushing efficiency, getting disciplined for a team-rules violation in Week 13, and ultimately losing his starting job to Peyton Barber. Turning 29 in January, Martin appears to have very little left. He is owed $6.75 million in 2018 and will certainly be released.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed six times for seven yards in the Bucs' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Suspended by the team last week, Martin's loss was really a net gain for the Bucs. He was back out there this Sunday, and obviously did nothing as a runner and not seeing a single target in the pass game. Peyton Barber again outplayed Martin, managing 51 yards on 13 carries while catching both of his targets. Martin likely has one game left in his Bucs career next week vs. New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:40:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Doug Martin's benching is "behind us now."

Martin was inactive on Monday night because he violated an unspecified team rule. Of course, he was also benched Week 14 against the Lions after losing a fumble, and he looks to be on his way out of Tampa in the offseason. Even though his discipline for this incident, whatever it was, is finished, it would not be surprising if Martin sticks on the inactive list the rest of the season. Peyton Barber is the Bucs back to own.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 09:58:00 AM

Bucs declared RB Doug Martin, QB Ryan Griffin, CB Vernon Hargreaves, WLB Lavonte David, OL Mike Liedtke, WR Bobo Wilson, and DT Gerald McCoy inactive for Week 15 against the Falcons.

Martin goes from Week 14 starter to a healthy scratch after losing a lazy fumble in last week's loss to the Lions. Martin may have played his final snap in Tampa Bay. With Martin out, Peyton Barber will get the start and handle the bulk of the work. He'll be backed up by Jacquizz Rodgers, and Charles Sims will handle obvious pass situations. Barber is very much in play as an RB2.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 07:02:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 14 loss to the Lions.

Martin added two catches for 24 yards. Martin got the start, and scored his third touchdown of the season, but was benched after committing an exceedingly soft fumble late in the second quarter. He was holding the ball down near his hip. Martin didn't notch a touch over the game's final 33 minutes, ceding lead duties to Peyton Barber. To be frank, that should have been the case even before game started. We would expect Barber to get the Week 15 start against the Falcons. It's unlikely, but not impossible, Martin ends up a healthy scratch for that one.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Doug Martin (concussion) is active for Week 14 against the Lions.

Despite being one of the league's worst runners before suffering his concussion in Week 12, Martin will get the start. We fully expect Peyton Barber to get a chance to establish the "hot hand," however. Martin will have to come out hot. He's a risky FLEX play for the fantasy quarterfinals. Inactive for the Bucs are QB Ryan Griffin, S Josh Robinson, CB Vernon Hargreaves, S T.J. Ward, OL Mike Liedtke, WR Bobo Wilson and DT Clinton McDonald.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:32:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Doug Martin (concussion) will start Week 14 against the Lions.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times had alluded to this earlier in the week. It's a puzzling choice as Martin has struggled mightily throughout the year while Peyton Barber is coming off a highly impressive 143-yard performance against the Packers in Week 13. Martin, who sat out last week's game with a concussion, has averaged a listless 2.71 yards per carry over his six-game touchdown drought. He comes in at No. 37 in RotoPat's Week 14 running back rankings.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 10:14:00 AM

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Doug Martin (concussion) is expected to start Week 14 against the Lions.

Per Stroud, head coach Dirk Koetter "doesn't believe in players losing their role as the result of an injury." Martin has been among the worst running backs in football this year, ranking dead-last in yards per carry (3.2) while Peyton Barber is coming off a 143-yard gem in Week 13. It's a shame Koetter is being so close-minded when Barber is clearly the better back, but at least we have some clarity on the matter. Martin will be a volume-based RB3 in his return from a one-game absence.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 02:04:00 PM

Doug Martin has officially cleared the league's concussion protocol.

Martin will be back against the Lions, but his role is unclear. Peyton Barber ran much better than Martin has this season against the Packers in Week 13. We wouldn't be surprised to see him take the lead this Sunday. Hopefully the Bucs shed some light on the situation between now and then.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Doug Martin (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

That makes Martin's return imminent. He should be back to face the Lions in Week 14, though it's unclear if he'll start or work behind Peyton Barber, who broke out for a career-best 143 yards from scrimmage last week at Green Bay. Martin has had a disappointing year, ranking last among qualified rushers in yards per carry (3.2).
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 04:52:00 PM

Doug Martin (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday.

He was likely limited as he attempts to gain clearance from the concussion protocol. Martin is looking good to suit up Sunday against the Lions, but he's not totally in the clear just yet. It would be a shame for Peyton Barber if the Bucs go back to a washed-up Martin after Barber shredded the Packers last Sunday. Barber still needs to be added and owned in all formats.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 01:41:00 PM

Doug Martin remained in the concussion protocol on Monday.

It's not really all that surprising, and a more concrete update will come when the Bucs return to practice Wednesday. But it's notable nonetheless, especially after Peyton Barber's huge Week 13 on the road against the Packers. Barber deserves another shot in the lead role. Fantasy owners would feel much more comfortable trotting Barber out there in lineups if Martin sits again.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Doug Martin (concussion) is out for Week 13 against the Packers.

Martin was never close to playing this week. Jacquizz Rodgers will lead the backfield in his absence and could see enough work to warrant RB2 consideration.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 03:55:00 PM