Found November 05, 2012 on Gridiron Experts:
Doug Martin Fantasy 2012  The rookie with perhaps the biggest impact in fantasy football this season has been Tampa Bay’s running back Doug Martin. Taken at the end of the first round (31st overall), Martin quickly unseated incumbent LeGarrette Blount. Playing outside of the national spotlight on an up and down Buccaneers’ squad, Martin was able to fly under the radar. That all changed with the Bucs’ blowout victory on national television on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Martin rushed for – what was then a season high – 135 yards and added 79 yards receiving – also a season high. The question of Martin’s prospects for the rest of the year now seem ridiculous after his monster 251 yards rushing – a Tampa Bay record – and four touchdowns against the Raiders. Just how good can he be? Are these last two weeks an aberration, or have the Bucs found their running back for the long term? More importantly, the primary fantasy question still remains. Doug Martin: trend or mirage? In a league where the workhorse running back is a dying breed, Martin has quickly become one. The Boise State rookie has over one hundred more carries than the team’s second leading rusher – Blount. Martin doesn’t always come off the field on third down either. He is no Roger Craig, but he has shown he can catch the ball and has averaged over two catches a game. The bottom line is he is not coming out of the game in critical situations. As he gets more comfortable in the offense he is sure to become more involved in the passing game. Most offenses only go as far as their quarterback will take them. Coming into this season, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was coming off a bad year. He threw 22 interceptions last year and only 16 touchdowns. This year the Kansas State alum is having almost as good a year as his Wildcats alma mater. He has thrown just five interceptions and through eight games has matched last years’ touchdown number. The improved quarterback play will obviously give Martin more scoring chances by making the offense as a whole more effective and will make defenses respect the passing game, opening up running lanes for Martin. Doug Martin’s Stats Wk Opp Rush Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD 1 CAR 24 95 4 0 4 23 5.8 0 2 @NYG 20 66 3.3 1 0 0 0 0 3 @DAL 19 53 2.8 0 2 21 10.5 0 4 WAS 8 33 4.1 0 2 9 4.5 0 6 KC 13 76 5.8 0 2 55 27.5 0 7 NO 16 85 5.3 1 3 37 12.3 0 8 @MIN 29 135 4.7 1 3 79 26.3 1 9 @OAK 25 251 10 4 4 21 5.3 0 10 SD 11 @CAR 12 ATL 13 @DEN 14 PHI 15 @NO 16 STL 17 @ATL On the down side, the schedule in the second half of the season – while not filled with the National Football League’s elite, does pose some potential problems for Martin. They have to play division rival Atlanta twice and San Diego, Denver, St. Louis and Philadelphia each once. All of those teams are in he top twenty in the NFL as far as yards per game is concerned. All but the Falcons are in the top twenty against the rush. To make matters worse, one of the team’s best offensive linemen, Carl Nicks, is out for the rest of the season. Yeah he is just a guard you might say, but he is regarded as one of the best guards in the league. His absence didn’t hurt Sunday, but should make running in between the tackles more of an adventure for Martin going forward. Going forward is what owners should be concerned with. The playoff push is coming. Where does Martin stand coming down the stretch? Can the Bucs offense be trusted enough to make their rookie a weekly starter on a fantasy playoff team? The real question is what do you, as a Martin owner, put more stock in – his and his offense’s rise over the last month of the season, or the potential drawbacks with injuries and a less than favorable schedule? Even with his monster day those are decisions each Martin owner will still have to make.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers News: RB Doug Martin turns in effort for record books

Rookie RB Doug Martin was expected to be a large part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this season under first-year head coach Greg Schiano. After a slow start, Martin is starting to hit his stride and on Sunday, turned in a record setting effort against the Oakland Raiders. The player affectionately known as the “Muscle Hampster”, muscled his way to 251 yards on the ground...

Doug Martin Destroys Raiders with Epic Performance

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Bucs rookie RB Doug Martin goes off for 251 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns vs. Raiders

The guy we featured as the Week Nine Fantasy Football Roundup cover boy? That's Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin. We featured him because he was coming off a few monster games (in fact, he had the most fantasy points for running backs over the previous three weeks), and expected him to have another big day today against the Oakland Raiders. And he certainly...

Around the state: Bucs rookie making plays

Doug Martin ran home. And ran, and ran, and ran. The Buccaneers rookie running back, a native of nearby Stockton, Calif., rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to a 42-32 victory at Oakland on Sunday. Playing before more than 60 family and friends, Martin joined Denvers Mike Anderson as the only backs with at least 250 yards rushing and four TDs in a single...

NFL Week 9: Tampa Bay vs Oakland Recap

TAMPA BAY (42) d OAKLAND (32) The Headline: Doug Martin destroys the Raiders The Story: Does anyone still doubt the theory that running back is the easiest position to come into the league and have an immediate impact? Taken 31st overall in April’s draft, Buccaneers rookie Doug Martin ploughed through the ‘vaunted’ Raiders defense for a total of 251 yards and 4 touchdowns...

Martin sets Bucs' rushing record in Oakland homecoming

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin celebrated his Northern California homecoming with a record-setting day Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum. Martin rushed for a team-record 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries, leading the Bucs to a 42-32 victory over the Raiders. He broke James Wilder's record of 219 yards...

Martin Sets High Score on Dig Doug

There were concerns after Pro-Bowl guard Nicks went down for the rest of the season.  People were saying that the statement game against Minnesota was now also the swan song for Doug Martin and his season.  Well just letting you all know the Martin show might have been cancelled but it looks like this one will survive it’s first season.  One week in without Nicks and Martin...

Luck, Martin Have Record Days

Both Luck (left) and Martin (right) were on their ‘A’ game yesterday, earning places in the record books with their performances.   This past Sunday was clearly the day for rookie standouts.  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns, topping the previous rookie record for yardage of 422 set by Cam Newton last season and becoming just...

Buccaneers 42, Raiders 32

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie running back Doug Martin rushed for a team-record 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum on Sunday. Martin scored on runs of 45 and 67 yards in the third quarter and 70 yards and 1 yard in the fourth, as the Bucs roared back from a 10-7 halftime deficit...

Doug Martin’s record day lifts Bucs

After a sluggish start that included a blocked Connor Barth field goal, the Buccaneers relied on a rookie to get them going. Running back Doug Martin would set team records in route to a 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Bucs would jump ahead of Oakland 7-3 in the second quarter after Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson in the end zone from 20 yards out.But with under two...

Monday Musings: Doug Martin’s heroic effort, Peterson’s big day for naught, another Dallas disappointment; and other notes from week 9

There  is no other way to lead a recap of Sunday’s games than with a discussion of Doug Martin’s effort. I spent the week talking about how the loss of the best guard in football may have an impact on this line (lets give Tampa’s o-line some credit, too) and the run game. Martin and his teammates proved me wrong on game day. Oakland fought valiantly to stay in this game, but...
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