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ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports that RB Doug Martin ran with the 1st team in OTAs this past week. “We like Doug," coach Lovie Smith said. “Doug knows we like him. He’s on the first team, like he’s always been. He’s one of our guys. He’s our running back. He’s showing up and he’s getting good work." Trade rumors over the past couple of months plus reports on Smith's staff loving RB Charles Sims have led the younger back past Martin in early fantasy football draft ADP, but Sims has yet to prove he deserves to go earlier than Martin. His superior receiving profile might make him the safer PPR pick in a muddled backfield. But continued starter work for Martin should push him past Sims on draft boards. Neither belongs higher than RB3 range at this point, though.

The Bucs have hired Dirk Koetter as their new OC.  Koetter has spent the past 8 seasons running NFL offenses -- 5 in Jacksonville and the last 3 in Atlanta.  Only 1 of his Jaguars squads finished in the top half of the league in total offense, but he didn't have much talent to work with.  His Falcons teams ranked 7th, 20th and 12th in total offense.  Koetter has some intriguing young prospects to work with in Tampa Bay, specifically WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.  We'll have more on Koetter's impact on the Bucs throughout the offseason.

Bucs RB Bobby Rainey is dealing with a foot injury and was spotted in a walking boot on Wednesday.  His status for this weekend's game against the Lions is obviously in doubt.  Rainey has totaled just 2 carries and 6 catches over the past 2 games, so his absence wouldn't help RB Doug Martin much.

Bucs RBs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) are both active for today’s game against the Bears. That’s a sweet matchup, but we don’t know exactly how the touches will be divvied in Tampa’s backfield. It makes Martin and Sims shaky fantasy plays.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) put in a limited week of practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. RB Charles Sims (ankle) is also questionable. We’re expecting both guys to play, with Sims leading the backfield in touches. It’s a murky situation, though, leaving the rookie as a risky RB3 or flex. Martin shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday.  It looks like he has a chance to return for this weekend's game against the Bears, but he won't be a fantasy option.  We're expecting Charles Sims to remain Tampa's lead back even when Martin is healthy.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is out for this weekend’s game against the Redskins. He practiced on Thursday and Friday, so a Week 12 return seems likely. Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will share carries again for Tampa this week, with Mike James vulturing short-yardage work. Sims is the best fantasy bet, but he’s just a shaky RB3 or flex against a tough Redskins run defense.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) missed practice again on Wednesday.  There's been no indication that he'll return for this weekend's game against the Redskins.  Look for RBs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey to continue to share the backfield.  Sims' role could grow this week as Tampa evaluates his potential.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. RB Charles Sims (ankle) is active, but we’re only expecting 6-10 touches in his NFL debut. Bobby Rainey will serve as Tampa’s lead back and is a strong fantasy play in a plus matchup.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) didn’t practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Bobby Rainey will get another game as Tampa’s lead back. 15+ touches against the league’s worst RB defense makes Rainey a borderline RB1 for Week 10. Rookie RB Charles Sims is expected to debut on Sunday, but we’re only expecting 6-10 total touches.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for this weekend's game against the Falcons.  (Tampa has no reason to rush him back anyway.)  Look for Bobby Rainey to serve as the lead back in that one, with Charles Sims debuting in a change-of-pace role.

Bucs GM Jason Licht says RB Charles Sims is "very likely" to play against the Falcons this weekend.  Sims appeared to be on track to debut this past Sunday, but Tampa continues to take it slow with its 3rd-round rookie.  That makes us believe he'll start out with a small, change-of-pace role.  Sims' workload could certainly grow down the stretch, and he remains worth stashing in most fantasy leagues.  But he'll only be a RB3 flier for Week 10.  Look for Bobby Rainey to again serve as the Bucs' lead back.  We'll see if RB Doug Martin is ready to return from his ankle injury.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Browns. RB Charles Sims is also inactive. We were hoping to get a look at the rookie ahead of a plus Week 10 matchup against the Falcons. He’ll now be tough to trust in that one even if he plays. Martin and Sims’ absences leave Bobby Rainey as Tampa’s lead back. He could see 20 touches against a Browns defense allowing 4.7 yards per carry to RBs. Mike James is the Bucs’ #2 RB today.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (ankle) is listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Browns.  He was in a walking boot until Wednesday and didn't practice all week.  He'll be inactive on Sunday.  That'll push RB Bobby Rainey into the lead role.  He's averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per catch this season.  Rainey's upside will depend on whether RB Charles Sims (ankle) is activated for Week 9.  But even if the rookie plays, Rainey will be a solid RB2 in fantasy football.

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