Doug Martin Fantasy Football News 2018

The Raiders have signed RB Doug Martin to a 1-year deal. We'll see what this means for RB Marshawn Lynch's tenure in Oakland, but the Raiders certainly shouldn't be banking on Martin as their answer in the backfield. He's 29 now and coming off 2 straight seasons of 2.9 yards per carry. In fact, Martin has failed to reach 3.8 yards per carry in 4 of 6 NFL seasons. Don't consider him more than a RB5 in early best-ball drafts.

The Bucs have released RB Doug Martin. The move was fully expected after Martin bombed in 2017, averaging 2.9 yards per carry across 11 appearances. He was set to count $6.75 against the 2018 salary cap. Martin turned 29 in January and has had 2 straight seasons marred by injuries, suspension and poor production. He figures to settle for a 1-year, prove-it deal on the open market and certainly isn't a lock to be a 2018 fantasy factor. The Bucs will be in the mix for a RB or 2 in free agency and/or the draft.

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Bucs RB Doug Martin is active for today's game against the Panthers after being a healthy scratch last week. It's unclear how Tampa will divvy carries, but our guess is that RB Peyton Barber will lead the way. It's a backfield to avoid in fantasy lineups vs. Carolina's 3rd-ranked RB defense.

Bucs RB Doug Martin is a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Falcons. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Martin is being punished for missing a team meeting and is expected to play the final 2 games of the season. Peyton Barber will serve as Tampa's lead back tonight.

Bucs RB Doug Martin will start today's game against the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That, of course, doesn't guarantee anything other than Martin being on the field for the 1st snap. We're still expecting RB Peyton Barber to be heavily involved after his impressive Week 13 outing. Consider both Barber and Martin risk/reward RB3s against a Detroit defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry to RBs over the last 5 weeks.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for this weekend’s game against the Lions. Insiders Rick Stroud and Roy Cummings both expect Martin to draw the start, although RB Peyton Barber should remain involved after a strong Week 13. That makes both guys risk/reward RB3 or flex options in the plus matchup.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter confirmed on Thursday that RB Doug Martin has cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be back for this weekend's game against Detroit. That makes Tampa's backfield a bit of a quagmire after Peyton Barber's big Week 13. Consider both Barber and Martin risk/reward RB3 options in this Sunday's plus matchup. We'd lean toward Barber if you're deciding between the 2.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) returned to practice on Wednesday. It's still unclear how much progress he's made through the protocol, but this certainly gives him a shot to play against the Lions this weekend. His return would make it a lot tougher to trust RB Peyton Barber in Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Update: Martin was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice, putting him on track to play this weekend.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He didn’t practice all week and isn’t a lock to be back for Week 14. Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber and Charles Sims will form a 3-man backfield committee in Martin’s absence. It’s a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's a long shot to be cleared ahead of this weekend's game against the Packers. That'll leave the backfield to Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber and Charles Sims. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Bucs RB Doug Martin suffered a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Atlanta. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week. Martin's absence leaves Tampa's backfield to Peyton Barber, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers.

The Buccaneers gave starting RB Doug Martin just 8 carries in the loss to New Orleans and played 2nd-year RB Peyton Barber for more snaps. Afterward, HC Dirk Koetter made it sound like the move was specific to Sunday's scenario. "We were just trying to find a way to get something going," Koetter said, according to the Tampa Tribune. "Peyton went in there and found a way to get some yards after contact." Martin averaged 16.3 carries across 4 losses before that game, so don't overreact to the results in New Orleans. Of course, a struggling offense -- and team overall -- certainly won't help Martin going forward. So we'll keep a close eye on the situation and the player for fantasy purposes. Expect Martin to remain comfortably in RB2 territory, though, for a Week 10 home matchup with the Jets.

Bucs RB Doug Martin won't start tonight's game against the Patriots, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That, of course, doesn't mean he won't play a significant role -- or even lead Bucs RBs in snaps and touches. But it's a reminder that there's risk here in Martin's 2017 debut.

The NFL has moved the Bucs-Dolphins game originally scheduled for this Sunday to Week 11. Both teams were scheduled to have a bye that week but will now play 16 straight weeks from Week 2 to 17. We just removed all Bucs and Dolphins from the Week 1 Rankings. The winner here is RB Doug Martin, whose 3-game suspension will now cost him a game against the tough Giants run defense rather than the Dolphins.


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