Insider Report: The Bucs’ Busted Backfield
Heading into the 2014 fantasy season, hopes were high for Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin. A physical runner – who in 2012 wracked up over 1,450 yards and broke Tampa Bay’s single-season rookie rushing record – the “muscle hamster” was the tenth most drafted running back in MFL leagues. A workhorse in Lovie Smith’s run-first offense, Martin was expected to flirt with his rookie season stats. As owners know all too well, unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Currently ranked outside of the top fifty fantasy RBs, the former first round pick is averaging a gag-inducing 2.9 yards per carry. As if that weren’t bad enough, he injured his ankle in last Sunday’s tilt vs. Minnesota and is now sporting a sleek new walking boot. This, of course, opens the door for back-ups Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims. Another backfield in turmoil, I turned to BucsBlitz writer Greg Linnelli for clarity on the situation.