|Doug Martin to be inactive Week 17 -- Tue Dec 27 10:30 am --|
Future with the Bucs in doubt
|Two days after being benched for the first time in his pro career, Doug Martin's season appears to be over and his future with the Bucs is in doubt. Martin, the two-time Pro Bowl running back who was told to take a seat for the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Saturday, will not be active for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FF Today's Take: Martin has fallen out of favor in Tampa which led to Jacquizz Rodgers receiving the majority of the snaps against the Saints in Week 16. It appears Rodgers will be in line for another big workload in Week 17 against the Panthers. The Bucs are expected to sign RB Russell Hansbrough off the Giants practice squad.
| Bucs welcome pair of RBs back to practice -- Wed Nov 23 7:23 pm --|
Bucs must decide on Charles Sims within next 21 days
|TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers returned to practice Wednesday.
Sims has been on injured reserve since suffering a knee injury in Week 4, but he has been designated as the team's player to return from IR. The Buccaneers have 21 days to decide whether to activate Sims and add him to the 53-man roster.
FF Today's Take: Doug Martin has 40 carries in the two games he has played since returning from his own injury and is locked in at the top of the depth chart. He should continue to be a RB2 even after reinforcements arrive but fantasy owners should be weary of the potential for a RBBC to develop in the coming weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers is nearing a return and could step into a complementary role similar to Sims' earlier this season but his status for Week 12 remains up in the air. A return by Charles Sims in the next three weeks would only add another useful option for Tampa to mix into the offense so stay tuned as this situation evolves.
| Doug Martin expected to be limited -- Sun Nov 13 8:10 am --|
Should split carries with Barber
|The plan is for #Bucs RB Doug Martin (hamstring) to be active and make his return today, but his workload should be limited, source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Martin won't be a recommended fantasy play as it appears he will be splitting snaps with rookie Peyton Barber. Both are flex considerations in a decent matchup against the Bears.
| Doug Martin a gametime decision -- Fri Nov 11 11:15 am --|
Limited in practice all week
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Doug Martin will be a "game-time decision." He still hasn't been cleared to play. Said he's done a little more each day this week. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Martin has been limited in practice this week and would likely split time with rookie Peyton Barber making him difficult to trust as an RB2. The Bucs and Bears play early Sunday so we should know Martin's status by 11:30 AM Eastern.
| Bucs RB Doug Martin returns to practice -- Wed Nov 9 5:30 pm --|
|Doug Martin returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Week 2.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that Martin was limited in Wednesday's practice session, but he wouldn't speculate on whether Martin would be available to play against the Chicago Bears this week.
FF Today's Take: Tampa Bay desperately needs a healthy running back after the team lost Antone Smith to injury last week. Unless Doug Martin is able to fully participate on Friday the Bucs will turn to Peyton Barber and Mike James to handle the rushing duties versus the Bears in Week 10. Even if Martin is cleared, he may be on a snap count so keep a close eye on his progress as the weekend approaches.
| Jacquizz Rodgers still in walking boot -- Mon Nov 7 11:45 am --|
|No word on Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers' foot injury, but he's still wearing a walking boot in locker room today, eight days after his injury. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Bucs have cycled through a number of running backs this season with Doug Martinm, Charles Sims and Rodgers all suffering significant injuries. It could be the Peyton Barber show in Week 10 against the Bears. If so, he'll be on the RB2 radar.
| Doug Martin suffers setback -- Wed Oct 19 4:00 pm --|
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "Doug Martin did unfortunately suffer a little setback a week ago Sunday and we'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now." Koetter emphasized that these injuries are no one's fault and that no one feels worse about it than the player. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Time to fire up Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 7. He's likely to see the bulk of backfield duties after receiving 35 touches in Week 5 against the Panthers. Rodgers has a decent matchup on the road against the 49ers making him a solid RB2.