2012 Recap: Doug Martin began his rookie campaign as a relatively unknown commodity within fantasy leagues. That all changed when Martin rushed for 251 yard and 4 touchdowns in week 9 against the Oakland Raiders. While Martin lacked a consistent rushing attack, he continued to produce quality fantasy points supplemented by his receiving numbers. Martin ended his 2012 season with 1,454 yards rushing and 10 rushing touchdowns. In addition, Martin added 472 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Not bad for a player in his rookie season. Yeah, his rookie season people.
What’s Changed: The most important changes that occurred for the Bucs this offseason happened on the defensive end. With the addition of CB Darrelle Revis anchoring the Bucs’ secondary, Martin may have an opportunity to compile an even more impressive stat line that could blow his 2012 numbers out of the water. The theory being, if Revis and Tampa’s defense can limit their opponent’s scoring opportunities, then the Bucs will rely on Martin to move the chains and maintain possession. For Martin, this could spell more opportunities to break big plays and tally higher fantasy numbers.
Outlook: Again, let’s remember that Martin was a rookie last season. A rookie! Now entering his second season, Martin will look to capitalize on his experience and dual threat abilities. As a fantasy player you should too. After his breakout rookie season the Bucs will look to utilize Martin within the offensive scheme more and that equates to more touches for the second year running back. I fully expect Martin’s rushing numbers to hold strong, but the true value will lie in his receiving yards. Watch for the Bucs to execute more screen passing plays as well as swing passes out of the backfield.
By Scott Levesque follow him on Twitter at @scottlevesque
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