As if the 0-6 Buccaneers needed any more bad news, they have just received some of the worst kind on Monday morning.
RB Doug Martin reportedly has a torn labrum and could miss the rest of the 2013 season, although Bucs coach Greg Schiano said it may not be that bad. Schiano said it would be a “stretch” for Martin to play Week 8, although I have a hard time believing we’ll see Martin on the field again this year.
It’s not that he was such a productive force for the Bucs in 2013. The problem is his presence on the field at least kept defenses somewhat honest. Martin was a disappointment from a fantasy perspective — he rushed for one touchdown all year long in Week 1, topped 100 yards in a game only once (when he got 144 in Week 2 against the Saints). His total yardage on the ground was 456 through six weeks, and he only added a paltry 66 receiving yards in that span.
Even last year during his rookie season, Martin was more of a boom or bust QB. Either he would post insane fantasy point totals or abandon his owners completely. A large reason for his sporadic production probably had a lot to do with the inconsistent passing game, but that’s another issue to dissect altogether. For the interim, backup RB Mike James takes over the featured role and will be targeted on every single waiver wire He had 14 carries for 45 yards in yesterday’s loss at Atlanta and probably should be at least owned and kept on your bench if you can grab him. Tampa Bay’s next two opponents (Carolina and Seattle) won’t be easy to run against, but James could prove to have some decent value come fantasy playoff time after he gets acclimated to playing in the full-time role.