2013 Fantasy Football Preview: Doug Martin

By Mike Block
Doug Martin
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Doug Martin is coming off of one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory. The Muscle Hamster racked up 1,926 total yards and 12 touchdowns giving him the third most fantasy points of all running backs. His ability to also catch the ball out of the backfield (fourth most receptions for RBs) draws comparisons to that of a running back of similar stature, Ray Rice. The fortunate thing for Martin as opposed to Rice is that he is the lone wolf taking carries in the backfield as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently traded away backup running back LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots in a clear message that Martin is the main man in Tampa.

Head coach Greg Schiano showed great faith in his running back by giving him the rock 319 times last season which was good for fourth most in the league last year, a trend that looks extremely likely to continue. Schiano has recently been reported as saying that Martin is in even better physical shape than last year and that he expects Martin to even take his game to another level.  Syndicate that with two healthy Pro Bowl offensive linemen in Carl Nicks (played seven games last year) and Davin Joseph (missed all of last season) and Martin could be in for an even more impressive season than last.

Doug Martin’s average draft position has him as the third running back off the board obviously behind only Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster. It appears as if a sophomore slump will not be affecting Martin this year, but you truly never know when it comes to second-year players. This is a big year for Martin to solidify himself as a top tier fantasy player for years to come.

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Mike Block is a featured Fantasy Sports columnist for Rant Sports

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