Doug Martin: Why He Should be the First Pick in Your Fantasy Football Draft

By alanlim
Doug Martin
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The top three players in fantasy football this year are Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Arian Foster. Although Peterson seems to be the No. 1 consensus pick this year, drafting Martin as the No. 1 pick is also a great idea.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin should be ranked No. 1 because he can play every down. Martin should be the goalline back and the third down back unless he needs a little breather. Also, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano believes in running the football.

Last year, Martin rushed for 1,459 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 49 passes for 472 yards with one touchdown. Martin should put up even better numbers than what he did in his rookie season. Expect him to get career high total in every category in his short career.

No one in the Buccaneers’ roster should steal carries off Martin. Currently, the backup running back for Martin is Mike James (not the NBA player), who is a rookie picked in the sixth round and played for the Miami Hurricanes. Also, the No. 3 running back Brian Leonard should get a little playing time to protect the quarterback and possibly catch passes in the backfield, but he should  not be expected to carry the ball a lot. Both James and Leonard are sort of a fullback/running back hybrids.

The Buccaneers should be leading in more games this season than last, so Martin should carry the workload to take time off the clock in the fourth quarter.

Martin is a better pass catcher than Peterson, so Martin should be picked No. 1 in your PPR leagues. If Martin goes down, James should takeover the No. 1 running back spot, and Leonard will likely be the third down back.

Fantasy Projection: 335 carries, 1,700 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 50 receptions, 600 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns

Alan Lim is a Dallas Cowboys writer for Follow him on twitter @alanlim_.

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