Doug Martin isn't dragging your fantasy football teams down with him

      October 2, 2013 @ 18:36:37 PDT

A Twitter follower asked me if he should trade Doug Martin. As long he deals him to me, sure thing.

Bucs' remaining schedule
Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks
Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions
Carolina Panthers
Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
New Orleans Saints

All right, this fellow and I don't play in a league together. He hasn't mentioned what he could get for the Muscle Hamster, the scoring format of his league or anything like that. I don't know that I'd swap another player for Martin.

But I do know that I'd be happy to negotiate with a fantasy owner who views the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 5-foot-9, 215-pound ball of energy as a bearish stock.

Martin, 24, has rushed for 3.4 yards per attempt in four games. He hasn't scored since Week 1. He gained 1.7 yards per carry in QB Mike Glennon's first career start. The Bucs are basically stuck with the N.C. State product for the rest of the season, so this looks like possible trouble.

Martin was your top-five overall fantasy choice. His 377 total yards, seven receptions and one TD aren't going to cut it, I guess.

But hope isn't lost.

  1. Martin has an excuse. His team has faced the much improved defenses of the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, along with the oft stout New England Patriots. In Week 4, the Arizona Cardinals stuffed eight in the box and dared the rookie passer to beat them.
  2. Tampa Bay's schedule gets a little easier. They have a couple of tough cookies in there, but seven or eight cupcakes versus the run await him.
  3. Glennon will get better. The third-round pick has loads of potential and will have had two weeks to prepare for his second start.

I wasn't a Martin fan prior to his rookie campaign, in 2012. I haven't done a 180, but he's definitely better than I thought. I'm not unhappy that I don't own him, but if I did, I certainly wouldn't be ready to cut my losses.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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