Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (shoulder) out for season

Buccaneers lose Doug Martin (shoulder) for season

10/21/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In most 2013 fantasy leagues, the top two picks were a virtual certainty - Adrian Peterson as the first overall pick, with Doug Martin as a fine consolation prize for the owner picking second. After all, Martin was coming off a fine rookie season in which he took a massive workload (368 touches) and capitalized on his opportunities, rushing for 1,454 yards, receiving for 472, and scoring 12 total touchdowns. With an offensive line that projected as being one of the best in the league, as well as a full season of NFL football under his belt, Martin was expected to be a monster in his sophomore campaign.

Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) stiff arms Atlanta Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsThanks in large part to a Buccaneers offense that is quite one-dimensional, Martin's season of high expectations got off to a rocky start. Through six games, Martin has topped 67 rushing yards just two times, and has one hundred-yard game to his name. Of course, much of Martin's struggles have been due to a lack of carries that comes as a result of playing for a team that is constantly behind in games. Martin has averaged more than 4.2 yards per carry in four games, but has toted the ball 20 times or less in three of those contests.

Regardless of why Martin has been a letdown in 2013, his season just got a whole lot more disappointing. Martin has been diagnosed with a torn labrum and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Martin finishes a season that could be considered the epitome of a "sophomore slump" with just 456 rushing yards (3.6 YPC) and one touchdown. Despite the preseason hype of him being used as a dynamic every-down back, Martin caught just 12 passes for 66 yards.

Martin should be fine by training camp and a hundred percent for the start of the 2014 season, and assuming the Buccaneers can improve their quarterback situation, Martin should be a great bounce back candidate.

As for the Buccaneers' backfield, sixth-round rookie Mike James will step in as the lead back and should be added in all fantasy leagues.
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