Buccaneers lose Doug Martin (shoulder) for season
Thanks 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.