TAMPA, FL - MAY 4: Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes upfield during a rookie practice at the Buccaneers practice facility May 4, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Doug Martin is officially the Buccaneers' top running back, according to reports. We break down the fantasy implications.
Rookie running back Doug Martin has officially jumped LeGarrette Blount atop the depth chart for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to reports. Martin has outplayed Blount throughout preseason. Blount started the Bucs' first two preseason games, but was replaced by Martin for Friday's game against the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Martin has shown enough to be drafted as a safe RB2 in standard leagues with even more upside for those counting PPR. He solidified the job against the Pats, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and catching three passes for 12 yards. Blount could leech carries and scores as a goal-line back, but Martin is a complete back--rushing, receiving and block--and likely won't come off the field except when the Bucs need a little more size in the backfield. Martin is an absolute steal if he's available anywhere after the third round.