After suffering a knee injury in week 1, Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting running back Doug Martin was inactive for their week 2 match up against St. Louis. There were reports out of Bucs camp that Martin could have actually played in this game, but because they are on a short rest week they decided not to risk it. All signs point to Doug Martin suiting up in Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the Thursday night showdown. Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay head coach, said Monday that Martin would have participated in practice on Monday had one been held. Bobby Rainey did an excellent job stepping in and taking over the every down back role, rushing 22 times for 144 yards and adding 3 catches for an additional 30 yards.
Atlanta had been shredded on the ground so far this season giving up a league-high 5 rushing touchdowns in just their first two games. Normally this would be warming news to fantasy owners; however, it is definitely unclear as to how the touches will be split up amongst Martin and Rainey. It is likely to start as an RBBC approach with Smith eventually riding the hot hand throughout the game, making both options very risky. It would be wise to consider them as an RB3/flex option at best for week 3.