The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to go into battle in week two without their star running back. Per reports, Doug Martin is still dealing with a knee issue stemming from week one and is officially “questionable” to face the St. Louis Rams. Should Martin indeed sit out this week, backup Bobby Rainey would step in as the starter. Third stringer Mike James would also likely be involved as part of a rotation.
Martin had convinced the Tampa brass that he was still a legit feature back prior to the first game of the year, but after mustering just nine yards on nine attempts and also getting hurt, the team may be souring on him a bit. Whether or not he sits out won’t have anything to do with their possible displeasure with his performance, however, while grading him against a stout Carolina Panthers run defense probably isn’t exactly fair.
That being said, it’s not like Martin or the other Buccaneers running backs will be getting a cakewalk matchup this week, either. Tampa Bay will be going up against another tough defense in the Rams, which held stud rusher Adrian Peterson mostly in check.
Martin still has the versatility and explosiveness to be a dynamic feature back. Unfortunately, he hasn’t looked the part after one week. Not being healthy certainly doesn’t help him with this bad matchup, either. He can still be a solid RB2 and would make for a dynamite Flex play, but make sure he’s playing if you’re going to use him. Keep in mind that Rainey could still steal some touches if Martin plays, so the Bucs can keep their top runner healthy. Ultimately, you should probably try to use a better option this week if one exists on your roster.