I’ve forgotten what it feels like to have Doug Martin in my lineup.
However, he’s practiced this week. And Fantasy Football players are asking, “Will Doug Martin play in Week 10?”
After he was a full participant in Friday’s practice, it appears he will play in Week 10. But because he hasn’t played since Week 2, it’s a good bet he’ll be limited. It doesn’t make sense for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to rush him out on the field with a 3-5 record.
That means Peyton Barber and Mike James will still be involved, but their upside is slowly disappearing with Martin handling a few carries in the backfield.
For the rest of the season, I still think Barber is worth owning. Don’t drop him now. If Martin has any setbacks, Barber retains his value because Jacquizz Rodgers doesn’t have a timetable for his return.
There’s also no word on when Charlies Sims may return.
And now that it appears he will play, Fantasy players have to ask themselves, “Should I start Doug Martin in Week 10?”
Personally, I’m not going to start him. I think he has more downside than upside. I’d rather kick myself for not starting him than kick myself for starting him and losing. Hopefully by this point, you’ve found some other options outside of Martin to start.
Hopefully you have a consistent running back on your team.
But if you haven’t, or you don’t mind if Martin may score under five points, that’s the only reason why I’d start him.
Just keep in mind that the defense for the Chicago Bears has allowed the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs. Because he’s been away for so long and the tough matchup, that’s why I’m pessimistic about Martin in Week 10.
But if he can be productive in this game, that’s a good sign for the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs. The Buccaneers have the third-easiest schedule for running backs.
Editor’s Note: In Week 9, I won $225 dollars on FantasyDraft. That was a nice profit of $125. I’ll try DraftKings and FanDuel from time to time, but I’ve had the most success on FantasyDraft. If you’ve been struggling with DFS this year, you can check out our articles from lead writer Jon Kelly, who won $2,000 in Week 2 on FanDuel. And if you’re looking for a new DFS site, I’d recommend checking out FantasyDraft.