Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders
With news breaking of the Raiders being concerned Marshawn Lynch could be dealing with a long-term groin injury, Doug Martin may find himself in a favorable spot very soon.
The Raiders backfield has been completely owned by Lynch this season as the veteran back has averaged 17 touches per game and ran at an impressive 4.2 YPA. The only spot Lynch has surrendered work has been to Jalen Richard as a primary pass catching option in the backfield.
Martin has been a bit of a disappointment, as he has been most years in his career. He is averaging just 3.7 YPA and has hardly been involved in the passing game. You can’t talk about Martin though without acknowledging his past successes in the league. Martin has two seasons in his career over 1,400 rushing yards as a former First-Team All-Pro running back. Opportunity is an obvious huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to success in fantasy football and Martin may soon be getting more of it.
The Raiders have a bye week to figure out their backfield going forward. If Martin can take over Lynch’s 17 touches per game, he will have a great shot at redeeming his season for his hometown team. Even if he can jump up into a 12-14 touch range he would be in the Flex conversation. The Raiders also boast an incredibly favorable rest of season schedule. They will face teams who rank top-12 in most fantasy points allowed to running backs in six of their last nine games this season. Muscle hamster season may soon be upon us.