You don’t have to look too far down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart to see who may be next in line for carries. Friends, meet Charles Sims.
With Doug Martin’s fantasy output trolling along at a measly 2.9 yards per carry, it’s really only a matter of time until the Bucs are forced to look for some internal help.
Martin has been a disaster of a first round fantasy football draft pick this season. It actually is quite reminiscent of what the Bills did with C.J. Spiller last year with the “feed him the ball until he pukes” statements. They certainly got fantasy football players everywhere quite excited – but it was a complete letdown when it came to on-field production. This situation is well on its way to model just that.
Through his first 4 games, Martin’s best game saw him rush for 45 yards on 14 attempts with another 3 balls caught for 29 yards – a total of 74 yards back on October 5, 2014 vs New Orleans. The year to date figure of 2.9 yards per carry is of significant disappointment for both the Bucs and fantasy owners alike who expected significantly more from their first round RB1 selection.
Who might be the beneficiary of Martin’s poor performance in the not too distant future? Look no further than 2014 draft choice Charles Sims.
As a feature back for both Houston (2009-2012) and West Virgina (2013), Sims put up some very impressive numbers. Last year, he rushed 208 times for 1095 yards (5.3 yards per carry) in only 12 games. His role was also quite prominent in the passing game, hauling in 45 balls for another 401 yards. The 14 touchdowns he put on the board in those 12 contests help to round out an already very impressive resume. There isn’t much doubt as to why the Bucs drafted him in the 3rd round this past offseason.
Sims was thought to be the solution at the backup running back spot behind Doug Martin coming into the year. However, an ankle injury that required surgery and a lengthy rehab got in the way of that plan back in August. Reports have started to surface bringing attention to Sims approaching a return for the Bucs, as he joined them at practice on Wednesday. Though he isn’t eligible to play in a regular season game until November 2, he’s surely someone fantasy football managers need to have on their radar.
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The Bucs aren’t going to thrust Sims into a starting role immediately, especially with Doug Martin in the picture. Despite his struggles through the first half of the season, they surely aren’t going to pull the plug on a guy who ran for 1,454 yards and a 4.6 Y/C rate a short 2 season ago.
That being said, Sims is entering a situation where he’ll start seeing somewhere in the range of 5-7 carries a game in the early going when he gets onto the field. And if Martin succumbs to injury (like he did back in 2013), we could be looking at a top 20 running back option that’s probably tucked away in your free agent pool at the moment.
Doug Martin fantasy owners need to make sure they bring Sims on board as a handcuff in just about every league size and format. Owners in 10 and 12 team leagues should give him a look if there’s an available bench spot for a “stash and see what happens” flier. Anything deeper than 12 teams or leagues with deep benches need to roster Sims right away. The best thing to do in a situation like this is to take advantage of the opportunity as early as possible, so you reap the benefits before your opponents get a chance to do so. Be the wise guy and grab him now.
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