Week 5 Fantasy Football Recap: Doug Martin redemption song
Do you remember this fantasy football stat line?
25 rush attempts | 251 rush yards | 21 receiving yards | 4 touchdowns
Then rookie running back, Doug Martin, had a wave of momentum on his side as he entered his eighth NFL game in 2012. He averaged 155 total yards per game with three scores in the three games before Week 8 at the Raiders. Per the norm, the Raiders rush defense was among the league’s worst that season and Martin was thee main cog in the offense. Martin managed to post three more games with 100+ rush yards that season, but only scored three total touchdowns the rest of the way.
Martin headed into the 2013 fantasy football season as a coveted running back, but a shoulder injury (torn labrum) cut his sophomore season short and owners were left to wonder what-if. Lovie Smith was hired as the new Tampa Bay head coach before the start of the 2014 season and Martin’s return to an organization and offense in transition stunted his potential productivity.
However, Martin’s fantasy football relevance became a topic of discussion once again this past summer as the Buccaneers would be tossing a rookie quarterback right into the fire. Who better to take the pressure of Jameis Winston than a running back who has "been there, done that?" Last week against a tough Panthers defense, Martin racked up 100 rush yards for only the third time since his rookie season. He also caught five passes for 37 yards showing signs of that rookie campaign.
Martin’s redemption song played on in Week 5 against the Jaguars with 158 total yards with 3 touchdowns – 36.8 fantasy points.
Josh McCown – 39.5 FP vs. Ravens
Congratulations Mr. McCown, you just set a Browns’ franchise regular season record pass yards in a game – against the rival Ravens no less. Brian Sipe’s previous record of 444 passing yards against – wait for it – the Baltimore Colts lasted nearly 34 years. Over his last three games, McCown has averaged 384 passing yards with six touchdowns and only one interception. He’s completing better than 70 percent of his passes over the last two weeks.
Gary Barnidge – 27.9 FP vs. Ravens
Andre Johnson – 25.7 FP vs. Texans
With his quarterback battling a nasty intestinal infection, Johnson posted his first two-touchdown performance since early-November 2013.
DeMarco Murray – 25 FP vs. Saints
Todd Gurley – 15.9 FP vs. Packers
Thomas Rawls – 22.9 FP vs. Bengals
Willie Snead – 20.1 FP vs. Eagles
Brandin Cooks – 21.7 FP vs. Eagles
Jamison Crowder – 16.6 FP vs. Falcons
Just a quick note on Crowder. Last three games 21 receptions on 26 targets for 187 yards.
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With Julio Jones hobbled, Leonard Hankerson nicked up during the game and Roddy White on double-secret probation, Matt Ryan fed his new Tony Gonzalez *ducks thrown bricks*. He caught eight of 10 passes for a team-high 94 yards.
Owen Daniels – 0.0 FP vs. Raiders
Matthew Stafford – 7.7 FP vs. Cardinals
Jeremy Hill – 3.5 FP vs. Seahawks
Eddie Lacy – 4.5 FP vs. Rams
Percy Harvin: -0.1 FP vs. Titans
Travis Kelce – 6.5 FP vs. Bears
For those jumping off the Travis Kelce bandwagon, hang on for a second. Kelce is averaging nearly five receptions, seven targets, 65 yards per game. Although he hasn’t scored a touchdown since the first week of the season, what did you expect from a run-first offense? However, with Jamaal Charles on the verge of missing another season due to a knee injury, Andy Reid may be forced to let Alex Smith air it out more often the rest of the season. Kelce will be fine. Heck, before Week 5’s two-touchdown performance, Tyler Eifert only had three receptions for 70 yards with no touchdowns the previous two games. Patience. Patience.