NFL Injuries

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What. the. Buc!

That has got to be what’s bellowing down every hallway of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ HQ this season. The amount of injuries they’ve had to deal with particularly at RB is almost unprecedented. Currently down to their 5th starter, GM Jason Licht and co. have been forced to patch their backfield together, over and over, with each RB good for one-time use only. Sort of like Kleenex.


The Kleenex RB Strategy: Made popular by the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where the team picks up a FA, plugs him in, he gets all yucky and then gets cast aside. 

Rest assured, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Doug Martin, who hasn’t played since week 2 after suffering a hamstring injury, finally returned to limited practice this week. He is a game-time decision for week 10. Jacquizz Rodgers is also nearing his return. Here’s the doc’s take.

Dr. Parekh: “Rodgers has a mid-foot sprain, which can take 2-4 weeks. He shed his walking boot but has yet to practice, so I don’t think he is going to be ready to play this week, but I do expect him to return in week 11. For Martin, look for them to take it slow with him. Obviously, exhaustion, overexertion and dehydration can cause him to have a re-aggravation — although I think it’s fairly minimum at this point.” 

So there you have it. As long as the Buccaneers continue to progress Doug Martin’s rehab slowly, he should be good to go for your fantasy playoff push. Although, if you’ve owned Doug Martin this entire year, you may or may not be in a position to make the playoffs. Hopefully you haven’t spent all your FAAB on Kleenex.

Even the nice lotion-y kind.


Fantasy spin: Expect Doug Martin to return to his normal workload in week 11. For this week, consider Peyton Barber a low-end RB2 streaming option. Barring an incredible performance on Sunday, feel free to discard Barber following this week, since Jacquizz Rodgers is likely to assume backup RB duties once he returns.


Thanks for reading!

Your friendly neighborhood fantasy analyst,
Kyle Gallagher

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