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Fantasy spin: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin

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By William Del Pilar

We knew the Buccaneers were in the market for a running back after LeGarrette Blount showed he had hands of stone. The new regime is led by head coach Greg Schiano, but specifically Mike Sullivan, the offensive coordinator, is coming from the Giants, where he spent eight years with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

We know Gilbride loved his 1-2 punch of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs and it looks as if Sullivan is building his version with Martin playing the role of Bradshaw. He is a complete back who can get to the outside and run between the tackles. Possessing great vision and instincts, he can spin and bounce off tacklers and take it all the way. For PPR league owners, he has solid hands and is a threat with screens.

He has average power but Sullivan should maximize both his and Blount's talents as Gilbride did with Bradshaw and Jacobs. While he’s a risk because the team has to learn a new offense and develop chemistry, Martin's value is unknown. However, look at him tentatively as quality roster depth with upside — a potential early mid-round pick if everything falls into place.

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