We asked Doug Martin to hold up three fingers, not one (USAT)
The world of fantasy sports is based on disagreement and argument, and we've got a doozy of a debate near the top of the running back board this year. Sure, Adrian Peterson is the consensus No. 1 runner and Arian Foster checks in at No. 2, but where do you go from there? Who's the third musketeer on your list?
If you ask five Yahoo! fantasy analysts this question, you might get five different answers . . . check that, you will get five different answers. Agreement takes a holiday. Tomorrow, we'll argue about toppings on pizza or the most essential Spice Girl. Today, we haggle over brand-name feature backs.
Gather everyone in the green room, it's time for the debate to take shape. Your featured candidates are Doug Martin, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller and Ray Rice. And heck, maybe an enterprising reader or two will show us why the right answer really is Marshawn Lynch or Trent Richardson. How you answer this question could be critical to your 2013 success in Yahoo! Fantasy Football.
To the lectern we go.
Noise on Doug Martin: Taking the league by storm, the Muscle Hamster was a mutant rodent last year. He finished among some of the greatest rookies in NFL history amassing 12 touchdowns and 1,926 total yards. Only Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James compiled more yards from scrimmage in Year 1. His resulting 16.5 fantasy points per game trailed only Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster among standard-league rushers. Compact, ultra-versatile and a true consistency king – he scored at least 11 fantasy points in 12 of 16 games – the Ray Rice doppelgänger was superb from beginning to end.
Each RB in this discussion has a legitimate argument, but Martin clearly has the edge. He’s the unrivaled workhorse on a team that wants to emphasize ball control. That’s not to say Josh Freeman will suddenly morph into a game-manager, especially with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams on roster, but based on the moves the Bucs made this offseason and given their robust O-line, the run could become the centerpiece of Mike Sullivan’s offense. Recall Tampa ranked No. 1 in the league against the run. If it can replicate that level of success and much-publicized acquisition Darrelle Revis regains his lockdown form, the Hamster will spin the wheel early and often.
For the reasons above and because he’s blessed with the second-easiest schedule among running backs entering 2013, it’s no stretch to think he’ll be a 100-yard, 1-TD contributor almost weekly. Really, the youngster is a modern day Edge, an elite all-around threat that won’t experience a sophomore slump.
Muscle up and acquire him once Peterson and Foster fall off the board.
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