Struggling running back Doug Martin turned in his best fantasy performance of his 2014 campaign against the Bengals, rushing for 58 yards and a score on 18 carries. Martin looked much more decisive with his cuts and looked like the Martin of old at times, but it’s important to keep in mind that the Bengals have one of the league’s worst run defenses. However, it’s encouraging for owners because he received quite a nice workload and heading into the fantasy playoffs he might be an interesting player to add.
Running backs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey weren’t involved in the Buccaneers offense nearly as much as Martin. Sims and Rainey combined for just six carries against Cincinnati’s terrible run defense. Martin looks to have regained his spot as the Buccaneers workhorse. It’s safe to drop Rainey and Sims in most formats.
Tampa Bay’s receivers had a rough day against the Bengals. Mike Evans was held to just 49 yards on four catches and Vincent Jackson caught just two passes for 24 yards. Quarterback Josh McCown didn’t throw the ball as much as he has been, with just 29 attempts as opposed to last week’s 48 attempts. Things don’t look to good for the McCown Buccaneers receivers next week when they go up against the Lions, one of the league’s top defenses.
With Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Luke Stocker out with injuries against the Bengals, the Buccaneers were forced to start undrafted rookie Cameron Brate at tight end on Sunday. The Harvard rookie caught his lone target for 17 yards but did a solid job blocking for the Buccaneers running backs. Blocking doesn’t show up in the stat sheets, but Brate showed some promise just like he did at training camp despite a limited number of reps. However, Austin Seferian-Jenkins will draw the start whenever he returns from his back injury.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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