TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coordinator Jeff Tedford was guarded in what he said about his offense Tuesday. But he did have one tidbit that might be of use to fantasy football players.
If you have Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, you can count on him splitting carries.
"I don't believe that one back can carry the load," Tedford said. "It's just too physical. I think you need to have two to three guys that bring different things to the table. But I think you need to at least have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy. That's the goal, to try to create some depth where there's not a drop off if one guy goes in and the other guy comes in and we just keep going."
I won't say you should avoid drafting or playing Martin on your fantasy team. He might be fresher and more productive if he's sharing carries. And running back is one position where the Bucs have plenty of depth.
Besides Martin, the Bucs have Mike James and Bobby Rainey. Each of those runners showed promise when Martin went down with an injury last season. The Bucs also have an experimental player in former Olympic track sprinter Jeff Demps. Plus, Tampa Bay used a third-round draft pick on running back Charles Sims.
There will be plenty of carries to go around in an offense that likely will rely heavily on the ground game. But it doesn't sound like we should expect Martin to average 25 or 30 carries a game.