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Coming out of Boise State many draftniks felt Doug Martin had the skills required to be a three down workhorse for an NFL team. Martin has it all but one thing we failed to see from him in the early going was big plays in the running game or in the passing game.

This led to LeGarrette Blount working with Martin for a short time in a committee but by week six we started to see the big plays come from the talented rookie with a 23-yard run and a 42-yard reception against the Chiefs.
That performance was followed up with a 36-yard touchdown run against the Saints the next week and by the time their week eight Thursday night game against the Vikings came along, Martin was the feature back again.

Against the Vikings Martin carried the football 29 times for 135-yards and a rushing score, but it was his 64-yard reception for a touchdown that was just as impressive.

We all know what happened the following week as Martin shocked the fantasy world with his 251-yards and four rushing touchdowns in his hometown of Oakland, CA bolting him into the fantasy elite.

Martin finished up the season with 319 carries for 1,454 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns to go with 49 receptions, for 472 yards through the air. Impressive numbers and there is no surprise he is regarded as one of the top five selection in 2013 fantasy drafts.

On To Bigger And Better Things?

Not only did Martin post elite numbers but he did so despite losing his feature back role for three weeks and without Pro Bowl guards Carl Nicks (injured receiver after week seven) and Davin Joseph (injured reserve during the preseason) for most of the season.

Both guards are primed to return and that will be a huge boost for Martin. Not sure if we will see Martin improve on his 4.6 yard per carry average mainly because defenses will pay more attention to him and he’s likely to carry the football up to or over 350 times.

Expect big things from Martin in 2013 and I wouldn’t blame you if you took him over Adrian Peterson as the top selection in your draft. As per my rankings, Martin is sitting just behind Peterson as the second running back in all league scoring formats and the second player overall we should target on draft day.

While Martin posted some impressive numbers in his rookie season, we shouldn’t expect a sophomore slump and I wouldn’t be surprised if he surpasses his numbers from a year ago.

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Running Back Rankings

1

Adrian Peterson, MIN

2

Doug Martin, TB

3

Arian Foster, HOU

4

Ray Rice, BAL

5

LeSean McCoy, PHI

6

Jamaal Charles, KC

7

Trent Richardson, CLE

8

C.J. Spiller, BUF

9

Marshawn Lynch, SEA

10

Alfred Morris, WAS

11

Steven Jackson, ATL

12

Matt Forte, CHI

13

Stevan Ridley, NE

14

Frank Gore, SF

15

Chris Johnson, TEN

16

Reggie Bush, DET

17

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX (I)

18

Darren McFadden, OAK

19

David Wilson, NYG

20

DeMarco Murray, DAL

21

Lamar Miller, MIA

22

Chris Ivory, NYJ

23

Ryan Mathews, SD

24

Le’Veon Bell, PIT

25

Ahmad Bradshaw, IND

26

Darren Sproles, NO

27

Montee Ball, DEN

28

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN

29

Rashard Mendenhall, ARZ

30

Zac Stacy, STL

31

Jonathan Stewart, CAR (I)

32

Pierre Thomas, NO

33

Ronnie Hillman, DEN

34

Eddie Lacy, GB (I)

35

Daryl Richardson, STL

36

DeAngelo Williams, CAR

37

Andre Brown, NYG

38

Johnathan Franklin, GB

39

Ben Tate, HOU

40

Shane Vereen, NE

41

Bryce Brown, PHI

42

Mark Ingram, NO

43

Giovani Bernard, CIN

44

Robert Turbin, SEA

45

Fred Jackson, BUF

46

Christine Michael, SEA

47

Joique Bell, DET

48

Bernard Pierce, BAL

49

Joseph Randle, DAL

50

Kendall Hunter, SF (I)

51

Justin Forsett, JAX

52

Danny Woodhead, SD

53

Mikel Leshoure, DET

54

Vick Ballard, IND

55

Ryan Williams, ARZ

56

LaMichael James, SF

57

Isaac Redman, PIT

58

Isaiah Pead, STL

59

Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL

60

Shonn Greene, TEN

61

Mike Goodson, NYJ

62

Knowshon Moreno, DEN

63

Willis McGahee, FA

64

Roy Helu, WAS

65

Michael Bush, CHI

66

Daniel Thomas, MIA

67

Mike Gillislee, MIA

68

LeGarrette Blount, NE

69

Jonathan Dwyer, PIT

70

Bilal Powell, NYJ

71

Knile Davis, KC

72

Rashad Jennings, OAK

73

Brandon Bolden, NE

74

Toby Gerhart, MIN

75

Montario Hardesty, CLE

76

Donald Brown, IND

77

Michael Turner, FA

78

Marcel Reece, OAK

79

Beanie Wells, FA

80

Kerwynn Williams, IND

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