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Can Charles Sims Replace Doug Martin?


Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of seesawing back and forth regarding whether or not the Bucs will re-sign Doug Martin. As of now, it looks like the answer is no, but we all know that could change in a heartbeat.

So, what happens if the Muscle Hamster finds a new a home? It would appear that the Bucs current third-down back, Charles Sims, would take over full-time duties.

If Sims does become the starter, that certainly opens the door for a lot of fantasy football intrigue.

In 2015, Sims’ second season, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry, caught 51 passes and had four touchdowns. He was certainly an asset for Jameis Winston in the passing game, he targeted Sims 70 times, but Sims’ yards per carry was definitely more than high enough on 107 attempts to prove that he can run the ball.

According to Profootballfocus’ scale, the Buccaneers were only the 20th rated run-blocking team in the NFL, but there is certainly room for improvement with the group.

The Bucs started two rookies in 2015, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith, and with more experience they should both be more prepared to deal with the strength and speed of opposing defensive linemen.

Aside from some offensive line concerns, there’s a lot to like about Charles Sims if he does actually nab the job.

In fantasy leagues, if the Bucs don’t add a high-profile rookie or free agent, I wouldn’t mind spending a fourth round pick on Sims. He is going to be a great asset in PPR leagues, considering Jameis Winston looked his way a lot in 2015 and that should continue.

The only aspect of Sims’ game that would concern me is whether or not he gets goal line duties. He didn’t have a rushing touchdown in 2015 and isn’t necessarily the biggest running back. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bucs add a bigger running back to complement Sims.

For now, Sims is a very intriguing running back to keep an eye on. Owners in all leagues need to play close attention to Sims’ draft stock if Doug Martin finds himself on another team.

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I'm not hunting for Bigfoot I'm usually checking my fantasy team.

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