It’s fair to say the seasons of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy have been major disappointments.

Even after seeing increased roles in Week 13 – Martin carried the ball 18 times for 58 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 14-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Stacy rushed seven times for 25 yards in a 52-0 win over the Oakland Raiders, his first carries since Week 8 – it appears the two 2013 breakout stars have fallen out of favor with their head coaches.

Last weekend on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Jeff Mans and Ted Schuster analyzed whether Martin or Stacy possess any value going forward, specifically in dynasty leagues. The consensus? Meh on Martin, and maybe on Stacy.



He would have to find the perfect situation. In general, I think he’s done. He’s not an elite talent. He’s got average talent that was in a great situation his rookie year. … The burst isn’t there. When you’re a rookie, the hunger’s always gonna be there for the most part … it seems like as players move on in their career, they lose their desire, which makes them lesser players.


I don’t know. What do you point to that says he’s done? You said something there, you don’t think he ever had the talent. You can’t just get over 2,000 total yards in a season … and it wasn’t a phenomenal system. It wasn’t a great offensive line. It was a lot on him. You can’t just do that and then not have skills the next year, right?



He had some struggles in the game or two before he got benched, but I didn’t think he was that bad. He didn’t look good, but that was only a game or two. And it seems like they had an awful short trigger finger on him just to say, “We’re done with you.” Tre Mason‘s a complementary player who’s really a third-down back, maybe a pass-catching back; he’s not going to be able to be a full-time guy for any team. He might last for a few weeks getting 20 touches, but it’s never going to be a long-term answer. … Stacy’s a guy that I’d still hold on to, have some hope for.


We’re gonna look back at this season and, like, what the hell happened to Zac Stacy? … I have hope for him, too. I don’t think he’s gone. Even this year, he averages 3.9 yards per carry. Four is what you’re looking for, anything over that is wonderful — he’s right at that mark. It’s not like Zac Stacy played bad this year. I can’t explain it. I do not understand why Jeff Fisher and company have just gone completely and utterly away from Zac Stacy after he had, what, 1,100, 1,200 yards last year?

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