Why I don’t buy the Doug Martin hype.

One of the hot names in the hobby for Football both this off-season and previous off-seasons is Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin.  Recently, in the Blowout Cards forum, I asked readers to comment about which Non-Rookie players would break out this year, and several mentioned Martin.  While I can understand why some collectors might be enthralled with him, I am a little bit skeptical of that train.

Doug Martin is a bit overrated in the hobby.

The first thing that worries me about Martin is that he is a RB coming off an injury.  Some RBs are able to come back from a serious injury and perform at a high level (think Knowshon Moreno).  Many others, from Terrell Davis to another Buc by the name of Cadillac Williams, fail to do so.  With other RB options for collectors to get hyped about, including young, starting RBs like Le’Veon Bell and Montee Ball, I’m not sure I understand why some take the risk of betting on a RB to come back from an injury and perform at a high level.

Doug Martin will try to come back from an injury this season.

The bigger problems for me, though, are that Doug Martin’s track record, after his rookie year, is not good.  Doug Martin put together a good 2012 campaign, but his stats for 2013 are not good.  He played 5 complete games and put together 1 solid performance (29 Carries for 144 Yards in Week 2 against New Orleans), with the rest ranging from mediocre to awful (27 carries for 45 yards in Week 4 is pretty unsightly).  I’ll let you look at http://www.nfl.com/player/dougmartin/2532899/gamelogs and decide for yourself.  Football history is too littered with RBs who put together one good season and then fell apart to assume that this was a fluke.  For that reason, I cannot be anywhere close to comfortable with Doug Martin as a hobby investment.

Doug Martin’s track record is not as good as you might think.

In the end, Doug Martin might have the build for a good RB, but with other good, young RBs to choose from who either aren’t coming off injuries or have shown that they can still perform at a high level regardless, Martin is not someone I buy into.  I’ll be writing about players who I do think are good investments ahead of this season over the coming weeks, and there will be plenty of RBs included, ranging from Robert Turbin to Le’Veon Bell to Ben Tate.  With so many other options and such negative tape on Martin’s real, I would opt to stay away.

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Card of the Day – 5/30/2014

This is a card that’s not actually out yet, but that I thought you all might like to see.  Bowman Football is one of my favorite products, and this Chrome Auto of former Ole Miss WR Dontae Moncrief (now of the Indianapolis Colts through their 3rd Round pick) is one image to come out of this weekend’s Rookie Premier (HT: @ToppsFB Twitter).

Moncrief

Looking sharp!

Card of the Day – 5/29/2014

More NFL Rookies (these more high-end than yesterday’s).

2014 Leaf Trinity Patch Autographs Bronze #DP-MG1 – Marion Grice – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r2BEb6t

2014 Leaf Originals Yellow Alternate #A-PR1 – Paul Richardson /85 – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r1MDpth

2014 Upper Deck Rookie Lettermen #RL-CS – Charles Sims /25 – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/rJO1xi

2014 Leaf Originals Blue Alternate #A-ML1 – Marqise Lee /10 – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r1ZyL7B

2014 Leaf Metal Draft Base Autographs #BA-TB2 – Teddy Bridgewater [BGS 8.5] – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r28JSXK

Card of the Day – 5/28/2014

The Rookies are coming, The Rookies are coming!

2014 Press Pass Gold #49 – James White – Courtesy of COMC.com 

http://comc.com/rJK2C9

2014 SAGE Hit Silver #144 – Derek Carr – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/rKNw6A

2014 Leaf Draft #JC1 – Jadeveon Clowney – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r1HLGlT

2014 Leaf Metal Draft Base Autographs #BA-JA2 – Jared Abbrederis – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/r1tYO6w

2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Bronze #GG-AM – Aaron Murray – Courtesy of COMC.com

http://comc.com/rL904Z