Fantasy Future Rankings: Week 6

Doug Martin has posted just 342 rushing yards and one TD over the Bucs' first four games. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

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Let's face it, through four games, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has produced like a slumping sophomore relative to his dynamite rookie season. Limited to 342 yards on 100 carries, Martin has found the end zone just once.

That puts him on pace for a final stat line of 1,368 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Good numbers, sure, but Martin was thought of -- and accordingly drafted -- in the same tier as elite producers. Think Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.

But despite a ho-hum first quarter of the season, Martin finds himself seventh in numberFire's TPS, a metric that measures a player's value for the rest of the season relative to the average fantasy starter.

That puts Martin ahead of backs such as Reggie Bush, DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore and others who have outscored Martin on a per-game basis during the early goings this season.

It also places him ahead of every wide receiver, quarterback, tight end and, of course, defense/special teams and kicker.

So why all the love?