The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially activated running back Charles Sims off injured reserve Saturday, and while the news likely has Buccaneers fans excited, Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers fantasy football owners are left scratching their heads.
The Buccaneers are trying to make a push toward the postseason after catching the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South standings during their current four-game win streak, and could have another dynamic weapon in their backfield when they face the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
Sims returned to practice two weeks ago for the first time since suffering a knee injury in the team’s Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos, and is likely only worth adding to fantasy rosters this week as a handcuff for Martin owners. The return of Sims shouldn’t have too much of an impact on Martin’s value in Week 14, as Sims will likely split touches with Jacquizz Rodgers as Martin’s backup on Sunday.
There are reports that Rodgers could carry the ball more often this weekend, especially if Martin struggles early, but fantasy owners should be cautious of inserting Rodgers into their starting lineup this week. Fantasy owner shouldn’t want to make too much of a reach in the first week of fantasy playoffs, and Martin likely remains the only safe start against the Saints.
Martin should be a solid play at the flex spot or second running back position in Week 14, as the Saints have given up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs this season. New Orleans’ defense has surrendered 13 touchdowns on the ground heading into Sunday’s game, and Martin should remain Tampa Bay’s top running back near the goal line.
The return of Sims clearly bolsters Tampa Bay’s backfield moving forward, but fantasy owners should stick with Martin if they had planned to start him this weekend. Sims’ return is important to Martin fantasy owners though, as they will want to keep an eye on Sims’ touches in Week 14, especially if they plan to start Martin the following week in Dallas.