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Monday, November 5, 2012

Performance of a Lifetime: TBs Doug Martin Puts up Greatest Single-Game Performance by a Rookie

Rookies ruled the NFL in yesterday's action, with two records being broken in fashion.

Indianapolis' Andrew Luck broke the single-game passing yards record with 433 yards in a 23-20 win over Miami's starting rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The previous record was 432, set by Carolina's Cam Newton a season ago.

Luck also posted his rookie record-tying fourth 300-yard game of the season, which tied Indy's Peyton Manning from 1998. With eight games left on the Colts' schedule, there's no doubt Luck will shred Manning's record by season's end.

But it wasn't Luck who stole the show, despite the gaudy numbers he posted and his team's current 5-3 record. No, it was a guy who wasn't expected to make an immediate impact when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 31st overall pick in last April's draft.

Doug Martin--the 5'9"/223 pound running back out of Boise State--ran for his first 100-yard game last week against the Minnesota Vikings. This week he one-upped himself with a franchise-record 251 yards and 4 TDs. In addition to being TB franchise records, they are also both rookie single-game records.
His astonishing performance has put him on the map, if his 135 yards, 1 TD performance on October 25 didn't already do so. What better way to put yourself on the map than to put up one of the 5 best fantasy performances of the last decade? He topped 50 in most leagues and, in the ESPN.com league I am in this season, he put up 60 points.

With a 10.0 yards/carry average on his 25 attempts against Oakland's defense, Martin is averaging over 5.0 yards/carry on the season and now has 794 yards and 7 TDs in 8 games.

Move over Luck and RGIII, Doug Martin is officially the man to beat in the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year race.

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