Some Doug Martin Historical Comps

I was looking at the GILLESPIE projections for this weekend when I noticed some interesting names that have made their way into Doug Martin’s comparables list.  The player that Martin is most often compared to in the media is Ray Rice.  However, my statistical comparisons aren’t going to make that match now because Martin is averaging almost 100 yards per game rushing, while Rice’s best season was 85 yards per game.  Also, while it might seem impossible to be smaller than Martin, Ray Rice actually is listed as weighing about 20 less pounds than Martin.  Weight is a consideration in my similarity system.

I’ll offer that the names below might be more interesting than they are helpful, which is to say that being similar to Arian Foster-2010 might not tell us very much about Martin’s future.  But sometimes being interesting is enough.  At a minimum we can see how Martin’s season compares to guys that we regard as having been very good running backs.

 

Doug Martin Season to Date

Name Yr Wt/Age Att/G Y/G Y/C TD/G RecYds/G
Doug Martin 2012 223/23 19.2 99.2 5.20 0.9 30.6

 

Similar Seasons

Name Yr Wt/Age Att/G Y/G Y/C TD/G RecYds/G
Arian Foster 2010 224/24 20.4 100.9 4.90 1.1 38.6
LaDainian Tomlinson 2002 221/23 23.9 109.8 4.60 0.9 31.7
Edgerrin James 2000 214/22 24.7 109.2 4.40 0.9 35.2
Ricky Williams 2002 226/25 23.7 115.5 4.90 1.1 21.6
Adrian Peterson 2009 217/24 19.3 87.9 4.50 1.1 29.1
Chris Johnson 2009 191/24 22.9 129.9 5.70 0.9 32.8
Clinton Portis 2003 205/22 22 123.3 5.60 1.1 24.5
Larry Johnson 2005 228/26 21.9 115.8 5.30 1.3 23.1
Deuce McAllister 2003 232/25 22.6 108.2 4.80 0.5 32.5