DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans
|RB - #17||62.25||TEN||Active||5 years||28||6'0||217||@DeMarcoMurray|
2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs
Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): There is something definitely going wrong with Murray in Philly. Over the last three weeks he has been on the field for 79 plays, compared to 79 by Sproles and 38 by Barner. I get Sproles getting more action, but I have a problem when Murray is losing playing time to Kenjon Barner. This week Ryan Mathews will be added back to the mix as well. In his last two games Murray has 22 rushes for 54 yards with no TDs or catches. He's averaging only 3.5 YPC. There is way too much failure risk to invest in him this week.
Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Murray was a huge disappointment on Thanksgiving. The Eagles folded up the tent early leading to him not having any value in the passing game. He finished with 14 rushes for 30 yards. On the year he is only gaining 3.5 YPC, with only one game over 100 yards rushing. Over his last seven games, Murray has averaged 22 touches per game and he only has one TD in his last five games. The Patriots fell to 10th in the league in RB Fantasy defense after the Broncos gained 215 combined yards, three TDs and five catches from the RB position in Week 12. On the year, New England is allowing 4.1 YPC, with nine TDs allowed to RBs.
UPDATE (11/20): On film Murray has been awful this season. Granted, a lot of that is the fact he's a poor fit for the system, but he can't do what he's asked to do by head coach Chip Kelly. Still, he has bounced back a bit and has had some value thanks to his pass catching. He's only rushed for 451 yards and four TDs on 3.5 yards per carry. However, he's added 35 receptions for 268 yards and a TD. A far cry from his breakout 2014 campaign.
UPDATE (10/3): DeMarco Murray's season isn't over, not yet anyway. Last year's top back still has plenty of time to get things back on track. That said, Fantasy owners should already be concerned. He didn't play in Week 3 and has a whopping 11 yards on 21(!) carries. Unacceptable. A touchdown saved his Week 2 point total, but he'll need to do a lot more than that to satisfy the masses. No shame in trading him for whatever you can get.
Murray was just outstanding last season. He led the league in rushing yards (1,845) and yards from scrimmage (2,261). DeMarco had the seventh-most rushing attempts (392) and the sixth-most touches (449) in NFL history. He posted a dozen 100-yard games and scored a league-high 13 rushing touchdowns. For his career, DeMarco is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. His value in the passing game has improved in each of his four seasons. With Mathews and Sproles on the roster as well, Murray will have more competition for snaps. In the end, the best player will earn the most playing time. DeMarco wasn't really a workhorse in his first three seasons, so his huge volume of work in 2014 may not lead to as much failure as most people believe. Philly ran the ball 975 times over the past two years. Murray can't help but stumble into 300 carries and at least 30 catches. He will have high value at the goal line as well. I expect 1,700-plus total yards with a chance at 15 touchdowns. He still projects to be a 300-point Fantasy player in PPR leagues.
2015 Mock Draft Results
August 5th, 2015
|2.07||RotoCurve - Rathburn - While I am worried about the workload in 2014 + timeshare with Mathews, he's still in a very productive fantasy friendly offense. (Comments Added Thu Aug 6 4:17:11 p.m. ET 2015)|
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