DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #7||18.29||DAL||Questionable||4 years||26||6'0||215||@DeMarcoMurray|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
DeMarco Murray is coming off his best season. He set career-highs across the board in all rushing categories, yet fantasy owners still have concerns. The former Oklahoma Sooners RB has sustained multi-week injuries in each of his first three seasons. His rookie year was cut short from a fractured right ankle and he missed six weeks with a sprained foot in 2012. Last year, Murray sprained his MCL in the second quarter and missed two additional games, despite pushing hard to return sooner. During this period, Jerry Jones publically vented about Murray's regular bouts with injuries. This is alarming because Jones has also been vocal regarding his soft spot for backup running back Lance Dunbar. Fortunately for Murray, Dunbar was hurt during his absence and Joseph Randle was never a threat to keep the starting role. Murray returned from the MCL strain and finished the season strong, carrying the team on his back at times. His 5.2 yards per carry led all starting running backs and he hauled in 53 receptions, which amounts to fantasy gold in PPR leagues. It can be argued Murray's overall stats would have been even more impressive had the Cowboys stayed committed to the run in situations that called for it. Word has come out of Dallas that the plan is to run more this year, perhaps in an effort to keep their depleted defense off the field. The Cowboys have drafted offensive linemen in the first round two years in a row with center Travis Frederick ('13) and Notre Dame beast tackle Zack Martin ('14). This all bodes well for Murray to improve upon his aforementioned career-highs in rushing attempts (217), touchdowns (10) and total yards from scrimmage (1,471). Murray is getting drafted late in the second round (ADP 20.70), which could turn out to be great value should he get through an entire season injury-free.
Editor's note: Of all the backs around the Top 10, how many realistically could become fantasy's top RB? Especially if guys like Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte all have great seasons as well. Murray has to be in that conversation. He has speed and contributes on all three downs. The Cowboys have what can be a prolific passing game, which will only give Murray even more opportunities by opening up running lanes. The injury concerns are valid; however, his potential is very real.
Running back DeMarco Murray got in a limited practice session for Dallas on Thursday, taking handoffs and catching passes with his surgically repaired left hand wrapped for protection. After news broke Monday that he needed surgery, the automatic assumption was that he'd be unable to play for the Cowboys when they host the Colts in Week 16. Now, that assumption is not so clear.
He'll still likely be a game-time decision. But the fact that he's practicing at all points toward the Cowboys preparing to have him on the field this week.Fantasy Analysis:
Well, this could be a big deal. Murray has led the league in rushing all season, and his presence for fantasy owners in Week 16 could be the difference between being a champ or a chump. It's hard to fully buy-in on him playing, but if he's practicing tomorrow -- and it's to a greater extent than today -- all signs would indicate that he intends to suit up Sunday.
For fantasy purposes, it's simple: If you have Murray and he's active, you want him in your lineup. The bad news is that this game kicks off at 4:25 Eastern. If he's a true game-time decision, you may be forced to go with a "safer" option that plays at 1 p.m. If you've been lucky enough to pick up one of his backups, Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar, then it's probably best to just wait it out with Murray.
It will be interesting to see what Friday's practice report states regarding the stud RB.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/18 - Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray limited in Thursday practice, optimism mounting
12/17 - Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray goes through individual drills Wednesday
12/16 - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: RB DeMarco Murray could be game-time decision, can play without practice
12/15 - Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray to undergo surgery for broken hand, not yet ruled out for Week 16
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.11||FFToolbox - Scott - It was between Gio and DM. Murray looks like he has #1RB potential in 2014. If he plays all 16 games he should be a Top 5 Running Back. 5.2YPC last season in an offense that pushes 400 touches to RBs.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.04||#5 World Ranked - Murray finished as the #6 RB in PPR scoring last year despite missing a game. He's always an injury risk but his upside is worth the risk in the 2nd round.|
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