Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #44||170.14||DAL||Active||3 years||24||5'8||191||@Dunbar_CDB5|
2014 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Coming into his third year in the league, Lance Dunbar has the inside track to backing up DeMarco Murray. The undrafted free agent out of North Texas has been a factor on special teams, but has been slowed by injuries and fumbling issues. The Cowboys did get a glimpse of Dunbar's potential when he ripped off a 45-yard run on Thanksgiving Day vs. the Raiders. Given Joseph Randle's less-than-stellar performance in 2013 (and uncertainty around Ryan Williams), Dunbar is set to get more playing time. Dunbar's only value at this time is as a Murray handcuff.
Editor's note: The Cowboys really like Dunbar and plan to use him all over the field. He can contribute both as a runner and receiver. Some super sleeper potential here, but only if Murray falters.
To the many fantasy owners waiting for official word on the Week 16 availability of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray: You'll probably have to wait until 90 minutes prior to Sunday's kickoff against the Colts.
"I don't think we'd need to see [Murray] practice," team owner Jerry Jones told the media Tuesday. "I think it's more a question of the condition of the hand at game time and what we can do to protect. Yeah, I think that it's one of those that you want to wait and see just how he is feeling right before the game."
Murray underwent surgery Monday evening to fix a broken bone in his left hand. If he can't play in Week 16, Joseph Randle would likely start and have Lance Dunbar continue to fill the role of change-of-pace back.
This doesn't mean that we're going to stop writing about Murray. Of course, everyone will be parsing through every little thing said from now until Sunday, trying to get an inkling of what's going to happen with the game's leading rusher. Just don't panic if Murray doesn't practice on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
Oh, and if you haven't done so already, pick up Randle and Dunbar, in that order. Randle is in line to handle the majority of the carries, including the work down by the goal line, against a middle-of-the-pack run defense. Dunbar has some appeal as a deep PPR flex.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/16 - 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
|13.01||Gridiron Irishmen - When Murray goes down, errr if he goes down this guy should reap the rewards in the new pass happy scheme.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|12.11||DLF - Decided to hit RB again with a opportunity pick here. Rumor is Dunbar will be used in the passing game a lot this season. He should fill a hole nicely if one of my RBs go down or underperform.|
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