Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #70||DAL||Active||3 years||23||6'0||204||@JRAN_1|
2014 Outlook:Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Gold
Injuries in the backfield gave Joseph Randle an immediate opportunity to show the Cowboys what they were getting with their 2013 fifth round pick. Unfortunately for Randle, he did not impress and now finds himself down a bit on the depth chart. Randle averaged a pedestrian 3.0 yards per rush on 54 carries and started two games during DeMarco Murray's absence. With the signing of Ryan Williams, Randle is going to have to earn a roster spot and improve on his running between the tackles.
Characterizing the progress made toward reaching an extended contract with DeMarco Murray as "slow," Cowboys COO Stephen Jones realizes that Dallas' franchise back is destined to make his way to free agency.
"He's probably going to get some peace (of mind) and see what's out in the market and then we'll talk and see," Jones said of Murray. "I do believe deep down he'd love to stay in Dallas. ... Just because you're a free agent doesn't mean you're not necessarily going to end up back in Dallas."
The start of the new league year, which also signals the start of free agency, comes March 10.
So, here's the overriding question for any team, including Dallas, that has interest in signing Murray: How many years and how much money do you want to give a player who was consistently injured prior to last season and then touched the ball nearly 500 times in 2014?
Fantasy owners will be asking themselves a similar question leading up to their drafts this summer -- just excluding the millions of actual dollars invested. For the past couple of years, we've known that Murray had all of the abilities to be a top RB. He just needed to stay on the field. He did that last season and was the most productive running back in standard leagues. But what did the humongous amount work needed to attain that success take out of his future? Just based off of his numbers, Murray deserves to be a top-five selection at the very least in standards. He will also be fantasy's biggest risk-reward player of 2015.
If Murray ends up leaving the 'Boys, Dallas still has Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams on the roster. Lance Dunbar is a restricted free agent. It certainly wouldn't be surprising if Dallas spent an early-round draft pick on one of the rookies in a deep incoming class of running backs.
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