Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #39 135.84 MIN Questionable 4 years 27 6'3 230 @LataviusM

There is no 2017 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2016 profile:

2016 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Murray has over 20 touches in his last two games leading to 179 combined yards, a TD and five catches. He has two 100-yard rushing games and five TDs. In Week 5 he had 57 combined yards on 16 touches vs. the Broncos. Denver ranks 19th in the league in RB Fantasy defense, with three teams scoring over 30 Fantasy points. They allow only 3.5 YPC with 13 TDs to RBs (five via the pass). Talented player with some big play ability, but this isn't an ideal matchup. Murray earns about 19.2 touches per game.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): Murray struggled to find running room for the third straight game in Week 12. He finished with 59 yards on 22 rushes. Over his last three games he has had 135 rushing yards on 37 carries (3.6 YPC). Murray has two 100-yard receiving games with four TDs (one in his last five games). Last year he broke a 90-yard run vs. the Chiefs in Week 12 to deliver 112 yards and two TDs on only four touches. Kansas City ranks 3rd in the NFL in RB Fantasy defense, with seven teams scoring fewer than 20 Fantasy points. His price point is fading, but this looks like a tough matchup. On the positive side, the Chiefs may be without one of their best linebackers (Justin Huston).

Update (11/25): Murray has been a solid option this season. To this point he's been a borderline RB1 in 12-team leagues. He's well on his way to his first 1,000-yard season. Heading into Week 12 he has 706 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, as well as 26 receptions for 133 yards. However, the schedule is about to get really tough for Murray. His best matchup left is against the Denver Broncos and that's never a good sign. Still, he can be utilized as an RB2 from here on out despite recent struggles.

In the NFL, a talented running back can make an offensive line look better than it is, but a good line can't make a poor RB great. To that point, McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew averaged just 3.2 YPC on 198 combined rushes last year. Murray sat behind those guys for most of the season, biding his time until he flashed electric upside in Week 12 as he tore off a 90-yard TD run against the Chiefs. Murray averaged 5.2 yards per rush over his 82 carries in 2014. Without that one run, he would have averaged only 4.1 yards per rush. The Raiders gave him 79 touches over the final last four games of the year. Although he didn't find paydirt, he totaled 366 yards from scrimmage (91.5 per game) and caught 11 passes. In his four seasons at the University of Central Florida, Latavius rushed for 2,424 yards on 453 carries with 43 combined TDs. He also caught 50 passes for 524 yards. Murray has 4.4 40 speed along with some durability issues. For me, it will be really tough to make a big bet on him come draft day if his price point gets too expensive, because he does have job-loss risk with Richardson and Helu on the roster. His talent has upside and his speed will definitely play in this offense. Early in the draft season, Latavius is the 24th RB off the board and has an ADP of 58. I'm going to forecast him for only about 150 touches until I see better reports on him during training camp. As best, Murray is an RB3 gamble who really should be drafted later than his ADP because of his short resume.

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs

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do you think cook will be the starter?

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I'll know in about a week when I do the Vikings' Outlook.

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Childs 06/13/17 10:38 PM

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