DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #11||22.01||DAL||Active||4 years||26||6'0||215||@DeMarcoMurray|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Goldstein
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.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/17 - Cowboys RB Joseph Randle may be an every-down player if DeMarco Murray sustains injury
7/16 - Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray thinks he can handle 300 carries
7/13 - Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar healthy after knee injury
6/24 - Cowboys regard RB Lance Dunbar as a 'complete weapon'
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.10||FFToolbox - Scott Atkins - DeMarco Murray represents "through the roof" potential in PPR fantasy leagues. The only question is health, which has been an issue following Murray his entire career, not unlike Reggie Bush who in his early career couldn't shake the stigma of injury prone, however look no further than his last two years of becoming NFL tough. I'm projecting Murray on what he can do, and that's all I can really do. There's only a handful of backs that bring his potential workload in a high powered offense to the table. He is a top 5 RB in PPR if he plays 16 games.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.10||Fantasy Football QB - DeMarco Murray is getting a lot of hate in fantasy circles, and I love it for one simple overlooked fact: when playing, he's one of the most consistent fantasy RB. The problem is that he is also consistently injured, so by picking my poison I also created a need, i.e. I'll need to pick up more depth at RB given that it is questionable whether I'll be able to rely on Murray for a full season.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.05||FFToolbox -Scott - DeMarco Murray represents "through the roof" potential in PPR fantasy leagues. The only question is health, which has been an issue following Murray his entire career, not unlike Reggie Bush who in his early career couldn't shake the stigma of injury prone, however look no further than his last two years of becoming NFL tough. I'm projecting Murray on what he can do, and that's all I can really do. There's only a handful of backs that bring his potential workload in a high powered offense to the table. He is a top 5 RB in PPR if he plays 16 games. My projection: 275 1329 and 9 TDs 51 receptions 380 yards and 2 TDs through the air. 287 RB fantasy points in the 3rd round allows you to confidently start your draft WR-WR if need be.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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