Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys
|RB - #53||186.49||DAL||Probable||3 years||24||5'8||191||@Dunbar_CDB5|
2014 Outlook: Fantasy HandcuffLast updated on Jun-30-2014 by Larry Goldstein
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.
The Dallas Morning News says Dunbar "continues to be impressive" at Cowboys training camp. The former undrafted free agent is heading in to his third season with the Cowboys, and has the number two running back spot secured over Cowboys RB Joseph Randle. In two NFL seasons, Dunbar has carried the ball 51 times for 225 yards. He could see a spike in his workload this year, as new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has a history of favoring two-back systems.Fantasy Analysis:
Dunbar is a guy that you should strongly consider drafting if you take Murray. Backing up an injury-prone starter gives him value as a handcuff, but Dunbar may see carries in Linehan's offense regardless of Murray's health. Last year in Detroit, Linehan ran an offense that saw both Lions RB Reggie Bush and Lions RB Joique Bell hold significant fantasy value. In the event of an injury to Murray, Dunbar will probably see the larger share of a split with Randle in the Cowboys running game. Dunbar's being taken as the 58th running back in drafts.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/30 - Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar impressing at camp
7/17 - 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
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2014 Mock Draft Results
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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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