By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 7:37pm EDT
DeMarco Murray has a first quarter fumble in each of the first three games of 2014. (Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram
Fantasy Impact: Murray is a bonafide star and is not only an RB1 for this week but also for most other weeks, even in a shallow league. He had only lost three fumbles in his first three NFL seasons, so there should be little concern for this issue. However, an issue for Murray may be his workload; he has averaged nearly 28 touches per game through the first three weeks of the season after averaging just over 19 touches per game in the past two seasons. The Cowboys are trying to feature Murray more this year, but need to be careful as the added workload might become burdensome in the future. If these fumble issues persist, particularly if they occur moreso in the second half of games, Murray's workload may drop. In that case, the Cowboys may be better off giving him around 23-25 touches per game.
By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 10:27pm EDT
A 29 carry, 167 yard performance by DeMarco Murray in a 26-10 Cowboys win in Nashville over the Titans leads to Murray being named top rusher of the week. (Source: Dallas Morning News
Fantasy Impact: Murray has 316 Yards from scrimmage, leading the NFL over the first two weeks, and he has a very favorable matchup in Week 3. The Rams have been gashed for 342 rushing yards this season and I predict that Murray is the top scoring RB for Week 3. Over his two previous matchups with the Rams in his career, Murray has 451 yards, including a Cowboys record 253 yards in 2011. He is obviously a RB1 for Week 3 and I would also say that he is a quality add for daily fantasy leagues as well.
By Nick Vertucci, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 10:47pm EDT
During the Dallas Cowboys' horrible Week 1 performance, there was really only one true shining star, DeMarco Murray. Murray had 22 carries for 118 yards, three catches for 25 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Think about what numbers DeMarco Murray could have produced if there was a passing attack? Murray may be the only true consistent fantasy play for now until the passing game comes together. We knew he would be utilized heavily regardless so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Consider Murray a solid start each week barring any injury concerns.
By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 11:51pm EDT
In his first preseason action, Murray touched the ball on 9 of Dallas' first 14 offensive plays getting 8 carries for 34 yards and catching a screen pass for another 21 yards. There was also a fumble on an exchange from Romo that looked like a miscommunication because it appeared that Murray was not expecting to take the hand off. Murray pointed out he was pleased with the heavy workload and he would carry the ball "as many times as they give it to" him. (Source: SportsDay DFW
Fantasy Impact: Reports have indicated that Linehan plans on leaning on the running game this season. If the 2nd preseason game is to be of any consideration, Linehan is holding true to his word. Provided he stays healthy, Murray is a lock to get 250+ touches and could see the coveted 300 touch mark. Considering the RB production Linehan brings from Detroit, (last year Bush & Bell combined for over 2200 total yards, 107 receptions, and 15 total TDs), a healthy Murray could easily produce high end RB1 numbers, especially in PPR formats. His current ADP of 11 overall (PPR formats) can provide tremendous upside to those owners drafting at the bottom of redraft snake leagues.
By Johnny Quintanilla, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 2:20pm EDT
Cowboys talk the talk, they would like to be a top 10 rushing team and lean on Murray more. But DeMarco Murray is not convinced and while he maintains optimism for a larger role in the offense he is taking a wait and see approach. (Source: dallasnews.com
Fantasy Impact: In Murray's three seasons the Cowboys are 11-0 when he carries the ball at least 20 times. The best option for the Cowboys is to run the ball, but with a below average defense Murray is at best an RB2 option and even better flex option.
By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 1:09am EDT
DeMarco Murray is in the final year of his rookie contract and has alluded to reporters that inking a new deal this season is not a concern for him. He could be playing coy with everyone or he may be confident that he is going to have another big year earning himself a big payday. (Source: Sports Day DFW
Fantasy Impact: This could be great news for Murray's fantasy season as the contract year phenomenon could materialize in the Big D. While there is no hard evidence to prove this theory, the facts are: Murray is coming off his best year in the NFL statistically and he played 14 games. He is the undisputed no. 1 back who can play all three downs, and will be in a revamped offense under new OC Scott Linehan who came from Detroit (Bush and Bell combined for 2700 total yards, 15 TDs and 107 receptions.) Murray will also be behind the best O-line Dallas has seen in several years, further setting the stage for a monster fantasy season. He will have top end RB1 value in PPR formats and mid to low end in standard formats.
ESPN | Sep 19th
Christopher Harris and Field Yates face off on which running back to sell high on, Arian Foster or DeMarco Murray.