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By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 10:51am EDT

DeMarco Murray rushes for 100+ yards and into the record book; sets the record for most 100+ yard rushes to begin the season with seven. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray's successful 2014 season continued with 128 yards and a touchdown versus the Giants on Sunday. Murray's 7th straight 100 yard rushing performance also made him one of three players in NFL history with more than 900 rushing yards over their first seven games. The only concern for Murray is that it now is three consecutive weeks where Murray was below five yards per rush; his yards per carry through the first four weeks was nearly 5.4 and it is now 4.88 for the season. He also had 14 receptions in Weeks 5 and 6, possibly showing that he would be more of a part of the passing game; he only had one reception for four yards in yesterday's 31-21 victory, showing that Weeks 5 and 6 were not indicative of his involvement in the passing game. The Giants defensive line looked very strong against a Cowboys offensive line without Doug Free and next week's matchup might be tough as well. The Redskins have a top-10 defense on the season and Murray needs to find his opportunities against a strong Redskins' front four. Even saying all of that, Murray is still the top running back option for Week 8 and will find a way to reach 100 yards again versus Washington.

By Scott Ellinwood, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:43am EDT

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray became the first rusher in NFL history to open a season with seven consecutive 100 yard performances. Against the Giants, Murray carried 28 times for 128 yards and a score.

Fantasy Impact: To state the obvious, Murray is hot right now and is the mid-season fantasy MVP. Murray will face a stingy Redskins run defense on Monday Night Football in Week 8. Regardless of the matchup, Murray is a must-start.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 10:25am EDT

One of the many records that DeMarco Murray is on pace for is breaking Larry Johnson's eight year old rush attempt record. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray is on pace for 424 carries, and 480 touches, this season but nothing has slowed Murray down this year. Last week against Seattle's outstanding rush defense, Murray was below 4 yards per carry, his average per carry was 5.15 coming into the game, but he still was over 100 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. More than his rushes, Murray even has 14 receptions over the past two games, showing that he can make a difference in the passing game as well. Joseph Randle ran very well in his opportunities to give Murray a break, but his legal issues may have him in head coach Jason Garrett's dog house this week. Going against a Giants defense that was just gashed by LeSean McCoy last week, DeMarco Murray is again the top option at running back. Quite frankly, looking ahead, the only week where Murray may not be the number one option is Week 9 against Arizona. If you own Murray, keep him out there no matter what; he is having a truly historical season.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Oct 14th 2:19pm EDT

DeMarco Murray's amazing season may make him an unmovable player. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: There is no question that DeMarco Murray is the best running back in fantasy football and he is probably the most valuable player in any fantasy football league. But does this make him untradebale? For Murray to be moved, you would need to have a weak QB and WR1 and be getting a top-5 player at either WR1 or QB and a mid-level player at the other position for Murray and a flex-type player. For example, a fair Murray trade would be one where the Murray owner gets Jordy Nelson and Jay Cutler for Murray and a backup RB/WR, assuming of course that you have no depth at WR and have a weak QB situation. Even at that point it would be a stretch, but the conversation would have to start there.

By Scott Ellinwood, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 8:25pm EDT

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray continued his torrid pace in a Week 6 win over Seattle. Murray touched the ball 35 times for a combined 146 rushing-receiving yards and a TD.

Fantasy Impact: Murray and the Cowboys are the real deal. If Murray can put up this type of game against the Seahawks defense, owners can confidently start him against any team in any situation. Start him if you got him.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 10:14am EDT

Murray runs for 134 yards in yesterday's 20-17 over Houston, making him one of three players in NFL history to have 100+ rushing yards in their first five games of the season. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Murray is the undisputed fantasy MVP through five weeks of the season and his 192 total yards on 37 touches yesterday bring him up to 794 yards from scrimmage for the season. Murray is on pace to best Chris Johnson's NFL record for most yards from scrimmage in a single season, as Murray projects for 2,540 yards on the season. All is not perfect for Murray, though, as he lost another fumble yesterday, bringing him up to four lost fumbles on the season. Unfortunately this is yet another record that Murray set this year, as his previous season high was three fumbles lost. The Cowboys have to worry about the lost fumbles, but Murray's activity in the offense, the 31 carries yesterday were Murray's career high, dulls a bit of the pain of the lost fumbles. An extremely tough matchup against Seattle's second ranked rush defense looms, but Murray is still a top-5 running back option for Week 6.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 7:38pm EDT

Murray is on pace for 396 carries this season and has no problem with 400+ carries. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Murray has never carried the ball more than 217 times in his NFL career and no NFL back has carried the ball 400 times since Larry Johnson in 2006, but Murray is willing to change that. Murray ran the ball 282 times during his senior season at Oklahoma, but the NFL is a lot different than college football and maintaining 27 touches per game is going to be rough for Murray. If Murray is able to maintain his pace and production then he will have one of the greatest fantasy football seasons in history, as he is on pace for 320 points in standard leagues and 358 points in PPR leagues. As I have cautioned before, Murray's workload is huge for fantasy owners and needs to be closely monitored.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 5:10pm EDT

Murray is the first Cowboy to win Offense Player of the Month since Tony Romo in November 2009 and first running back from the Cowboys since Emmitt Smith in September 1995. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: When Emmitt Smith won the Offensive Player of the Month during the 1995 season, he ended up with 2148 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns for the season; the Cowboys would love that production from Murray this year. Smith had a pace that was a bit better than what Murray has done so far but Murray has had that type of effect on the 3-1 Cowboys and fantasy owners. Look for Murray to continue his pace of 100 rushing games, as the Texans are 24th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed with 130 per game and have allowed nearly 5 yards per carry. For a running back like Murray that averages 5.5 yards per carry for his career, a big day on Sunday is very possible.

By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 11:33am EDT

DeMarco Murray, the yardage leader in the NFL in 2014 thus far, could be due for a big payday at the end of the season. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: A big fantasy season could lead to a big payday not only for Murray but for fantasy owners that have the Cowboys running back. The Cowboys have featured Murray exclusively this year as the team has moved to a more run based offense. Murray has earned the increasted workload with over 600 yards from scrimmage in the first quarter of the 2014 season. If Murray were to maintain that pace of yardage, that would place him third all time in single season yards from scrimmage. The issue with Murray for his entire career has been injuries and this is the main concern as his workload increases. This is not to say that he will fall off greatly, but between his injury riddled past and the Cowboys tougher schedule, Murray may be more of a top 5 or top 10 running back rather than the number one running back that he has been during the first quarter of the season. As compared to other top running backs, Murray's past two seasons favorably to Jamaal Charles in 2012 and 2013. They are not totally similar, as Charles derived a lot of value from receptions in 2013 and had an MVP type season in 2010 previous to his breakout, but Murray and Charles are both runners that average over 5 yards per rush and each saw a huge boost as their team focused on getting them the ball. The massive difference between Murray and Charles is workload. The Cowboys running back has averaged 27 touches a game in the first quarter of the season and Charles only averaged a bit over 20 touches per game last year and his maximum workload in a 4 game stretch was 25 touches per game from Weeks 5 to 8. As noted many times in previous articles, Murray's workload is something to look at as he is on pace for 432 touches after never having more than 270 touches in a season. A 60% increase in workload is quite extreme, but Murray's 2014 production has been historic thus far. Coming into 2014, there have only been 4 players that have had over 400 touches in a season and averaged 5.5 yards per touch and Murray would join that list with his 5.7 yard per touch average. If he is able to keep up this pace, Murray is absolutely worth a big money contract from the Cowboys.

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 , 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.

FFLockerRoom | Oct 25th
DeMarco Murray is on a roll right now. I have a bad feeling about his usage but in the meantime, he should be on everyone's ranking as at least a top 3 option.
Breaking Football | Oct 24th
Awful matchup but he's white hot and he'll get fed like crazy.
ProFootballTalk | Oct 23rd
Before this season, the Cowboys talked a lot about running the ball more.  But they never really did. This year, the Cowboys finally are running the ball more.  So much more than running back DeMarco Murray is on pace to run the ball more times than anyone ever has in a single season. As a…
Fantasy Football Maniax | Oct 22nd
Washington is 2nd against fantasy running backs, but I can't take Murray out of the top spot the way he is running the ball.
EDSFootball | Oct 21st
Not only did Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray close the 2014 season strong, but he's more than picked up from where he left off. Will DeMarco Murray rush for 100+ Yards in Week 8? Through seven weeks of the 2014 NFL season, Murray has done something that no other player in the history of the league has done by rushing for 100-plus yards in his first seven games of the season. (Hall...
EDSFootball | Oct 20th
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has now done something that no other NFL running back has ever done — rush for 100-plus yards in each of the first seven games of a season. Entering today's game, Murray was tied with Jim Brown at six 100-yard games to start a season. The only other running backs with at least four 100-yard games to start a season are O.J. Simpson (five) and Emmitt S...
Yahoo! Sports | Oct 16th
My 2014 football season might have peaked in May. The Fantasy Football Index held their magazine Expert Auction in the spring, where I was lucky enough to land DeMarco Murray. I think I was price enforcing, but honestly I can't remember. When we had a post-auction Q&A, I talked about Murray's durability issues, whistled a bit of buyer's remorse. Of course that's turned into my best team by far...
Rotoworld | Oct 13th
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the week that was, including DeMarco Murray's historic pace.
EDSFootball | Oct 13th
Before today, the Seahawks had not allowed more than 38 rushing yards (Montee Ball, Week 3) to any running back this season. Meanwhile, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had not rushed for less than 100 yards through the first five games of the season. Murray extended his streak of 100-yard games to six as he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries and added six receptions for 31 ...
Gridiron Experts | Sep 29th
The role of the running back in the NFL has changed dramatically over the last decade. In 2003, thirteen different NFL running backs carried the ball at least 300 times Jason Willan | Workload Concerns for DeMarco Murray and R.Jennings - Gridiron Experts [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
EDSFootball | Sep 29th
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray entered the day as the leading rusher in the NFL and that's the way he ended it. In tonight's win over the Saints, Murray carried the ball 24 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns and added a reception for six yards. Through four games, Murray now has 99 carries for 534 yards — 5.39 yards per carry — and five touchdowns and nine catches fo...
ESPN | Sep 25th
DeMarco Murray has been the most consistent running back in fantasy football this season. Christopher Harris explains why he could be a potential sell-high candidate.
EDSFootball | Sep 21st
Despite his slow start today, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is now three-for-three in 100-yard games to open the season. He's also three-for-three in losing a fumble; or maybe it should zero-for-three in not losing a fumble. Either way, Murray carried the ball 24 times today for 100 yards and a touchdown and added four catches for 31 yards. In three career games against the Rams, Murray ...
ESPN | Sep 19th
Christopher Harris and Field Yates face off on which running back to sell high on, Arian Foster or DeMarco Murray.