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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 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.

FFLockerRoom | Sep 30th
The #1 back in the NFL and fantasy should be at the top of everyone's list right now. He's started the season with four straight 100 yard games and has at least one touchdown in each contest.
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.