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By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Jul 6th 12:29pm EDT

The Eagles averaged 2.9 yards a carry prior to contact in 2014, good for 7th in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys sat 10th, at 2.8. (Source: Sheil Kapadia,

Fantasy Impact: No running back had more yards after contact than DeMarco Murray in 2014. The more push he can get before he takes his first hit, the better, especially after his much spoken about high workload last year. Even with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles about, Murray should be a comfortable RB1.


By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Jun 28th 9:53am EDT

DeMarco Murray is the most fascinating player in the NFL heading into 2015, according to Adam Schein. Schein "would have a difficult time" betting against Murray to justify Chip Kelly's faith in him, and proving Dallas foolish for letting him walk. But Schein warns Murray that Eagles fans "will not be patient" with him. (Source: Adam Schein,

Fantasy Impact: Eagles fans are not patient with ANYONE. Chip Kelly took a gamble jettisoning LeSean McCoy and bringing Murray to Philly, but if Murray is the fit Chip thinks he will be then Shady will soon be forgotten. Murray's current ADP is outside the first round, and he could be a steal.


By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Jun 28th 9:03am EDT

DeMarco Murray has 19 rushing TDs from inside the opposition 10 yard line in the last two seasons, as per Graham Barfield, on 52 attempts. With a 36.5% success rate, only four players fared better. (Source: Graham Barfield on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles were not particularly clinical in the redzone in 2014, scoring touchdowns on 49.15% of their visits. This tally is good for 23rd in the league. Interestingly, LeSean McCoy had 46 attempts inside the ten yard line in 2013-14, but found pay dirt just eight times. Murray's nose for the endzone makes him an RB1, even with a reduced workload in 2015.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Jun 17th 1:06pm EDT

Philadelphia Magazine's Sheil Kapadia speculates that DeMarco Murray will receive about 17 carries per game, with Ryan Mathews getting seven each game and Darren Sproles rushing just twice a game. (Source: Philadelphia Magazine)

Fantasy Impact: Murray led the league with a freakish 392 carries last year after getting an astounding 24.5 carries per game. Expect him to receive about 100-150 fewer touches in 2015 than the 449 he received in 2014. Don't forget about the "Curse of 370" folks.


By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Jun 14th 3:53am EDT

After his mammoth 392 carries with the Cowboys in 2014, DeMarco Murray isn't clamouring for a repeat with the Eagles. "I was always in a rotation anyway, until last year. I can handle that." (Source: Nick Fierro, The Morning Call)

Fantasy Impact: Murray is probably earning brownie points with his head coach for his "team first" approach. Even with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles around, Murray still figures to be the main back for the Eagles, and as such should push for RB1 numbers.


By Clinton, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jun 11th 5:05pm EDT

The Eagles released Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis Thursday. Mathis had been unhappy with his 5-year contract that he signed in 2012. He had missed OTAs and was granted permission to seek a trade partner last season and this season as well. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray certainly won't have the same offensive line he ran behind in 2014. This change won't help the cause either as Mathis was rated the best guard by Pro Football Focus in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 he was rated as the 2nd best guard. It would be hard to imagine Murray producing the way he did in Dallas.


By James Brimacombe, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jun 11th 11:35am EDT

The big question mark surrounding Murray is his high usage last season with the Dallas Cowboys carrying the ball 393 times. It is hard to predict Murray getting close to that amount of carries in his first year on the Eagles but with Chip Kelly running the offense anything is possible. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Jason Peters showed Murray some respect with his recent comments, "It's a big weight on our shoulders. He was the rushing champ last year. He almost broke the record. For him to come here and not duplicate that, that would discredit us a little bit with the Dallas offensive line. We've got to make sure he gets his yards," Peters said. "That's a big challenge. The Dallas offensive line is good. We're just better. We're going to make sure he gets his yards."


By Phil Falvo, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jun 4th 12:35pm EDT

As expected, the Eagles intend to divide the rushing workload between DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur revealed the plan on Wednesday, but declined to put a percentage on the way the workload would be divided. (Source: Bob Grotz, Delaware County Daily Times)

Fantasy Impact: Last season, DeMarco Murray racked up 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns on 392 carries. Due to injuries last season, Ryan Mathews had 32 rushes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in six games with the San Diego Chargers. Both players have been plagued by injuries, so splitting carries will benefit both. With the inclusion of Darren Sproles on passing downs and in some possible change-of-pace opportunities, Philly's backfield is shaping up to be a three-headed monster. If you draft Murray, you should spend a later pick on Mathews.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Jun 3rd 11:48pm EDT

Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will divide the backfield workload between DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. (Source: Delaware County Daily Times)

Fantasy Impact: Shurmur also said, "They’re two really fine players." Both guys are quality backs who bring substantial starting experience to the table. However, Murray figures to be more of what Chip Kelly looks for in a back, a downhill runner, instead of what LeSean McCoy brought to the table. Even if Mathews gets 100+ touches, Murray should still be productive enough to outdo what McCoy did last year. Murray is now signed to a five-year, $40 million deal after breaking out as the rushing champion in 2014 with 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns on 392 carries. Mathews is signed to a three-year, $11 million deal after an injury-riddled 2014.


By Mike Castiglione , Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Jun 3rd 5:42pm EDT

Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley raved about newly acquired DeMarco Murray on Wednesday afternoon, adding that the Eagles "want to get back to running the ball. We want to get back to just taking over the line of scrimmage." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The exact workload amongst Murray, fellow free agent signee Ryan Mathews and swiss-army knife Darren Spoles is still to be determined. Staley noted the situation is similar to 2003, when he was part of a productive Eagles backfield committee with Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook. "(Murray) is a perfect fit for us," Staley said. "Exactly what we want to do - full steam ahead, downhill. That’s what we’re preaching every day. One, two, three, four yards and a cloud of dust. And all the backs that we have, they’re able to do that." Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had a tendency to dance a bit much for coach Chip Kelly's preference, but he was still plenty productive in Kelly's power spread scheme. If he can stay healthy -- a major IF given last year's workload -- Murray will be in line to repeat as an elite RB1 and the lead dog of this 3-headed monster


By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Jun 1st 9:54am EDT

Eagles Center Jason Kelce has been impressed with DeMarco Murray's work ethic so far. Kelce remarked that "(the Eagles) have three tremendous backs...But so far, DeMarco's been absolutely great. He's been motivated to learn, motivated to be a part of this offense and a part of this team". (Source: Sheil Kapadia,

Fantasy Impact: It never hurts to make a good first impression, especially with one of your best offensive lineman. After plying his trade behind a stellar line in Dallas, it's encouraging to see Murray building a rapport with his new friends early on. While a guarantee not to match his workload of 2014, Murray is the undisputed lead dog in Philly and a late first round pick in redraft leagues.


By Mike Castiglione , Eagles Correspondent, Fri, May 29th 2:40pm EDT

The league's reigning rushing champ told reporters on Thursday he feels "stronger than I've ever felt and I feel faster than I've ever felt." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a 497-touch season including playoffs, Murray won't be asked to take on that kind of workload again with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles also in the Eagles backfield mix. Murray also noted the number of playmakers in the passing game will make it tough for defenses to key in on one guy. While optimism tends to run high this time of year, there are plenty of snaps to go around in Chip Kelly's up-tempo, run-heavy offense and Murray is in his prime at age 27. Still, there are also plenty of questions facing the Eagles offense with so many new pieces, and history has not been kind to RBs coming off the type of workload Murray just logged.


By Phil Falvo, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, May 28th 12:42pm EDT

In typical Jerry Jones fashion, the Cowboys owner and GM has declared that Dallas will have a better running game in 2015 because they have a better offensive line. Chip Kelly did not address the Eagles' offensive line needs; however, when healthy, the aging unit has performed well together. (Source: Bob Brookover via

Fantasy Impact: With the release of Todd Herremans and a holdout by disgruntled Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, the makeup of Philly's line is currently in limbo. Regardless, Chip added DeMarco Murray after trading LeSean McCoy because he felt Murray was a better scheme fit. OTAS and training camp will give us a clearer picture of how Coach Kelly intendeds to use Murray as well as Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles. If the line comes together, Murray can be a force is Philly's offense


By James Brimacombe, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Apr 30th 11:23am EDT

After the Eagles making a big splash with bringing in DeMarco Murray on a five-year $40 million dollar deal and the Eagles trading away star RB LeSean McCoy the question remains if this is an upgrade or downgrade? We keep hearing Murray is more of a Chip Kelly type of RB as he doesn't dance in the backfield and hits the holes fast. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: In 2014, McCoy ran for no gain or less 22.1 percent of the time, and Murray did 18.4 percent of the time. This is the exact thing Kelly is wanting out of his RB. There is some concern over Murray's usage last year as the Cowboys ran him 393 times for 1845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Those 393 rushing attempts were more than he had the prior 2 seasons combined (378 attempts in 24 games).


By Matt Muller, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 7:34pm EDT

DeMarco Murray has signed with the Eagles on a 5 year / $42 million deal. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With Murray locked down, the Eagles have secured their starting RB spot following the departure of LeSean McCoy. Barring injury, 2015 should be another big year for Murray, despite the presence of Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews. He will likely be an RB1 on draft day.


By Blaine Blontz, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 12:35pm EDT

Free agent running back DeMarco Murray is expected to sign with the Eagles, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move has major fantasy implications, as 2014's top RB will be joining one of the league's most dynamic offenses. If Murray can stay healthy, and that's always a big if, it will likely be another extremely productive fantasy season for the former Oklahoma Sooner.


By Brian Tesch, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 12:33pm EDT

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dallas has conceeded defeat in it's pursuit of DeMarco Murray. Schefter tweeted "Dallas now calling around for other RBs. Cowboys know they've lost DeMarco Murray to the Eagles." (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murray's ultimate destination has become the leading plot to what has become the hit daytime drama "as the NFL off-season turns", and it seems with 99% assurance that it's going to be Philadelphia. We have seen multiple backs linked to the Eagles that may or may not end up there, so it's not a done deal, but if true this is an absolute coup for the Eagles. Murray becomes possibly the top pick in 2015 fantasy drafts and is a clear-cut RB1.


By Blaine Blontz, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 10:43am EDT

Free agent running back DeMarco Murray is flying to Philadelphia to meet with the Eagles today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Schefter adds that Murray expects to join the team. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles are in the market for a running back after trading LeSean McCoy to the Bills. They reportedly have an agreement in place with free agent running back Ryan Mathews, but a contract hasn't been signed. Murray has expressed interest in joining the Eagles and his former Oklahoma teammate Sam Bradford. Murray was the best back in the league in 2014, and if he's able to stay healthy he could just as productive in Chip Kelly's system.


By Clinton, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Mar 11th 5:36pm EDT

The league rushing champion has reached out to Eagles coach Chip Kelly to express his desire to play for the team. There are roadblocks though as the Eagles have made it clear that they will be financially prudent and they also signed former Chargers running back Ryan Mathews. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: After carrying the ball a career high 392 times in 2014, the Eagles up-tempo offense would surely challenge Murray's body. While teams have been signing players during free agency at the pace of the Eagles offense, it's still largely unknown where Murray will land in 2015. Murray is very close with the Eagles new QB Sam Bradford as the two roomed and played together for Oklahoma from 2007-09. That friendship and familiarity would only benefit both players should Murray somehow sign with the team.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Mar 10th 9:15am EDT

Between a lack of communication between the teams and DeMarco Murray removing all references to the Cowboys from his social media accounts, the NFL's leading rusher may be changing teams. Free agency opens today at 4PM and Murray is seen as one of the prizes of free agency. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys have re-signed Doug Free, but will potentially lose Jeremy Parnell, so the offensive line that fueled Murray's historic season will mostly be in place for whomever is running behind it. One of the Cowboys' targets, Mark Ingram, re-signed with the New Orleans Saints, but the team will continue their due diligence with Adrian Peterson. The price may not be that steep, only a fourth round pick, so the Cowboys may be willing to get an elite player at that relatively low price. Even though sources said last week that Murray will re-sign in Dallas, these are not good signs, especially considering the rapid pace of the early days of NFL free agency. The Cowboys' structure is nearly certain to produce a top-ten RB, but Murray was the top RB in 2014 and has future top-five potential for the next three to five years.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Feb 22nd 8:50am EST

DeMarco Murray had a team record 392 carries and 57 catches during the 2014 season, on top of 48 playoffs touches, and he cannot keep up with that pace if he returns to Dallas in 2015. Although his return is questionable, the Cowboys are working hard to bring back the productive Murray. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Including the playoffs, Murray had 100 yards rushing in 14 of 19 games during the 2014 season and twice had 200 or more yards from scrimmage in a game in 2014. Murray had more carries in 2014 than he did in 2012 and 2013 combined, a reason to worry that Murray may buckle under the extra weight. He was held under 100 yards rushing in four of his final seven games after having 100 or more yards rushing in 11 of his first 12 games. The feeling is that Murray will have more like 300-315 carries in 2015 and, if he plays up to his career averages, he can still be effective with that workload. His career yards per carry is 4.8 so, if he were have 300-315 carries, that projects him at 1440-1510 rushing yards, a welcome sight for fantasy owners and enough to keep him as a top-ten RB.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jan 29th 2:59pm EST

DeMarco Murray's free agency is a top priority to the Dallas Cowboys and their roster foundation should help. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys have one of the most productive rosters in the NFL and that should help Murray's decision in re-signing with the team. They had a roster that experts deemed as without flaw and had the most efficient offense paired with a good defense. If Murray and fellow free agent Dez Bryant both re-sign, the Cowboys are a Super Bowl favorite in 2015 and could again have a top-five offense, with Murray as a top-three RB next year. The best thing for fantasy purposes is for Murray to re-sign with the Cowboys, running behind 3 Pro Bowl lineman and with a passing attack lead by Tony Romo and Bryant.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 12:19pm EST

DeMarco Murray would like to continue to fuel what was the league's second best rushing attack in 2014, but knows that Dez Bryant is also a high priority signing for the Cowboys this offseason. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Murray was the best running back in football this year, but Bryant was also a top-three WR this year, leading the NFL in TD catches with 16. The Cowboys need to make a decision on which player is more important to their offense, which really clicked in 2014. Murray's 1845 yards and 2261 yards from scrimmage make him a top ten pick for the 2015 season and where he ends up should not modify that value at all.


By Jerry Emry , Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jan 15th 2:21pm EST

The Dallas Cowboys have already stated they will use the franchise tag to retain the rights of superstar wideout Dez Bryant if both parties can not reach an agreement, making the re-signing of running back DeMarco Murray unlikely. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: With Bryant certainly being retained, it would be financially difficult to keep DeMarco Murray, so most believe that he will have a new home next season. Murray rushed for 1,845 yards on 392 attempts and 13 touchdowns behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Murray is a top-five back if he stays in Dallas, but how much success can Murray have on a different team, with a different line opening holes for him? Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Jan 13th 9:55pm EST

DeMarco Murray is a free agent, but history shows that he should re-sign with the Cowboys. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Murray had the best season of any RB this year and will be a high draft pick. He was aided by an elite Cowboys line and deep threats like Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant whose double digit touchdown seasons opened up opportunities. It would be foolish for Murray to leave the Cowboys, but he must consider that his value will never be higher. Ten running backs in NFL history have topped 390 rushing attempts like Murray did this year. Murray is currently 26 years old, a common age for runners at this volume. These running backs averaged 234 carries, 944 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in the following season, but saw their totals drop to 183 carries and 735 yards with three touchdowns in the by the third year since the high volume. Murray is valuable now and should make the most of the contract offered to him, by the Cowboys or elsewhere.


By Jerry Emry , Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Jan 5th 2:49pm EST

The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Green Bay for a match up against the Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. In what is dubbed as "Ice Bowl II",temperatures are expected to be in the teens in Green Bay, and the Cowboys will need leading rusher DeMarco Murray. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys offensive line rushed for 75 yards against the NFL's top rushing defense last Sunday. Additionally, Tony Romo passed for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the 20th ranked pass defense. On Sunday, the Cowboys will look to establish the run against the Packers' tenth rush defense, and the pass against the Packers' 23rd ranked pass defense.


By Jerry Emry , Eagles Correspondent, Sat, Jan 3rd 2:54pm EST

The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Cowboys success can be attributed to them having the most players named to the All-Pro team. The Cowboys All-Pros include WR Dez Bryant, RB DeMarco Murray and OG Zack Martin, and OT Tyron Smith.The superb play of the offensive line not only established the running game, but it has also taken pressure off of Tony Romo. (Source: Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys three All-Pro linemen help establish the run and play action and also help to protect Romo and give him more time in the pocket.Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, not to mention, Dez Bryant, and DeMarco Murray will continue to benefit.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Sat, Jan 3rd 10:25am EST

The Dallas Cowboys have the top ranked RB and a OL with three All-Pro players, but the Lions thinkt hat they can still make an impact. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Murray has fared well in his six matchups against top-10 rushing defenses this year, averaging well over 100 YPG with four rushing touchdowns, but the Lions are confident that they are up to the task. They have only allowed two teams, the Jets in Week 4 and the Packers in Week 17, to top 100 yards rushing as a team and have only had one game, Week 4 against the Jets, where they allowed multiple rushing TD. Murray needs to build on his runs to get past the Lions' outstanding front four and get into the second level; he may not be a great start for fantasy purposes, but he has performed in tough situations before.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Jan 2nd 12:29pm EST

DeMarco Murray may have been the leading rusher in the NFL by 484 but had a much bigger impact on the team than just running the ball. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Murray ran for 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and has had a touchdown run in his past five games. Murray ended the 2014 season leading the NFL in rushing yards, attempts, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns. Murray also has made an impact in the passing game, with his career high of 57 catches, and has been active in the blocking game as well. The Lions rank third against fantasy RB this year, so buyer beware of Murray this weekend, but he averages 109 yards and has four touchdowns in six games against top-10 fantasy defenses this year


By Brian Tesch, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 9:23am EST

Per Ian Rappaport, DeMarco Murray is going to play Week 16 against the Colts (Source: Ian Rappaport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rappaport also stated that the team was "nervous" about how Murray would hold up in pass protection, and also stated that if the Cowboys made the playoffs that Murray would sit out Week 17. While it may be tempting to get cutesy and sit Murray this week, you gotta dance with the back that brought ya, and play DeMarco in Week 16.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 1:05pm EST

DeMarco Murray was back on the practice field just 2 days after having surgery on his left hand. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: It was just doing some individual drills but seeing Murray on the field is a good sign. Jason Garrett still has to see certain things to let Murray go on Sunday. This is something to monitor all week.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Dec 16th 11:50am EST

DeMarco Murray had surgery on Monday for a broken bone in his left hand. The surgery went well and the Cowboys believe that Murray will be able to play on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Still something to monitor all week. Murray is the league's leading rusher and can't see anyone benching him if he is active. Joseph Randle still needs to be picked up in all leagues.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 2:41pm EST

DeMarco Murray to have surgery on left hand; status questionable for Sunday (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This would be huge news for fantasy owners and sound reasoning for picking up Joseph Randle, a top-20 option if given the start against the Colts. Murray will have surgery today and Stephen Jones has yet to rule him out for Sunday's game


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 11:53am EST

DeMarco Murray injured his hand late in Sunday's win in Philadelphia. Murray had X-rays done and owner Jerry Jones had no further comments. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray owners should already have Joseph Randle on their fantasy teams. If not, go put in that waiver claim. It seems that Murray is fine, but it is definitely something to monitor this week.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 6:36am EST

DeMarco Murray rushed the ball 31 times for 81 yards but saved his fantasy day adding by 2 touchdowns. (Source: CBS)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles' run defense held Murray in check for most of the game. Murray averaged just 2.6 yards per carry, but got in the end zone twice. DeMarco Murray is still a high-enf RB1 heading into week 16.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 7:09pm EST

Even after his 41-touch night against the Bears last Thursday, Cowboys' coach Jason Garrett said that Cowboys' RB DeMarco Murray is going to continue to carry the team for the remaining three games. (Source: NBC)

Fantasy Impact: After giving DeMarco Murray a season high 32 carries last game, Garrett isn't joking about the running back carrying the team. The Cowboys have centered their entire offense around Murray and have all but abandoned Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, who have just five carries in the last three games between them. Fantasy owners should expect the Cowboys to utilize their ace when the face the Philadelphia Eagles in a match-up that could determine the post-season. In their last meeting, Murray was able to gain 76 rushing yards and 40 yards receiving along with one touchdown. Expect Murray to match or even surpass that same output as he attempts to carry the Cowboys to victory.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 8:50am EST

Murray came into the matchup with the Bears as the top fantasy running back but remarkably still found a way to top his prior performance.

Fantasy Impact: Murray finished with 179 yards rushing on 32 carries and a touchdown but most impressively added nine catches for 49 yards. The nine catches and 32 carries are each career highs, while the 179 yards rushing and 228 yards from scrimmage are each the second highest total of his career. Murray needed to rebound after a tough game against Philadelphia on Thanksgiving and did just that last night; most fulfilling for Murray is that he has another opportunity against the Eagles next Sunday in Philadelphia.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 9:50pm EST

Murray already has 105 total yards and a touchdown against the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Murray already has 24 touches tonight and his one yard touchdown on fourth down opened the scoring for the game. Most impressively, Murray has eight receptions for 40 yards in the first half; the eight receptions already ties his career high from Week 1 of 2013 against the Giants. As the second half of this 14-7 game wears on, Murray will continue to get the ball and should eclipse 100 yards rushing as well. In PPR leagues, Murray already has 20 points and he is well on his way to his best day in fantasy football this year.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 10:22am EST

DeMarco Murray has not seen his volume of carries drop as the calendar has progressed to December; in fact, he has had consecutive games exceeding 20 rushing attempts after having less than 20 carries in three consecutive games. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Murray had his worst outing of the 2014 season against the Eagles last Thursday and looks to play better against a Bears defense that he has had success against. Murray has averaged five or more yards per carry in three of his past five games and ended a four game touchdown drought last game. He has also boosted his receiving impact over the five games; through the first seven games, Murray averaged 22.7 receiving yards per game and he has seen that number rise to 36.8 receiving yards per game. Murray's receiving boost may not make that much of an impact against the Bears, as they have only allowed two 50 yard receivers out of the backfield this year, Chris Ivory and Eddie Lacy. This should lead to the workhorse Murray getting in excess of 20 carries this week to supplement a Cowboys' passing attack that should be successful against the Bears' 30th ranked pass defense.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 3:32pm EST

DeMarco Murray presents the biggest challenge for most teams, but the Bears' 11th ranked defense needs to be substantiated by stopping the league's top rusher. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears are without leader Lance Briggs and may be without former Cowboys All-Pro Jay Ratliff so Murray will have his opportunities against the strong Bears rush defense. The Bears have only allowed 100 or more yards rushing four times this year, though twice were gashed for 235 and 153 respectively against the Packers and Patriots, so Murray needs to get going quickly to thwart the Bears pressure. Murray has played three Thursday night games in his career and has not been successful running the ball, only averaging 74 yards per game, but does average 40 receiving yards per game and has four touchdowns in these midweek games. Murray's value has plateaued a bit since his outstanding start, but he can make an impact against a Bears defense he shredded for 146 rushing yards last December.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 8:39pm EST

DeMarco Murray averages 120.6 yards per game on the road and looks forward to gashing the Bears defense in Chicago again. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: Murray has at least 100 yards rushing in each game on the road this year and is averaging 121 yards from scrimmage in his past ten road games. Murray has posted solid statistics this season, but there is one problem that plagued him for the past couple weeks and for his entire career on the road: touchdowns. Murray has played 22 road games in his career and has never had a multiple touchdown game on the road; in fact, Murray only has 2 multiple touchdown games in his 49 career games. Murray is still a top-three running back considering his rushing prowess on the road and the Bears' 30th ranked rush defense, but do not expect a huge performance without multiple touchdowns.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 11:20am EST

DeMarco Murray was held to a season low 73 yards on 20 carries against the Eagles and he looks to rebound against the Bears. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears do have the 11th ranked rush defense, so Murray does have a bit of a challenge in Chicago on Thursday night. Murray had back to back games with five yards per carry in Week 10 and 12 and, as the league leader in rushing, he is just as good of a rebound candidate as any. Since Week 8, though, Murray has cooled off considerably; he has averaged 93 yards in the past four games after averaging 132 yards in the first eight games. Another bad omen for fantasy owners is that before Murray scored on Thursday, he had not scored since Week 7; Murray's rushing totals are what made him the top fantasy running back, but he needs to cash in on his opportunities in the red zone. The Bears may have the 11th ranked rushing defense, but Murray gashed the Bears for 146 yards on 18 carries last season and is still at a minimum a top three option this week.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 6:04am EST

DeMarco Murray had 20 carries for 73 yards on Thursday's loss to the Eagles. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: It was Murray's lowest rushing total of the season and the first time he was held under 4 yards per carry but he did salvage his day with a touchdown and adding another 40 yards in the passing game. Just a lost game for the entire team. Murray remains a high-end RB1.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 7:10am EST

Only 3 running backs since 1978 who have hit the 2,000 yard rushing mark had more yards through their first 11 games than Murray has in 2014. He needs 752 to break Eric Dickerson's record, set back in 1984. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "Crazy but true: Through Week 12, Murray had more rushing yards than 25 teams." As of now, Murray is on pace for 1,969 but has a decent schedule. Murray does not play team that is ranked 10th or better against the run until week 17. Absolute must-start every week, a high-end RB1.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Nov 25th 3:11pm EST

DeMarco Murray was an afterthought against the Giants, yet still ran for 121 yards. He looks to continue on his amazing season against the Eagles on Thursday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Murray has been the most stable option at running back this season, posting ten 100 yard games in his 11 games this season, but he has been stymed by the Eagles in his two appearances in his career. Murray has had 40 carries with only a 3.27 yards per carry average and a touchdown; he did rush for 74 yards as a backup in 2011 though. Murray has not only ran for more yards this year than ever before, but is also on pace for nearly 100 more receiving yards than he has in his career. The Eagles have the 16th ranked rush defense, allowing 109 rushing yards per game, but are tied for third in least rushing touchdowns allowed with six. The Eagles allow an average of 23.2 fantasy points to running backs, so Murray, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar may be primed for solid games on Thursday.


By Ryan Olinyk, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 5:05pm EST

DeMarco Murray commented after Sunday's win saying he and the offensive line were a little rusty coming off a bye. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: If that was rusty, the Eagles are in trouble. Murray totalled 121 rushing yards on Sunday and now has 1354 yards on the season. Right now, that puts Murray on pace for 1,970 yards. That would be a new Dallas Cowboys record, passing Emmitt Smith's 1,773 rushing yards in 1995. DeMarco Murray is a high end RB1 and is a must-start each and every week.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 2:05am EST

Cowboys' RB DeMarco Murray rushed for 121 yards on 24 carries and added another 22 yards on two receptions in Dallas' 31-28 win over the Giants. (Source: CBS)

Fantasy Impact: Even though Murray was unable to get a touchdown, he was still able to get another productive night by rushing over a hundred yards for the 10th time this season. Murray is now up to 1,354 rushing yards, 303 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The Cowboys go up against Philadelphia this Thursday in what might be the most important game of the season. Fantasy owners should expect Dallas to turn to their talented back for the victory.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 1:54am EST

DeMarco Murray had 121 hard earned yards in a 31-28 thrilling win over the Giants. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Murray had 24 carries, his first game with 20 or more carries since Week 7 against the Giants, adding 22 receiving yards to finish with just under 150 yards from scrimmage with 144. What made this performance impressive was that he had to grind for the tough yards in this game; he had 11 rushes of three yards or less yet still earned his tenth 100-yard rushing game in 11 games this year. He is a bit under his 2000 rushing yard pace from earlier in the season, but he is still going to be the top running back of the fantasy season. The Eagles, the Cowboys next opponent, rank 20th in the league with a 114.7 rushing yard per game average, so look for Murray to be a top performer yet again in Week 13.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 2:11pm EST

Cowboys' RB DeMarco Murray is on pace for 390 carries, just 26 shy of the all time record. If Murray is able to accomplish this, then he would be the second running back in the past decade to hit the top 10. (Source: NFL)

Fantasy Impact: It shouldn't be a surprise that Murray is flirting with the all time record for rushing carries. Currently at 244 attempts so far this season, Murray has been the focal point of the Cowboys' offense and plans on carrying his team to the post season. Unfortunately, Murray has never been able to finish a 16-game season and with an unbelievable pace of a league-high 123.3 yards per game, the RB might be pushing his body beyond it's limits. Fantasy owners have to trust that Murray and the Cowboys' will take the necessary precautions to keep himself healthy and ready to go for the final stretch of the season.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 9:09pm EST

Demarco Murray says that he's rested and ready to run on Monday, as the Cowboys get set for a grinding final six weeks to the season. (Source: FOX)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should be relieved that the Cowboy running back was able to get some much needed rest during the bye. This Sunday, Murray will start right where he left off against the New York Giants, currently ranked last against the run. The last time Murray played against the division rival, he was able to run for 128 yards and a touchdown.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 10:28pm EST

The fan vote tallies for the 2015 Pro Bowl show Demarco Murray as one of the top two vote-getters for the running back position. (Source: Tulsaworld)

Fantasy Impact: Given the dominance that Demarco Murray has shown on the field, this surge of popularity should come as no surprise. The Cowboys running back currently leads the NFL in rushing with 1,233 yards, 411 yards more than Arian Foster in second. Fantasy owners should look forward to Murray having some much needed rest during the Cowboys' Week 11 bye and then returning refreshed, and hopefully getting more touches than his 24 touch per game average in the past three games, against the New York Giants in Week 12.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Nov 11th 12:11pm EST

DeMarco Murray becomes the first Cowboys running back since 1999 with nine 100 yard rushing games in a single season. (Source: CBS)

Fantasy Impact: There is one big statistic for Murray: touches per game. Through the first seven games of the season, Murray averaged nearly 30 touches per game and that number has dropped to nearly 24 over the past three games. This drop off in touches has not seen too drastic of a drop off in yards, though, going from 153 yards per game in the first seven games to 147 yards per game in the past three games. Still, it is important to look at Murray's touches and evaluate his long term future for the 2014 season. A good addition for Murray owners in PPR leagues is that Murray has added two catches per game over the past three games as well. He will focus more on the stretch run and it would not be a surprise if he returns to 27-30 touches after the bye week.


By Scott Ellinwood, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 11:19am EST

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray hit the century mark again, rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries and adding another 31 yards on six receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Murray has arguably been the fantasy MVP of the 2014 season. He is on pace for 2,000 yards from scrimmage and has consistently delivered week in and week out. Murray and the Cowboys have a bye next week before returning to face the Giants in Week 12.


By Nicky Tapas, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 11:17am EST

Murray, who ran for 100 yards on 19 carries, added an additional 31 yards on 6 receptions in Week 10 against the Jaguars in London.

Fantasy Impact: Barring any injury, Murray will remain a top 3 RB for the remainder of the fantasy season. In Week 12, Murray faces a great matchup after the bye when the Cowboys travel to play the Giants who just gave up 350 rushing yards to Seattle in Week 10.


By Jacob Harpel, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 8:31pm EST

Murray is now on pace to become the eighth player in NFL history to exceed 2,000 yards. (Source: CBS)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners may be disappointed with the weak showing from Murray last week, but with potential problems in the form of an injured Romo or a useless Weeden, the Cowboys are likely to turn to the run this Sunday and feed Murray frequently. The Cowboys are 17-1 when Murray has rushed at least 20 times over the last four years and Murray is leading the NFL with 25 attempts per game in 2014. In the last two weeks, though, he has only managed 19 attempts per game, both games resulting in losses for the Cowboys. The Dallas running back has an opportunity against a Jacksonville defense that has given up 24.7 FP/G against the run so look for Murray to get back on track in Week 10.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Nov 5th 3:04pm EST

Murray has been one of the top running backs so far this season, but back to back weeks with less than 20 carries and a splint on his finger cannot make fantasy owners happy. (Source: Dallas-Forth Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Murray fractured his right pinky last week and is now is in a splint, but is not on the injury report for the Cowboys for this week. The big issue, though, is his ball handling; Murray has lost five fumbles this season and he needs to put more focus on ball control with the injury. Murray owners have to have an issue with the drop in carries for the star and this injury only makes it worse; Tony Romo needs to be back in Week 10 for Murray to be the top running back option.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 9:03am EST

DeMarco Murray's 100 yard rushing streak ends as he runs for 79 yards against Arizona. (Source: Arizona Cardinals)

Fantasy Impact: Murray still is a strong option, as the Cardinals had not allowed a running back to have greater than 85 yards coming into the game, but Tony Romo's injury was troublesome for the Cowboys offense. The Cardinals have a very strong rush defense, but on short downs they loaded the box even moreso because there was no threat of Brandon Weeden on the play fake like there would have been with Tony Romo. Murray now has 1133 yards for the season, an impressive total that is now his career high for a season. The most telling statistic for Murray owners should be his carries; he averaged 27 carries per game coming into Week 8 but only has 19 carries in each game since, both Cowboys' losses. Murray's workload was never going to stay as high as it was in the first half of the season, but if he is going to be a sub-20 carry running back the rest of the year, he may not be the number one option for running back the remainder of the season. For full season fantasy leagues, obviously Murray is a must start player every week, but for daily fantasy, players like Matt Forte or Arian Foster may be more worth your big budget move.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Oct 30th 10:46am EDT

This is the second straight month that Murray is named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month. (Source: Dallas Cowboys)

Fantasy Impact: Awards will continue to come for Murray, who had 691 yards from scrimmage in four October games. He has been solid through the whole season and will continue to get accolades as the year progresses. His run for a three-peat in NFC Offensive Player of the Month goes through Arizona, Jacksonville, the NY Giants. and Philadelphia; the Cardinals have a solid rushing defense but he may be able to put up very strong rushing performances in his other three November games. He is the top fantasy football player and is a must start every week.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Oct 29th 7:39pm EDT

The fumbles do not worry DeMarco Murray, he just wants to continue to be aggressive. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray has had an outstanding 2014 season, but he has lost five fumbles this season, midly marring his historical pace. Eric Dickerson did fumble 14 times in his record breaking 1984 season, but the other six players in NFL history with over 2,000 yards only averaged 4.5 fumbles in their historical seasons. Murray says that he aggressively fights for every inch and he just needs to have two hands on the ball when he does it. Fantasy owners will buy and start Murray no matter if he fumbles or not, but this is something that could take touchdowns off the board and is something to monitor as the second half of the season progresses.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Oct 28th 7:06pm EDT

There are only two rushing records that Murray really needs to fight for; one for consistency and the other for substance. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: DeMarco Murray's 1,054 rushing yards through eight games makes him the fifth fastest to 1,000 and he is on pace to really be legendary. He is on pace for 2,108 yards, which would be three more yards than Eric Dickerson in his record breaking 1984 season. He has to accelerate his pace to catch up to O.J Simpson's 143.1 rushing yards per game in 1974 as his pace is fourth best, behind both Jim Brown in 1963 and Walter Payton in 1977 as well, with Murray running for 131.8 yards per game. Another impressive record that Murray chases is 14 straight 100-yard rushing games attained by Barry Sanders in 1997. The Cowboys play teams that are statistically mediocre in rushing defense through the last eight games of the season, averaging 15.5 to be exact, but do play two top-ten rush defenses, Arizona and Indianapolis, before this season ends. They play Arizona this week and Murray is still a top five option at RB, even with Tony Romo's status uncertainty. This is not the scary week for Murray owners, though. Week 16 may be a long time away, but Murray playing a top-10 rush defense in what might be a fantasy football championship weekend may be a bit of a heart break for Murray owners and Murray's pursuits of history.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Oct 28th 10:45am EDT

DeMarco Murray continues to impress, going over 100 yards rushing for the record 8th straight game to begin the 2014 season. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: A 51-yard rush in the third quarter put Murray over the century mark for the game, he finished with 141 rushing yards, and he added 80 receiving yards to have his first game this season where he was over 200 yards from scrimmage. Amazingly, Murray accelerated his pace on the yards from scrimmage record, as he is now on pace for 2586 yards but he did not score, only the second time this season that Murray was held out of the end zone. The 51 yard run that sent Murray over 100 yards is the longest run that Murray has had all year and his 9.6 yards per touch was the second best mark of his career, only bettered in his 253 yard rushing performance in 2011. Arizona has the third ranked defense against the run this year, but Murray's performance this year is truly unblemished. He may not be the top running back option this week, but remember that he was still able to get nearly 20 points on the road versus the outstanding Seahawks defense. Looking beyond Week 9, Murray owners should be thrilled to see Jacksonville before the Week 11 bye and New York on the schedule after the bye.


By Chris Zolli, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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, Eagles 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:

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, Eagles 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.

Fantasy Football Empire | Jul 28th
DeMarco Murray's fantasy value may actually increase with the move from Dallas to Philadelphia this season. Murray lead the league in rushing attempts with 392, but guess which team had the 2nd leading rusher? It was the team he was traded to in the Philadelphia Eagles as LeSean McCoy had 312 rushing attempts. It will be hard for Murray to repeat on his incredible season last year to where he lead the league in rushing yards (1,845), rushing yards per game (115.3), first downs (85), and tied for first with Marshawn Lynch for rushing TDs (13). The Chip Kelly offensive juggernaut will keep Murray busy this season, so expect no significant drop off in fantasy points this season. His fantasy playoff schedule includes a neutral matchup versus Buffalo in week 14, a tough matchup versus Arizona in week 15, and a tough matchup versus Washington in week 16. DeMarco Murray has the toughest postseason schedule among running backs. He faces BUF ARI WAS = FPA 14.69
The NY Times | Jul 27th
A decline from his 393 attempts a given as he is expected to share with Mathews.
WalterFootball | Jul 24th
There is of course concern that the gifted runner Ryan Matthews will take away from last season's rushing champion Murray, but that is the good thing about the Eagles; they run the ball often and would like to run the ball even more. Last season, Philadelphia's running backs ran the ball the fifth most in the league while also throwing it the fifth most. The Eagles also ran the ball 21 times inside the opponent's five-yard line, which tied them at sixth most in the league. Murray is the starter in Philly, while Mathews is the backup and that was evident when he was getting reps in kick returns during OTAs. We don't need to worry about Mathews usurping Murray's lead-back role, but we can benefit if Mathews causes others to skip Murray as an early pick.
Breaking Football | Jul 24th
He paced the league in carries and he's changed teams, which could have him carrying two big red flags going into 2015. That being said, he also could be a beast in Chip Kelly's system.
RotoBaller | Jul 21st
DeMarco Murray is coming off the best season of his career in which he dominated fantasy football with only one other running back even coming close to his total points. In standard scoring, you could knock an entire 5 points a game off DeMarco’s season total (80 points total) and he would still be the RB6 last... Read More
FFLockerRoom | Jul 21st
The Eagles are doubling down their efforts to replace LeSean McCoy by adding Murray and Ryan Mathews. Obviously Murray is the one to own but this situation is not fantasy friendly. At least until we know how the offense will operate. I'm downgrading Murray, Mathews and Sproles.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
Murray was the league leader last year with 1,845 yards rushing and 13 rushing touchdowns, but the number that worries me is 392 carries. He also will not be running behind the Dallas offensive line in 2015. I view him as a very risky RB2 that I would avoid in the early rounds.
CBS Sports | Jun 26th
DeMarco Murray is learning the new playbook in Philadelphia, but he could end up being a bust this year after leaving Dallas.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Jun 16th
Murray is going to be fed the ball a ton in Philly but will lose passing downs to Mathews and Darren Sproles. He is going to get a ton of carries, but don't expect a repeat of 2015. Murray has the chance to be top 15 this year, but Mathews loses the majority of his value and will struggle to be in the top 40.
EDSFootball | Jun 16th
With LeSean McCoy traded to Buffalo this offseason for linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Philadelphia Eagles have added two running backs -- DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews -- capable of filling the void. Sheil Kapadia of attempted to project how the backs will split their workload in 2015 and he assumed that the team's backfield averages roughly 26 carries per game (like last season). But...
SoCalledFanEx | Jun 13th
We analyze the players that are on new teams within the NFC East and how it will affect their Fantasy outlook. The post DeMarco Murray Bounces Around the NFC East appeared first on So-Called Fantasy Experts.