DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

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By Brian Tesch, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, Cowboys 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, 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 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.

Rotoworld | Dec 21st
With the Cowboys leading 35-0, DeMarco Murray (hand) is getting the tape cut off his hand and appears to be done for the day.
Rotoworld | Dec 21st
DeMarco Murray (hand) is officially active for Week 16 against the Colts.
NFL.com | Dec 21st
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is active for Dallas as they take on the Indianapolis Colts in an important Sunday afternoon game. The running back has a pad on his injured left hand.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Dec 21st
Murray is on track to play this week, but may receive less than a normal workload. He has RB2 value due to the injury tag that makes him a boom / bust play.
Rotoworld | Dec 21st
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports DeMarco Murray is "going to play" Sunday with a wrap on his surgically repaired hand, but the Cowboys are "nervous" about using him in pass protection.
NFL.com | Dec 20th
DeMarco Murray is expected to play against the Colts despite having hand surgery earlier this week. Murray did practice this week, but owner Jerry Jones remained positive about his running back's return.
NFL.com | Dec 20th
DeMarco Murray is expected to play against the Colts despite having hand surgery earlier this week. Murray did practice this week and owner Jerry Jones remained positive about his running back's return.
Rotoworld | Dec 20th
ESPN's Ed Werder reports expectations are DeMarco Murray (hand, questionable) will play Week 16 against the Colts.
ESPN | Dec 19th
Christopher Harris analyzes RB Demarco Murray for Week 16.
ESPN | Dec 16th
Christopher Harris and Field Yates discuss the best way to handle the DeMarco Murray situation and look ahead to their top-ten picks for the 2015 fant...
Razzball | Dec 16th
If you're reading this column, one of the following things must be true: A. You have a team in the championship game and are looking for an extra edge. B. You're trying to figure out how to play the DeMarco Murray situation. C. You really love fantasy football. D. Any combination of the above. With it being championship week, there aren't a whole lot of updates that can be made or waiver wire...
Rotoworld | Dec 16th
Adam Levitan has notes on potential plug-n-plays for Super Bowl week. Joseph Randle tops the list if DeMarco Murray sits.
EDSFootball | Dec 15th
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand and will have surgery on Monday, per team COO Stephen Jones. While Murray has not been ruled for Sunday's home game against the Colts, it seems unlikely...
EDSFootball | Dec 7th
Although he has played one more game than Le'Veon Bell, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has a 540-yard lead over Bell to win this year's rushing title. Will DeMarco Murray reach the 2,000-yard milestone this season? Barring injury, there...
The Fantasy Fix | Nov 25th
The following values are my recommended running back plays for Week 13 at DraftKings – the best daily fantasy sports site on the Internet. Here are the scoring settings for running backs, and if you have any more questions about DraftKings or fantasy football in general ask us on Twitter@TheFantasyFix or @44AMiller. Expensive DeMarco Murray – $8,400 vs. Ph...
ESPN | Nov 14th
Christopher Harris has his value-based drafting (VBD) rankings so far in 2014, and how it can help you make trade decisions at the upcoming deadline.
FantasyPros | Oct 31st
The season is officially in the second half now with the Thursday game played. There have certainly been some surprises from the first half, perhaps none bigger than DeMarco Murray who is fifth in fantasy scoring across all positions. Only ... read more »
EDSFootball | Oct 28th
Although he had a(nother) costly lost fumble, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray extended his streak of 100-yard games to begin a season at eight, breaking his own record. Not only did Murray rush 19 times for 141 yards, but he added four catches for a team-high 80 yards. Through eight games, Murray has 206 carries for 1,054 yards and seven touchdowns and 26 receptions for 239 yards. H...
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