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By John Muguerza, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Jul 29th 7:50pm EDT

Jerry Jones expresses confidence that Joseph Randle can step in and be "the No. 1 back." (Source: Charean Williams on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Dallas didn't sign RB Chris Johnson or a bigger name than UDFA Gus Johnson, shows how much confidence they have in Randle. Until the Cowboys sign some real competition to beef up the RB core, Randle will compete with injury prone vet Darren McFadden, scatback Lance Dunbar and UDFA Gus Johnson. Whoever the starting Dallas RB is will have major upside, considering they will be running behind an elite offensive line in a weak defensive division. Randle is currently RB 21 off the board and has an ADP of 61st overall, according to


By John Muguerza, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Jul 24th 11:29am EDT

Joseph Randle has received a deferred adjudication for his now famous underwear/cologne theft in October 2014. If Randle stays out of trouble for 180 days the class C misdemeanor theft charge will be dismissed. (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: This incident is just a reminder of how much the Cowboys believe in Randle. Considering the fact Dallas didn't resign DeMarco Murray, draft a RB in 2015 and signed only Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams for competition. Randle was also the focus of a domestic violence investigation were he allegedly broke a car window and pointed a gun at two people, one of which being his infant son. After the investigation, charges would not be filed due to lack of evidence. Randle should be replacing Murray who ran behind the leagues best offensive line, was the NFL's leading rusher and last years highest scoring fantasy RB in most formats. According to the expert consensus rankings on, Randle is currently being drafted as the 26th RB off the board which could make him the steal of most drafts (no pun intended).


By Bobby Bunch, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Jul 1st 4:06pm EDT

It seems there is no clear cut favorite to take over for the departed Demarco Murray in Dallas for the 2015 season.Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown said "We got some very good football players, I can't say who is going to be the lead dog right now, but those guys are going to compete". Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan added "I just think that we have a complementary backfield.They're going to spread out the carries. Some games are going to be different than others. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The uncertainty surrounding the Cowboy's backfield leaves fantasy players with a tough decision. If either Randle or McFadden were a clear cut favorite for the starting role, either could justifiably be drafted in the top 20 of any fantasy league. Without the security of knowing who will see the bulk of the carries, fantasy owners remain reluctant to invest in the Cowboy backfield. According to FantasyPros, current ADP for the two backs in PPR leagues is 55 (Randle) and 87 (McFadden). But fantasy owners are obviously not aware of what Scott Linehan was able to do with a 2 RB system just 2 years ago in Detroit with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. In 2013 Bush had 223 att. for 1006 yds, 54 rec for 506 yds, & 7 total TDs, ultimately ending the seaon inside the top ten for PPR RBs. Bell had 166 att. for 650 yds, 53 rec for 547 yds, and 8 total TDs, ending the season as a top 15 PPR RB. Add in the superior offensive line Dallas brings into the 2015 season, and we could see the Cowboys RBs post similar numbers to their Detroit counterparts of 2013 and provide tremendous value at their current ADPs, particularly in PPR formats.


By Steve Painter, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Jun 23rd 7:22pm EDT

The team considers the job his to lose. He has usually worked with the first-team up to this point and really, it's not like the team has any other choice but to anoint him the starter. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The important thing to know about Randle is he has an elite offensive line blocking for him. Can they boost his appeal? He's expensive at his current fourth-round ADP. Just don't see that level of value.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Jun 19th 5:53pm EDT

Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar are all poised to be a part of Dallas' running game this year, according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams. (Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: “I think we’ve got three guys who have three unique skill sets,” running backs coach Gary Brown claimed. “We have to make sure that we use those guys and make sure we’re doing the best we can do for the Cowboys and the running game going forward.” This trio will likely be the only tailbacks Dallas will have on their roster when the season starts. Expect Randle's value to continue to climb during the offseason.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Jun 4th 1:08am EDT

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says that Joseph Randle's "meat on the bone" comment directed to DeMarco Murray was addressed immediately. Jason Garrett further commented, "I think sometimes comments like that get taken out of context or they are not really intended the way they come out. I think Joe has great respect for DeMarco as we all do. Joe did a good job with his opportunities. Joe and everyone else on our football team, we have to focus on what we do, not with what we say and I think he understands that. But the biggest thing is you need to focus on doing, not talking.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: After being arrested last year for having marijuana and shoplifting, perhaps it's best that Randle just focuses on football.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, May 28th 11:50pm EDT

Joseph Randle recently said that Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who started ahead of Randle in Dallas last year, "left a lot of meat on the bone" last year. "Hopefully he can taste some of that meat this year," Murray said as he took the high road. "They’re a good team. Hopefully he can get a chance to run behind that line and do some good things. But I’m not worried about it. I didn’t hear about it until now. It’s not a big deal.” (Source: CSN Philadelphia)

Fantasy Impact: Mind you, Murray's 1,845 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns were huge for Dallas' offense last year. Joseph Randle is set to lead a RBBC in Dallas this year.


By Matt Muller, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, May 27th 11:10am EDT

Joseph Randle received the first-team work, such as it is in late May, on Tuesday. He has received praise from ownership, coaches and teammates for a more serious approach to the offseason, which is a sign he understands the opportunity that is in front of him. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Unless the Cowboys sign another RB, Randle and Darren McFadden are probably the two to watch. It appears that Randle is the early favorite for lead back duties. If any back takes over the lion's share of carries, they are likely to be a very valuable fantasy asset behind a stout Cowboys' o-line.


By Matt Muller, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Apr 29th 1:06pm EDT

Kansas prosecutors say there is not sufficient evidence to bring felony charges against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle after a domestic disturbance. The case may still be referred by police to the city prosecutor's office for potential misdemeanor charges. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Randle can't stay out of trouble and his fantasy value, as well as his status with the team, is questionable at best. He was DeMarco Murray's handcuff last year, and since Murray's departure, Darren McFadden has been signed to the team, and it's been widely speculated that the Cowboys could make a move to acquire another RB, whether that be trading for someone like Adrian Peterson, or taking one in the draft. Randle's fantasy value remains unclear, and for now he's at best a committee RB, or a backup. At worst, a lengthy NFL suspension could follow, possibly ending his tenure with the Cowboys.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Feb 4th 1:48pm EST

Joseph Randle finds himself in trouble with the law for the second time in four months, cited for marijuana possession on Tuesday. Police were able to find the marijuana when on a call for a dispute between a woman and Randle in a hotel in Wichita, KS and one of his associates that had left the hotel room supposedly had a gun with him. Randle was arrested for shoplifting in October and is becoming an issue for the Cowboys with his legal transgressions (Source: Dallas-Forth Worth Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Randle had a massive opportunity with the Cowboys, one that will probably disappear with this issue. DeMarco Murray may not re-sign with the Cowboys and, after a 2014 season where Randle averaged 6.7 yards per carry, he would have fit nicely as the starting RB. The Cowboys were still considering drafting or signing another RB, as well as assessing in house options like Ryan Williams, but Randle would have been as good of an option as any. As this situation develops more, Randle's fantasy value will be amended.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Wed, Jan 21st 2:06pm EST

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will run his offense the same way in 2015, with or without Murray. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys have offered a four-year, $16 million contract to Murray and are waiting on his response, but they will proceed with either Randle, a free agent, or a draft pick if Murray is not a part of the organization. Murray broke the single-season Cowboys rushing record with 1845 yards this season, but Randle was equally impressive for the league's second best rushing attack, contributing 6.7 yards per carry on 51 carries and three rushing touchdowns. His season high for carries was only 13 this season, but Randle was a consistently solid backup for Murray when need be this season. Randle does not add to the passing game, only four receptions in 2014 and 12 for his career, but his speed and elusiveness can make him a viable threat at running back. He would be a late round pick, but if Murray does not return, Randle could be one of the best sleepers for the 2015 season.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 8:58am EST

Joseph Randle scored a 17 yard touchdown last night against the Bears, the only touch that any running back other than DeMarco Murray had all game.

Fantasy Impact: Murray's fantasy owners had to be furious as they saw Randle scamper in for the 17 yard score, even with Murray's 228 yards from scrimmage and second quarter score softening the blow. Randle will continue to only get the ball sparringly, as he has has only had five or more touches twice this year, but his production in small sample sizes does make him interesting for 2015. He averages seven yards per carry, twice has found the endzone, and has found a way to eclipse 50 yards twice in limited duty. DeMarco Murray's contract expires at the end of the season and although it would be difficult to get rid of the league's leading rusher, the Cowboys may have a budding star in the reserve runner.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 10:53am EST

Joseph Randle was successful against the Bears in last season's matchup, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown, but the Bears have been successful against secondary rushing targets this year.

Fantasy Impact: The Bears have only allowed multiple running backs to rush for 50 yards in two games this year, Week 1 against the Bills and Week 10 against the Packers, so Randle has an uphill battle against the stingy Bears defense tonight. Randle had one of his four 50 yard games in his NFL career in last year's matchup with Bears, as the Cowboys rolled up 198 rushing yards in a 45-28 loss. The Bears allow four yards per carry on the season and Randle has a 6.7 yards per carry this season, so there is an opportunity, but he has only averaged 3.3 touches per game this season and DeMarco Murray looks stronger as the season progresses. Randle may be used as a change of pace, but he will have minimal effect on the game.


By Jacob Harpel, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 3:54pm EST

During his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM, owner Jerry Jones expressed confidence that Cowboys' RB Joseph Randle could get the job done if needed. (Source: Star-Telegram)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph Randle is sitting on only 29 carries for 201 yards this season. These numbers are nothing compared to lead RB DeMarco Murray, who is currently on pace for a monstrous season for the Cowboys. With Murray's injury history being such a cause of alarm, fantasy owners might view Randle as a solid handcuff option. If Murray were to ever go down, the Cowboys could look towards Randle to help pave the way to a Dallas Cowboys' postseason.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 1:16pm EST

Joseph Randle makes the most of his opportunities in for the Cowboys; the latest example is this 40 yard touchdown run against the Jaguars. (Source: Dallas Cowboys)

Fantasy Impact: These next couple weeks are huge for Randle, as starting running back DeMarco Murray was beneath 20 carries again and is getting his workload drastically dropped. Joseph Randle's touchdown gave the Cowboys a 31-7 lead and Randle finished the game with seven carries for 56 yards. The seven carries represented the biggest workload of the season for Randle and was five more touches than Lance Dunbar, who finished with just two catches out of the backfield. This is the biggest thing to look at, which running back gets more touches, and it is fair to say that Dunbar is the receiver out of the backfield and Randle is the traditional backup running back. This is a big factor for fantasy purposes for two reasons: Randle will get carries in lieu of Murray, but Dunbar will have continuity with the first team offense in passing downs. Randle may end up as the bigger fantasy option for the remainder of the season, but Murray's decrease in workload may be just to allow him to be strong for the stretch run. This may be the best game for Randle, so be mindful of that if you are looking to keep Randle for the fantasy playoffs.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Cowboys Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 4:01pm EST

Cowboys' RBs Lance Dunbar (three carries for nine rushing yards, two catches for 52 yards) and Joseph Randle (one carry for two yards) combine for 6 touches in Week 9's loss to Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Fellow Cowboys' RB DeMarco Murray received 23 touches on Sunday. Considering how much Murray dominates the workload, it's hard to gauge which back owners should keep as a handcuff. Dunbar looks like the slight favorite, but if Murray went down with an injury, the team would likely turn to a two-headed rushing attack with Dunbar and Randle.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 7:53am EST

Joseph Randle was thought to be a good kid without character issues coming out of college; this season has proved differently. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Randle has been a useful backup to DeMarco Murray, adding 6.7 yards per attempt to the league's best rushing attack, but his off field antics may have him lose playing time. His October 13th arrest was seen by some in the media as an outlier of Randle's normally good behavior, but his attitude in the arrest video and subsequent arguments with teammates shows that Randle may have a real issue. Earlier reports this season said that the skill set of Randle was comparable to Murray and if Murray were to depart as a free agent, Randle could shoulder the load as the starting running back in 2015. In lieu of the issues he has had with teammates, particularly star receiver Dez Bryant, his ascent to starting running back may never happen, as the Cowboys may not be interested in the maligned player. Fantasy owners should track Randle's carries, as he was seen as a good potential player to stash away for the later part of the season, but may lose snaps to Lance Dunbar because of his off field issues.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 1:54pm EDT

Joseph Randle, arrested for theft earlier this season, has thrown teammates Dez Bryant and Josh Brent under the bus, referring to their legal troubles. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant and Randle got into a fight at yesterday's practice that needed Jason Witten's intervention. Randle was arrested October 13th and referred to the lack of games missed by Dez Bryant's assult on his mother, as well as minimizing his act in lieu of teammate Josh Brent's issues. Randle needs to focus on the playing field where he is fighting for the backup running back role with Lance Dunbar. Over the past two games, Dunbar has gotten less playing time than Randle, but if these issues are going to keep occuring, the electric Randle will lose playing time. There are a lot of fantasy owners that are stashing Randle as a late season sleeper, so continue to track his issues in hopes he gets some carries when DeMarco Murray tires.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Oct 14th 11:20am EDT

Joseph Randle was arrested Monday night for shoplifting and was released on bail early Tuesday morning. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for fantasy owners that looked at Randle as a good sleeper as DeMarco Murray's backup. He has played well in limited time this year and may still be a part of the Cowboys long term plan later in the season. This arrrest will cause issues. especially considering head coach Jason Garrett's hard stance on legal issues


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 11:41am EDT

Joseph Randle only had two carries for four yards last week and only has 11 carries for 61 yards on the season. (Source: NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph Randle, or Lance Dunbar quite frankly, need to unburden DeMarco Murray or his record pace may come to a sudden stop. Randle has earned the backup running back role as Dunbar has not been good at all this season and Randle has a much higher upside. Murray says that he wants to maintain his pace, a career high 31 carries last week defends that point, but it is foolish for a running back to go from 217 carries to 400+ carries. For Murray to feel less of a burden, Randle needs to continue his 5.5 yard per carry pace so that the offense continues to run smoothly without Murray. There are some that see a lot of Murray's explosiveness in Randle so they could be a great combination in the backfield. If the Cowboys choose to limit Murray, Randle would be an outstanding sleeper pickup in all formats, as he also showed that he can be at least an average receiver out of the backfield.


By Chris Zolli, Cowboys Correspondent, Sat, Oct 4th 9:57am EDT

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones cautions that Joseph Randle should get more carries so DeMarco Murray is not overburdened. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Randle, the Cowboys' 2013 5th round pick out of Oklahoma State, has only been in on 16 offensive snaps for the Cowboys in 2014 but has been effective with 9 carries for 57 yards. As reported frequently, starting running back DeMarco Murray is on pace for nearly 400 carries this and the nearly consensus opinion is that he will not be able to withstand that workload; that is where Randle comes in. Randle was not good in 2013, as he only averaged three yards per carry, but 6.3 yards per carry this year and college success, 3000 rushing yards with a 5.5 yards per carry, show that Randle can be explosive. If Murray were to get injured or if the team chose to limit his workload in a week, Randle would be a great deep sleeper. He also had 100 receptions in his college career, so he could be an option out of the backfield as a receiver.

Fantasy Football Empire | Jul 31st
Dallas ran the ball frequently in 2014, but with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia and new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in the mix, look for a decline in running percentage this season. Lineham was the OC for 5 years in Detroit where he never exceeded a 40.4% run percentage. Joseph Randle is no DeMarco Murray, but miss the RB run in the early rounds, you can draft Randle in round 4 or Darren McFadden in rounds 7 or 8.
The NY Times | Jul 31st
Starting gig is his to lose and he'll run behind the best O- line in football, but risk still high considering inexperience/RBBC talk.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
He's not a flashy talent but he was productive in college and his north/south running is perfect behind an elite Dallas o-line.
Breaking Football | Jul 29th
The Dallas Cowboys didn’t seem to concerned when star running back DeMarco Murray left the team in free agency. Perhaps that because they weren’t. Owner…
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
The Cowboys running back situation is a mess and that makes it a mess for fantasy. We know they have a great offensive line and whoever gets the most touches should have value. Right now Randle is first in line for those touches with Darren McFadden close behind. I don't love Randle's ability so I do want to get him at value instead of paying up for the Cowboys' offensive line, especially when he could split or lose work to McFadden.
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 26th
With NFL training camps opening, Joseph Randle will have the eyes of the fantasy world upon him.
RotoBaller | Jul 24th
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ESPN | Jul 23rd
Matthew Berry and Field Yates believe Joseph Randle is the best fantasy running back to grab from Dallas.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
I originally had McFadden as the lead Dallas back, but he is already having to miss OTAs with a hamstring injury. McFadden is dead to me, Randle is going to lead a committee of running backs in touches and should be a low RB2 this year.