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: NFL.com
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.