26-Year-Old Running Back – Dallas Cowboys
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
The good news: Murray had his healthiest NFL campaign last year, setting career highs in practically every rushing and receiving category while posting the highest YPC (5.2) in the league among player...
DeMarco Murray Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal worth $2.97 million with the Cowboys in July of 2011.
Murray (hand) rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries with a TD and lost fumble in Sunday's 26-21 playoff loss to the Packers.
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DeMarco Murray: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Nearly two weeks removed from breaking a bone in his left hand, Murray is ready to roll with a potential franchise record on the line. He needs only 29 yards to surpass the 1,773 posted by Emmitt Smith in 1995, which is quite attainable against a Washington defense that has allowed 4.1 YPC to running backs in the last four contests. However, even though coach Jason Garrett has relayed that he won't rest his starters, the Cowboys have a slim chance of improving their current standing as the No. 3 seed in the NFC, meaning Murray may not play the entirety of the season finale.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray's absence from Thursday's practice clouded his status a bit, but he practiced fully Wednesday, so it seems he should be good to go for Week 17 as long as he can avoid any setbacks Friday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Murray is likely getting the illness out of the way well in advance of Sunday's game at Washington. However, a bit of kindling has been thrown into the fire, meaning owners should watch his health with a keen eye as the weekend approaches.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)On course to suit up Sunday at Washington, Murray's healing left hand will nonetheless include stitches until sometime next week. In the meantime, he'll don a padded glove in order to contend with any discomfort felt, but his upcoming matchup isn't exactly friendly (3.8 YPC and three touchdowns to running backs in the past five contests). However, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Murray requires just 29 yards to pass Emmitt Smith (1,773 yards in 1995) for the single-season mark in Cowboys lore, which is certainly attainable.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Murray was derailed by injuries again last year, missing six games with a sprained foot. He's battled various maladies since his college days at Oklahoma and has now missed nine games in two NFL seasons – and missed most of May minicamp with a hamstring injury. If Murray could stay healthy for a full season, the versatile back has the skills – a powerful, slashing running style, great speed (4.41 40) and good hands out of the backfield (35 receptions on 42 targets) – to be one of the position's top producers. His environment could use some improvement, however – the Cowboys had a below-average offensive line last season, and the defense often forced the team to play from behind. Moreover, Murray saw only eight carries from inside the 10 (33rd) and five from inside the five (T-29th). Heading into 2013, Murray has the starting job all to himself – Felix Jones is in Philadelphia, leaving only rookie Joseph Randle as the primary backup.
Murray had an impressive rookie campaign, including a signature performance in Week 7, when he ran for 253 yards (the ninth most by anyone in NFL history and the second most by a rookie ever) against the Rams, including a season-high 91-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game. Murray had totaled just 25 carries up until then, so he took full advantage of his first real opportunity. It started a six-game stretch in which he totaled a whopping 915 yards before his season ended due to a broken right ankle in Week 14. Murray finished with just two touchdowns, but he got an impressive 5.5 YPC and established himself as the team’s lead back over Felix Jones, who continues to prove he works best in a change-of-pace role. Murray is something of a risk, being so unproven and coming off a serious injury, but he’s displayed explosiveness and is in what projects to be a potent offense, with Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as weapons. As the lead back who’s a dangerous receiver and the team’s best option at the goal line, Murray has a lot of upside.
The Cowboys used their third-round pick to select Murray, who should immediately compete with Tashard Choice to back up Felix Jones. Murray ran an impressive 4.41 40 at the Combine, and his selection ended Marion Barber’s career in Dallas. Murray’s collegiate stats didn’t overwhelm at Oklahoma, but he could make an impact as a rookie if Felix Jones were to get hurt or show no improvement over his performance last season. The most likely outcome is a shared backfield in Dallas, and it may even become a three-headed monster, effectively ruining every back’s fantasy value.