Latavius Murray
Latavius Murray
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
New Orleans Saints
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After two years as a veteran "backup" for the Vikings who started a lot of games due to Dalvin Cook's inability to stay healthy, Murray tried to land a real starting job in free agency this offseason. While he didn't get one, he did wind up with the next best thing --- taking Mark Ingram's spot alongside Alvin Kamara in the Saints backfield. Murray isn't as talented a runner as Ingram, lacking the latter's power and explosiveness, though he does still flash good top speed in space. Minnesota didn't use Murray much in the passing game, but he showed some ability in that area his first three seasons with Oakland, and it's likely Drew Brees will be inclined to funnel some targets his way. Ingram averaged about 13 touches per game in 2018 --- a workload that would represent an overall boost for Murray, though Kamara could see his volume increase. Either way, the better offense around Murray should lead to better efficiency. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14.4 million contract with the Saints in March of 2019.
Misses practice Thursday
RBNew Orleans Saints
August 22, 2019
Murray (undisclosed) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Per the report, it's not clear why Murray was absent, but it's possible the running back is simply getting a veteran rest day. When healthy, Murray is in line to serve as a complementary option behind the Saints' top back, Alvin Kamara.
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How do Latavius Murray's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
7.9%
 
Positive Run %
82.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.1%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
4.3%
 
Touches Per Game
10.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
4.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
84.6%
 
Drop Rate
3.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Signed as a free agent from the Raiders last offseason, Murray looked like he would only be an insurance policy behind rookie Dalvin Cook, but that policy got cashed in quickly when Cook tore his ACL in Week 4. Murray did a solid but unspectacular job on the larger side of a timeshare with Jerick McKinnon for the rest of the year, primarily handling early down and short-yardage duties, which led to top-five finishes in both red-zone touches and goal-line carries. Never a particularly elusive or powerful runner, Murray needs to be schemed into open space, but he does have the speed to pick up chunk yards once he gets there. While his role will diminish in 2018 assuming Cook's recovery continues to go smoothly, Murray should still see valuable snaps as Minnesota's No. 2 running back, and he could be a bit more involved in the passing game with McKinnon now in San Francisco.
Toe and ankle injuries limited Murray to 14 games last year and reduced his workload when he was in the lineup, but the Raiders gave him plenty of action in the red zone and as a result he scored 12 TDs, good for fifth in the NFL. He has the speed and pass-catching ability to do damage in open space, but his height (6-3) and upright running style make it difficult to handle the punishment that comes with being a lead back. He signed with the Vikings after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, only to watch his new team select Dalvin Cook in the draft. While the rookie is the favorite to start, Murray could still have value as a receiving-down option. Without those red-zone carries, an area in which Cook excelled in college, it's tough to see Murray coming close to double-digit scores again. The veteran fell behind in missing the offseason program and first two weeks of training camp, but he still expects to be ready for Week 1.
When a player goes off in limited action, it can be tricky to apply that to a potential role increase. Consider the case of Murray. He went bonkers in limited touches two years back, but when the Raiders handed him a featured role last year, the efficiency left us old (4.0 a carry, 5.7 a reception). He seemed to wear down over the final two months of the year, when his average rush cratered to 3.3. Nonetheless, the Raiders still have a high opinion of Murray. They did add rookie DeAndre Washington, but he's merely a fifth-round pick. Washington could cut into Murray's pass activity, but he's under 200 pounds and not considered a threat for full-time duty. Perhaps the overall improvement of Oakland's offense could help boost Murray. Quarterback Derek Carr is coming off a career year, and WR Amari Cooper could take a step forward as a sophomore. Oakland's minus-40 point differential was its second-best mark in 13 years — this team might not be far from contention. And if the Raiders improve as a club, it figures to give Murray a better draw with game flow and second-half opportunity.
After missing his rookie season with an ankle injury, Murray entered 2014 buried on the Raiders' depth chart behind veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. As the the old-timers got hurt or simply underperformed, Murray finally got a look in Week 12 and exploded for 112 rushing yards on just four carries before bowing out with a concussion. Once he returned in Week 14, Oakland happily made him the lead back. Built more like a wide receiver at 6-3, 225, and with the speed to match, Murray uses plus burst and vision to blow through holes into the second level, and he's a major asset on passing downs, showing both excellent receiving skills (averaging four targets per game over the final four weeks last year) as well as strong pass blocking. He isn't particularly elusive, however, and his frame doesn't allow him to run with a lot of power, a combination that could leave him susceptible to injury. It also made him fairly easy to bring down, and Murray's seven missed or broken tackles in 99 touches was among the worst rates in the league. The Raiders brought in Trent Richardson and Roy Helu to help keep his workload manageable, but Murray should get every chance to prove he can be a productive starter this season.
Murray spent his entire rookie season on IR due to an ankle injury, but even with that all healed up, he faces an uphill battle for carries in the early going behind the two-headed monster of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Of course, McFadden's an injury waiting to happen and MJD's no spring chicken, so Murray could end up producing sneaky value as the year goes on. With elite speed, good hands and receiver-like size at 6-3, 230, he has the tools to be a three-down back, but will need to show some durability before the Raiders start looking at him like one.
Murray will start the season on injured reserve. The Raiders' sixth-round pick, Murray will eventually compete with Rashad Jennings to be Darren McFadden's primary backup. The backup to the fragile McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a single season, could have a good opportunity to see significant work. Jennings has also been less than durable, which leaves Murray in a good spot for action. At 6-3, 223, Murray is built more like a big receiver than a tailback, but he's a speedy runner (4.4 40) who possesses surprising lateral quickness and good acceleration. He averaged at least 5.6 YPC in each of his final three seasons at Central Florida while totaling 40 touchdowns in that span.
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Produces 36 scrimmage yards
RBNew Orleans Saints
August 9, 2019
Murray carried three times for 14 yards and caught all three of his targets for an additional 22 yards during Friday's 34-25 preseason loss to the Vikings.
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Returns to practice Saturday
RBNew Orleans Saints
August 3, 2019
Murray (undisclosed) is back at practice Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Replacing Ingram in New Orleans
RBMinnesota Vikings
March 12, 2019
Murray is set to join the Saints on a four-year, $14.4 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Hopes to find starting job
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 1, 2019
Murray is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March and is hoping for the opportunity to compete for a starting job, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "I want to start. I'm not content with being in a backup role," Murray said Monday. "I want to compete, and Dalvin [Cook] knows that. We push each other. That's what it's about. But I would love to be back here for that opportunity to compete."
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Picks up 28 yards in win
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 23, 2018
Murray ran for 22 yards on nine carries and added two catches for six yards during Sunday's 27-9 win over Detroit.
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