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RB Lance Dunbar - Dallas Cowboys

5-8, 191Born: 1-25-1990College: North TexasDrafted: ---

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There was preseason buzz surrounding Lance Dunbar last preseason. Many viewed Dunbar as the back most likely to emerge if DeMarco Murray got hurt. As we know, Murray didn't get hurt and ended up as the league's most productive runner. Dunbar ended his third season in the same manner he ended his first two -- as a minor role player. Dunbar has just 80 carries in three seasons, and 31 receptions. At 5'8", 191 lbs, Dunbar is best suited for a complementary role and most logically slots into a 3rd down role now that DeMarco Murray has left for the Philadelphia Eagles. He's battled a hamstring injury during the preseason, but returned to practice in mid August. (August 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 65, 44, 48, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 60, 44, 47, 47

Stats and Projections

2012 DAL 12 21 75 0 12 6 33 0
2013 DAL 9 30 150 0 7 7 59 0 1
2014 DAL 16 29 99 0 22 18 217 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 80 * * 24 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 65 * * 24 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 60 * * 23 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 49 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 235
RB: 72
Overall-PPR: 226
RB-PPR: 71

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Latest News

Cowboys | Joseph Randle part of committee? (Fri Aug 28, 10:06 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will share reps with RB Darren McFadden and RB Lance Dunbar because the Cowboys 'intend to take a committee approach,' according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Our View: The Cowboys are a mess in the backfield and really it's 'pick your poison' time in Big D. If you must take someone here, Randle is your guy and he should make a decent RB2 or RB3, but we're concerned how the carries are going to split, so he lacks stability.
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Cowboys | None of Dallas RBs standing out (Mon Aug 24, 09:10 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle had seven carries for 30 yards in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, against the San Francisco 49ers, while RB Darren McFadden had three totes for just four yards. RB Lance Dunbar didn't have a run from scrimmage, and managed just two grabs for three yards. 'We didn't run the ball very well,' head coach Jason Garrett said. 'Obviously we were trying to control the line of scrimmage and didn't do a very good job of that.' The team was also playing without three starters along the offensive line, so that needs to be taken into account.

Our View: This is taking the shine off the "anyone can be a RB2 behind that offensive line" talk. It's only the preseason, and the games don't count--but this news item does matter. We'd like to see one guy emerge from the pack, and that should be Randle. It would comfort fantasy owners if he looked good entering the season.
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Cowboys | Dallas expected to have top RBs Sunday (Fri Aug 21, 05:33 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle (oblique), Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Lance Dunbar (ankle) are all expected to receive some playing time during the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones.

Our View: This is quick turnaround for Randle after reportedly aggravating his oblique injury yesterday, This will be our first simulation of this new look Dallas backfield, and we'll be watching closely.
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Cowboys | Lance Dunbar will play Sunday (Fri Aug 21, 08:21 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ankle) will play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, but he won't play a lot.

Our View: Dunbar escaped a serious injury, but the team appears to be erring on the side of being cautious with their scatback.
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