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RB Marcus Murphy - Buffalo Bills

5-8, 193Born: 10-3-1991College: MissouriDrafted: Round 7, pick 2015

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Week 6: at Houston Texans

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FBG says: Tough matchup. LeSean McCoy's return to action wasn't pretty, featuring 85 hard-earned yards over 24 carries. In fact, aside from a 16-yard run in the first quarter, McCoy averaged just 3.00 yards per rush. He now sits at 3.78 on the season, and it's hard to tell where his declining skills end and the Bills' atrocious offensive line begins. With Cordy Glenn gone, there's strikingly little talent up front, and even a younger McCoy would struggle to find room in this situation. And with no deep threats on board to stretch the field, there's even less for McCoy to work with. He's best treated as a volume-dependent fantasy option, as it's never wise to project any efficiency or explosiveness in this situation. Chris Ivory has offered even less of a push (2.76 per carry), so there's not even hope for a two-headed attack with any fantasy utility. Houston's run defense has been fantastic through the start of 2018. They've faced their share of talented backs and strong offensive lines, but have yet to truly break. Opposing runners are averaging just 3.42 yards per rush, with just 1 touchdown, and only Saquon Barkley has topped 64 yards thus far. Last week, they neutralized a still-great Cowboys front and corralled Ezekiel Elliott, giving up just 54 yards on his 20 carries. It's easy to see where the stinginess stems from. The line often borders on dominant, with J.J. Watt setting the edge like few can and underrated nose tackle D.J. Reader eating up inside space. They do a great job of freeing up inside linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham to flow to the ball without having to chase much outside.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs LAC 23 3 6 0 5 1 7 0 0 0.3
3 at MIN 16 8 33 0 1 1 1 0 0 3.4
6 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
6 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Marcus Murphy's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 3 vs MIN (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Marcus Murphy was the clear backup to Chris Ivory with LeSean McCoy missing the game. Murphy was not a threat to Ivory's work as a lead back during the game. He worked to spell Ivory at times, but his primary usage was in gadget type roles. Murphy was used on a couple of screens, an option run, and on jet sweep motion type plays.

2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Marcus Murphy was the second back into the game and saw a total of 8 opportunities for 13 total yards. In Murphy's defense, a couple of the throws were off target from Josh Allen, but he did nothing to elevate himself in the offense. McCoy missed time during the second half of the game, and it was Chris Ivory who saw more extended usage than Murphy. If McCoy is forced to miss time, the situation is a key to monitor.

2018 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a backfield where Chris Ivory looked like the backup to LeSean McCoy, it was Marcus Murphy who saw the first non-LeSean McCoy running back carries. Murphy was also targeted twice in the passing game, both incompletions.


Latest News

Bills | Buffalo's Week 5 injury report (Fri Oct 5, 03:28 PM) - Buffalo Bills SS Rafael Bush (shoulder) and FS Micah Hyde (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 5, and are listed as questionable for Week 5. DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) and RB Marcus Murphy (rib) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Bills | Buffalo's Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 4, 02:52 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (ankle), SS Rafael Bush (shoulder) and FS Micah Hyde (groin) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 4. DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) was limited. RB Marcus Murphy (rib) was a full participant.

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Bills | Wednesday's practice report for Buffalo (Wed Oct 3, 04:05 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), S Rafael Bush (shoulder), S Mitch Hyde (groin) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 3. TE Charles Clay (ankle) and DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) were limited participants, while RB Marcus Murphy (ribs) practiced in full.

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Bills | Marcus Murphy on track for Week 5 (Mon Oct 1, 05:05 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Marcus Murphy (rib) was held out of the Week 4 game but should be available for the team's Week 5 game, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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