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RB DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans

5-10, 213Born: 2-12-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 17): Murray caught four passes and scored to post a good fantasy line in Week 6, but he looked pedestrian. The Titans seem committed to him as a lead back, but that could change if his condition worsens or Derrick Henry continues to flash game-breaking ability.

General News (Wed Oct 18): did not practice on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Mularkey called him "day to day".

General News (Tue Oct 17): is dealing with hamstring tightness, but head coach Mike Mularkey believes Murray should be fine for Week 7.

Week 7: at Cleveland Browns

All RB vs CLE

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Titans rushing offense struggled until the final play of the game last week, as Derrick Henry busted a 72-yard touchdown run to help cap off the Titans victory. Until that play, the pair of Titans running backs were only averaging three yards per carry. Demarco Murray looked to still be favoring his hamstring as he struggled to find room to run. Derrick Henry out-snapped Murray 40 to 38, as Henry led the team in carries with 19--both a career and a season high. Marcus Mariota was unable to add anything to the Titans rushing offense as he was strictly confined to the pocket with his hamstring injury. The Titans offensive line did play relatively well here though, particularly late in the game when the Titans put together some nice long drives. One particularly bright spot on an otherwise gloomy Browns team has been their run defense. The Browns are allowing only three yards per rush attempt--tied with the elite Denver Broncos defense for the best in the league. They are allowing the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game (84.3) and have yet to allow an opposing running back to rush for more than 66 yards in a game. While they did allow 123 yards on the ground to the Texans last week, starting running back Lamar Miller was limited to only 2.7 yards per attempt, while the majority of that Texans yardage came from one long 39-yard scamper by D'Onta Foreman. Myles Garrett continues to improve in his rookie season, while the rest of that Browns interior line has meshed very well together thus far this season. Even with the solid offensive line and positive rushing game script, this will be a tough test for the Titans backfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs SEA 48 14 115 1 2 1 5 0 0 18
4 at HOU 23 7 31 0 2 2 4 0 0 3.5
5 at MIA 49 14 58 0 5 4 11 0 1 5.9
6 vs IND 38 12 40 1 4 4 47 0 0 14.7
7 at CLE PROJ-Dodds * 11 * * 2 * * * *
7 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 2 * * * *
7 at CLE PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs IND (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

The Titans rushed 34 times in Monday's victory over the Colts, with 12 of those going to Demarco Murray. Murray looked restricted for most of this game as he still appears to be dealing with lingering issues from his hamstring. Murray's longest run of the night was only seven yards as he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. He was much more effective in the passing game as Murray hauled in a couple of couple of impressive catch-and-runs in the first half to help keep drives moving. Murray did cap off an 87-yard, nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle, the first touchdown of the night for the Titans. With 16 touches for 87 yards and a touchdown, it was statistically a solid night for Murray. However, the visuals of his lingering hamstring injury combined with Derrick Henry's 19 rushing attempts has to be a concern for his workload going forward.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray only managed 58 rushing yards on 14 carries while adding 11 receiving yards on four receptions as he and the entire Titans offense struggled. The Titans could never sustain a drive long enough for Murray to find a rhythm on the ground here. He busted off a couple of nice runs on the Titans one decent drive that set up their only touchdown, but outside of that, this game was a forgettable one. Murray also fumbled early in the game, but that surprisingly did not result in any additional touches for Derrick Henry as Murray out-touched him 18-to-4.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray had a quiet day in Week 4 as the Texans jumped out to a very early lead which put Tennessee into a game script that would not favor rushing the ball nearly as much as they would typically plan for. Murray did average 4.4 yards per attempt, but he only carried the ball seven times while adding four yards on two receptions. Murray was used in more of a committee approach with Henry in this game, only carrying the ball one more time than Henry did.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

After doubts about his ability to even suit up for this game due to a hamstring injury, Demarco Murray posted his first 100+ yard rushing performance of the season. Murray's clear highlight of the day came on a 75-yard touchdown run, the Titans longest play from scrimmage, late in the third quarter. He exhibited solid vision while running behind amazing blocks both at the line of scrimmage and all the way downfield until he made it safely into the end zone. Outside of this run, Murray was barely averaging over three yards per carry as he struggled against the Seahawks defensive front. Murray was routinely having a tough time finding space throughout the first half, but the offensive line played better as the game went on, constantly wearing down Seattle's defense. It is of note that Murray did yield a number of carries to Derrick Henry, who touched the ball only one-time fewer than Murray did.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray was only on the field for about half of this game against the Jaguars as he carried the ball only nine times compared to 14 carries for Derrick Henry. Murray was mostly absent in the second half, as it was revealed after the game that he was dealing with a tight hamstring. Murray looked sluggish in the time he was on the field, rarely finding room to run with a long carry of only seven yards. He did receive a couple of targets, hauling in one for a three-yard gain. Derrick Henry looked great in this game, which is not a great sign for Murray in terms of the future workload split that could be coming.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray received less work than expected in Week 1, rushing only 16 times for 44 yards with two receptions for 16 yards. Against what was supposed to be a beat-able Raiders defensive front, the Titans seemed to struggle to establish their ground game as neither Henry nor Murray saw sustained success. Murray had one flash of brilliance with a very impressive run up the middle for 21 yards near the end of the third quarter to set up a Titans field goal. Outside of that run, Murray never rushed for more than seven yards while rushing for two or fewer yards on seven of his 12 carries. Derrick Henry took over for Murray on the second and third series of the game, but Murray resumed his role after that and for the rest of the game.

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Latest News

Titans | DeMarco Murray rests on Wednesday (Wed Oct 18, 05:16 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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Titans | Tennessee practice report for Wed. (Wed Oct 18, 05:16 PM) - Tennessee Titans S Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring), WR Corey Davis (hamstring), LB Derrick Morgan (abdomen), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) and LB Brian Orakpo (rest) did not participate Wednesday, Oct. 18. QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) practiced in full.

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Titans | Tennessee pleased with Week 6 backfield split (Tue Oct 17, 10:21 PM) - Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters he liked the distribution of work in the backfield during the team's Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Derrick Henry rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Murray gained 40 yards on 12 carries. Mularkey also said Henry is beginning to establish himself as a big key in the fourth quarter of games.

Our View: Fantasy owners aren't pleased with the split but it looks like that's going to be the recipe moving forward. Henry had a huge game on Monday night, and his production could continue this week against the Browns...not only because of the opponent but also because Murray is still bothered by a hamstring injury.
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Titans | DeMarco Murray has tight hamstring (Tue Oct 17, 05:47 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is dealing with hamstring tightness, but head coach Mike Mularkey believes Murray should be fine for Week 7.

Our View: Just make sure Derrick Henry was not dropped previously in your league. He might not be out there, but some fantasy owners were getting frustrated with his lack of production in 2017....then Henry went off for 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football against the Colts. With Murray a bit banged up, we could see more touches for Henry.
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Titans | DeMarco Murray has solid MNF outing (Tue Oct 17, 12:01 AM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray churned out 40 yards on 12 carries and had a rushing touchdown in the team's Week 6 game Monday, Oct. 16, against the Indianapolis Colts. He also hauled in four receptions for 47 yards.

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Schedule

7@ Cleveland Browns
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11@ Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Houston Texans
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars