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RB DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Murray is running as hot as any back in the league, and the Cowboys are willing to feed him until he can't handle any more work. This near 400-carry pace could leave you without Murray later in the season, but for now he might be the most valuable RB in fantasy football.

Week 5: vs Houston Texans

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs SF 22 118 1 4 3 25 0 1
2 at TEN 29 167 1 2 1 6 0 1
3 at STL 24 100 1 4 4 31 0 1
4 vs NO 24 149 2 1 1 6 0 0
5 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds 20 * * 3 * * *
5 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs TEN (29 / 167 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

For the second straight week Murray was the centerpiece of the Dallas offense and had high-efficiency on high volume. The Cowboys backup running backs had 14 carries because of the lopsided score as the second half progressed. Murray had only one reception, but that was due to the subbing out after repetitive strong gains and yards after contact on his 29 carries. Murray's blemishes were a fumble, his second in as many weeks, near midfield, halting a likely scoring drive and a drop on third down late in the game. Murray's combination of power and speed, in addition to his passing game prowess, has been one of the few bright spots for the Dallas offense through an uneven 1-1 start.

2014 Week 3 vs STL (24 / 100 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Murray contributed to the 21-point early game deficit at St.Louis this week, but was also the main reason Dallas came back and won the game over the final two-and-a-half quarters; Murray fumbled on an outlet reception as Dallas squandered a scoring opportunity. Throughout the game, Murray won collisions against linebackers and secondary defenders of the Rams. On Murray's 44-yard jaunt in the second half, a quick flip and well-blocked edge fueled the open field opportunity. In short-yardage situations, Murray converted a goal line carry to get the Cowboys comeback effort started in the first half and was stuffed on third-and-one later in the game. Through three games, it is apparent that DeMarco Murray is the centerpiece of the Dallas offense regardless of game situation.

2014 Week 4 vs NO (24 / 149 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Murray was even more efficient than his six yards-per-carry stat line during the middle of the game as Dallas opened up a huge lead over New Orleans. Murray was stuffed on his first three carries of the game and accumulated carries at the end of the game when Dallas curled into a shell on offense. Murray converted three short-yardage situations and regularly ripped off gains of 5-15 yards apiece. The Saints front seven struggled to shed blocks and Murray was a matchup problem for secondary defenders in one-on-one situations. On both rushing touchdowns, Dallas' offensive line, plus Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, contributed blocks to spring Murray for the score. Murray was not a significant factor in the passing game this week as Lance Dunbar was the primary receiver out of the backfield.

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Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray avoiding contact (Tue Sep 30, 02:47 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has rushed for 327 yards before contact this year.

Our View: Not only is Murray avoiding contact, the offensive line for the Cowboys is doing a great job of opening up holes for him. Murray is easily a RB1 for your fantasy team every week. If we were to redo the draft, Murray would likely be the first overall pick.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray with heavy workload (Tue Sep 30, 09:22 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has 108 touches through four games. The team may try to taper his usage back in the coming weeks.

Our View: Murray has been holding up for now, but he does have a long history of getting dinged up dating back to college. He leads the NFL in rushing (534), yards before contact (327) and yards after contact (207).
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray looking to protect ball (Thu Sep 18, 06:03 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray will return to the ball-carrying style he used in his first three seasons with the team when he lost just three fumbles. Murray has already fumbled twice in the first two games of this season while carrying the ball with his left hand. You definitely make more plays when the ball is in your outside hand, Murray said, (but) just got to be smart about it and see what happens. Cant overthink it, so Im not worried about it.

Our View: We'll see if Murray can get back to basics, stay healthy, and keep running the rock with authority. Murray rushed a career-high 29 times against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, and his 51 carries are the most in a two-game span in his career.
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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Overall Dynasty - 25, 22, 25

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Schedule

5vs Houston Texans
6@ Seattle Seahawks
7vs New York Giants
8vs Washington Redskins
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
17@ Washington Redskins