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RB DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans

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

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Week 15: at San Francisco 49ers

All RB vs SF

FBG says: Neutral matchup. With only 65 total rushing yards and 3.0 yards per attempt, the Titans run-first offense was incredible ineffective last week. Demarco Murray saw the majority of snaps and carries again, but Derrick Henry came away with the touchdown for the second straight week despite the lack of production from both running backs. Murray had a nice game against Houston the week prior, but he still has only rushed for more than 70 yards in one game all season back in Week 3. Derrick Henry has looked like the more effective running back, he just is not getting enough touches to provide sustainable fantasy value. Marcus Mariota had two rushing touchdowns in his last three games leading up to last week, and he continues to provide some upside with his legs on a weekly basis. Left tackle Taylor Lewan was forced from last week's game with back issues, and it has been reported that he is dealing with spasms. He is expected to play through them, but this is still a situation worth keeping an eye on as Lewan is the best offensive lineman on this squad. The 49ers rushing defense has been much improved as the season progressed. In the second half (since Week 9), the 49ers have given up the league's fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs compared to allowing the most points to the position through the first eight weeks of the season. A big part of this is that they have not allowed a touchdown to a running back over their last five games.They have seen some soft matchups in recent weeks, but this defense has still done a great job at limiting big plays by running backs while also keeping them out of the end zone (no rushing touchdowns allowed to running backs in the last five games). Their defensive line is still suspect, but the play of Deforest Buckner on the interior has been immaculate despite the lack of help around him. Despite this recent success, we can't forget how bad this unit played earlier in the season. The Titans offense has struggled, but they will be the best rushing attack the 49ers have played recently.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at PIT 52 8 10 0 6 5 37 0 0 4.7
12 at IND 31 12 9 1 4 3 33 0 0 10.2
13 vs HOU 32 11 66 0 2 2 13 0 0 7.9
14 at ARI 47 11 34 0 3 2 13 0 0 4.7
15 at SF PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 3 * * * *
15 at SF PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 3 * * * *
15 at SF PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs ARI (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray and the entire Titans offense could get nothing going against the Cardinals. Murray had a 54-yard run called back due to an offensive holding penalty in the first quarter. Outside of that play, Murray looked flat as a runner with no highlight plays worth mentioning. Murray's involvement in the passing game continued as he hauled in multiple receptions for the 10th straight game, but for just 13 yards as this didn't really help his stat line.

2017 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 66 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray finally had a solid game as this 66 rushing yards marked his highest rushing yardage total since Week 3. Murray's workload was equaled by Derrick Henry as they received the same amount of carries, but Murray received most of the carries throughout the first half. Murray made a nice move to pick up 13 yards on a screen midway through the second quarter for his longest reception of the day. He also had a few nice runs of over 10 yards throughout the first half as he looked explosive when in space. Late in the third, Murray showed great vision with no running lanes open in the middle of the field, bouncing a run to the outside as he picked up 22 yards and a first down. That would be Murray's last gain of the game as Derrick Henry dominated the touches in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 12 vs IND (12 / 9 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray did absolutely nothing in terms of rushing productivity in this game, with all of his fantasy relevance salvaged by a lone rushing touchdown and a few passes thrown his way. Murray's 0.8 yards per rush attempt was his lowest of the season. Four of his runs went for negative yards, including one for negative nine yards on the first drive of the second half as the blocking on that play was atrocious. Murray did manage to haul in three receptions for 33 yards, including a short pass to the left that midway through the third quarter on which Murray fought down the sideline for 16 yards. This was his third game in a row with at least 30 receiving yards. Murray also found the end zone here with a goal-line plunge after Derrick Henry led the team downfield and was benched in favor of Murray for the goal line carry.

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray was not effective at all on the ground, rushing eight times for just 10 yards as the Steelers routinely stifled him and challenged the Titans offensive line. He had a few hard runs and made some great plays in the receiving game as he hauled in five receptions for 37 yards. His longest play of the game came in garbage time, hauling in a dump off for 13 yards. Despite this ineffectiveness, Murray still played over 80% of the snaps this past week-actually his second-highest snap share of the season as the Titans ran a whopping 90 plays.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (14 / 42 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)

Demarco Murray may not have ran efficiently, but he definitely ran effectively in this last week's game against the Bengals. He set up his two-yard touchdown run with a nice misdirection run to the left side for nine yards, showing great power as he fought off opposing tacklers. While this would be his longest run of the game, Murray found plenty of ways to contribute as he also hauled in four passes for 30 receiving yards. Murray leapt in for his second touchdown of the game just before halftime as he dove over the pile from the one-yard line, extending the ball over the plane for the score. Murray made what ended up being the game-deciding play on the Titans final drive, hauling in a pass just inside the 10-yard line and banging his way to the goal line before fully extending to dive for the game-winning touchdown. This would be Murray's third touchdown of the game, his first multi-touchdown game of the season and first three-touchdown game since 2013.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray and the Titans rushing offense really struggled to get anything going here as both Murray and Henry were held to single-digit carries, with Murray averaging only 2.1 yards per attempt. He really had no highlights on the ground aside from running into a clogged up offensive line. Murray's biggest contribution came through the air as he hauled in a screen pass that he took up the sideline for 17 yards to help prolong an important drive to that would inevitably salt away the Titans victory. Murray did miss some time in this game as he was sidelined with what looked to be a left knee injury, but he would return shortly afterwards.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Demarco Murray gutted out a tough 59 rushing yards while catching three passes for 17 yards against the Browns. The entire Titans offense was sloppy here as they failed to score a single touchdown. Murray was limited in practice all week as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury, but he ended up receiving the majority of the workload this week as he and Derrick Henry continue their time share. Murray out-snapped Henry 43-to-30 while touching the ball 21 times to Henry's 15. Murray managed to find a wide open hole on the right side late in the second quarter as he ran untouched to a 16-yard gain, his longest play of the day. He followed that up with a nine-yard short pass to the right on the very next play. Murray had a nice power run for nine yards near the start of the second half, bouncing off tacklers before finishing with a spin move to pick up the first down. Outside of those plays, Murray had a slew of carries for no gain or less than three yards as he was bottled up by the Browns front seven.

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 totals 47 yards (Sun Dec 10, 11:14 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray ran 11 times for 34 yards in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals while adding two receptions for 13 yards on three targets.

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Titans | DeMarco Murray runs for 66 yards (Sun Dec 3, 09:19 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray rushed 11 times for 66 yards in the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans and he added two grabs for 13 yards on his two targets.

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Titans | DeMarco Murray on target for Sunday (Fri Dec 1, 05:05 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (illness) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 1, and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 13 against the Houston Texans.

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Titans | Friday's injury report for Tennessee (Fri Dec 1, 05:02 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 1, and he is listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Houston Texans. RB DeMarco Murray (illness), LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder), OL Brian Schwenke (illness) and S Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) practiced in full and were removed from the injury report.

Our View: Matthews appears to have a better chance of playing than he did last week, but like last week, his status will be determined by how he does in pregame warmups. The matchup is good against the Texans if he can go, with some risk of re-injury or limited effectiveness.
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Titans | Tennessee to keep RB committee (Thu Nov 30, 09:24 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray and RB Derrick Henry will continue to split carries as they have all season, head coach Mike Mularkey said Thursday, Nov. 30. 'I think the way it has worked out, it has worked just fine,' Mularkey said. 'I think we have two starters.'

Our View: Both remain low ceiling flexes, Murray with touchdown upside and Henry with salt away the game carry upside. Perhaps an injury could clarify this situation before the end of the season, but the coaches seem unwilling to budge despite what is happening on the field.
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Schedule

15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars