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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

General News (Tue Oct 28): became the first running back to reach 1,000 yards this season during the team's Week 8 game Monday, Oct. 27. He finished the game with 19 carries for 141 yards and four catches for 80 yards.

Week 9: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. DeMarco Murray has eight straight 100+ yards-rushing games in a row, and he totaled 221 yards from scrimmage last week on 23 total touches. Start him if you've got him, he's gone over 1,000 yards rushing in only eight games and is in a league of his own when it comes to fantasy production this year. The Cardinals' rush D is ranked third in the NFL averaging 77.9 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given up so far. Philadelphia managed 26/110/0 rushing at Arizona last week; Oakland had 19/56/1 there two weeks ago. This is a tough matchup for Murray in the rushing phase of the game, but he's also your fantasy starter unless you are completely loaded at running back this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs HOU 31 136 0 8 6 56 0 1
6 at SEA 29 115 1 6 6 31 0 0
7 vs NYG 28 128 1 1 1 4 0 0
8 vs WAS 19 141 0 4 4 80 0 1
9 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 20 * * 3 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 25 * * 3 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 23 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (29 / 115 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Murray logged another 35 touches this week as the centerpiece of the Dallas offense. Seattle's defense held Murray in check between the tackles and in one-on-one situations in space for the first 55 minutes of the game. Murray gained minimal yardage after the point of contact over that span. In the closing minutes, however, Murray ripped off his two best runs of the game as Dallas took the lead for good. Murray broke multiple arm tackles on his way to a 25+ yard gain into field goal range. He then followed it up with two cutbacks against the grain inside for the game-winning touchdown with three minutes remaining. Dallas kept feeding Murray and like the great running backs, he eventually broke an impactful play to change the game. Murray is on a historic workload pace through six games (453 touches), but has been a huge part of Dallas' 5-1 record.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (28 / 128 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Through a mid-game ankle tweak and taping, Murray managed to set an NFL record with his seventh straight game of at least 100 yards rushing to start the season. Outside of a vintage Murray run early in the game - getting up to speed, shaking a linebacker, then running over a safety for 17 yards - the Giants held him in check. Well into the second quarter, Murray found room to operate, showing off a stiff arm to the edge before his biggest play of the first half. With a help of a gashing hole by the offensive line, Murray got to the edge prior to going down on his own with an ankle injury. Back on the field in the mid-third quarter, it was apparent that Murray's movement was limited. The explosion, cutting ability, and power that fueled Murray hot start to the season was lacking now. Dallas continued to feed him with carries. Outside of huge holes, Murray gained what was blocked. Until the fourth quarter, Murray was without a reception and in danger of his first game without passing game work since 2011. In addition to his only reception of the game, Murray made his biggest impact in the final minutes. He converted a goal line carry, stretching the ball over the goal line through a muddled pile of linemen to put Dallas up 28-14 prior to converting a third-and-short situation with four minutes left. A final chuck gain with a huge hold and cutback angle sealed the victory for Dallas.

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (19 / 141 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)

Dallas' offensive line opened wide running lanes throughout the game as Murray was able to accelerate into defenders at the second level. Murray was on a high yardage pace with 40 yards in the first quarter and 120 by the middle of the second quarter. He was ripping off chunk gains in the passing game as well. Murray burst up the sidelines after a flat route reception, only to get the ball ripped away as he fought for the final yard or two. Despite the strong start for Murray in the first half, the Cowboys did little to convert all those yards into points. Again in the second half Murray showed his outside speed for a long gain, this time down to the five-yard-line. Murray and Brandon Weeden fumbled a handoff exchange in the fourth quarter, which Dallas recovered. Murray was held out of the end zone and, despite churning out over 200 total yards, was a contributor to Dallas' loss to Washington with two fumbles, including one in the red zone.


Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray reaches 1,000 yards (Tue Oct 28, 12:00 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray became the first running back to reach 1,000 yards this season during the team's Week 8 game Monday, Oct. 27. He finished the game with 19 carries for 141 yards and four catches for 80 yards.

Our View: Murray extends his NFL record with his eighth-straight 100-yard rushing game to begin the season. With 11 more carries he'll surpass the number of carries he had last year in 14 games. Murray has never played a full 16-game schedule before in his pro career, and we think it would be wise for the Cowboys to ease his workload just a tiny bit. Fantasy owners need to grab Joseph Randle off the waiver wire just in case.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray credits workout partner (Sat Oct 25, 12:29 AM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray worked out with TE Jason Witten before the team's official offseason program, and he credits the veteran tight end with his increased stamina and durability. 'It helped a lot, obviously with the stamina aspect just building a good armor for your body so you can take some hits and take the pounding of a long season,' Murray said Friday, Oct. 24. 'He's done it for a long time and he's someone who has had a lot of success in this league and he knows what to do to take care of your body in season and out of season, so it helped extremely a lot and I have to thank him and we're still working together.'

Our View: Murray has never played a full 16-game schedule in his pro career. He already has more carries this season than he did as a rookie or a second-year player with the Cowboys. In fact, he's only 30 carries shy of the 217 carries he had in 14 games. Fantasy owners concerned about Murray missing time (again) should add Joseph Randle in free agency ASAP.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray makes NFL history (Sun Oct 19, 09:26 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is the first played in NFL history with over 100 rushing yards in each of his first seven games to begin a season, surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown.

Our View: Murray has certainly led most everyone who drafted him to very hot starts in their fantasy leagues. He should benefit from the extra day of rest before Monday night's game against Washington. Murray had to have his ankle re-taped after planting his toe awkwardly and didn't seem as sharp at the end of the game as he was in Week 6.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray leaves briefly (Sun Oct 19, 06:05 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (ankle) left the Week 7 game against the New York Giants briefly due to an ankle ailment. He had his right ankle re-taped, and he was able to return.

Our View: Murray's toe planted awkwardly and he stumbled to the ground on what could have been a much longer run. He is back in the game and his owners can breathe again.
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