RB DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans
|5-10, 213||Born: 2-12-1988||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 3|
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2016 Week 17 vs HOU (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray closed the year with his worst performance yet, rushing only 10 times for 21 yards with one reception for negative yardage. With nothing to play for aside from the AFC rushing title (for which he needed only two yards), Murray was just not heavily utilized here with Derrick Henry getting four more carries than Murray. The Texans rushing defense has been very tough this season, and after the game Murray admitted to playing through a torn plantar plate in his foot.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray fell victim to a very negative game flow for the rushing attack as the Titans were playing catch-up the entire day after falling down 10-0 early in the first quarter. Murray carried the ball only 14 times for 42 yards while adding a couple receptions for 18 with no touchdowns. The Jaguars did a good job at focusing on the run and stacking the box, especially once Cassel came in at quarterback when Mariota was injured. Under normal circumstances, Murray could have expected much more of a workload--but the game flow along with losing snaps to Derrick Henry in the red zone put a huge damper on his fantasy day.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (18 / 89 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a very productive day with 23 total touches, rushing for 89 yards and hauling in five of six targets for another 52 yards. Murray busted a short pass for 19 yards on the first play of the game--his longest gain of the day. He looked very solid throughout the day, making a few more big catches and some very solid runs. However, the red zone and goal line work just did not go in Murray's favor as Derrick Henry got both touchdowns. On the first touchdown, Murray was sidelined as Henry remained on the field for nearly an entire drive. For the second touchdown, Murray caught a long pass down to the one yard line, but was then taken out for Henry to get the goal line carry. Had Murray got at least one of those touchdowns, his fantasy day would have been much more impressive.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (21 / 92 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had a solid outing this week, as he had plenty of opportunities in a run-heavy "keep-away" game script against an elite Denver defense. Murray scored his first rushing touchdown in the past three weeks as he found his way on on a one-yard goal line plunge. Murray averaged over four yards per carry with some nice burst runs mixed in to help sustain the long Titans drives to start this game. This was however only the second game all season in which Murray failed to catch a pass. He also lost some snaps to Derrick Henry, however that should be expected considering that the Titans rushed 42 times in this game (with Murray still getting half of those).
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (17 / 43 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
After scoring a touchdown in six consecutive weeks, Demarco Murray was finally held out of the end zone this week as Derrick Henry vultured a red zone touchdown. Murray's foot injury sustained a few weeks back may still be plaguing him, as he now has rushed for only 3.3 and 2.6 yards per carry over the past two games. Murray did add solid yardage through the air this week with a team-high five receptions for 41 yards, but overall he lacked any highlight reel plays as Derrick Henry outperformed Murray on the ground. Murray should appreciate this late bye week more than any other Titans player due to his nagging foot injury and high workload thus far this season.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (21 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 1 rec)
Demarco Murray was surprisingly held at bay by one of the league's worst rushing defenses on Sunday, averaging only 3.3 rushing yards per carry without a single run for over eight yards. This game marked the end of Murray's franchise-tying streak of five straight games with a rushing touchdown, however he did manage to find the end zone on one of his three receptions. Murray's three-yard touchdown reception came on a play that was really manufactured by Mariota's ability to avoid a sack and step into a great throw as Murray extended across a defender's body to haul in the touchdown catch. Murray will look to get back on track next week with a solid matchup against the Bears.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (17 / 123 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
The day started with a bang for Murray as he took the Titans first snap to the house for a 75-yard touchdown run. The run was set up very well with a wide open hole that Murray accelerated through to the left, using his speed to then just outrun the secondary as he glided into the end zone. This would be the only touchdown scored by Murray, but not the only touchdown he was involved in. On the very next drive, the Titans executed a perfect half back pass from 10 yards out on which Murray threw the touchdown to an open Delanie Walker. Murray finished this game tied with his largest rushing total of the year at 123 yards, marking his 5th 100+ yard rushing performance of the year and 5th straight game with a rushing touchdown. Murray also added a couple of receptions for 33 yards, one of which was a loss of yards on a screen while the other reception actually went for 35 yards with Murray making an impressive one handed grab at full speed before being pushed out of bounds.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (14 / 51 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 29 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray looked to be healthy this week, but he was really limited by the Chargers due in part to a decreased workload as he had his fewest carries (14) since Week 2 of the season. Murray was for the most part shut down for the first three quarters, with five of his seven receptions and his only touchdown (a goal line plunge) coming in the fourth quarter. On the bright side, this was Murray's fourth week in a row with a touchdown and his fifth game with at least five receptions. He will be in store for a tougher matchup next week against Green Bay.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (21 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeMarco Murray had another solid outing as he managed to rush for 123 yards and a touchdown while only on the field for 39 of the team's 66 snaps. Murray suffered a non-contact foot injury late in the first half that caused him to exit early to the locker room. He returned after halftime, but clearly was being held back as Derrick Henry received a much increased workload to spell Murray. Even with the injury, Murray again managed to put up very solid fantasy numbers with his second straight 100+ yard rushing performance along with very solid efficiency as he averaged nearly six yards per carry. Murray's 14-yard touchdown came on a play designed to run up the middle, but after seeing his hole stopped up, Murray bounced it to the left and used his acceleration along with a timely block by his quarterback to just barely find the pylon for the score. As far as Murray's health goes, the results of his MRI from Friday revealed no structural damage. Murray may miss some practice time, but reports are that he is likely to play in against the Chargers in Week 9.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (25 / 107 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray had another strong performance this week as he surpassed 100 rushing yards for the third time this season with over 100 total yards in five of seven games now. While Murray did not account for any huge gains in this game, sheer volume and consistently solid runs allowed him to average 4.3 yards per carry. This was the fourth game in a row in which Murray has exceeded 20 carries, and he now has at least one touchdown in all but two games this season. Murray's lone touchdown on the day came on a one-yard goal line plunge that could have been ruled a fumble had Murray not barely broken the plane before losing the ball. Murray added to his rushing totals by hauling in three of five targets for 20 yards.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (21 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a rough day on the stat sheet for Demarco Murray as he rushed for his lowest total since Week 1, averaging only 3.1 yards per carry and failing to catch a pass for the first time this season. Murray was fed 21 carries, but with the Browns secondary as bad as they were, Murray's receiving talent out of the backfield was not needed since Titans receivers were getting open downfield at will. Murray did manage to find the end zone as he punched in a 3-yard rush early in the third quarter, so this helped his fantasy stat line. No worries about Murray going forward, as he will continue to be an asset to the Titans offense.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (27 / 121 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 16 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray continues to dominate this season as he surpassed 100 total yards for the 4th consecutive game this season. Murray received a season-high workload on the ground in terms of both carries and yards, looking very sharp despite not making it into the end zone. Murray continues to be heavily involved in the passing attack as he tar the 2nd most targeted option on the team and has now hauled in at least five receptions in all but one game this season. Even with Derrick Henry looking incredible behind Murray (only 7 touches to Murray's 32), Murray has a rock solid grip on this job and the majority of the offensive production for the Titans.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (25 / 95 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Despite the poor play around him, Demarco Murray continues to carry the Titans offense and put up very consistent performances week in and week out. Murray was the clear workhorse in the backfield here, carrying the ball 25 times compared to only three carries for Derrick Henry. Murray was much more calm through the air in this game, but all Titans receivers were limited by their quarterback's poor play in this game. Murray scored the only two touchdowns of the game for the Titans, both coming on the ground. His first touchdown came early in the 2nd quarter on a two-yard goal line plunge set up by a nice 14-yard run up the middle that had him fall just short of the goal line. The next score was also a goal line carry prompted first by a Titans interception, followed by a 14-yard reception by Murray to get them close to the end zone.
2016 Week 3 vs OAK (16 / 114 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was the primary source of production for the Titans offense yet again this week as he cracked 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. This 100-yard rushing game was the first by a player on the Titans roster in over two seasons. Murray had a nice long run of 36 yards on the 1st drive set up by some great blocks to give him a large hold to run through. Murray scored his first rushing touchdown on the season from a play that was designed to be ran up the middle, but Murray bounced the run to the outside using his speed and sheer will to barely clip the pylon for the Titans' first and only touchdown. Murray added another five receptions (led the team) to continue his season of very consistent production both on the ground and through the air. Murray remains a very solid RB2 with upside in full PPR formats. Look for his salary to increase next week in DFS formats due to his consistent point output.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (12 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)
Demarco Murray was the focal point of the offense again this week.. Even with his relatively low number of carries at 12, Murray managed to grind out 89 yards on the ground, primarily aided by a 67-yard blast enabled by some very well executed blocks. Unfortunately for Murray, this long run was one of the only plays on which he had good blocking, as Murray averaged only 2 yards per carry on his other 11 attempts behind some very poor offensive line play. The more encouraging part of Murray's game was his usage through the air, as Murray managed to convert all 7 of his targets into receptions for 56 receiving yards. Murray now has 12 receptions through 2 games, which should rank him near the top among running backs in total receptions. While the usage split with Derrick Henry continues to be a threat, it is clear watching the game that Murray is a go-to target for Marcus Mariota, even when playing from behind (which they will be often).
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (13 / 42 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 35 / 2 rec)
Demarco Murray got the starting nod and ended up being the more utilized back on the day with a team high 13 carries compared to only 5 for Derrick Henry. Murray exhibited great vision on a 12-yard run on the first possession, and he looked good overall throughout the first half with most of his runs going for 4 or more yards. Murray was heavily utilized in the passing game as well, with both of his touchdowns coming through the air. The first of his 2 touchdowns was definitely the more eye-popping of the two as Murray snagged the short dump-off from play action and flipped over a defender landing on his back in the endzone Murray's other touchdown came in garbage time, a quick pass into the end zone from the 4-yard line. Murray did have an injury scare come early in the 2nd half as he limped off the field after being rolled over on after a play, but he was quickly back out there as if nothing had happened. Murray's primary mis-step of the game was a big one though as he fumbled due to flat out improper ball security, resulting in the team's second consecutive turnover to cap off an epic Titans meltdown.
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