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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 (Mon Sep 26): Murray has been putting together RB1 stat line with a strong involvement in the passing game and one good run a week in choppy waters created by an inconsistent Titans offense. It is still possible that rookie Derrick Henry gets more work as the season goes on, but Murray's value appears to be durable.

Week 4: at Houston Texans

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. DeMarco Murray has found a happy home in Tennessee this year - he posted 16/114/1 rushing with five targets for 5/41/0 receiving against the Raiders last week, and has amassed 41/245/1 rushing with 19 targets for 17/132/2 receiving so far this year. His sidekick/understudy Derrick Henry has handled 24/88/0rushing with three targets for 3/50/0 receiving so far in a change-of-pace role. It is all good for the Titans in this phase of the game. The Texans' rush D allowed 39/185/3 rushing to the Patriots last weekend, after the Chiefs were limited to 19/119/0 two games ago. Right now, the rush defense is heading in the wrong direction for Houston - they are now ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 125.7 rushing yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores handed over. Over the first three games Houston averages 17.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (15th-ranked in the NFL). Unfortunately, J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and will be out for an extended period of time, perhaps for the season, and certainly for this game. This obviously degrades the Texans' defense in both phases of the game. This looks like a neutral matchup for Murray and company. The passing matchup is awful for Marcus Mariota and company, so Murray should see plenty of work in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIN 50 13 42 0 7 5 35 2 1 18.7
2 at DET 41 12 89 0 7 7 56 0 0 14.5
3 vs OAK 51 16 114 1 5 5 41 0 0 21.5
4 at HOU PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 3 * * * *
4 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 5 * * * *
4 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Titans | DeMarco Murray powers past Oakland (Sun Sep 25, 11:21 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray carried 16 times for 114 yards with a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders. He added five receptions for 41 yards on five targets.

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Titans | DeMarco Murray involved in passing game (Tue Sep 20, 05:06 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has been targeted 14 times through the air this season, resulting 12 catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He ranks in the top five among running backs in targets (T-1st), catches (T-2nd), yards (5th) and touchdowns (1st).

Our View: The Titans haven't been using their 'exotic smashmouth' offense (what is that again?), but Murray has been performing well in a more wide open scheme. Murray is a high-end RB2 for fantasy owners so long as he's on the field.

Titans | DeMarco Murray racks up yardage (Sun Sep 18, 04:45 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray ran 12 times for 89 yards, including a long of 67, against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 18. He did not score a touchdown in Week 2 but managed to add seven receptions for 56 yards.

Our View: Murray had one long run and a lot of involvement in the passing game, but his strong fantasy numbers are hiding inefficiency in the running game. The Titans are strangely leaning pass heavy and Derrick Henry looks like he could be the better back very soon. Murray is a sell high heading into a matchup with Oakland.
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