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RB DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys

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

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General News (Tue Nov 18): has already passed career highs for rushing yards and carries and said he is ready for an even bigger role down the stretch. "I'm ready," Murray said. "Like I've said before, whatever they ask me to do I'm going to do it times 10. It's going to be an exciting next couple of weeks for us." He said the team's bye week allowed him to relax and recharge.

Week 12: at New York Giants

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The last time these teams met it was Week 7 (October 19) - Dallas prevailed 31-21 thanks in large part to 28/128/1 rushing with 1/4/0 receiving on the part of DeMarco Murray. Since then, he's posted two more games with 100 or more yards rushing, sandwiched around a season-low of 19/79/0 rushing with 4/11/0 receiving vs. Arizona during Week 9 (the game in which Brandon Weeden started for the Cowboys). Murray remains a fire-and-forget fantasy option who should be in your lineup each week. The Giants' rush D is currently dead last in the NFL averaging 145.0 yards allowed per game, with a league-worst 13 rushing scores handed out to date. Most recently, San Francisco piled up 37/148/0 rushing on the New York Swiss Cheese defensive front. This is a great matchup for Murray.

Recent Stats and Projections

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8 vs WAS 19 141 0 4 4 80 0 1
9 vs ARI 19 79 0 4 4 11 0 0
10 at JAX 19 100 0 7 6 31 0 0
12 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 22 * * 4 * * *
12 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 23 * * 3 * * *
12 at NYG PROJ-Bloom 23 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs ARI (19 / 79 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

Murray did not have his way with the active Arizona rush defense this week. Sporadic chunk gains were mixed with little room to operate at the line of scrimmage. Murray did have two rushes, totaling 17 yards, called back by a holding and tripping penalty. While there were no touchdown opportunities near the goal line or in the open field, Murray did have a few highlight runs. One came on a screen pass as Murray reversed his field, turning a loss into a five-yard gain. Another came as Murray beat a run blitz, showed patience at the second level, and churned a 17-yard gain after-contact on the play. On short-yardage opportunities, Murray converted third-and-one early in the game, but was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter. Dallas was in field goal range, down 14-10 with 10 minutes remaining, and Murray had no chance to accelerate to an opening up the middle. Murray's streak of eight 100-yard games to open a season ends, but he was one of the few bright spots as Dallas struggled to move the ball against the Cardinals.

2014 Week 10 vs JAX (19 / 100 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Murray has seen at least 23 touches in every game this season and against Jacksonville this week was no exception. Dallas' offensive line made Murray's initial yardage a breeze at times with 5-10 yards of open field prior to Murray encountering a defender. Murray shook a defender in the backfield and turned a five-yard loss into a seven-yard gain when faced with defensive penetration. Murray also converted a third-and-short carry with a heavy personnel package. After 71 yards in the first half and ripping off 20 yards to the outside in the third quarter, Murray was on the sidelines in the blowout win.

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Latest News

Cowboys | DeMarco Murray ready to carry the load (Tue Nov 18, 12:30 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, who has already passed career highs for rushing yards and carries, said he is ready for an even bigger role down the stretch. Im ready, Murray said. Like Ive said before, whatever they ask me to do Im going to do it times 10. Its going to be an exciting next couple of weeks for us. He said the team's bye week allowed him to relax and recharge.

Our View: The bye week comes at a good time for Murray. He's never played a full 16-game regular season during his four-year pro career. Fantasy owners who have Murray should also be carrying Joseph Randle if they can.
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant more likely to receive tag (Sun Nov 16, 10:17 AM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant appears to be the more likely candidate to receive the franchise tag than RB DeMarco Murray. Both Bryant and Murray will be free agents after the season. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones had a brief meeting with Bryant's new agents, but no deal is close at this time.

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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray finishes up (Sun Nov 9, 08:54 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (head) left to be evaluated for concussion in the Week 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. However, he was able to return to the game and had rush attempts in the fourth quarter before RB Joseph Randle finished up.

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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray hits triple digits again (Sun Nov 9, 05:27 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray carried 19 times for 100 yards in Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, and he added six receptions for 31 yards.

Our View: Murray's ho-hum fantasy games are of the 131 yard variety. He gets some well-earned rest this week on his bye and should be ready to destroy defenses for his fantasy owners and the Cowboys for the last five weeks of the fantasy season.
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray being tested (Sun Nov 9, 03:29 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (head) appeared to be undergoing concussion tests on the sideline during the team's Week 10 game. It is not known if he will return to the game.

Our View: The good news for Murray owners is that the Dallas bye is up next week. Chances are, he'll be ready to roll for Week 12 whether or not he passes the concussion tests.
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13vs Philadelphia Eagles
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