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RB Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 230Born: 2-21-1991College: UCFDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Murray ran well at the goal line and generally ran over the Rams in the Week 11 win. He's still going to split the work with Jerick McKinnon down the middle, but he has gotten the better fantasy half three of the last four weeks and should be a more common goal-to-go option going forward.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Vikings looked very sharp on the ground last week against a tough Rams run defense as they averaged nearly five yards per carry for 171 total rushing yards. Latavius Murray has been up and down this year, but he has kicked it into another gear for fantasy purposes in recent weeks. Over his last four games, Murray has scored four touchdowns while averaging just under 80 yards and 17 rush attempts per game. Over this four-game span, Murray ranks as the sixth highest scoring running back in standard formats. He is not providing much upside on the passing attack, but he has been a solid contributor with great volume from a pure rushing perspective. Jerick McKinnon has been much less reliable rushing the ball. Despite out-snapping Murray in every game this season, McKinnon is still consistently seeing fewer rush attempts in each game. He has not averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry in the last four games despite receiving 10 or more carries in each outing. The Lions were gashed on the ground for the second straight week as the Bears running backs racked up 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries last week. Running backs have definitely found success against this defense, amassing the fourth-most fantasy points per game while racking up nearly 100 rushing yards and one touchdown per game on average. This defensive front has really played poorly in recent weeks. Jarrad Davis got off to a hot start this season, but his play has really fallen off a cliff recently. The Lions have also notably allowed opposing quarterbacks to rush for over 50 yards in back to back weeks, with Brett Hundley rushing for 22 yards and a touchdown three weeks ago. Case Keenum is not known for his legs, but he can certainly tuck it and run when needed. Latavius Murray should also be looking to take advantage of the reeling Lions front seven as he should lead the Vikings backfield this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CLE 31 19 39 0 1 1 8 0 0 4.7
10 at WAS 30 17 68 1 0 0 0 0 0 12.8
11 vs LAR 33 15 95 2 2 1 1 0 0 21.6
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 15 * * 1 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs LAR (15 / 95 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Latavius Murray showed a burst that we have not seen much this season. Murray has just four carries greater than 20 yards and two of them came in this game as he had a 34-yard carry on a play that was masterfully blocked by the offensive line and once Murray got into open space he continued to cut inside and out to gain extra yards before being brought down by LaMarcus Joyner. Murray's second carry was a play in while it looked like a simple off-tackle run was actually a masterful play design by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The play actually had two holes for Murray to run to one on the left side and one on the right side and Shurmur kept the defense honest by bringing Stefon Diggs as a lead blocker into the other hole. Outside of these two runs, Murray continued to be his usual self as he utilized his power to pick up a few yards each time he touched the ball and did find himself with two goal-line touchdowns in this game.

2017 Week 10 vs WAS (17 / 68 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Vikings run game looked amazing at the start of the game. Both Murray and McKinnon were ripping off nice chunks of yards and Murray even found the end zone. This is when the Washington game plan switched to stacking the box to stop the run and making Case Keenum beat them with his arm. Unfortunately for Washington, Keenum did just that but Murray's numbers suffered from that point on. Aside from his 14-yard rush to set up a 1-yard touchdown pass and his 1-yard touchdown run, Murray could not get anything going on the ground. Murray was also not targeted in the passing game at all today and saw a 1-yard touchdown go to David Morgan through the air later in the game. Murray seems entrenched as the starter and had 7 more carries than McKinnon today. It will be interesting to see if the Viking's success throwing the ball this week opens anything up on the ground next week.

2017 Week 8 vs CLE (19 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

After leading the team in rushing last week, Murray was given the start in the backfield today. He was also given more carries than Jerick McKinnon but was unable to do anything with them. Murray averaged 2.1 yards per carry and could not capitalize on the additional touches. His longest run of the day came on a 10-yard off tackle carry. Murray was also given multiple opportunities in the red zone and goal to go situations. Today was not all Murray's fault as he was often greeted by a Cleveland defender in the backfield and the Viking's offensive line was not opening holes for any running back. It will be interesting to see which back gets the start after the Bye week and who will get more touches.

2017 Week 7 vs BAL (18 / 113 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jerick McKinnon was given the start this week, but Murray was the most effective running back for Minnesota this week. Murray topped 100-yards for the first time as the Viking and scored the Vikings lone touchdown. Murray was given only 4 more carries than McKinnon but was able to do plenty of damage. The big play came on a 33-yard scamper right up the middle where Latavius was barely even touched by a Ravens' defender. Murray was not used in the passing game today and was outpaced by McKinnon with 3 catches. Both running backs are making things difficult for the Vikings' depth chart as each has had a big game in recent weeks. Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer stated they would ride the hot hand going forward. With the often-windy conditions in Cleveland, the Vikings will rely heavily on the run game again next week.

2017 Week 6 vs GB (15 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

This is now the second time that Murray has been passed on the depth chart and the Vikings are kicking themselves for giving him so much money in the offseason. Murray has not been effective on the ground whatsoever and averaged under 2 yards per carry against the Packers today. His lone big play came on a 10-yard run off tackle where he burst through the second level and was upended by the safety. This one play accounted for almost half of his yards on the day, leaving him to gain 18-yards on 14 carries the rest of the way. The Vikings did try to feed him the ball on goal to go situations but Murray was swallowed at the line by a weak Packers front. The Vikings recently brought in Steven Ridley and this could further cut into his touches per game for the rest of the season.

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

After losing the starting job to Dalvin Cook, this was supposed to be the week that Murray re-established himself in the Vikings offense. Unfortunately, Murray disappointed again and was outperformed by Jerick McKinnon. Murray was given every chance early in the game to establish himself but only carried to the tune of 2.6 yards per carry. Murray's most effective play came on an 8-yard scamper off guard on the Vikings first drive of the game. Murray is going to need to do a lot more if he wants to remain the starter and if today was any indication he was already passed by McKinnon in the second half for that role.

2017 Week 4 vs DET (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

With Dalvin Cook potentially out for the season, Latavius Murray will be the next man up for the Vikings. The former Raider was brought in to be the starter until the Vikings took Cook early in the second round. Through the first 3 games, Murray has only had 7 carries and he matched that again today after Cook left. The workload is still expected to be split between Murray and Jerick McKinnon with a slight edge going to Murray. After Cook went down the rest of the Vikings rushing attack managed a combined 21-yards. With a struggling offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play, it is going to be tough for Murray to succeed. However, if this injury ends Cook's season it will be Murray that gets the bulk of the carries the rest of the way.

2017 Week 3 vs TB (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Murray has all but lost his perceived starting job to Dalvin Cook. The Vikings brought in the free agent in as a bridge to whichever running back they drafted for the future, but the future is now. Murray has seen his workload dwindle as he never truly came back from his offseason surgery. Unless Cook begins to falter late in the season Murray is not going to see the field very much.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Murray watched from the sideline as Dalvin Cook took control of the lead running back role for Minnesota. On his first carry of the night the former Raider fumbled, recovered by the Vikings, and only saw one more carry for the rest of the game. Murray appears to have not shaken off the rust from his injury, but will most likely see his workload diminish even further as Cook gets established.


Latest News

Vikings | Latavius Murray shows up in ground game (Thu Nov 23, 04:26 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray notched 20 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: Murray looked very good, for the most part, as he gashed the Lions defense for some nice gains, including a 46-yard run. He and Jerrick McKinnon split work, but Murray was far more effective by far on Thursday. While losing Dalvin Cook was a blow, the backfield has settled into a decent rhythm.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray punches two in (Sun Nov 19, 06:41 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Murray was strong at the goal line and continued to be the stronger of the two Vikings backs on bread and butter running plays. He's an upside RB2 in winnable matchups for the Vikings, and the Thanksgiving game at Detroit appears to be one.
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Vikings | Latavius Murray posts 68 yards, TD (Sun Nov 12, 08:50 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed 17 times for 68 yards with a touchdown in the Week 10 game against the Washington Redskins.

Our View: Murray benefited from the Vikings leading a lot of the way in this one. He's a matchup RB2/Flex and worth a look in a home game against a good Rams team next week.
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