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RB Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Dalvin Cook after a very solid week one and while it may appear that he regressed in week two, he still had 5.3 yards per carry in this game which was highlighted by a 25 yard run against the Steelers defense. What is even more impressive from Cook is that his starting quarterback was out, and the interior offensive line continues to struggle as rookie center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton both have struggled so far this season. The Buccaneers last season were susceptible to the run as they were 22nd in terms of rush defense in 2016 allowing 117.2 yards per game. This year, the Buccaneers have only played one game, but they looked extremely strong shutting down the Bears rushing attack holding them to just 20 yards total on the ground. The Buccaneers have a very strong front seven led by Gerald McCoy and if they can put it together could be one of the top units in football for this season led by the improvement of Lavonte David as the team noted that he is much faster and more decisive this season compared to last. Kwon Alexander left the game with a hamstring injury and remains questionable for this game. If Alexander was unable to go, third round rookie Kendell Beckwith who was terrific in his rookie debut would expect to take a larger role as he did in the season opener.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NO 3 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.4
2 at PIT 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.6
3 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Vikings | Latavius Murray not concerned (Sat Sep 16, 12:10 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray said he is not worried about his lack of touches in Week 1. 'It doesn’t determine anything at this point,' Murray said. 'It's still very early. I got a lot of work to do and as a team we have a lot of work to do still.'

Our View: Fantasy owners aren't worried about Murray's lack of touches because hardly anyone should be stashing him on the roster. Murray is the clear backup to rookie Dalvin Cook and he won't see much time unless something happens to Cook.
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Schedule

3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
6vs Green Bay Packers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears