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RB Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 230Born: 2-21-1991College: UCFDrafted: Round 6, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Murray predictably ran over a weak Cardinals run defense and probably encouraged the Vikings to give Dalvin Cook as much time as he needs to get over his hamstring issue. He might get another start this week vs. the Jets, and Cook won't be out of the woods with his hamstring problem until he gets through a full week of practice and a game.

Week 7: at New York Jets

All RB vs NYJ

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs BUF 38 2 1 0 7 5 30 0 0 3.1
4 at LAR 41 2 2 0 2 2 16 0 0 1.8
5 at PHI 46 11 42 0 2 2 14 0 0 5.6
6 vs ARI 58 24 155 1 2 1 3 0 0 21.8
7 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 1 * * * *
7 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Latavius Murray's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 6 vs ARI (24 / 155 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The run game has left something to be desired for the Vikings all season long. They have relied on Kirk Cousins' arm and have not committed to the run at all. That all changed this week when the Vikings got to race the worst rushing defense in the league. Murray was given the start when Cook was ruled out before game time, and then he was actually given the ball. He received 24 carries and 2 targets in the passing game this week and produced his best yardage total as a Viking. He ripped off a long run of 34 yards off tackle and scored the first touchdown of the game running for 21 yards straight up the middle. The talk all week long was that Murray and Cook would split reps this week, but it instead turned into the Latavius Murray show. The Vikings rushed 32 times as a team for 195 yards, both season highs. Murray has proven that he can be an effective back, even behind a banged up offensive line. It will be interesting to see what the Vikings decide to do with the workload next week against the Jets.

2018 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

With Dalvin Cook on the shelf, Murray is the lead back again. However, the Vikings cannot seem to get anything going on the ground. Philadelphia has a very stout rush defense and held the Vikings to under 100 rush yards as a team. Murray was given more carries than anyone else but was unable to do anything with them. He averaged under 4 yards per carry and only had 1 carry over 10 yards. Stefon Diggs had the longest rush for the Vikings this week and that should never happen if the team commits to running the ball. The matchup next week should be ideal for whoever takes the bulk share of the carries. The Cardinals have been very generous to opposing running backs. Murray may be a good play next week if Cook is ruled out again.

2018 Week 4 vs LAR (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The Vikings all but abandoned the run game again this week and Murray got almost no chance to run the ball. He had 1 rush attempt of 8 yards wiped out due to a holding call but it would not have done much to make his stat line look any better. The biggest thing to note is how much he played in the second half instead of Cook, and then when they went to Boone and Ham in clear passing downs instead or Murray. There is nothing positive to say about the Vikings rushing attack so far this season, but they have also been playing from behind the past 3 weeks. Murray seems to be the trusted back right now in high pressure situations, but the Vikings want to go with Cook long term. Murray is going to be touchdown dependent from here on out as long as Cook is fully healthy. The biggest play he made was a two-point conversion to bring the score within 3 after a long touchdown to Adam Thielen.

2018 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)

This was supposed to be Murrays chance to prove that he still had something left in the tank and could be a starter somewhere in the NFL. Unfortunately, the game script ruined that, and Murray only rushed 2 times the entire game. The entire Vikings rush offense only ran the ball 6 times as they trailed the entire game. Murray played a small role in the passing game despite being targeted 7 times. One of those fateful targets resulted in an interception. Cousins checked the ball down to Murray who had leaked out of the back field. The ball hit him right in the chest, but so did the middle linebackers for Buffalo. The ball shot up in the air and was intercepted by a diving defender. This play was by no fault of Murray or even Cousins, but rather a great defensive play by the Bills. Dalvin Cook is expected to play next week against the Rams and it looks like it will be a short tenure for Murray as the Vikings starter this week. If Cook's hamstring still bothers him and he is unable to go, Murray still is not a great play against a Rams defense the boasts one of the best lines in the NFL.

2018 Week 2 vs GB (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It is hard to get anything going with only 4 carries, but Murray found the most room to run and averaged just under 5 yards per carry. It was Murray that the Vikings trusted in overtime to setup the game winning field goal attempt and not Cook. Murray ripped off a 9 and then 4-yard rush to set the Vikings up on the 17-yard line for that fateful kick. He was not targeted in the passing game at all and lost out on goal line carries to Cook. Murray is not that far removed from being a Pro Bowl running back in Oakland, but he is clearly serving a secondary role in Minnesota. If Cook continues to struggle on the ground, it will be interesting to see how many more carries Murray is given.

2018 Week 1 vs SF (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It is easy to forget the Murray was a Pro Bowler and had a season with over 1,000 yards when he was in Oakland as he fights to remain relevant in Minnesota. He was the only back to find any sort of rhythm or success against the 49ers this week, though very limited. He led the team in rush yards despite 5 less carries than Cook. His biggest contribution came in the form of insurance. After Cook had fumbled away the ball on the 49ers side of the field in the first half, Murray was used down the stretch to help run out the clock and save wear and tear on Cook. Murray managed a lone 9-yard run for his best play of the game and was not targeted in the passing game at all. The Vikings did not spend a lot of time in the red zone today or near the goal line. It will be interesting to see which back is given the ball in a 1st and goal to go situation as the season progresses.


Latest News

Vikings | Latavius Murray has monster game (Sun Oct 14, 05:56 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.

Our View: The Cardinals run defense is eminently beatable no matter what the opposing running games were doing going into the matchup. Next week Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will get to run against them. If Dalvin Cook isn't ready, Murray could be a solid RB2 play against the Jets.
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Vikings | Another slow day for Latavius Murray (Mon Oct 8, 12:59 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray carried 11 times for 42 yards and caught both of his targets for an additional 14 yards in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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