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RB Robert Turbin - Dallas Cowboys

5-10, 222Born: 12-2-1989College: Utah StateDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Turbin is the clear handcuff to Darren McFadden, who is holding up well despite being on the injury report but getting dangerously overworked on a week-to-week basis.

Week 12: vs Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Darren McFadden rebounded from his poor game two weeks ago (17/32/0 rushing and 3/26/0 receiving) to post 29/129/0 rushing with 3/20/0 receiving for the Cowboys against Miami. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12, against the stalwart Carolina Panthers' rush D. Carolina has allowed an average of 12.6 fantasy points to opposing backs over the past four weeks (four games), which is sixth-least allowed during that time span out of 32 NFL teams. They average 94.5 yards rushing allowed per game (eighth in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given out to date - last week, Washington had a mere 12/14/0 rushing at Carolina! This is a tough matchup for McFadden and the Cowboys even though they are in Dallas this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs ARI 19 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3
11 at MIA 20 7 35 0 2 1 3 0 0 3.8
12 vs CAR 4 2 11 0 1 1 1 0 0 1.2
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs MIA (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Turbin emerged as the clear primary backup to Darren McFadden against Miami. Turbin saw significant snaps on multiple drives starting in the mid-second quarter. On two occasions of note, Turbin churned out yards after contact, once for more than 15 yards. With a stronghold on the No.2 job, Turbin is a valuable reserve should Darren McFadden miss time amidst his sizeable weekly workload down the stretch.

2015 Week 8 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Turbin had a forgettable game, fumbling twice, losing one. Both fumbles were of the non-contact variety as he bobbled two handoffs. He only saw three carries, but he did receive the first red zone carry of the game from the nine yard line. It went for no gain. It looked like Turbin could have found some room to run on the left side of the line, but he cut back towards the right and was met by two Arizona defenders. Turbin, like Crowell, saw a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation from Arizona's five-yard line. He barreled and spun his way forward for a three-yard pickup as he couldn't quite get into the end zone. Turbin's lost a fumble came in the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see if his playing time takes a hit after this lackluster performance.

2015 Week 7 vs STL (5 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Of Cleveland's running back trio, Turbin had the most productive game on the ground. He also found himself on the field for two snaps during the team's first trip inside the St. Louis 20-yard line, but he did not touch the ball. He had the team's best rush of the day, a 22-yard run where he got a huge lead block from his fullback before heading up the right sideline. He saw two straight carries after that but was unable to do anything with them. Turbin did have what would have been a 10-yard pickup negated by a holding penalty on the next drive. Turbin is eating into Isaiah Crowell's early-down work and neither will have much fantasy value as long as they are splitting carries.

2015 Week 6 vs DEN (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Turbin found his way onto the field for the first time all season and immediately cut into Isaiah Crowell's workload. His first action of the game came in the second quarter and he was used regularly thereafter. He saw 10 carries to Crowell's 11. Turbin ran hard for the Browns when his number was called, but didn't display much burst, as he mostly opted to power straight ahead on his rushes. He did have some big runs for first downs at the end of the fourth quarter before the team kicked the tying field goal. If Turbin continues to see this kind of work it is going to be a drain on Crowell's fantasy production.


Latest News

Cowboys | Robert Turbin joining Cowboys (Wed Nov 18, 09:08 AM) - Free-agent RB Robert Turbin (Browns) will sign with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Our View: If one former Seattle running back doesn't work (Christine Michael), then try another one! Turbin wanted to rush for over 1,000 yards with the Browns....and he only made an appearance in three games before being let go. The Cowboys are set with Darren McFadden as their starter. Turbin will compete with guys like Rod Smith and Trey Williams to be the backup.
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