RB Lance Dunbar, Free agent
HT: 5-8, WT: 191, Born: 1-25-1990, College: North Texas, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: A Hawkins (180), Lance Dunbar (182), D Allen (183),
Position: J Starks (169-RB56), J White (170-RB57), Lance Dunbar (182 - RB58), D McCluster (185-RB59), D Brown (191-RB60)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: J Flacco (162), J Manziel (163), Lance Dunbar (164), K Davis (165), J White (166)
Position: T Mason (158-RB52), L Blount (161-RB53), Lance Dunbar (164 - RB54), K Davis (165-RB55), J White (166-RB56)
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Dunbar has been a limited contributor in his first two seasons, notching 225 yards on 51 career carries. Yet fantasy owners would do well to remember Dunbar on draft day as he looks poised to be DeMarco Murray's primary backup. New OC Scott Linehan made liberal use of both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in Detroit, and has praised Dunbar's multi-faceted skill set since joining the Cowboys staff. At 5'8", 191 lbs Dunbar isn't suited to a full-time role, but he can factor in certain formations and on 3rd downs.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 2 - After missing Week 1, Dunbar was back as the primary backup behind Demarco Murray. Dunbar saw limited action, but made an impact on both of his offensive touches. In the mid-third quarter, Dunbar eluded the first defender and incorporated a spin move into a big gain on the ground. On his second and final touch Dunbar fumbled after a short reception, stalling a promising drive.
Week 3 - As the primary backup, Dunbar saw more work than usual as DeMarco Murray piled up early yards in an easy Dallas victory. Dunbar had two touches before the fourth quarter, but killed the clock late in the game. He got to the perimeter to convert a third down in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cowboys to run the clock. Dunbar showed well with his agility, moreso than Philip Tanner, in this game as a well-rounded reserve option.
Week 4 - Dunbar saw little action against the Chargers behind starter DeMarco Murray. On his lone touch, Dunbar showed patience at the line of scrimmage, gaining seven yards on a toss play late in the second quarter.
Week 8 - Dunbar was back in the mix after missing a few games with injury. Joseph Randle was the fill-in starter with DeMarco Murray out of the lineup with Dunbar being the primary backup against Detroit. Dunbar had limited opportunities, but impressed with great balance and burst. Dunbar fared much better against the penetrating defensive front than Randle, spins away from the first defender on multiple occasions and running with power when engaged. It was a solid performance for Dunbar in his return to action.
Week 9 - Dunbar was the primary backup to DeMarco Murray against the Vikings, getting six touches to Murray’s ten. Dunbar looked to have his familiar burst and lateral agility in his second game back from injury. Minnesota’s defense was quick to contain Dunbar when he was in space; the pursuit was fast as Dunbar served as an outlet receiver on multiple occasions. Two times Dunbar was stuffed for big losses before he even got started with deep interior penetration by the defensive line.
Week 12 - Dunbar was active as the primary backup to DeMarco Murray. Holes were consistently available on the ground as Dallas did a good job against the Giants’ active defensive front. Dunbar looked fresh and agility as he had three big gains on his limited touches. Dunbar’s vision and ability to get skinny through small opening are his biggest strengths. Dunbar’s skill in the passing game would be his greatest asset if pressed into a larger role with a Murray injury.
Week 13 - Dunbar was impressive with his 13 touches and largely outplayed starter DeMarco Murray. In the third quarter, when Dallas found their groove on offense, Dunbar was a main contributor. Dunbar was shifty between the tackles and showed a strong burst through the line of scrimmage. The playing time split at running back was 50-50 in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. With five minutes to play, Dunbar took a hit to his knee, forcing him to the sidelines for the remainder of the game. This was by far Dunbar’s best performance of the season. Unfortunately, it was confirmed that Dunbar will miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury sustained in this game.