RB Marcus Murphy - Buffalo Bills
|5-8, 193||Born: 10-3-1991||College: Missouri||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2015|
Week 14: vs New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. LeSean McCoy continues to see solid volume but is producing very little with it. On the year he's averaging an anemic 3.3 yards per carry, managing just 2.9 over the last 6 weeks. He's lost some speed and wiggle but is also mired in a perfect storm of value-killing circumstances. McCoy runs behind a poor front line, currently ranked 27th by our Matt Bitonti. And he frequently faces stacked boxes, as no NFL defense fears Josh Allen's passing game. McCoy remains a savvy, talented runner, but it's never easy to project much efficiency for him. The Bills are best served getting a few more opportunities to speedy Marcus Murphy, who's picking up 5.5 yards a carry at just 4 attempts per game. After a strong start to the season, the Jets run defense has found itself in a noticeable slide. Over their last 8 games, they've allowed running backs to average a healthy 4.9 yards per rush, and 8 have topped 60 yards. Game flow saved them last week, but the Titans were on their way to a perfectly efficient day early on. Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, and Marcus Mariota still managed to total 118 yards on just 20 attempts. There's still talent in play here, but consistency has been a major concern. Top lineman Leonard Williams is a phenom and could dominate far more often than he does, while the linebackers are primarily inside guys who struggle on the edges. That's made them especially beatable in matchups with quick-footed backs like Marlon Mack (12 for 89), Sony Michel (21 for 133 and 1 touchdown), and this week's foe LeSean McCoy (26 for 113 and 2).
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Marcus Murphy's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marcus Murphy was the only other active running back behind LeSean McCoy with Chris Ivory inactive. Murphy rotated in with McCoy throughout the game and saw his own drives later in the game when Buffalo led. Murphy was not targeted in the passing game. Murphy is a dependable but unexceptional depth player and likely will remain behind Ivory on the depth chart when he returns from injury.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (4 / 53 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)
Marcus Murphy saw more playing time than recent weeks after LeSean McCoy left the game with a head injury. Murphy functioned in the passing game during a two-minute drill and had more expansive work in the second half with Ivory missing time briefly with an injury. Murphy is an unexceptional athlete but played hard and has ability in the receiving game.
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Marcus Murphy was the clear backup to Chris Ivory with LeSean McCoy missing the game. Murphy was not a threat to Ivory's work as a lead back during the game. He worked to spell Ivory at times, but his primary usage was in gadget type roles. Murphy was used on a couple of screens, an option run, and on jet sweep motion type plays.
2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Marcus Murphy was the second back into the game and saw a total of 8 opportunities for 13 total yards. In Murphy's defense, a couple of the throws were off target from Josh Allen, but he did nothing to elevate himself in the offense. McCoy missed time during the second half of the game, and it was Chris Ivory who saw more extended usage than Murphy. If McCoy is forced to miss time, the situation is a key to monitor.
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a backfield where Chris Ivory looked like the backup to LeSean McCoy, it was Marcus Murphy who saw the first non-LeSean McCoy running back carries. Murphy was also targeted twice in the passing game, both incompletions.
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