RB Latavius Murray - New Orleans Saints
|6-3, 230||Born: 2-21-1991||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2013|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Murray's involvement in the offense is shrinking, but he can still be a league winner if Alvin Kamara goes down
Week 14: vs San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Good matchup. The Saints ground attack has been the league's gold standard for the better part of two years, but has struggled a bit of late. They sit just 17th in raw yardage and 13th per attempt, with just 7 rushing touchdowns on the season. Alvin Kamara remains a shifty, dynamic runner, and one of football's most dangerous weapons in open space. But it appears his rushing volume has officially been scaled back. Kamara took on 72% of running back carries before his Week 6 injury, but has dipped to 59% since returning. His efficiency has gone up in the decreased role, though, with 5.5 yards per carry over the past 4 games. But he hasn't topped 75 yards since Week 1, and he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. This attack has fully shifted back into the two-back mold of the past few years, with Latavius Murray running serviceably in the old Mark Ingram role. He doesn't produce enough for fantasy consideration, but siphons enough work to ding Kamara's upside. For all of their pass-game dominance, the San Francisco defense has struggled for most of 2019 against the run. Through 12 games, they sit 25th league-wide in yardage allowed per rush (4.7) and 22nd per game (117). That said, they've shown noticeable improvement over their past three games. There's no shame in allowing a big day to Lamar Jackson, but they've done a fine job of containing Mark Ingram (15 carries for 59 yards), Aaron Jones (13 for 38), and Kenyan Drake (16 for 67) over that span. Perhaps the biggest factor has been top linebacker Fred Warner, whose play has trended upward after a rough start to the season. There are still plenty of liabilities, though. Rookie Dre Greenlaw has been inconsistent next to Warner, and the cornerback-heavy secondary provides little help in the box. Last week, Jackson was able to use his instinct and suddenness to create room against the 49ers' light front seven. It's safe to assume Alvin Kamara, who's similarly tough to track in the open field, has taken notes.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Latavius Murray's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tough week for Murray. He has fought all season to show that he is a viable back in this offense and then he has a game like this week. Murray ran the ball 4 times for just 2 yards and did not have a single target in the passing game. His longest carry of the game went for a single yard and he averaged just .5 yards per carry total. The Saints got things done in other aspects of the game this week, but the struggles of the run game are concerning heading down the stretch and into the playoffs. Murray and Kamara will have to get it going if they want to make a deep post season run.
2019 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 64 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Kamara seemingly still banged up and not playing like his former self, Murray continues to make plays ion the offense. He had 4 fewer carries on the ground and not a single target through the air, but he did have an impressive 26-yard touchdown. Murray exploded off the right guard, weaved through defenders, and powered his way into the end zone for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. He seems to be running with more power and speed than Kamara right now and has steadily been taking carries away. He has never been the best pass catching back and that is the only place Kamara seems to have an edge right now. Look for the number of carries to increase down the stretch as the Saints try and keep Kamara healthy for the playoffs. With a win next week on Thanksgiving and a loss by Carolina, the Saints would win the division out right and would only be playing for seeding at that point.
2019 Week 11 vs TB (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
This was a game to forget for Murray again this week. HE was given a fair amount of carries this week with 10 but was unable to do anything with them. He averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and almost half of his yards came on a single 12-yard rush off tackle. Murray did not make up for this shortcoming in the pass game like Kamara did. HE caught 2 of his 3 targets for 5 total yards and did not make much of an impact. Murray has still earned the right to a fair number of touches in the offense, but he is going to need to perform better if he wants to keep it that way. Rushing attempts were almost 50/50 this week but could start to trend in the other direction if he continues to struggle.
2019 Week 10 vs ATL (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
All of that hard work while Kamara was injured seemed to go out the window this week. He filled in admirably for Kamara and should have been afforded a bigger role in the offense, but that did not happen this week. For some unfathomable reason, the Saints only ran the ball 11 times. Murray had 5 carries to 4 for Kamara and his longest run went for 6 yards. He also caught both of his targets but did not play a big role in the passing game. The Saints will have to reset this week and get ready to take on Tampa Bay. The team should focus more on the run next week but after the result of this game it seems like anything is possible.
2019 Week 8 vs ARI (21 / 102 / 1 rush, 12 / 9 / 55 / 1 rec)
New Orleans continues to show just how much depth they have at key positions as Murray filled in for an ailing Kamara again this week. Murray rushed for more than 100 yards and added touchdowns through the air and on the ground against a porous Cardinals defense. Murray had the first touchdown of the game as he powered the ball 8 yards off the right guard. He slipped through a big whole and was not hit by a defender until he was crossing the goal line. This capped off a 7 play 71-yard drive and put the Saints up 10-3 in the 2nd quarter. His second touchdown was a 15-yard catch and run down the side line. Murray caught the ball 3 yards down the field in the flat and turned it up the field for 12 more yards before tip toeing into the end zone. Murray averaged just under 5 yards per carry this week and helped to take a lot of pressure off of Brees in his return to the lineup. Murray led the team with 12 targets and caught 9 of them for an additional 55 yards. Murray has shown he can handle the duties of a lead running back and should have worked his way to a bigger role when Kamara returns from injury. We should not expect a 50/50 split but at least a much bigger percentage based on how he has played.
2019 Week 7 vs CHI (27 / 119 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
The Saints continue to show that they can stick anyone in the offense, and they will have success. Murray took over the starting role this week with Kamara ruled out and turned in a 100+ yard and 2 touchdown performance. The Saints ran him into the ground with 27 carries and another 6 targets in the passing game. Murray's first touchdown came from 3 yards out after a big 45-yard catch by Ted Ginn. It was a simple power I formation run that Murray took right up the middle of the defense. He was stopped about a yard short and kept churning his legs until he got in. The second touchdown put the Saints up big at the start of the 4th quarter and came from 4 yards out. Murray was the lone back and followed his left guard in for the score. He made a good cut and turned his body just enough to squeeze in between defenders for the score. Murray chipped in 5 receptions on 6 targets for another 30 yards and showed why the Saints let Mark Ingram go and brought him in to spell Kamara this season.
2019 Week 6 vs JAX (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
This was the best all around game for Murray so far this season. He carried the ball 8 times and averaged 5.5 yards per carry with a long 15-yard run off the edge. He also caught all 3 of his targets for another 35 yards and had more total yards than Kamara for the first time this season. Murray had a touchdown called back after a holding penalty on a screen play where he followed his blockers and then weaved through defenders for the score. Murray has taken a back seat to Kamara for much of the season, but showed this week why the Saints let go of Mark Ingram and brought him in. Murray is a great change of pace option for the Saints and should see his usage grow as the season wears on and Kamara needs a breather.
2019 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
It has been a very rocky start to the season for Murray. The constant changes with the offense have made it difficult and Murray has taken the biggest hit. He was given 7 carries this week and turned in a 4 yards per carry average. He also took away 2 targets and receptions in the passing game from Kamara but was not able to do very much with them. The role for Murray in this offense is even less than it was when he was in Minnesota with everything going through Kamara. The Saints still trust him to eat up clock time at the end of the game when needed, but his role continues to shrink. Murray benefits from game script and the Saints just have not played many games that play to his strengths.
2019 Week 4 vs DAL (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It was not a great week for Kamara as he failed to surpass 100 total yards this week. The Saints offense was out of sync and there were no explosive of big plays from anyone. Kamara had a long run of 13 yards on the ground and saw the ball spread around the offense more than in recent weeks. He carried the ball 17 times and other players had 10 carries. Taysom Hill had the longest run on the ground from the wild cat, and Kamara's never got a chance down around the goal line to punch in a touchdown. He caught all 3 of his targets this week but was covered by Dallas very well. Michael Thomas, Josh Hill, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn all saw more targets in the passing game this week and the Saints did not utilize one of their best weapons out of the back field. Kamara has a great matchup next week against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up multiple touchdown to Todd Gurley and this week's game will be a distant memory.
2019 Week 3 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a tough day for Murray as he was only given 2 carries and did not play any major role in the offense at all. The game script should have called for grinding out drives in the second half and trying to burn clock, but the Saints went with Kamara instead of Murray this week. We did not expect anywhere close to the same type of split Kamara had with Mark Ingram last season, but Murray warrants more than 2 carries in a game. This offense is trying to figure out who they are without Brees under center and that could lead to some frustrating results from some players each week.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Saints rushing attack totaled 20 carries for a total of 57 yards, and Murray did not play a major role in any of that. His 5 carries for 7 yards averages out to just 1.7 yards per carry and his lone reception more than doubled his yards on the ground. Murray also did not look good in pass protection as Bridgewater was hurried on almost every drop back Murray was in the game. The Saints abandoned the running game this week and that type of game script does not bring much value for Murray. The Saints are going to try and establish the run next week in Seattle to prevent a repeat of this week and Murray is going to have to play much better or he will see even more of his carries going to Kamara.
2019 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 43 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
With the departure of Mark Ingram, the Saints signed Murray in the offseason to compliment Kamara in the back field. He is the bigger back and is used in power situations and when the Saints need to run off some clock. In his first regular season game, Murray did not disappoint and managed to do everything that was asked of him. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry (inflated by a 30-yard run), caught 2 of his 3 targets, and looked good in pass protection. Murray is not the same back that Ingram is and will not see the same workload over the course of the year, but he seems to have a clear role and the Saints are not afraid to use him. Murray's 30-yard run went for a touchdown and was straight up the middle. Murray burst through the second level and made a sharp cut to the outside before turning on the burners and outrunning the entire defense. He showed that he is not just a power back and that he has break-away speed when he needs it.
Latest NewsSaints | No role for Latavius Murray on TNF (Fri Nov 29, 12:40 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray carried the ball four times for two yards on Thursday, Nov. 28. Our View: Murray was barely used as the Saints didn't hold the ball for long stretches of this game and didn't establish the run. He's going to be on fantasy benches for next week's game against San Francisco, but could still be a league winner if Alvin Kamara goes down.
link to story Saints | Latavius Murray leads team in rushing (Mon Nov 25, 01:22 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray carried the ball seven times for 64 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers. link to story
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