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 Nov 18): Murray was held in check by a tough Bucs run defense but the Saints offense is still building momentum and he should have some touchdown opportunities to go with his Alvin Kamara injury upside.
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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 10 vs ATL (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec - 2.9 points, $7000)
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 - 32.2 points, $6200)
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 - 29.5 points, $5300)
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 - 9.4 points, $5000)
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 - 4.4 points, $5200)
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 - 2.5 points, $5200)
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 - 0.2 points, $5600)
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 - 2.8 points, $5900)
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 - 11.7 points, $5900)
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 | Latavius Murray held in check (Sun Nov 17, 05:39 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He also caught two passes for five yards during the game. link to story Saints | Latavius Murray quiet in Week 10 (Sun Nov 10, 05:06 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray rushed for 12 yards on five carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. He also caught two passes for seven yards during the game. Our View: The Saints never gave Murray a chance to get on track. He faces a tough Bucs run defense next week so he probably won't be a good play, but he is still worth a bench spot to see if the Saints offense gets on track for the stretch run.
link to story Saints | Latavius Murray to remain involved (Fri Nov 8, 09:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray will continue to have a big role in the offense against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10 despite the return of RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee), according to head coach Sean Payton. 'Week 1 of Alvin coming back,' Payton said. 'We'll be smart.' Our View: Murray worked well in Kamara's absence. The Saints should use Murray the way they used Mark Ingram in tandem with Kamara for a couple of seasons. That makes Murray a RB3 or flex option with upside for Fantasy GMs on a weekly basis.
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