DeMarco Murray Fantasy News

Mularkey: DeMarco Murray will continue to be Titans' RB1

Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:03pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Mularkey was asked about the team's running back situation.

“(Derrick Henry) is an important part of our offense,’’ Mularkey said of Henry, a Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama who was a second-round pick by the Titans in last year’s draft. “Obviously DeMarco Murray is the guy. He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy.

“But I will say this: Each week we put a different game plan together. We spend a lot of hours preparing to play the opponent. And Derrick, and as you saw, some games he was more involved than others. And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent. We know (Derrick) is very special. He is going to have a long, great career here and he is going to be a big part of our offense next year, as he was this year.

“I like we have a one-two punch to smash it down peoples’ throats to be honest with you.”

Fantasy Impact:

In the first eight games, Murray averaged 116 total yards and 1.0 TD per game (21.4 PPG), but in the second half of the season he averaged just 89 yards and 0.5 TD (15.0 PPG). Part of the reason was Derrick Henry’s expanded role down the stretch (6.6 rushing attempts in Weeks 1-8 and 9.5 attempts from Weeks 9-17). Murray’s numbers are still solid, but he doesn’t look like a 1st round pick in 2017.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray may need surgery on toe

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, who led the AFC in rushing yards, could eventually need surgery to repair a toe injury he suffered in Week 8.

Murray said he suffered a torn plantar plate Oct. 27 in a Thursday night win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The plate is the ligament on the ball of the foot connected to the toe.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray said the injury impacted his ability to plant and explode. He said rest is the assigned treatment for the toe now.

Titans like RB Derrick Henry in four-minute situations

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike Mularkey revealed a bit about the Titans’ strategy with Derrick Henry following their win in Chicago.

When Henry got more carries than usual, Mularkey was asked why.

“That’s kind of been our plan all year, we get into a four-minute [situation], and we run Derrick,” Mularkey said. “A little fresher. Some of the things we were running, he runs well.”

But of Henry’s eight carries for 60 yards in Sunday's win over the Bears, just two for eight yards came in 4:00 situations.

In those scenarios at the end of the first half and the game, offenses look to convert first downs and maintain possession, and above all else, making sure the other team doesn’t get the ball back.

Related players: DeMarco Murray

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the team hasn't been in many of those situations this season. But overall, in the final 4:00 of a half with the Titans ahead, Henry has nine carries for 28 yards. That’s only 12.8 percent of his carries and 8.9 percent of his yards. And the Titans bell cow back, DeMarco Murray, has had more work in the 4:00 situations Mularkey is saying can be earmarked for Henry. He has 10 carries for 38 in the same situations.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) took full practice reps again Friday. Murray should be fine to play in Week 12. He’s been productive playing through injuries this year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Murray should be fine to play in Week 12. He’s been very productive playing through injuries this year.

Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) took full practice reps again Friday. Murray should be good to go for a gorgeous matchup against the Colts.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:12pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Murray should be good to go for a gorgeous matchup against the Colts.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:11pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Murray has a very good matchup with the Lions this week, and should be able to play through the injury.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews gets bulk of carries - after root canal

Monday, November 14, 2016, 9:18pm

The Trentonian - [Full Article]

While aware that the demands of a football season will be plentiful, Doug Pederson confronted a fresh one two weeks ago in Dallas. That’s when Ryan Mathews could barely squeeze into a particularly useful piece of equipment.

“He couldn’t put his helmet on,” Pederson said Sunday. “Then he had root canal the next day. So we kept with Darren Sproles for a couple of weeks. But Ryan was still a part of the bigger picture.”

For the combination of his size and the position in his career, Mathews figured to be the Birds’ most reliable running back option. With DeMarco Murray gone, Wendell Smallwood a rookie and the 5-6 Sproles an unorthodox threat, the 29-year-old Mathews, a former Pro Bowl back, was viewed as critical.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews reported the toothache before the Birds lost in Dallas, where managed just four carries. And last week, he ran just five times in a loss to the Giants at the Meadowlands. During those two weeks, Sproles got the bulk of the work. Now recovered from the surgery and relieved of the pain, Mathews rushed 19 times Sunday in the Eagles’ 24-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles running game has been a big headache for fantasy owners and at times has been a four-headed monster. Now one has to wonder with Mathews' tooth problems behind him, does he go back to being the primary ball carrier. Sproles becomes a risky play at least in standard leagues if he's not going to get 12-15 carries a game.

Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm

Titans RB Derrick Henry (calf) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week. Surprisingly, it looks like Henry will play this week. He’ll serve as DeMarco Murray’s backup.

Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (toe) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Murray was removed from the injury report, so he’s ready for a full workload.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans RB Derrick Henry (calf) missed practice again Thursday. The Titans aren’t ruling Henry out, but calf injuries are tricky. We doubt he plays this week. Antonio Andrews will back up DeMarco Murray if Henry is out.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (toe) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Murray should be fine since he finished last week’s game. With Derrick Henry out, he’s likely to see a big workload.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans RB Derrick Henry (calf) did not practice Wednesday. The Titans aren’t ruling Henry out, but calf injuries are tricky. We doubt he plays this week. Antonio Andrews will back up DeMarco Murray if Henry is out.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (toe) did not practice Wednesday. Murray should be fine since he finished last week’s game. With Derrick Henry out, he’s likely to see a big workload.

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