DeMarco Murray Fantasy News

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested on drug charge

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:42am

KAKE - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys running back and Wichita native Joseph Randle was arrested in Wichita early this morning, police said. Randle was arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 700 block of South Main at about 3:00 a.m.

Police said a 22-year-old woman reported she and Randle were arguing in a hotel room. Officers found marijuana in the room, and arrested Randle on a drug charge.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle's offseason is not off to a good start. There was an outside chance that he would take over as the starter in Dallas if the team couldn't come to terms with DeMarco Murray, but that's looking like a serious long shot after this arrest.

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says that his knee is 'about 85-90 percent'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11:49am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Speaking on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live on Wednesday, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell told Marshall Faulk that despite missing the Pro Bowl, he's been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell was the #2 RB (behind DeMarco Murray) in 2014, and held the #3 PPG in standard formats. He was #1 in both categories in PPR formats. He's a shoo-in to have a first round ADP in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Murray accounted for 55% of his team’s touches versus Detroit last week. He accounted for 53.7% of the Cowboys’ touches during the season, so it doesn’t appear that the hand is limiting his workload at all.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is 'good,' will continue to wear padded glove

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 5:33pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray hasn’t suffered any setbacks with his surgically-repaired left hand. The NFL’s rushing leader doesn’t expect to do anything different when he prepares for Sunday’s game in Green Bay. He’ll use the same padded glove he’s used the previous three games.

“It’s been good,” Murray said Thursday. “It’s a lot better than any other injury I’ve had. It’s not bad. I’m blessed.”

“I’ve worn the same thing, because it feels comfortable for me. I haven’t changed anything. I’m not going to change anything now, because it’s working for me.”

Has Murray’s hand been a factor in terms of his workload the last couple of weeks?

“No, it really hasn’t,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said. “If practice is any indicator of how the game is going to get played out, he’s certainly proven that. When he goes to practice he’s catching it, he’s running it, he’s doing everything he needs to do as a back, so I don’t think there’s any hesitancy whatsoever on our part or his part, putting him in there whether it’s protection or whether it’s in the passing game as a receiver, or we’re just running the ball.”

Fantasy Impact:

Murray saw 22 touches against the Lions in the Wild Card round, which accounted for 55 percent of his team's touches. On the season, he has handled 53.7 percent of the Cowboys' total touches. Even though his raw touches were down against Detroit, that was more about the opponent than how OC Scott Linehan was calling the game. Expect another big workload against Green Bay this week.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 18. It’s a tough matchup, but Murray should be a good start due to his league-leading 28.1 touches per game.

Lions Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play vs. Dallas

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 5:40pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ndamukong Suh won his appeal; now allowed to play vs. Dallas.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a huge break for Detroit and their defense. Suh will be fined 70,000, but should be a major force in defending RB DeMarco Murray and getting pressure on QB Tony Romo.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, illness, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 17. Murray may play a lot against Washington on Sunday. Both Jerry Jones and HC Jason Garrett have made it clear that they intend to play to win the game, though Jones did leave the door open to rest starters as the game wears on.

Saints RB Mark Ingram optimistic about his chances in free agency

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.

“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.

Jason Witten re-emerges in passing game

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Sunday's win against the Indianapolis Colts served as a reminder that tight end Jason Witten remains a threat in the passing game.

As the Dallas Cowboys racked up rushing yards during the season, most of Witten's praise has been for his blocking. He has played a big part in DeMarco Murray becoming the NFL's leading rusher.

"When you know your team is going a different direction and the thought is that it's going to be better for the football team, it's easy to buy into that but as the season unfolds there's tough times in there," Witten said. "You don't have as many opportunities. You take on a different role. You embrace that and buy into that. You still play a critical role in doing things, setting the edge in the run game, and being a complete tight end but at different times, it is hard."

Fantasy Impact:

In the last two weeks Witten has been a focal point through the air. He has caught 14 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. He had a season-high 90 yards on seven catches against the Colts that included a 25-yard touchdown. On the opposite end of that, Witten has five games with two or fewer catches this season. The last time he had that many came in 2005, his third year in the league. His 14-catch run in the last two games is his best two-game total since Week 12-13 in 2012 when he caught 15 passes for 182 yards against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

DeMarco Murray officially active for Cowboys

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:15pm

Cowboys Inactives
Kenneth Boatright DE
Doug Free T
Jakar Hamilton DB
Donald Hawkins T
Dustin Vaughan QB
Dekoda Watson OLB

Fantasy Impact:

DeMarco Murray's workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand. He should be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is 'determined to play'

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:57pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Officially listed as questionable, unofficially Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is determined to play on Sunday against the Colts.

Murray, per a source with knowledge of the situation, declared even before having surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand on Monday that he will play in Week 16. At this point, it’s believed to be primarily a matter of pain tolerance and management.

Fantasy Impact:

His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. Murray is averaging 28.9 touches per game this season. We currently project him for 19.1 touches (including 16.3 carries) with Randle getting 9.4 carries in a larger-than-usual backup role. If Murray is active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16. Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Cowboys Beat: DeMarco Murray should play, 'closer split' with Joseph Randle

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:16am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer: I believe DeMarco Murray plays Sunday even with his broken hand. It's just a gut feeling. Do I expect 20-25 carries from Murray? No. I think you'll see a closer split between him and Joseph Randle this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray is averaging 28.9 touches per game this season. We currently project him for 19.1 touches (including 16.3 carries) with Randle getting 9.4 carries in a larger-than-usual backup role. Given his production this season and a favorable matchup, Murray owners pretty much have to start him if he's active and expected to see a decent amount of touches.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle a bit more in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season and the favorable matchup against Indianapolis (#21 in RB aFPA).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) did not practice Wednesday. Murray participated in individual drills, though the official report says that he didn’t practice. Given his return, even in a limited fashion, it looks as if Murray is on track to play in Week 16. His workload may be limited somewhat to avoid hits on that left hand, but he should be out there for fantasy owners. He should also be able to run to the right effectively, though his stiff-arm in either direction may not be available. When he runs to the left, he may have to carry the ball in his right hand, increasing the likelihood of a fumble. The defense will certainly be aware of his injury and try to force a fumble. The Cowboys would be wise to utilize Joseph Randle in the running game and especially Lance Dunbar in the passing game since Murray's ability to catch the ball may be somewhat limited. But if he's active, he's pretty much a must-start given his production this season.