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Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:58am
The Giants have been coy about the plan for the other running backs, declining to discuss even the possibility of roles such as third-down back or short-yardage back. If Barkley is going to join the ranks of workhorses LeVeon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and LeSean McCoy, it won't leave much opportunity for anyone else.
But Jonathan Stewart has been the clear No. 2 running back all training camp, not just filling in for short-yardage but spelling Barkley as needed. Shurmur didn't care much about resumes last year, when he played rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon over Latavius Murray with the Vikings.
Related players: Wayne Gallman, Jalen Simmons, Robert Martin
A few weeks ago, a beat reporter noted that Stewart hasn't looked great in the offseason, while Gallman has improved and seems like the better choice for the team's No. 2 RB. Looks like Simmons could also be battling for playing time, as the story said. However, this beat writer feels like Stewart may be able to negate some of Barkley's negative runs, a knock on the rookie to this point, especially around the end zone. Obviously, taking the ball out of Barkley's hands near the goal line will hurt his fantasy value if things do pan out that way.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:25pm
Latavius Murray developed a nice role for himself last season after Dalvin Cook went down with an injury. From Week 7 to Week 17 (10 games), Murray averaged 74.5 rushing yards per game while scoring eight touchdowns. He proved to be fully capable of carrying the starting role if needed.
Murray enters 2018 as the backup to Cook. Since he didn’t show much promise as a receiver (15 catches last season), we don’t expect to see him on the field enough to make an impact for fantasy purposes. And while Murray did have some nice games, he also had plenty of struggles last season, averaging 1.6 yards per carry on his first 59 attempts.
2018 Bottom Line
Murray is nothing more than a handcuff for Cook, if you believe in that sort of thing. Murray needs a lot of carries to truly make an impact, as we saw last season, and he just won’t get those as a backup. So keep Murray in mind on waivers if Cook gets injured, but don’t keep him in mind on draft day.
2018 Strength of Schedule - MIN
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||13.50||52.63||0.50||0||3.90||0.94||6.38||0||1.06||6.80||8.90||9.84||26.31/69.88||37.61% |