• Latavius Murray
  • RB
  • , New Orleans Saints
  • 28
  • 223 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Mark Ingram averaged 13.3 touches per game last season and 18.0 touches per game the year before, so the role he’s vacating is sizable. Alvin Kamara will be the clear leader in backfield touches, but if Murray sees Ingram’s 2018 rushing workload (11.5 per game) at his career 4.1 YPC, he’s looking at around 48 yards per game just as a runner. Throw in a half touchdown per game and half of Ingram’s receiving production and Murray could post a low-end fantasy RB2 season, and he’d have RB1 upside if anything were to happen to Kamara.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

NO RB Latavius Murray - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The Saints gave Latavius Murray $7.2 million guaranteed, which is more than what the Baltimore Ravens gave Mark Ingram. New Orleans clearly has a plan for Murray. Even with Alvin Kamara around, Ingram still rushed for 645 yards and six touchdowns, while also adding a receiving touchdown on 21 catches, which was good enough to make Ingram a viable flex option. And that was all done in just 12 games. Murray will be available for all 16 games and there are 138 carries left from Ingram's departure and Murray is in line to receive a healthy portion of those carries.

Fantasy Downside
The main downside is obvious and that's Alvin Kamara. Kamara will always have more upside in both the rushing and passing attack. Unless something happens to Kamara, Murray's upside is capped, as he may only see about 10-12 carries per game.

Bottom Line
Even with Kamara limiting the upside of Murray, Murray does have RB2 upside. Ingram was an RB3 and missed four games. Murray is currently being drafted as a low-tier RB3 in the middle rounds, meaning he provides a ton of value with the upside he brings. There's no reason to believe Murray won't be a factor for the Saints.

2019 Strength of Schedule - NO
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
8
HOU
13
@LAR
22
@SEA
10
DAL
27
TB
6
@JAX
1
@CHI
28
ARI
BYE25
ATL
27
@TB
7
CAR
25
@ATL
11
SF
9
IND
4
@TEN
7
@CAR

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2018 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1SF1142003.820000-4.24.214/7119.7%
2@GB419004.750000-1.91.923/7331.5%
3BUF21000.50530076.003.18.138/6657.6%
4@LAR22001.00216028.001.83.841/7455.4%
5@PHI1142003.82214027.005.67.646/6274.2%
6ARI24155106.4613023.0021.822.858/7181.7%
7@NYJ1569204.60214027.0020.322.358/6984.1%
8NO1356104.31539067.8015.520.561/7383.6%
9DET1031103.101160116.0010.711.722/4944.9%
10BYE--------------
11@CHI45001.250000-0.50.56/679.0%
12GB1133003.000000-3.33.328/7040.0%
13@NE411002.7523021.501.43.412/6119.7%
14@SEA34001.330000-0.40.48/5813.8%
15MIA1568104.530000-12.812.827/6939.1%
16@DET922002.4426023.002.84.815/6124.6%
17CHI218009.000000-1.81.84/577.0%
Per game8.7536.130.3804.131.388.8101.636.416.748.1228.81/65.6942.86%
Totals140578604.13221410266.41107.9129.9461/105142.86%