Latavius Murray, RB Minnesota Vikings

General Info

  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 223 lbs
  • DOB: 02-21-1991

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Giants Beat: team evaluating backup RB roles

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8:58am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

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

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

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.

Fantasy Downside

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
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
26
SF
21
@GB
24
BUF
32
@LAR
3
@PHI
4
ARI
20
@NYJ
10
NO
29
DET
BYE14
@CHI
21
GB
16
@NE
12
@SEA
25
MIA
29
@DET
14
CHI

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

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1NO26003.000000-0.60.63/654.6%
2@PIT36002.000000-0.60.66/669.1%
3TB25002.500000-0.50.58/7410.8%
4DET721003.0028024.002.94.919/5633.9%
5@CHI1231002.58212026.004.36.322/7031.4%
6GB1528001.8719019.003.74.733/7742.9%
7BAL18113106.280000-17.317.331/6647.0%
8@CLE1939002.0518018.004.75.731/8536.5%
9BYE--------------
10@WAS1768104.000000-12.812.830/6149.2%
11LAR1595206.3311021.0021.622.633/7842.3%
12@DET2084104.200001-14.414.440/7354.8%
13@ATL1676004.75321037.009.712.730/6645.5%
14@CAR914001.5626023.002.04.032/7443.2%
15CIN2076103.801280128.0016.417.432/6747.8%
16@GB2169003.2916016.007.58.540/6561.5%
17CHI20111205.5513013.0023.424.431/7541.3%
Per game13.5052.630.5003.900.946.3801.066.808.909.8426.31/69.8837.61%
Totals216842803.90151020176.80142.4157.4421/111837.61%