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.
Murray will likely replace Mark Ingram as Alvin Kamara's backup. Kamara's should continue to see a major role in the offense and is one of the safest picks in the first round. $14.4 million is a lot of money for a running back so it seems that the Saints intend to use Murray going forward.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook appeared ready to return to action when he practiced in full on Wednesday, but things quickly turned south, with Cook missing Thursday and Friday practices and being ruled out on Friday. That leaves Latavius Murray to again shoulder the load, this time against the Jets one week after going for 155 yards on 24 carries and scoring a touchdown.
Murray really got going last week and now finds himself with a winnable matchup against the Jets defense. He is slotted in as our number 15 running back, which may be conservative if the Vikings get up big early and work the clock in the second half.
Cook went on to say, “I want to be as bad as everybody else wants me to be,” but it’ll take time, according to the tweet. Cook also preached patience with the Vikings run game. He didn't touch the ball in the second half of last week's game with the Rams, but with the extra time off, he could be in better condition to face the Eagles in a key NFC matchup.