• Latavius Murray

  • RB
  • , New Orleans Saints
  • 30
  • 223 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Over the past two seasons, when Alvin Kamara is active and healthy (29 games), Murray has averaged 9.9 touches for 48 yards and 0.24 touchdowns per game. In the two games that Kamara missed, Murray averaged an eye-popping 31.0 touches for 153.5 yards and 2.0 touchdowns. In short, Murray is a shaky RB3/flex when Kamara is active and has overall RB1 upside when Kamara is out. He’s being drafted after several real-world RB2s–Zack Moss, Tony Pollard, A.J. Dillon, Gus Edwards, Darrell Henderson, etc.–who may (or may not) have a larger weekly role, but don’t have Murray’s immense injury upside. The Athletic’s Larry Holder suggested that the team could “lean heavily” on the running game which would likely serve to raise Murray’s weekly floor. He should be a prime target for anyone utilizing a Zero RB strategy. Really, anyone who wants upside on their bench should be targeting Murray.

Latest news

Latavius Murray inactive vs. Tampa Bay

Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

NO RB Latavius Murray - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Even in limited action in 2020, Latavius Murray averaged 4.5 yards per carry. And in the short time Alvin Kamara had to miss, Murray stepped up, including rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Week 12 against the Broncos. And with the possibility of New Orleans becoming more run-oriented, Murray may see more work even with a healthy Kamara in the lineup. That alone makes him a flex option in fantasy.

Fantasy Downside

The downside would be New Orleans becoming more run-based and Kamara seeing more than 200 carries (Kamara had 187 carries in 2020). The more work Kamara gets, the less productive Murray can be in fantasy, which is why he would just be a flex for now.

2021 Bottom Line

You have a good sense of what you'll get from Murray. Likely around 10-12 carries per game. He has flex appeal and if Kamara does miss time, Murray is a borderline RB1. He may also see more work early on with Michael Thomas out until possibly October with an injury. Murray is still very cheap in drafts, going in the 12th-13th round in 12-team leagues.

2021 Strength of Schedule - NO

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
25
GB
15
@CAR
21
@NE
18
NYG
7
@WAS
BYE16
@SEA
1
TB
3
ATL
28
@TEN
9
@PHI
20
BUF
26
DAL
14
@NYJ
1
@TB
11
MIA
15
CAR

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

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1TB1548003.2000010.004.84.823/6833.8%
2@LV314004.67219029.503.35.316/6026.7%
3GB1258004.8317017.006.57.521/6134.4%
4@DET1464204.571190219.0020.321.329/7041.4%
5LAC834004.252230211.505.77.721/7627.6%
6BYE--------------
7CAR1147004.2719019.005.66.623/7032.9%
8@CHI817002.12314034.673.16.118/7424.3%
9@TB1039003.9023021.504.26.229/7339.7%
10SF957006.3300000.005.75.724/5940.7%
11ATL1249004.082360218.008.510.533/6650.0%
12@DEN19124206.5312012.0024.625.630/6446.9%
13@ATL517003.4020020.001.73.732/7841.0%
14@PHI413003.251-601-6.000.71.720/6331.7%
15KC43000.752261313.008.910.916/5529.1%
16MIN1272006.00324038.009.612.629/7538.7%
17@CAR--------------
Per game9.7343.730.2704.491.5311.730.071.737.657.559.0824.27/67.4735.93%
Totals146656404.49231761267.65113.2136.2364/101235.93%
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