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DeMarco Murray has given the Cowboys a legitimate running back for the first time in a while.
Everyone kept waiting for Felix Jones to break out, but the only thing he produced was time spent on the injured list. Murray seized his opportunity as the starter and the Cowboys are glad they gave him a chance.
Murray made his impact in his first start, running for 253 yards. He did not become the starter until midway through the season, making eight starts, but suffered a season-ending injury in his eighth start.
Despite the injury, Murray is supposed to be completely healthy in 2012 and should be a solid fantasy running back.
The Cowboys showed that they trust Murray last season. In five of his starts, he had at least 20 touches. Not only did Murray show he was an explosive runner, but he also showed great receiving skills out of the backfield.
I do not see Murray as a No. 1 fantasy running back because he is still inexperienced. However, he should be a very solid No. 2 option, especially in PPR leagues.
2012 Stat Prediction: 1,100 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns