DeMarco Murray: RB's Injury Makes Felix Jones a Perfect Handcuff Option

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:   Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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DeMarco Murray was injured in the first half of the game against the Baltimore Ravens. If the Dallas Cowboys' running back is out for any duration, fantasy owners should immediately pick up Felix Jones.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, Murray injured his foot in the first half and did not immediately come out in the third quarter.


DeMarco Murray missed at start of second half for Cowboys. He has foot injury.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) October 14, 2012


The running back finally returned in the second series, but he only had one carry for three yards before leaving for the remainder of the game.

This left Jones to take the majority of carries in the second half for the Cowboys, and he did not disappoint. The fifth-year running back finished with 92 rushing yards in 18 carries. He also had a 22-yard touchdown run to give Dallas the lead in the first quarter

With this performance, he proved that he is worthy of being a full-time starter if he is needed.

It would not be the first time that Jones was given the starting job. He entered last season alone in the backfield, although he had mixed results in that time. However, Murray took over the starting job when he rushed for 253 yards in the starter's absence. 

Now, it is time for Jones to retake his spot on the depth chart. He has not done much this season, but he has been a solid contributor throughout his career and is always a threat to breakout a long run. His 5.1 career yards per carry is among the best in the NFL.

With Murray out of the picture, Jones could once again be a starter-level fantasy player.

The only downside is the Cowboys' lack of reliance on the running game. The team likes to let Tony Romo throw the ball and it is second to last in the NFL in rushing attempts this season. However, that strategy will change if the Arkansas product can prove his value.

Jones can be expected to get upwards of 15 touches per game if Murray stays out. Phillip Tanner had nine carries against the Ravens, but this was only when Jones came out with cramps. He should not factor going forward.

If you have a chance to pick Felix Jones up on waivers, he could be a very valuable addition to your fantasy team this season.