Felix Jones: Fantasy Owners Must Add Cowboys RB After DeMarco Murray's Injury

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 11, 2014

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 a beast in the first half of Sunday's game but was forced to leave with a sprained foot. In stepped veteran Felix Jones and the Cowboys didn't lose a step as he rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries.

With Murray's injury, fantasy owners would be wise to add and start Felix Jones. Here are three reasons why: 

Upcoming opponents vs. the rush

Dallas plays the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons over the next three weeks.

Carolina ranks No. 23 in the league against the rush allowing 127.4 yards per game, New York ranks (before Sunday's game) No. 16 in the league allowing 111.4 yards per game and Atlanta ranks No. 28 in the league allowing 142.8 yards per game.

All three teams are capable of allowing big days on the ground; Dallas has already put up 143 yards on the ground in a victory at New York in the opener.

Jones will receive the majority of the touches if Murray can't play, and he's going up against average-to-poor rush defenses. You can't ask for two better reasons to start Jones these next three weeks. 

Cowboys found a new strength?

It didn't really matter who was in at tailback Sunday, Dallas was extremely successful at the point of attack against a physical Ravens defense. The Cowboys rushed the ball 42 times for 227 yards on the day despite losing Murray to a foot injury in the first half.

Dallas may have found the correct recipe to win games because Sunday was one of their better offensive performances of the year if you take away the penalties. 

We should expect similar results over the next three weeks. 

Felix Jones' experience

Felix Jones was once thought of as a possible featured back when he was drafted out of Arkansas. He hasn't lived up to expectations but he hasn't been terrible in his five years.

Jones has rushed for 2,339 yards in his career on 461 attempts (prior to Sunday's game). He can handle the workload out of the backfield plus he is a solid pass-catching running back. He has recorded 108 receptions prior to Sunday's game.

Fantasy owners would be wise to pick him up while Murray's on the shelf, if that's the case. He can do multiple things out of the backfield and the matchups he will receive in the next three weeks benefit his fantasy value.