DeMarco Murray: Cowboys RB Still Has Fantasy Value in 2012 Despite Recent Injury

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  DeMarco Murray #29 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 has not had his last impressive fantasy football performance of the season. The Dallas Cowboys running back will continue racking up yards once he returns to the field.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reported via Twitter that despite Murray’s claims, the Cowboys may hold the second-year back out for a few weeks.

Cowboys concerned DeMarco Murray foot injury could result in multi-game absence but player tells teammates he will play vs Giants next week

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 16, 2012

Fantasy owners who are surprised that Murray is missing time really shouldn’t be, as injury concerns were a major red flag on the Cowboys star.

Murray missed time at Oklahoma due to injury, which allowed him to fall to the Cowboys in the third round of the draft. He broke his ankle at the end of last season and missed the final three games of the year.

The injury he suffered last week against the Baltimore Ravens does not appear to be nearly as serious and even if he does miss a few weeks, this should have factored into the plans of the fantasy owners who drafted him. 

Murray has an incredible combination of speed and power, and he runs fearlessly. But his reckless style is likely part of what has kept him off the field all too often in his career.

Still, this quality is what made him the unquestioned starter heading into this season. He only has one touchdown on the year, disappointing owners who have drafted him. 

However, he racked up 131 yards on 20 carries in the team’s opener against the New York Giants.

He was then held to under 50 yards in each of the next three games, but the Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears—all three of who are ranked in the Top 4 in rushing defense.

Once he faced a slightly less stout front-seven in the Ravens, he gashed his opponents for 93 yards in less than two quarters. Had he not been injured in this game, a 200-yard day would have been a realistic possibility.

Murray is a budding fantasy star, and the only factor keeping him from being ranked among the top backs in the league are his inexperience and checkered past with injuries. Once he returns to the field, he will continue to dominate and put up fantastic numbers.