Owners of the talented young running back have to be losing patience. After a strong start to the season against the New York Giants, Murray, a common preseason breakout-even-more-than-he-already-did pick, responded with a bunch of performances that likely put those who drafted him in an early fantasy hole.
He finally showed signs—pretty damn clear ones, at that—of breaking out against the Baltimore Ravens with 93 yards in the first half, but then he had to go and get himself hurt.
An injured foot has kept him out of the last two-and-a-half games, further destroying his fantasy season, and it doesn't sound like things are getting much better.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday that the team is being cautious, not wanting Murray to return too soon and suffer further injury.
“On some of these injuries, if you push them, all you do is set them back,” Jones said during his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “You might get them out there for 10 plays and then he gets out there and he’s looking down and it’s just not quite holding up. So, you really got to make sure, especially at these skilled spots — running back or receiver or corner — that they’re really ready to go. We’ve had DeMarco in a boot for two weeks, on crutches. Now he’s getting out of that.
“But he’s a tough guy and no one wants to be out there more than him. But we just can’t afford to put him out there if he’s not going to be 110 (percent).”
Translation: Bad for his current owners, good for you if you're in a position to start preparing for the playoffs.
That's right, we're talking about playoffs!
If it's starting to look like you'll coast to your postseason, now would be the time to acquire Murray.
First of all, don't be worried about his lack of production early in the season. The three lackluster games came against the Seahawks, Bucs and Bears, the seventh-, third- and eighth-ranked teams in the league against the run (in terms of yards per carry).
Don't be worried about his injury, either. That the Cowboys are waiting until he is completely healed to bring him back to the lineup is only a good sign, and if you're trading for him, you're in a situation that lets you afford to wait, anyways.
But most importantly, check out his playoff schedule.
Where will Murray rank among fantasy RBs over the last five weeks of the season?
Week 15 brings the Steelers to town. Pittsburgh has improved over the past few weeks, but it can be run on, as evidenced by the 4.1 yards per carry allowed.
Finally, in championship week, Dallas hosts the New Orleans Saints. Yes, the same New Orleans Saints team that is giving up 5.1 yards per carry (third most) and 170.1 rushing yards per game (second most).
DeMarco Murray is going to be on a lot of teams that come out victorious in Week 16, and if you want to have one of those teams, now is the time to pull the trigger on the second-year stud.