DeMarco Murray: Why Fantasy Owners Can't Depend on Cowboys' RB Down the Stretch

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 1, 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 is quickly earning the injury-prone tag, and that has to make fantasy owners wary of him for the rest of this season.

He's expected to miss his third consecutive game this Sunday, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN. Murray didn't get the nod as the Dallas Cowboys starting running back until late last season. 

He had a few huge games for the Cowboys in 2011, including a 253-yard explosion against the St. Louis Rams. However, Murray fractured his ankle on December 11 against the New York Giants.

The injury forced him to miss the final three games of the season.

This year, he's suffering through a sprained foot injury.

Lower extremity injuries are not a new thing for Murray. His physical issues date back to his time at Oklahoma University. Per USA Today, Murray suffered a torn hamstring tendon, dislocated knee-cap and other injuries during his five-year stay in Norman.

Talent has never been a question for him—it has always been about his durability.

Fantasy owners must take this into consideration as they prep for the stretch run of their seasons, and hopefully the playoffs.

Can you depend on Murray to stay healthy the rest of the season, and to possibly carry the load of a feature back?

I say no.

His history proves that with extended carries he tends to breakdown. Even if you believe he can stay healthy the rest of the way, you have to realize that Murray has had only one 100-yard game this season, and that was in the season-opener against the Giants.

He's scored only one touchdown as well. The question then is—is Murray even a major source of fantasy points? 

I'd say he has the potential to be, but with the injuries, I think the risk outweighs the probability of a high reward.

Unless you're completely strapped and void of other options, I'd seriously consider looking for a replacement.


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