DeMarco Murray: Fantasy Backup Options for Cowboys RB in Week 10

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 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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For the fantasy owners holding out hope that Dallas Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray would be able to return to action this week after missing substantial time with a foot injury, the news looks bleak.

ESPN's Ed Werder is reporting via Evan Silva’s Twitter about Murray’s Week 10 status:

ESPN's Ed Werder reported on SportsCenter that the #Cowboys do not expect DeMarco Murray (foot) to play in Week 10.

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 6, 2012

This is the worst-case scenario for many Murray owners as the fantasy playoffs continue to approach quickly. Teams need Murray in the lineup to be effective, but there are ways to make it through this chaos unscathed.

If you want to make the playoffs in your league, use one of the following solutions to shock your league and overcome your adversity.


Short-Term Solution

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

The obvious short-term solution is a spot-starter like Murray’s replacement in Dallas, Felix Jones. While Jones won’t put up huge numbers, he has the starting job and will always be a part of the offense as long as he stays healthy.

If you didn’t pick up Jones as soon as Murray got hurt, the lack of elite production from the backup running back should make him easy to obtain via a buy-low trade.

While Jones won’t get you the points fantasy owners had hoped Murray would, the fact that the No. 1 spot is his remains something you won’t find on the waiver wire.

With a favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10, Murray owners should be doing everything in their power to snag Jones and get him into their starting lineup.


Long-Term Solution

Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints or Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

While Darren Sproles and Beanie Wells are both injured, each of these star running backs are expected back with their teams within the next two weeks. Now is the time to buy low on each.

The move to acquire one or both of these stars won’t be the instant spot-start you’ll need to get by this week, but these two starring RBs should be considered trade candidates in case the Murray injury is more serious than first thought.

As we have seen from stars like Pierre Garcon this season, foot injuries can be devastating.

Do not trade Murray for these players. Instead, work a deal for another players that has spent most of his time on the bench but is coming off a solid week. A starter of Brian Hartline's caliber may be all it takes to get Sproles on your team.

That is a risk well worth taking if Murray has put you in a bad position with his injury.


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