DeMarco Murray: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Cowboys RB

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 12, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray hopes to play in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns, but will he be able to produce enough to be a must-start player for your fantasy football team?

Calvin Watkins of reports:

Murray thought he had a chance to play against the Eagles, but he still hasn't passed flexibility and strength tests to get cleared to play. "It's a possibility," Murray said of playing against the Browns. "I'm hoping. We'll see. I need to pass these tests." 

Murray's foot injury has been a huge blow to the Cowboys. Since he went down in Week 6, the Cowboys have only rushed for 100-plus yards one time—the one time coming in Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles

Barring the Eagles game, the Cowboys have only managed to rush for an average of 56.3 yards per contest and an abysmal average of 2.6 yards per carry. 

Murray is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season, and his speed and quickness far surpass Felix Jones'. 

For the immediate future, keep your eyes peeled for the latest updates on Murray's progress this week. If he passes the physical tests that held him out of Week 10's game and is cleared to play in Week 11, he's a must-start play as a RB2 or a flex. 

Going forward, Murray is going to become a vital player for the Cowboys' playoff run. They are 4-5 with seven games remaining on the schedule—only one game behind the New York Giants in the loss column. 

Given the fact that the Cowboys have always been better on offense with a strong running game, you can bet that Jason Garrett will lean on Murray heavily once he is healthy enough to take over for Jones. 

Another way that Murray brings value to the table for fantasy owners is that he's a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield. 

As long as Murray doesn't experience any setbacks with his foot injury, he's going to be a solid RB2 the rest of the season for your fantasy team. 


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