DeMarco Murray: Fantasy Advice for Owners with Injured Dallas RB

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 18, 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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Fantasy owners of Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray shouldn't expect him to play in Week 11 versus the Cleveland Browns, so what can we expect from the young player moving forward?

ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest injury update on the Dallas running back:

OUT: McFadden, Jones-Drew, Cutler, Vick. DOUBT: DeMarco Murray. QUEST: Julio Jones, Michael Turner, Ryan Mathews, Sproles. PROB: T. Smith.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2012

With fantasy leagues entering their playoff rounds soon, Murray is a risky player who should be benched unless owners have serious depth issues at the running back position.

Murray has battled injuries this season and hasn't played since Week 6 (October 14) against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys are at their best when quarterback Tony Romo and the team's passing attack is running on all cylinders, and since the team has trailed in so many games this season, running the ball has rarely been an option.

Felix Jones has done well as the primary runner in the Cowboys offense when Murray is unable to play due to injury. He has 278 yards on 74 carries with two touchdowns this season. He is also a bigger threat in the passing game than Murray because of his impressive speed and ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

The Cowboys have also had offensive line issues this season, including injuries and poor performances, which explains why Dallas is ranked 29th in the NFL in rush yards per game (85.3). The Cowboys also only have four rushing touchdowns, which is the fourth-fewest total in the league.

Given the team's struggles running the ball, as well as his injury concerns, fantasy owners should not start Murray for the remainder of the season unless he can show that his health isn't an issue and he's productive.