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DeMarco Murray: Dallas RB's Fantasy Outlook and Week 13 Projections

Oct 30, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 6, 2016

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 12, according to Todd Archer and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.

The fantasy football stud hasn’t played since Week 6 against Baltimore. If he can log a successful week of practice, he may be able to see the field against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.

Murray was, on average, the eighth running back chosen and 18th overall pick in fantasy football drafts this season, according to FFToolBox.com.

He’s still owned in 94.8 percent of ESPN leagues despite his lengthy recovery process.

Prior to the injury, he was having a so-so season due to the struggles of the Cowboys' running game. His 9.2 average fantasy points per game isn’t bad, but certainly not what many were expecting when picking him so high.

That brings us to this week against the Eagles.



Murray’s been sidelined for a long, long time. Even if he’s able to play Sunday, you don’t want to risk him in your lineup. The Cowboys play Sunday night and, if his status comes down to a game-time decision, you’ll be risking a lot.

That is, unless you have a backup from the team or a player in Monday night’s Washington Redskins and New York Giants matchup.



The Philadelphia Eagles are surprisingly the 10th-best fantasy football rush defense in the league, points-wise. They have allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season. Also, Philly is only surrendering 13.7 fantasy points to opponents’ backfields this season.

It kept Felix Jones and the Cowboys' rushing game out of the end zone and limited Dallas to just over 100 yards as a team on the ground in Week 10.



If healthy, Murray will likely see the bulk of the carries due to an injury to backup Felix Jones. Jones’ status is murky and he is questionable this week as well.

If that’s the case, Murray could be a decent option because of sheer bulk of the carries he will receive. Despite the Eagles' success at keeping backs out of the end zone, they’ll be focused on Tony Romo and the hot passing game of the Cowboys.

Murray could be looking at 20 to 25 carries for over 90 yards and possibly one touchdown if he returns to the lineup and everything goes smoothly.


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