DeMarco Murray Injury: Assessing the Fantasy Value of Cowboys Backup RB's
On Sunday Night Football plenty of fantasy owners suffered a hit as DeMarco Murray went down with a knee injury and caused mass confusion in the land of the running back position.
Murray was the clear-cut starter before his injury, but now things get more convoluted as the trio of Philip Tanner, Lance Dunbar and rookie Joseph Randle all have a legitimate shot at serious playing time.
We've seen the combo of Dunbar and Tanner be effective in the past as Murray has missed nine games the past two years. Both have acted as rotational pieces in the backfield along with other backs who have since left.
While Dunbar and Tanner will do little to separate themselves from a fantasy perspective, it's the rookie Randle who is most worth monitoring.
Randle was brought on in the fifth round of this year's draft on the chance Murray went down again. He struggles in pass protection, but he managed two receptions for 15 yards in the first half on Sunday.
If there is one back to pick up in Murray's absence, it is Randle because he has the highest ceiling and was receiving carries after Murray went down. Stash him on the bench on the outside chance he breaks out when finally given his shot.
However, expecting anything in the form of consistency from the Cowboys' backfield is outlandish.
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