Joseph Randle vs. Phillip Tanner: Fantasy Outlook After DeMarco Murray's Injury

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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A knee injury forced DeMarco Murray to the sidelines and Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle to fill his shoes in the first half against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.

Murray did not return to the game and he will miss this week's game vs. Philadelphia according to Jerry Jones.

With Murray out of the starting lineup, the running back who takes over his role will be a viable fantasy football option. As of now, it looks like Joseph Randle, who was taking first team snaps at practice according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. 

Neither back had a chance to distance himself from the other on Sunday, but Randle did the most with what the Cowboys gave him. He reeled in two passes for 15 yards, including an 11-yard reception. Tanner only touched the ball once, and he carried the ball for just two yards.

In the second half, it was all Randle. He finished with 17 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Tanner didn't receiver another touch.

Prior to Sunday night’s game, Tanner had recorded just 10 yards from scrimmage (and a fumble) this season, and Randle hadn’t touched the ball. Unless one is desperate, neither looks worth a start just yet. If desperate, however, add Randle.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.