Lance Dunbar RB DAL 3 months ago

Dunbar could be in line for more touches this season after the Cowboys failed to select a running back in this year's draft.

None of the other current residents of the club's depth chart (oft-injured Darren McFadden, plodding Joseph Randle and his off-field issues, fragile practice squad holdover Ryan Williams and UDFA Synjyn Days) seem likely to be an every down back, so Dunbar could see more third down action than he did when DeMarco Murray was in town. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but Dunbar will need to shake off his own injury-prone label and prove he still has game-changing speed and elusiveness if he's going to be worth an investment.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 3 months ago

Dunbar signed his one-year contract tender with the Cowboys, worth $1.54 million, the team's official site reports.

Dunbar, who has worked in a third-down role over the past two season, will return to a Dallas backfield that had bid adieu to starter DeMarco Murray and has since added Darren McFadden. The team's RB depth chart also includes Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams, though we suspect that the Cowboys will add further depth at the position, at or around the upcoming NFL Draft.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 7 months ago

Dunbar had two carries for four yards and two catches for 10 yards in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.

Dunbar is clearly third in the pecking order for carries in Dallas, well behind DeMarco Murray (22 carries) and Joseph Randle (13 carries). Even if the Cowboys decide to rest Murray next week for the playoffs, Dunbar would still only have flex value in very deep leagues.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 8 months ago

Dunbar carried five times for 22 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles.

While Dunbar's Week 15 numbers weren't anything remarkable, with DeMarco Murray iffy for Sunday's game against the Colts, Dunbar is a candidate to see added work in Week 16, along with Joseph Randle. If Murray ends out sitting out this weekend's contest, we'd expect some form of time-share to be in play, with Dunbar's change-of-pace skills potentially setting him up for some deep league utility in such a scenario

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 9 months ago

Dunbar, and not Joseph Randle, was the first running back off the bench Sunday, rushing three times for nine yards and catching both his targets for 52 yards.

Dunbar's ability to turn short passes into big gains gives him some upside as a change-of-pace back, but it would take a DeMarco Murray injury for him to have any real fantasy value in most leagues.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 10 months ago

Dunbar was a little more involved in the game plan Sunday, catching four passes on four targets for 48 yards. He also lost four yards on his only carry.

Both Dunbar and Joseph Randle were used a little more this week as the Cowboys start to ease back the throttle on DeMarco Murray. Murray will still get the bulk of the touches out of the backfield, but expect both Randle and Dunbar to remain in the mix going forward.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 10 months ago

For the third time in four games Dunbar didn't get any carries on Sunday, but he did catch two of his three targets for 36 yards.

DeMarco Murray has been a beast in the backfield so far for the Cowboys, and the club has had little reason to work Dunbar into the mix. It will likely take an injury to Murray for Dunbar to get a sniff of significant fantasy value.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 11 months ago

Dunbar gained 27 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Joseph Randle's third quarter concussion opened the door for Dunbar to get some extra touches, but he wasn't able to do much with them. Dunbar has the ability to break off some big gains, but as long as DeMarco Murray is healthy his touches will be limited.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 11 months ago

Dunbar didn't get any carries during Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but he caught all three of his targets for 21 yards.

DeMarco Murray was having a good game out of the backfield, which limited Dunbar's touches. The Cowboys seem more committed to their running game this season and may get Dunbar more involved down the road, but it would take an injury to Murray for him to have significant fantasy value.

Lance Dunbar RB DAL 12 months ago

The Cowboys' decision to hold Dunbar out of last Thursday's preseason opener is a sign the club is expecting big things from him this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Dunbar joined Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten on the sidelines Thursday. He's stuck behind Murray on the depth chart, but the Cowboys think he can be a real weapon for them even if he only sees 10-12 touches a game, and his performance last Thanksgiving before blowing out his knee (82 yards on 12 carries) backs up that impression. Note that new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was able to turn both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell into fantasy assets last season with the Lions, so if he stays healthy Dunbar could end up being much more than just Murray's handcuff in 2014.