DeMarco Murray RB DAL 5 Months1 Comment

DeMarco Murray led all running backs (minimum 50 attempts) in yards per carry against base defenses last season.

Murray averaged a robust 5.7 yards per carry on 130 attempts against base sets, ahead of LeGarrette Blount (5.4), Kendall Hunter (5.4) and Jamaal Charles (5.1). It speaks volumes about his natural running ability. Of course, we're expecting less carries and more catches for Murray as Scott Linehan installs his pass-happy, spread scheme in Dallas. Either way, Murray is going to be on the low-end RB1 radar with upside in PPR formats.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 7 Months

DeMarco Murray triggered an escalator in his rookie contract, raising his 2014 base salary from $755,469 to $1.389 million.

Murray, the 71st pick in the 2011 draft, received the bump in pay because he played at least 35 percent of the offensive snaps in his first three seasons. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Murray isn't expected to receive a contract extension before the season. He turned 26 on Wednesday and will have to prove he can stay healthy like he did for much of the 2013 campaign.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 7 Months

ESPN Dallas considers DeMarco Murray "doubtful" to receive a contract extension this offseason.

It's become extremely rare for NFL teams to commit big money to running backs before their contracts expire. Murray is signed for $755,469 in 2014, the final year of his rookie deal. Murray finally stayed healthy for the most part in 2013, missing just two games and leading all NFL rushers in yards per carry (5.17) among players with at least 200 attempts. He turns 26 next month.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 8 Months

The Cowboys are 11-0 when DeMarco Murray has gotten at least 20 carries in his career.

This stat is typically overrated because teams playing with a lead are able to run the ball more often. But in this case, it carries weight because the Cowboys often gave up on Murray and the running game far too soon. He averaged 5.17 YPC on the season, third in the league behind only Andre Ellington (5.52) and Donald Brown (5.26). But he only got 15.5 carries per game and topped the 20-carry mark once over the final 11 weeks. Entering a contract year in 2014, Murray will be hungry for big workloads.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 8 Months

DeMarco Murray had 17 carries for 51 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 8 Months

DeMarco Murray rushed 22 times for 96 yards with a touchdown and added three catches for 15 yards with another touchdown in Sunday's 24-23 Week 16 win at Washington.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 9 Months

DeMarco Murray rushed 18 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' stupefying Week 15 loss to the Packers, adding four catches for 19 yards.

Murray averaged 7.4 yards per carry, but the story was the touches he didn't get. With the Cowboys in position to start draining clock on the insurgent Packers multiple times in the fourth quarter, they dialed up four Murray rush attempts in a game where he had been their best weapon. Tony Romo threw picks on each of Dallas' final two drives, checking out of a run on the first (according to coach Jason Garrett). A fuming Murray was spotted yelling in disgust. The good news is that Murray is averaging a positively elite 5.48 yards per carry going into a juicy Week 16 matchup with the Redskins. He'll be an RB1 for the fantasy finals.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 9 Months

DeMarco Murray rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries in Dallas' 45-28, Week 14 loss to the Bears on Monday night.

Murray caught two passes for nine yards on a team-high five targets in the passing game. One of those passes went through his hands. Running-wise, Murray had an easy go of it right from the start. He piled up 58 yards on seven opening-drive touches and had 99 yards on the ground at halftime. The Cowboys got away from the run for much of the second half before feeding Murray again in the fourth quarter. He became the sixth running back in six weeks to post 100 yards rushing on the Bears. Murray has another favorable matchup against the Packers at home next week. He'll be a high-end RB2 for Week 15.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 9 Months18 Comments

DeMarco Murray rushed 17 times for 63 yards and three touchdowns and caught five balls for 39 yards in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Raiders.

The Cowboys outlasted the Raiders 31-24 to improve to 7-5 on the season and first place in the NFC East if Arizona can defeat Philadelphia on Sunday. Although Murray couldn't shake free for any long runs, he punched in touchdowns from 2, 4, and 7 yards out, with the latter as the game winner. Even if Murray has some talent limitations, his every-down role keeps him alive as an every-week RB2 and his schedule is an absolute cakewalk the rest of the way. He gets the Bears next.

DeMarco Murray RB DAL 9 Months10 Comments

DeMarco Murray rushed 14 times for 86 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards in the Cowboys' Week 12 win over the Giants.

He has at least 85 rushing yards in back-to-back games. While Murray is stiff to the point that he needs high-quality blocking to gain chunks of yards, his every-down back role is going to make him a borderline RB1 as long as he keeps staying healthy. Keep rolling him out against Oakland in Week 13 before one of the most favorable fantasy playoff schedules among NFL running backs.