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|When Felix Jones went down with an ankle injury in Week 6, Murray took over the starting role and proved the Cowboys made the correct decision by drafting him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft. Murray ran wild over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 with 25 rushes for 253 yards and a score. He put together a string of solid performances until suffering a broken ankle in Week 14 that ended his season. Murray possesses outstanding speed, enough agility to make tacklers miss on the second level and enough strength to run over defenders when he has a head of steam. Unfortunately, he also canít stay healthy making him a risky proposition as a RB1 in 2012. One thing is for certain, head coach Jason Garrett will give him the ball enough to establish himself as an upper tier running back. In the seven games that he was the Cowboys primary back, Murray accumulated 155 touches. His talent and productivity when he played last season coupled with the Cowboys strong offense basically ensure that some owner in your league will draft him as their RB1 and take on that risk. You need to decide if that owner is going to be you.
|DeMarco Murray has "bellcow" traits -- Wed Aug 13 10:25 am --|
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says RB is "leader of committee"
|Coach Jason Garrett said he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" in the Cowboys' backfield, but that he has "bellcow traits." (@Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Despite what Garrett is saying, you should view Murray as an RB1 and possible first-round selection in fantasy drafts. There are very few RBs in the league who aren't part of some type of committee.
|Lance Dunbar's role in the Cowboys offense -- Sun Jul 13 11:00 am --|
Would likely split time if Murray goes down with an injury
|He'll have the third-down back role. He has the ability to be a change of pace runner for DeMarco Murray. But does this mean he will see a huge role? Not necessarily because I think Murray will still be on the field for the bulk of the game. And if something happens to Murray, I think they would keep Lance Dunbar in the third down role, expand it a little, but use Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams, whoever wins the third back job, as the every-down back. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The opinions of ESPN's Todd Archer who covers the cowboys are worth noting. Dunbar appears to be healed from his knee injury that occurred last November but it appears Murray will be getting the bulk of attention in this offense as long as he remains healthy. Dunbar will likely have more value in PPR leagues.