SMITTY: He wasn’t involved in the passing game, which was kind of expected, but many sources believe that should change in Week 17, as he should be a touch healthier. Because there is still some playoff round clinching to do for the Cowboys, we expect Murray to play, and play well (same goes for Romo down to Dez), in Week 17, but check back all week to ensure he suffers no setbacks with the hand! Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Word is that if it’s left up to DeMarco Murray, he will most likely play Week 16. This is great news for those hoping to win their Week 16 fantasy championship on his shoulders. He may not see his usual workload, making both Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar decent super-desperate flex plays, but Murray should see well-near 20 touches, or even 20 carries, if he starts. “Should” being the keyword here, though, as anything can happen during the game. If he is playing though, sitting him is just about unthinkable. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: According to several reports, the Cowboys are hopeful that DeMarco Murray (hand/surgery) can play in Week 16. This would seem quite reckless if the Cowboys shoved him out onto the field, as they have already given him record-breaking touches this year, a workload that often times destroys a player heading into that next NFL season. Joseph Randle is a must-grab right now for all fantasy owners, as he can be a top 5-10RB this week if Murray sits. Standby for more on this topic, but our guess is that Murray will remain questionable all the way up to game day. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: What a beast. Not many saw this big of a season coming, aside from a select group on our forums. The guys i on pace for over 2,136 rushing yards and 20TDs. Will he continue on this monstrous pace? While I wouldn’t rule it out, I wouldn’t count on 133.5 rushing yards and 1.25TDs per-game. No matter what you expect, or no matter what you accept as a ‘pattern’ at this point, Murray is a top 1-3RB lock moving forward. Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
According to dallasnews.com, Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar “continues to be impressive.”
SMITTY: DeMarco Murray has top 15 overall upside heading into 2014, no question, but there are some injury concerns with the dynamic talent. The solution if you plan on investing in Murray in 2014 (or if you own him in dynasty)? Handcuff him to Lance Dunbar. Some will argue that the true back-up is Joseph Randle, who is likely ahead of Ryan Williams, but I love Dunbar’s skill set, and I think he shines if ever forced to carry more weight for the Cowboys in ’14. First off, he is already cemented into that Cowboys’ passing attack, so he has big PPR appeal. If Murray went down, Dunbar would shine if given the shot.
According to FoxSports, Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar could be used all over the field in 2014. Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown had this to say on the runner: “Well, he’s a guy that’s going to be a complete weapon. We can line him up anywhere on the team-tailback spot, at the wide receiver spot, in the slot. He has tremendous hands and he’s just not a specialty guy. He could play tailback if you need him to go out there and give you 15 or 20 carries.”
SMITTY: I’ve been pumping this guy up since last year, but he was hit with a knee injury last season. He is small, standing at 5-8, 188 pounds, but he is super dynamic, can pull in passes extremely well, and in that Cowboys offense, I think he’d perform like a champ if his number was called. He won’t unseat DeMarco Murray (who should have a big season himself), but if Murray ever got hurt, I think Dunbar would thrive. Dunbar is a must-own for all Murray owners and he is crafty solo-own for those looking to stash a super sleeper this upcoming season (I just scooped him up in the 4th-round of my expert league vet/rookie draft). I’ll leave you with this… Scott Linehan was brought over from Detroit and he is now the Cowboys’ passing game coordinator. He was able to get 1,197 total yards, 53 receptions and 8TDs out of Joique Bell last year, this while still getting 1,006 rushing yards, 7 total TDs, 54 receptions and 506 receiving yards out of Reggie Bush — Don’t be surprised if Dunbar becomes flex-worthy even playing behind a healthy Murray. Want 2014 Projections?
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