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29 DeMarco Murray RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/217 | Birthdate: 2/12/1988 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 29.54
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Scott Linehan: We'll lean on DeMarco Murray more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Despite his track record as a pass-heavy coordinator, new Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan vowed to lean on running back DeMarco Murray more than the team has in the past, reports the Dallas Morning News. Murray set career highs in games played (14), carries (217), rushing yards (1,121) and touchdowns (10) last year.

Dallas is 11-0 when Murray gets 20 or more carries. The paper expects Lance Dunbar to complement Murray as a receiving threat out of the backfield.


Linehan believes DeMarco Murray will have a career year


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) Cowboys passing game coordinator Scott Linehan believes that DeMarco Murray will have "the best year of his career" in 2014. In saying that, he also believes that Murray will need to be spelled by quality backups.

But ESPN thinks Murray, so long as he's healthy, will dominate the playing time. The Cowboys have never lost a game when Murray gets at least 20 carries (11-0). 


Scott Linehan: Cowboys can run whenever we want


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cowboys playcaller Scott Linehan said his offensive line is so good, Dallas can run even against stacked fronts, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"This is a great young front," Linehan told the paper. "It was already an offensive line that was really meshing and playing well. We don’t have to have this certain look to run the ball. We feel like we can line up and say, ‘Hey, if they’re going to drop guys into the box, we still feel like we’ve got the guys that can get it done.’ And then that helps everything. That opens everything on the outside of the field."

The Cowboys spent three first-round picks in the last four years on offensive linemen. DeMarco Murray averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season, the highest average of any back who carried at least 120 times.


Coach: DeMarco Murray has 'scratched the surface'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown is staunchly in the corner of running back DeMarco Murray, saying that last year was just the beginning of big things from him. 

"He's just scratched the surface," Brown told the official team website. "I think he's one of the better backs in the league -- he just has to go out and prove it now. People now know his name, he's been in the Pro Bowl -- people are going to know who he is. So now it's more of a challenge to go out and play well, and I think he's going to go out and take that challenge full force and have another good season."

Brown added that spending another year in coach Bill Callahan's system that helped him in the second half of the 2012 season will pay off. 

Murray finished last year as a Top 10 Fantasy running back and hit 10-plus Fantasy points in six of his last seven games. His injury history is enough to make some squeamish about taking him as a first-round pick but the reality is that he will get enough touches and yardage when healthy to be considered a No. 1 Fantasy running back. Expect his name to be called among the first 15 on Draft Day. 


DeMarco Murray picks up bonus money


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) As he enters the final year of his rookie deal, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray triggered an escalator clause in his contract and will earn nearly $1.4 million in 2014.

ESPN noted the salary surplus, earned because he hit a "proven performance escalator" for being on the field for at least 35 percent of the snaps in three seasons, a standard clause in any player's contract who was drafted in Round 3 or later. 

Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns and added 350 yards on 53 catches with a score. All of the numbers were career-highs for Murray, who played in a career-high 14 games. Murray will be in a contract year in 2014.


DeMarco Murray shouldn't worry about workload


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Lions running back Joique Bell said Cowboys fans shouldn't worry about whether DeMarco Murray will get the ball next season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Though Scott Linehan may be thought of as a pass-happy coach, Bell said that's not the case. "We started running the ball a little more this year," Bell said. "From the beginning of the season to the end of the season, [Linehan] was committed to the run, and as long as you're producing." Bell did admit that when the running game didn't work, Linehan would go away from it. When asked whether Murray will get carries, Bell responded by saying, "he doesn't have to be worried. "If he produces, he's going to run the ball."


Report: DeMarco Murray unlikely to get extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) DeMarco Murray, the first Cowboys running back to run for 1,000 yards since 2006, isn't likely to receive a contract extension this offseason, reports ESPN.com. Murray is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is slated to earn $755, 469.

Owner expresses some concern about DeMarco Murray


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed some concern about running back DeMarco Murray's injury history, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Murray was recently announced as a Pro Bowl replacement, causing owner Jerry Jones to express some caution. Jones said he was "troubled" by Murray's injury history. Jones expressed that though he's nervous about Murray's penchant for injuries, he doesn't see the team addressing the position this offseason. Murray missed two games this season, but has missed 11 games over his career. 


DeMarco Murray averages 3.0 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ended 2013 on a downer, carrying 17 times for 51 yards and losing a fumble in the loss to the Eagles. It was Murray's only lost fumble this year.

Targeted seven times, Murray caught five passes for 39 yards. He was unable to break a big play. Murray finishes 2013 with 1,124 rushing yards, 53 catches and 10 total touchdowns. All are easily career highs for the third-year back.


Surging DeMarco Murray to be featured Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Since Week 10, the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray ranks No. 3 among Fantasy running backs.

He has seven touchdowns in that six-game span and has upped his season average to 5.4 yards per carry while becoming the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006. Overall he's the No. 7 Fantasy back despite missing two games with a knee sprain.

After failing to feed Murray enough in the Week 15 loss to Green Bay, the Cowboys gave him 11 carries in the fourth quarter, and 25 total touches, last week at Washington. Murray delivered 96 rushing yards and a touchdown and the game-winning 10-yard touchdown catch.

In Week 17 Murray, who did not play Week 7 at Philadelphia, faces an Eagles defense giving up the 12th-fewest Fantasy points to running backs. RBs average 3.7 yards per carry vs. Philly. In four of the past six games, running backs have not recorded any rushing touchdowns vs. Philly.

But with Kyle Orton expected to start at quarterback, Murray is likely to get a big workload and several targets. He's a high-end RB1 Sunday night.


DeMarco Murray picks up two scores Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray scored two times Week 16 againt Washington.

Murray was a threat on the ground and through the air. He finished the game with 22 rushes for 96 yards and a score, and added 3 catches for 15 yards and a score. Murray nearly ran himself out of his second score. He had multiple tries from the 1 yard line to push the ball in, but wound up losing 9 yards on third down. On fourth down, Tony Romo found Murray on a broken play, giving him the receiving touchdown. 

Murray will take on the Eagles Week 17.


DeMarco Murray looking at a strong matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is facing a strong matchup Week 16 against Washington.

Washington has been one of the worst teams against running backs this season, allowing opposing rushers to average 22 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team leads the league with 21 rushing touchdowns allowed. The first time the two teams met this season, Murray was limited to 29 rushing yards, but did manage to score a touchdown. The team later punched in a second rushing touchdown, but it went to Joseph Randle.

Murray has been on a roll for the Cowboys in recent weeks. After scoring three rushing touchdowns Week 12, Murray has accumulated 280 rushing yards over his past two games. Washington hasn't shown anything to suggest they can stop that hot streak, which could lead to Murray having a big game. He's a strong start in most leagues.


DeMarco Murray stopped not by Rams, but by coordinator


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan did Sunday what the Rams could not. He stopped Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray ran around and through St. Louis tacklers in the first half for 93 yards on just 11 carries. including a 1-yard touchdown run that gave his team a 26-3 halftime lead. One figured he could wind up with 200 on the ground as Dallas milked the clock the rest of the way.

One figured wrong. Callahan, whom Jason Garrett insisted was the one who called for pass after pass in the second half as the lead melted away, allowed the Rams an opportunity to come back. The result was a shocking 37-36 defeat and just seven carries for 41 yards for Murray after intermission. The angered back declined to speak to the media when it was over.

Murray opened with an 11-yard run and added a 41-yard jaunt in the middle of the first quarter that tied his season long. He had already rushed for 77 yards just 14 minutes into the game. but he had just 11 attempts thereafter. He finished with 134 yards on the ground and four catches for 19 more.

He could run wild next Sunday against a porous Washington defense - if given the opportunity.


DeMarco Murray should maintain Fantasy stud status against Packers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) It would be nice for Fantasy owners of DeMarco Murray if he received the number of carries worthy of his production. He's a point machine even with limited work.

The 18 handoffs Murray took on Monday night against Chicago represented his highest total since Week 3, which is a shame because he has been running wild. Murray rushed for 146 yards against the porous Bears run defense for an 8.1 average. He has averaged at least 5.6 YPC in four of his last five games.

Week 15 opponent Green Bay is also weak against the run. They rank 25th in the NFL in yards given up on the ground (1,594) and in average yards per carry (4.4).

Murray is a consistent point producer, though his production as a pass-catcher has been sporadic. He is ranked between fourth and sixth among NFL running backs this week by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. 

One note of caution, however. The Cowboys are playing at home, where Murray has just 167 yards rushing in his last four games combined. He remains a No. 1 Fantasy back, but that stat is a bit worrisome.


DeMarco Murray notches second 100-yard rushing game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the latest to feast on Chicago's NFL-worst run defense, gaining 145 yards on 18 carries Week 14. It was the sixth straight game the Bears allowed a 100-yard rusher.

Murray posted his second 100-yard rushing game this season but failed to score after a three-touchdown effort Week 13. He caught two of his five targets for 9 yards.

Murray is averaging 96 rushing yards over his last four games, with four scores. He'll play the Packers in Week 15.


DeMarco Murray easily a top-10 play Week 14


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) DeMarco Murray's holiday season is off to a great start. First the Cowboys running back rushed for three scores on Thanksgiving vs. the Raiders, the first multi-touchdown game of his career. Now he gets to face the Bears on extra rest.

Chicago gives up the second-most Fantasy points (21.7 per game) to opposing running backs. Backs are averaging 4.9 yards per carry and have scored 14 touchdowns (two receiving) vs. the Bears.

Murray, who's rushed for a career-high seven touchdowns, got 22 touches against Oakland. He could see even more work now that impressive backup Lance Dunbar is out for the season with a knee injury.

Consider Murray a no-doubt, top-10 play Monday night.


DeMarco Murray rushes for a career-best three touchdowns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray came close to doubling his rushing touchdown total during a 31-24 win Week 13 vs. Oakland. Murray had the first multi-touchdown game of his career Thursday, rushing for three touchdowns in the win.

Murray rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries, with his longest rush going 11 yards. He added five catches for 39 yards, but he made his biggest impact down in the red zone.

Murray's first touchdown run came from 2 yards out with 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter, which came one play after Dallas recovered a fumble. Murray's second touchdown came with 10 seconds left in the second quarter on a 4-yard run.

Murray scampered for a 7-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, however, it was taken off the board as the refs threw a flag for holding. Luckily, Murray had to wait just a little longer for his third touchdown, as he scored from 7 yards out with 14:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Murray came close to a fourth touchdown late in the game, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line after a two-yard gain on third down with two minutes remaining. 

Murray, who has a career-high seven rushing touchdowns in 2013, had a total of six rushing touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons (2011-12). The Cowboys get a nice 10-day rest before returning to action Week 14 at Chicago.


DeMarco Murray productive without high carry totals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) In case you haven't noticed, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is averaging 6.1 yards per carry in three games since returning from a knee injury. It's just too bad his touches continue to be limited.

Murray is averaging about 11 carries per game since returning Week 9, and Fantasy owners would surely love to see his touches increase since he's been very productive when he's touched the football. Perhaps the Cowboys will start to lean on him a bit more Thursday vs. Oakland (Week 13).

Running backs are averaging 14.8 Fantasy points per week against Oakland, which is the 11th-lowest average. Running backs are also averaging 87.2 rushing yards and 31.3 receiving yards per game against Oakland, but in the last four games running backs have been averaging 103 rushing yards and 4.2 yards per carry.

It wouldn't be surprising if Murray's touches have been capped around 15-20 per game as a way for the Cowboys to keep him on the field and off the trainer's table. Though, he's still been productive despite not seeing high carry totals. 

Running backs have fared well in Thursday games this season, so consider Murray a No. 2 Fantasy running back for Week 13.


DeMarco Murray tops 100 all-purpose yards vs. Giants


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had one of his best all-around games of the season in Week 12, in a 24-21 win over the Giants.

Murray had a nearly identical game on the ground as his previous game, finishing with 86 yards on just 14 carries. He had a long run of 30 yards, but finished without a touchdown on the ground for just the third time in seven games.

Murray was a solid option in the passing game as well, bringing in three passes for 40 yards. He finished the game with 126 all-purpose yards, his best total since Week 3. Murray will try to keep the good times going in Week 13, with the Raiders on the schedule in a Thursday matchup. 


DeMarco Murray facing difficult matchup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray heads to New York in Week 12 to face a Giants defense that stuffs the run.

The Giants just smothered Eddie Lacy, holding him to 27 yards on 14 carries. They did the same thing to LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson. Opposing running backs are averaging 3.3 yards per carry against New York, with five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score in 10 games.

Murray has enjoyed success against the Giants, like in the opener when he ran for 86 yards on 20 carries (4.3-yard average) and caught eight passes for 39 yards. In three career meetings with the Giants, Murray is averaging 80.7 rushing yards and 5.4 yards per carry, though he has not scored.

Murray should be fresh off the bye. Play him as an RB2.


DeMarco Murrray has big first half


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was the centerpiece of the offense in the first half at New Orleans. He had 11 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown at halftime.

But with the Saints scoring at will, Dallas was forced to throw and Murray ended up with 16 carries for 89 yards (5.6 per carry). Murray busted a 35-yard run off left tackle in the first quarter, and rushed for 12 more on the next two plays. He scored from 7 yards out early in the second quarter.

Murray, who caught one of his two targets for 6 yards, gets a bye before visiting the Giants in Week 12.


DeMarco Murray ready to run


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) As expected, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is active for the game at New Orleans. He was able to practice fully last week and was listed as probable.

Murray, who's averaging 4.8 yards per carry, returned from his knee injury Week 9 vs. Minnesota but was given only four carries. He should see a bigger workload in the Superdome.


DeMarco Murray probable against Saints


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is listed as probable against the Saints Week 10.

Murray is listed on the team's injury report with a knee issue, but was able to fully participate in practices all week. 


DeMarco Murray should be Week 10 focal point


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) This should be DeMarco Murray's week. The Cowboys want to display some semblance of balance after their 51/9 pass-run ratio last week, and New Orleans is vulnerable to the run.

The Saints give up 4.9 yards per carry, which ranks 31st. They just allowed Chris Ivory to gain 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. For the season, New Orleans gives up the 12th-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, 17.8 per game.

Murray isn't bothered by the sprained MCL that kept him out Weeks 7-8. He busted a 27-yard run among four carries last week, prompting many to wonder why Dallas didn't run him more. (Murray did make six catches). The 25-year-old handled the questions well.

"They're making the decisions," Murray told the Dallas Morning News about coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. "They know what's best for this team."

Garrett and Callahan will run the ball in the Superdome, hoping to avoid an all-out shootout. Murray averages 4.8 yards per carry. Consider him a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 for Week 10.


DeMarco Murray limited in Week 9 game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who was obviously still hampered by his lingering knee issue, struggled during the Week 9 win at home over Minnesota. Murray only saw four carries in the game.

Murray rushed four times for 31 yards and didn't score. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry and had a long run of 27 yards. Still, the Cowboys stayed away from him for much of the second half. That said, nobody else saw many carries as the Cowboys took to the air. Murray added six receptions for 19 yards in the game.

Murray, who has three touchdowns this season, should get even more in rhythm in the Week 10 game against the Saints. As long as he remains healthy for that one, he should be in for a solid game.