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Monday, October 3, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: DeMARCO MURRAY RB TENNESSEE TITANS

It was a wild offseason for the fantasy football value of running back DeMarco Murray.  After a comically terrible season in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles where head coach Chip Kelly stupidly made his runner take handoffs and move side-to-side instead of his strength going straight upfield, Murray got new life when the Tennessee Titans traded for him.  With the Titans in desperate need of a running back and looking to take heat off of Marcus Mariota, Murray was all of a sudden back in a prominent fantasy football position due to an expected heavy workload.  A month later the Titans ruined all the good vibes by drafting Heisman Trophy back Derrick Henry and talk of a strict timeshare began making the rounds.  Fast forward to this past Sunday and DeMarco Murray is right back where he was with the Dallas Cowboys in terms of being a monster running back 1 who is making an impact both in the running and receiving game.  Murray rushed for two touchdowns in Week 4 on a massive 25 carries and 95 yards overall.  Averaging 6.0 yards per carry, Murray has also caught 19 passes and scored another 2 touchdowns on that side of the offensive attack.  No matter how you slice it, Murray's bellcow role and terrific results have him right back as a firm RB 1 in all fantasy football leagues.  The Titans gave only 9 snaps to Henry this past Sunday and so there is no timeshare to be had.  Also they took a page out of how the Cowboys used Murray by having him just go straight up into the line after taking the handoff.  The results speak for themselves and so this is one stock that has shot up more than almost any other player from the start of the season. 


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