Week 8 Fantasy Football Matchups

Everyone's excited about DeMarco Murray after his 25-carry, 253-yard, one-touchdown game against the Rams last week. And everyone's pumped for Murray to have the chance to do it again versus an Eagles run defense that's been horrid for all but one 2011 game (their most recent game).

Murray is worth starting, but there are some concerns about him having the opportunity to not only speed off with a breakaway run but have the chances to get that run. The 25 carries he had last week were the most for a Dallas running back since Marion Barber had 25 against the Bucs in October 2008. No Cowboys back had more than 17 carries (Felix Jones, Week 1) this season, and only one back (Jones) had more than 20 carries in a game last year (at Indianapolis in Week 13). The point is, Jason Garrett typically doesn't run the football a lot, and unless Murray opens the game with another monster touchdown run, he's going to have a tough time getting a lot of work. Additionally, the Eagles will put up plenty of points themselves and force the Cowboys to match if they want to win. They typically don't get that done by handing off.

And here's one other note: Only two running backs -- Fred Jackson and Michael Turner -- have actually been given 20 or more carries against the Eagles this year (Cadillac Williams had 19, no one else has had more than 15). What do those guys have in common? They're proven rushers on teams that typically have a run-first mentality. The Cowboys have a pass-first mentality. Here's hoping it doesn't kill DeMarco Murray's week.

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Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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