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.
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.
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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.
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.
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