Murray rushed five times for 21 yards, adding a four-yard reception in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday. After an 18-touch outing to close out the regular season, Murray took a back seat to Alvin Kamara in Sunday's overtime loss. He'll be back to play with Kamara at least one more year, and barring injury or suspension, Murray should primarily fill a backup role in the Saints' offense. Aside from two huge starts in Kamara's stead, Murray managed just 590 total yards and two total touchdowns in 14 regular-season games played.
Murray carried 17 times for 61 yards, adding a 14-yard reception in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. As expected, Murray had his way with the Panthers' poor run defense, managing 75 total yards on the day. He out-touched Alvin Kamara by a comfortable margin, though most of his work came with the game well in hand for New Orleans. Murray closes out his first year as a Saint with 872 total yards and six total touchdowns.
Murray carried seven times for 14 yards and secured two of three targets for 11 yards in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday. It was a slow afternoon for Murray, who averaged less than four yards on his nine touches against Tennessee. Unlike in prior weeks, Murray took a clear backseat to Alvin Kamara, as the latter exploded for 110 yards and a touchdown. Murray has played admirably this season -- even in a backup capacity -- and he should have an easier time finding running room against a subpar Panthers' run defense in Week 17.
Murray rushed nine times for 29 yards, adding two receptions on three targets for 20 yards in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday. Murray followed up last week's 94-yard effort with a moderate output in Monday's blowout win. Despite the huge lead New Orleans built up early, Murray saw just 11 total touches, ceding some cleanup work to Zach Line and Dwayne Washington. Murray's performances have been inconsistent when sharing the field with Alvin Kamara, a pattern that will likely continue unless Kamara gets sidelined.
Murray rushed seven times for 69 yards, adding two receptions for 25 yards in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Murray accounted for his most yards from scrimmage since Week 8 when he was still the starter. It was an encouraging performance after going for just two yards Week 13, and he actually led the backfield in yards from scrimmage, out-gaining Alvin Kamara, 94-43, on eight fewer touches. Kamara clearly is the lead back right now, and Murray has logged just under eight touches per game across his last five contests. That kind of volume doesn't translate to a weekly fantasy starter, despite big games like this one that occasionally crop up.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|2||09/22||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3||09/28||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|5||10/13||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|9||11/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|10||11/15||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|15||12/20||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|3 Year Avg||167||686||6||24||160||0||120|