Murray had three carries for six yards in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh. He played just six snaps on offense. Murray continues to have a limited role in the offense with Dalvin Cook getting nearly all the touches out of the backfield. Even worse for Murray's fantasy value is that fullback C.J. Ham had a one-yard rushing touchdown when Murray was thought to possibly be the goal-line running back.
Murray had two carries for six yards and lost a fumble on his first carry in Monday's win over New Orleans. He played just three snaps on offense. It was an overall terrible game for Murray's fantasy value. Losing a fumble won't install confidence with his new team and he had the third most touches in the backfield. Dalvin Cook played 51 snaps and McKinnon played 11 snaps. It was thought Murray could maybe split playing time at running back at the start of training camp or at least have a third-down role. However, now it looks like Cook will get almost all the touches with some hope Murray could still carve out a goal-line role.
Murray suggested that he isn't sure who will get goal-line carries, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. With Dalvin Cook sitting atop the depth chart and entering Week 1 as the lead back, goal-line work may represent Murray's only path to early-season fantasy relevance. He was one of the league's most effective goal-line backs last year, netting nine touchdowns on 16 carries from inside the 5-yard line, but it certainly helped that he was running behind Oakland's offensive line. Murray has never shown the type of power his 225-pound frame might seem to suggest, and Cook was a prolific touchdown scorer at FSU. Both are legitimate candidates for goal-line work in Monday's opener against the Saints.
Murray (ankle) rushed twice for six yards and secured two of his three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 32-31 preseason win over the 49ers. Murray finally stepped onto the field in a Vikings uniform after an extended recovery from offseason ankle surgery. The fourth-year back was projected to serve as the team's lead back when first inked to a deal at the start of free agency, but Minnesota's selection of Dalvin Cook in April's draft put a crimp in those plans. Cook's subsequent body of work through training camp and preseason -- coupled with Murray's absence early on -- further solidified the former's standing as the top backfield option to open the season. Given that he's missed considerable time, Murray could see additional reps in next Thursday's exhibition finale versus the Dolphins.
Murray (ankle) is expected to play in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Murray is on pace to make his awaited preseason debut in Minnesota on Sunday, having returned to practice earlier this week. Rookie second-rounder Dalvin Cook has an edge on the starting running back job, however, so Murray could be limited to a complementary role when Week 1 rolls around.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||20||18.00|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||28||25.00|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||20||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||181||759||7||30||213||0||138|