Murray rushed 11 times for 47 yards and caught his only target for nine yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Murray saw just three fewer carries than Alvin Kamara and played his usual role as chain-mover and change-of-pace back, while getting stuffed on a goal-line carry in the process. Due to his lack of involvement in the passing game, Murray is a touchdown-dependent fantasy option who offers some flex appeal in the right matchup.
Murray rushed eight times for 34 yards and caught both his targets for 23 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.
Murray again helped New Orleans move the sticks, with Monday marking his fourth straight game with an average of more than 4.0 yards per carry. For good measure, the tailback also turned in a season high in receiving yards. Although he couldn't follow his two-touchdown performance in Week 4, Murray still topped 50 yards from scrimmage for the third game in a row, bringing him into the Saints' bye week on the back of some decent success.
Murray rushed 14 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns while catching one of two targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 35-29 win over Detroit.
Murray plowed in for a three-yard touchdown on third down to cut the Saints' deficit to 14-7 in the first quarter, and his six-yard rushing score in the third quarter made it 35-14 New Orleans. Alvin Kamara led the team with 19 carries and also found the end zone on the ground, but this game corroborated there's plenty of room for Murray to produce value as the powerful between-the-tackles complement to Kamara's speed and elusiveness. Look for New Orleans to maintain its run-first approach in Week 5 against the Chargers, especially if top wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) still isn't ready to return from the injury he suffered Week 1.
Murray carried 12 times for 58 yards and caught his only target for seven yards in the Saints' 37-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
As expected, Murray played clearly behind Alvin Kamara, though Murray has now logged at least 13 touches in two of the first three weeks of the season. He hasn't found his way to the end zone yet, but if he can continue to see double-digit touches, he can be useful as a deep-league flex.
Murray ran for 14 yards on three carries while hauling in both of his targets for 19 receiving yards during Monday's 34-24 loss to the Raiders.
The game script worked against Murray somewhat, as New Orleans fell into its first deficit at the 9:58 mark of the third quarter, and subsequently ducked into a two-possession disadvantage midway through the fourth quarter. Besides that, Alvin Kamara found himself in the midst of a magical night, racking up 79 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as well as 95 receiving yards on a combined 22 offensive touches. Murray wasn't able to put forth a noteworthy performance against his former team, but now he'll focus on a Packers defense that has surrendered 4.9 yards per rush to opposing running backs through two weeks.
Murray collected 48 rushing yards on 15 carries during Sunday's 34-23 win against the Buccaneers.
In a matchup against the No. 1 rush defense from 2019, Murray handled 53.6 percent of New Orleans' running back carries while establishing a 3.2 YPC. Though that would be a wildly inefficient clip most days, Murray was clearly a more effective rusher than Alvin Kamara on Sunday, as the three-time Pro Bowler averaged just 1.3 yards per carry in comparison. Kamara compensated in the passing game, however, with five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown (in addition to his rushing TD), while Murray had no receptions on one target. Murray will continue to be utilized as a between-the-tackles option Week 2, when the Saints travel to take on a Raiders defense that surrendered 128 rushing yards and two rushing scores to Carolina in its season debut.
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.
Murray rushed four times for two yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.
He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Murray has struggled to find fantasy relevancy since the Saints' Week 9 bye, logging double-digit carries just once in four games. In that span -- aside from his decent Week 12 -- he's rushed 19 times for just 41 yards. With Alvin Kamara back to full strength and leading the backfield in touches, Murray isn't a startable fantasy option outside of deeper leagues right now.
Murray ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on seven rush attempts during Sunday's 34-31 win against the Panthers.
The 29-year-old hammer did most of his damage early on, logging four of his seven carries and 44 of his 64 rushing yards during the first quarter. Of course, much of that production came on a single game-shifting play, as Murray's 26-yard TD run helped the Saints cap a successful seven-play opening drive. While his three-game spree of 17 combined receptions and 121 receiving yards between Weeks 6 and 8 appears to be a facade -- given that he's only compiled four catches for 12 yards in three games since -- Murray continues to churn out scores on the ground. He has four rushing TDs over his past five outings heading into a Week 13 matchup against Atlanta's middling rush defense.
Murray rushed 10 times for 27 yards, adding two receptions for five yards in the Saints' 34-17 blowout victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Murray saw just three fewer carries than Alvin Kamara, though he played second fiddle in total touches, as Kamara finished with a comfortable 23-12 advantage. Over the past two games, Kamara has touched the ball 35 times compared to Murray's 19, and it appears the former is locked into a backup role. He's a high-end handcuff, but he doesn't carry much weekly value with Kamara in the picture.
Murray carried five times for 12 yards, adding two receptions for seven yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Despite Sean Payton's assertion that Murray would stay involved on offense, he notched just seven touches in Sunday's loss. Surprisingly negative game script certainly played a role in Murray's dud, but his usage is concerning, given his 62 combined touches over the past two weeks. To be fair, Murray out-carried Alvin Kamara by a 5-4 margin, but Kamara saw 10 targets and eight receptions to ultimately lead the backfield in total touches. Murray has a chance to bounce back next week in a divisional matchup with Tampa Bay.
Coach Sean Payton hinted that Murray will retain a significant role even with Alvin Kamara now healthy, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports. "Week 1 [of] Alvin coming back. We'll be smart," said Payton. "And the good news is the way [Murray] played and the way Alvin's played, we feel like we're real good at that position.
Murray averaged just 4.8 carries and 1.4 targets per game through the first six weeks of the season, but he should see more work Sunday against Atlanta, with Kamara in his first game back from an ankle injury and the Saints heavily favored to win. Murray made an excellent case for continued involvement when Kamara missed Weeks 7 and 8, piling up 307 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns. Kamara said he doesn't mind sharing some more work with Murray moving forward.
Murray rushed 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and secured nine of 12 targets for 55 yards and another score in the Saints' 31-9 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
For the second straight game, Murray was exceptional in Alvin Kamara's (ankle/knee) stead, eclipsing the century mark on the ground and contributing plenty through the air as well. Murray scored his third rushing touchdown over the last two games with an eight-yard run in the second quarter, and he then went in from 15 yards out on a pass from Drew Brees with 5:25 remaining in the third period. Murray's receiving tally was also a season best, and his reception total was second only to that of Michael Thomas on the afternoon. Kamara likely will be ready to return Week 10 against the Falcons after the bye week, but Murray has certainly made a case for a consistent, workload even when both backs are healthy.
Murray will be the Saints' starting running back Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Handed another spot start while Alvin Kamara tends to ankle and knee injuries, Murray shouldn't have a problem handling most of the backfield reps for one more contest. The Saints also will get Drew Brees (thumb) back for the first time since Week 2, which may result in a run-based game plan to avoid putting the veteran QB in harm's way. On the heels of putting up 150 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs last Sunday at Chicago, Murray will look to keep it up against Arizona's 25th-ranked run defense.
Murray is expected to serve as the Saints' lead running back Sunday against the Cardinals with Alvin Kamara (ankle) not expected to play, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Kamara is listed as questionable on the official injury report, but he's expected to be included among the Saints' seven inactives when the team releases its list 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff. His absence for a second straight contest should set up Murray for another healthy workload after the 29-year-old rumbled for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added five receptions for 31 yards in the Week 7 win over the Bears. He played 83 percent of the offensive snaps in that contest, so there likely won't be much of an opportunity for backup Dwayne Washington to carve out fantasy utility behind Murray.
Murray's teammate Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Murray took full advantage of Kamara's absence last week with a 27-119-2 rushing line and 5-31-0 receiving line in a 36-25 win over the Bears. It sounds like Kamara is headed for a game-time decision, potentially giving Murray another week in a three-down role. The Saints and Cardinals are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
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