|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 2|
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 223 lb.|
|Born:||February 21, 1991|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 6 (181)|
Murray finished with 146 carries for 656 yards and four touchdowns and added 23 receptions for 176 yards and an additional score in his second season with the Saints.
Analysis: Murray finished his second season with the Saints with the same number of carries as he had in 2019, though he was less involved as a receiver and ended the season with fewer scrimmage yards and one fewer touchdown. Playing second fiddle to Alvin Kamara, Murray still played solid football, going for 832 yards on 179 touches and flashing his upside in a big Week 12 where he went 19-124-2. Still under contract, he'll return to New Orleans in 2021, where he'll likely play the lesser half of a timeshare with Kamara, as he's already done for two seasons.
Murray (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game versus the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: After making just one limited appearance at practice this week, Murray will take a seat as a result of a quad issue. With the veteran running back sidelined, Alvin Kamara likely is in line for a sizable workload, but Dwayne Washington, Ty Montgomery and fullback Michael Burton all are available out of the Saints backfield.
Murray (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Buccaneers, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.
Analysis: While managing the quad injury, Murray sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday before returning to work Friday on a limited basis. That level of activity was enough for Murray to take a questionable designation into the weekend, but unless he demonstrates more improvement in a pregame workout, the 30-year-old looks at risk of being ruled out ahead of Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff. If Murray is active, both Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery would likely dress as reserve options in the backfield, but neither can be counted on to have a sizable role on offense behind lead option Alvin Kamara.
Murray (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Buccaneers after returning to a limited practice Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Back-to-back DNPs Wednesday and Thursday set the stage for Friday to be pivotal with regard to Murray's chances of suiting up this weekend. If available this weekend, Murray would be in line to work in a complementary role behind the team's lead back, Alvin Kamara.
Murray (quad) didn't practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: With Murray and Taysom Hill (knee) both missing practice for a second straight day, Alvin Kamara may be tasked with an even larger portion of the rushing workload. Murray injured his quad in the wild-card win over Chicago, missing the entire fourth quarter after he pulled up limping at the end of a play in the third quarter.
Murray was held out of practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: During this past Sunday's wild-card victory against the Bears, Murray pulled up at the end of a five-yard catch in the third quarter and eventually was deemed questionable to return with a thigh injury. With a few days to evaluate his health, he's officially tending to a quad issue. Murray is good for at least a handful of touches per game -- his season low is five, done twice (Weeks 2 and 14) -- but those could be up for grabs if he's unable to get healthy in time for Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers.
Murray (thigh) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Murray left his mark on the game before suffering the injury, rushing four times for nine yards and catching both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown. With the Saints nursing a comfortable fourth-quarter lead, there's little reason for the team to bring Murray back in. He'll look to heal up in time for the NFC divisional round next week.
The Saints activated Murray (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Murray missed the regular-season finale because he was deemed to be a high-risk close contact of Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19. There's no telling when Kamara will complete the necessary testing protocol and be available to the Saints offense, but if he's unable to suit up in the wild-card round. Murray is the prime candidate to lead the backfield Sunday versus the Bears. On the season, Murray has averaged 11.3 touches for 55.5 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring five TDs in 15 appearances.
Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
Analysis: Murray and Dwayne Washington are considered high-risk close contacts to Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for the coronavirus, so both running backs will sit out Week 17. Ty Montgomery is expected to operate as the Saints' lead back against the Panthers.
Murray figures to take on a larger role Sunday against the Panthers, with teammate Alvin Kamara ineligible to play after testing positive for COVID-19, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.
Analysis: Murray put up 307 total yards and four touchdowns in a two-week span the last time Kamara missed games, back in Weeks 7-8 of 2019. A repeat of that level of production may be too much to ask, but Murray at least figures to see a nice workload uptick relative to his 2020 average of 9.7 carries, 1.7 targets and 55.4 total yards per game. Carolina has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs, including 204 combined yards and a TD to Kamara and Murray in Week 7. Ty Montgomery and Dwayne Washington are the other running backs on the Saints' roster, while undrafted rookie Tony Jones resides on the practice squad.
Murray (quadriceps) practiced in full Thursday.
Analysis: One day removed from putting in a limited session due to a quad issue, Murray managed to log every practice rep Thursday. His snap and touch counts this season have largely depended on game script and need, with the latter ranging from five in Weeks 2 and 14 to a campaign-high 20 in Week 12 during Taysom Hill's second spot start for Drew Brees. Consequently, Murray is difficult to trust on a game-to-game basis.
Murray (quadricep) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: According to Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, Murray wasn't present at the open portion of the session, but the veteran running back fit in reps at some point. On the season, Murray's touch count has wavered wildly, and now with an injury in tow he again is in danger of yielding most of the backfield reps to Alvin Kamara. Murray has two more chances to prove the health of his quad ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale at Carolina.
Murray rushed 12 times for 72 yards and caught all three of his targets for 24 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Analysis: After three straight duds, Murray came alive on Christmas Day, racking up 96 total yards - his second-highest mark of the season. The performance should be taken with a grain of salt, as New Orleans racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense in the blowout victory. Murray gets another quality matchup with Carolina in Week 17, where he'll look to finish the regular season on a high note.
Murray rushed four times for three yards and brought in two of three targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 32-29 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Across his last three games, Murray has totaled just 18 touches for 53 yards, and usage has certainly been a concern. Fantasy managers were surely happy to see him find the end zone against Kansas City when he took a 24-yard reception to the house early in the third quarter. Murray isn't seeing enough work to maintain consistent fantasy relevance, and he'll be tough to trust even in a favorable matchup with Minnesota in Week 16.
Murray rushed four times for 13 yards and caught his lone target for a loss of six yards in the Saints' 24-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Analysis: After his Week 12 eruption, Murray has logged his two least productive performances of the season. This one was an even bigger letdown than last week, as Murray managed only seven yards in the contest. He won't be a recommended option when the Saints face the Eagles in Week 15.
Murray (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
Analysis: Murray was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, before returning to full a session Friday. He's generally been more involved in the offense with Taysom Hill at quarterback, but Murray got just five carries and two targets in the Week 13 win over Atlanta.
Murray (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Murray's output has been all over the place in three games with Taysom Hill helming the Saints offense. Overall, Murray tallied 36 rushes for 190 yards and two touchdowns to go with five catches for 38 yards. During that same stretch, Alvin Kamara compiled 42 touches for 194 yards from scrimmage and two scores. While they've roughly been in a timeshare, Murray's new injury could be the catalyst for Kamara to regain lead-back duties. Still, Murray has one more chance to prove the health of his knee ahead of the weekend.
Murray rushed five times for 17 yards and caught both of his targets for no gain in the Saints' 21-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Just a week after rumbling for 124 yards and two touchdowns, Murray was limited to seven touches and just 17 scoreless yards. Chasing his huge Week 12 proved to be fool's gold for fantasy managers, as Murray took a backseat to Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill in the ground game. Murray's yardage was his lowest of the season, and he'll be tough to trust when the Saints travel to Philadelphia in Week 14.
Murray registered 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, adding one reception for two yards during Sunday's 31-3 win against the Broncos. He also fumbled once, but the loose ball was recovered by teammate James Hurst.
Analysis: With a season-high 20 offensive touches Week 12, Murray has now carved out double-digit carries in three of his past four outings. Touchdowns have been coming in batches for the 30-year-old in 2020, as Sunday marked his second multi-TD game of the campaign. Murray also posted a pair of rushing TDs Week 4 in Detroit, but he's otherwise been held scoreless over nine outings this season. With only one outing all year yielding fewer than eight carries, Murray is in line for at least a moderate workload Week 13 in a road trip to Atlanta, especially considering his huge performance in the Mile High City.
Murray registered 49 rushing yards on 12 carries, catching both of his targets for 36 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Murray was just one carry behind Alvin Kamara's total of 13, though it was Kamara who had the lone RB rushing touchdown for New Orleans in Week 11. A 25-yard reception boosted Murray's day, but it's notable that first-time starting quarterback Taysom Hill had two separate rushing TDs from inside the 10-yard line. Hill's ability to punch the ball in from short yardage has potential to mitigate Murray's goal-line contributions in coming weeks. Nevertheless, Murray has still garnered double-digit touches in seven of his past eight games heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Broncos.
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