Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray saw a new backfield threat emerge during Week 11 against the division-rival New York Jets in the form of Ty Johnson, who unexpectedly pulled in 18.9% of Buffalo's offensive snaps. Johnson turned six combined carries and targets into 58 yards and a touchdown last Sunday, potentially disrupting Murray's perceived stranglehold on No. 2 duties behind lead back James Cook. The Philadelphia Eagles are on tap for Murray in Week 12, and they're silencing opposing RBs for the fewest fantasy points per game (14.32) this season. We wouldn't recommend using Murray in fantasy as anything more than a touchdown-dependent RB4/flex in a dismal draw and a game that figures to be competitive throughout against a 9-1 Eagles squad.
Nov 26, 2023 1:21 AM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray registered a season-high 68 rushing yards in Week 10's loss to the Denver Broncos, crossing the end zone for the first time since Week 3. It was the best fantasy outcome of Murray's season, which is one that's seen him remain a fixture in Buffalo's backfield alongside James Cook. And with Cook losing a fumble on the first play from scrimmage last Monday evening, Murray outsnapped the Bills' lead back for the first time this year on a 51.9% clip. It's fair to expect some form of 50/50 committee after Cook's rocky showing, but it's not enough to push Murray past the RB4/flex borderline for Week 11's key divisional game versus the New York Jets. The 33-year-old will look to stave off a potential Leonard Fournette promotion from the practice squad, which head coach Sean McDermott hinted on Friday could happen at some point down the line.
Nov 18, 2023 12:11 AM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray got off to a nice start in Monday's 24-22 defeat to the Denver Broncos, leading the team in first-half rushing with 54 yards on six totes. It was an opportunity largely granted by lead back James Cook coughing up the ball on the first play from scrimmage. Murray went virtually untouched past the goal line for a three-yard score to knot the game up at 15 points apiece during the third quarter. The 33-year-old veteran ultimately closed the contest with 68 rushing yards on nine handles with two catches for one yard. It's not the first time we've recommended keeping an eye on Murray, who could very well see the backfield pendulum swing in his favor if Cook continues to commit mistakes. While next Sunday's date with the New York Jets appears to be a shy-away spot for Murray, Gang Green's fierce defense has been far more vulnerable on the ground this year.
Nov 14, 2023 1:48 AM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray's real-life purpose far outweighs his fantasy utility, as the incumbent journeyman continues to drain a noticeable amount of playing time from lead back James Cook. Murray has out-touched Cook 6-2 on the goal line this season, matching his more dynamic counterpart with 17 red-zone handles. Quarterback Josh Allen places fourth amongst signal-callers with 14 red-zone carries this year, also hurting Murray's chances of finding the end zone in Week 10 versus the Denver Broncos. The Bills are still choosing to deploy the 33-year-old veteran in two-minute drills and crunch-time situations with regularity, leaving Murray with a shred of fantasy relevance on Monday night as a justifiable RB4/flex for single-game DFS contests with Buffalo coming in as sizable favorites. As for season-long setups, fantasy managers can almost certainly do better than a player who hasn't scored since Week 3 and is averaging an unusable 2.5 half-PPR points per game over his last five outings.
Nov 11, 2023 9:05 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray witnessed a fellow veteran join the team when the organization picked up Leonard Fournette in free agency on Monday. Murray now has another threat for high-value touches, which he has been the favorite for in Buffalo's backfield throughout the season's first half. Fortunately for Murray, Fournette is reportedly set to be inactive in Week 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals since Buffalo decided to not elevate the 28-year-old from their practice squad ahead of play. Murray has handled five red-zone touches in five out of eight games this year, but he hasn't hit paydirt since Week 3. Sunday night may very well be the last opportunity for fantasy managers to take advantage of the 33-year-old's role as a touchdown-dependent RB4/flex, with Fournette's Bills debut arriving as soon as Week 10 versus the Denver Broncos.
Nov 4, 2023 10:47 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray has started back-to-back games, combining for 16 carries and 53 rushing yards with two catches for 20 yards over this two-game span. Murray's value is centered around his goal-line role and tendency to vulture rushing touchdowns from his more dynamic counterpart, James Cook, as he leads the Bills with 15 red-zone touches (four on the goal-line). The 33-year-old didn't embrace a more substantial role in his last time out with Damien Harris (neck) on injured reserve but maintained a 45% snap share, ultimately leaving Murray as a flat RB4/flex on a Week 8 slate without any squads on bye. The Bills are sizable favorites (-8.5) on Thursday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so fantasy managers turning to Murray out of desperation will likely need Buffalo to play from ahead for a palatable fantasy result.
Oct 25, 2023 11:50 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray absorbed his largest workload of the campaign in Week 6's tight 14-9 win over the New York Giants, handling 12 carries (four in the red zone) for 45 scoreless yards. Murray started the game, eating into lead back James Cook's snap share for an even split. The 33-year-old grinder may have short-yardage/goal-line work all to himself in Week 7 against the division-rival New England Patriots, since fellow power back Damien Harris (neck) is on the mend. The Bills are the largest favorites (-8.5) of Sunday's slate, so desperate fantasy managers trotting out Murray can hope Buffalo forms a lead for the veteran to help salt away late in the contest. The journeyman back is an acceptable RB4/flex with plenty of squads off in Week 7, but Cook remains the better bet to find the end zone on Sunday.
Oct 21, 2023 4:06 PM EST
Running back Latavius Murray surprisingly saw his largest workload of the season as the Buffalo Bills squeaked by the New York Giants 14-9 in Week 6. Murray drew the start Sunday night and played the majority of the first quarter's snaps, which was an unwelcome sight for James Cook's fantasy managers. Murray managed 45 yards on 12 carries while splitting snaps evenly with his more dynamic counterpart. Damien Harris' (neck) early departure certainly opened up more playing time for the 33-year-old, but Murray was playing a significant part before his fellow power back exited. The Bills seem to trust the NFL's oldest active RB in two-minute drills and red-zone situations, so Murray may be settling into a considerable role in one of the league's best offenses. He's not the flashiest name, but Murray is worth a look on waiver wires for RB desperados ahead of next Sunday's affair with the New England Patriots.
Oct 16, 2023 1:37 AM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray remains a fantasy-relevant name based on his role in two-minute drills and propensity to vulture goal-line touchdowns. Murray took six red-zone carries across Weeks 2 and 3 but has zero over the subsequent two games to go with six total handles during this span. The 33-year-old plodder is not someone fantasy managers should desire in season-long lineups, but he does possess some semblance of theoretical upside in a Week 6 setting featuring the Bills as two-touchdown favorites versus the New York Giants. Murray is as TD-reliant as they come, and those in dire straits would likely need Buffalo to get out to a lead for the veteran power back to stand much chance in cobbling together RB4/flex numbers. Keep him on benches as a handcuff under most circumstances, but Murray could take on some more usage depending on the availability of tight ends Dalton Kincaid (concussion) and Dawson Knox (wrist).
Oct 14, 2023 6:51 PM EST
Running back Latavius Murray quietly led the Buffalo Bills in rushing with 32 yards during Week 4's rout versus the Miami Dolphins. The 33-year-old still logged only six touches in the blowout, so he remains well behind featured back James Cook but ahead of fellow power runner Damien Harris in Buffalo's RB pecking order. While Murray has matched Cook in red-zone touches (eight), the former has seen his work in that area decline in each of the past three weeks as Cook's usage has increased. Buffalo's high rate of positive game script coupled with a run-heavy attack have boded well enough for the journeyman to situate as a top-30 fantasy play thus far, but Murray is simply more useful to the Bills in real life for his pass-blocking acumen. He's a touchdown-reliant RB4/FLEX in Week 5's London tilt with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and until further notice.
Oct 7, 2023 1:34 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray appears to have leapfrogged Damien Harris as the squad's primary change-of-pace runner behind starter James Cook. The 33-year-old has out-snapped Harris in three straight weeks, leading the Bills backfield with eight red-zone touches this season. With no greater than eight overall touches or 31 total yards in any of these three contests, Murray remains one of fantasy's most touchdown-dependent RB4/FLEX desperation plays behind the hyper-efficient Cook. Cook could start eating into Murray's high-value touches if he maintains his strong early-season play, but Murray is at least the preferred Buffalo handcuff to roster over Harris at the moment.
Sep 29, 2023 10:28 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray rushed five times for 15 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for six yards in the win over the Washington Commanders. This was the 33-year-old's second touchdown in two weeks, so he looks to be the primary goal line back for Buffalo. That said, Damien Harris has also mixed in, and neither has a solid weekly fantasy floor. If James Cook has to miss any time moving forward, Murray might be the handcuff back to roster. He can be played as an ultra-deep league desperation option, but his value is limited in traditional formats.
Sep 25, 2023 2:59 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray seems to have usurped Damien Harris as the team's No. 2 tailback behind James Cook through the opening two weeks of play. The 33-year-old has surprisingly out-snapped Harris in consecutive outings, and he was even seen participating in two-minute drills in Week 2's romping of the Las Vegas Raiders. Murray has also unexpectedly led the backfield in red-zone touches (five), putting a frustrating damper on Cook's ceiling potential in the early goings. As it appears, Buffalo exhibits more trust in the power backs, Murray and Harris, on the goal line than Cook at this interval of the year, so Murray's usage is worth monitoring moving ahead. As far as Week 3 against the Washington Commanders goes, the veteran journeyman is a last-gasp RB4 at best with extreme touchdown dependency.
Sep 22, 2023 3:12 PM EST
Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray was third on the team in carries behind James Cook and Damien Harris in the 38-10 blowout victory over the visiting Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 on Sunday, but he did score his first touchdown of the 2023 season. Murray finished with six carries for 22 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and also caught both of his targets for nine yards. Murray finished with one more touch than Harris and played 23 percent of the offensive snaps compared to Harris' 18 percent. The 33-year-old veteran was often on the field with the Bills near the goal line, a trend that could continue the rest of the way. Murray won't have a consistent role in Buffalo's backfield as long as Cook is healthy, making him a touchdown-dependent RB4/flex in deeper fantasy leagues.
Sep 18, 2023 11:20 AM EST
Murray's teammate Nyheim Hines will miss the entire 2023 season after suffering a serious knee injury during in a recent jet-ski accident, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Jul 24, 2023 12:00 PM EST
Buffalo signed Murray to a one-year contract Monday.
May 1, 2023 7:04 AM EST
Murray rushed 15 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and brought in his only target for 15 yards in the Broncos' 31-28 win over the Chargers on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by Denver.
Jan 8, 2023 7:59 PM EST
Murray carried the ball 12 times for 56 yards and caught four of six targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Jan 1, 2023 2:10 PM EST
Murray rushed eight times for 34 yards and had one reception (three targets) for six yards in Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Rams.
Dec 25, 2022 6:43 PM EST
Murray (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Dec 25, 2022 12:07 PM EST