Latavius Murray

Latavius Murray

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 7
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 223 lb.
College:Central Florida
Born:February 21, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 6 (181)
Draft Team:OAK

Latavius Murray: Goes for 25 yards in Wild Card loss

Murray rushed five times for 21 yards, adding a four-yard reception in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: After an 18-touch outing to close out the regular season, Murray took a backseat 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 see a primarily-backup role in the Saints' offense. Aside from two huge starts, Murray managed just 166 total yards and two total touchdowns in 14 regular-season games played.

January 5, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Logs 18 touches in rout of Panthers

Murray carried 17 times for 61 yards, adding a 14-yard reception in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: 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.

December 29, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Struggles on nine touches

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.

Analysis: 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 backup capacity - and he should have an easier time finding running room against a sub-par Panthers' run defense in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 6:38 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Logs 11 touches in MNF win

Murray rushed nine times for 29 yards, adding two receptions for 20 yards in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Murray followed up last week's 94-yard effort with a moderate output in Monday's blowout win. Despite the huge lead New Orleans mounted 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, and the former doesn't need to be started outside of deep leagues unless Kamara is sidelined.

December 16, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Racks up 94 yards in loss

Murray rushed seven times for 69 yards, adding two receptions for 25 yards in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: 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 in Week 13, and he actually led the backfield in total yards, out-gaining Alvin Kamara 94-43 on eight fewer touches. Kamara is clearly 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.

December 8, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Totals just two yards

Murray rushed four times for two yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.

Analysis: He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Murray has struggled to find fantasy relevancy since the 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.

November 28, 2019 9:42 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Breaks off 26-yard TD run

Murray ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on seven carries during Sunday's 34-31 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The 29-year-old hammer did most of his damage early on, logging four of his seven rush attempts 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.

November 24, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Logs 12 touches in win

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.

Analysis: 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 doesn't carry much weekly value with Kamara in the picture.

November 17, 2019 7:16 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Headed for busy afternoon

Murray is poised for a lead role in the Saints offense with Alvin Kamara (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: With only Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner behind him on the depth chart, Murray figures to take on the majority of Kamara's usual workload, albeit against a tough Chicago defense. The Bears have looked a bit more vulnerable this season, allowing Josh Jacobs to run for 123 yards and two touchdowns when star DE Akiem Hicks suffered a major elbow injury two weeks ago in London. Hicks is now on injured reserve, while the Saints have a healthy offensive line that consistently ranks among the best in the league. Murray and Michael Thomas will need to do the heavy lifting on offense with Kamara joined by Jared Cook (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) on the inactive list.

October 18, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Logs 11 touches in win

Murray rushed eight times for 44 yards and secured all three targets for 35 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Murray was set for a potential lead-back role Sunday before Alvin Kamara was declared active despite his ankle injury, but Murray ended up seeing a solid workload anyhow. The veteran back also had a touchdown reception called back due to penalty, but he still finished with season highs in rushing and receiving yardage. Murray will look to help ease Kamara's workload again Week 7 against the Bears, another game where he might see an uptick in touches with the Saints' starting back now also dealing with a knee issue suffered against Jacksonville.

October 13, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Latavius Murray: May experience increased role Sunday

Murray didn't practice Friday due to personal reasons but doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Jacksonville, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Alvin Kamara is tending to an ankle injury, which limited his practice reps Thursday before keeping him out entirely Friday. Kamara is listed as questionable for Week 6, and a decision on his status won't be made until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff. If he's hindered or inactive, Murray is on hand to keep the ground game running. On the season, Murray has averaged 3.9 yards per carry and hauled in six of seven targets.

October 11, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Totals just 34 yards in win

Murray rushed seven times for 28 yards, adding two receptions for six yards in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: It was another low-usage afternoon, as Alvin Kamara finished with 22 total touches - 13 more than Murray. Murray is a clear backup, and he is not being utilized in a complimentary role as Mark Ingram was for the two years he and Kamara played together. Murray has little value outside of deep leagues, and he is an elite handcuff to Kamara.

October 6, 2019 8:16 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Totals five touches in win

Murray rushed four times for 14 yards, catching one pass for six yards in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Analysis: Murray did very little in the Saints' win, yielding almost all of the backfield touches to Alvin Kamara. Kamara went for 89 total yards and continues to be the focal point of the offense, while Murray is a complimentary option at best. Murray is a low-usage option who can be safely dropped in 12-team leagues.

September 30, 2019 3:36 AM EST

Latavius Murray: Non-factor in win

Murray rushed twice for two yards in the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Murray was wholly uninvolved in the contest, marking two straight games of similar production. Since scoring a touchdown in Week 1 against the Texans, Murray has just seven carries for nine yards and one reception for 16 yards. Alvin Kamara -- who piled up 161 total yards on the day -- is the focal point of the offense, and Murray can be left on benches until further notice.

September 23, 2019 4:09 AM EST

Latavius Murray: Shut down on ground in loss

Murray rushed five times for seven yards and brought in his only target for 16 yards in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Murray had gotten his Saints tenure off to a solid start in Week 1, averaging just over seven yards per carry on his six rushes versus the Texans on Monday night. That efficiency on the ground was nowhere to be found Sunday, however, with the Rams not having to worry about the threat of Drew Brees (hand) after his first-quarter exit turned into a game-long absence. That allowed them to hone in on the run more than usual, resulting in Murray's 16-yard reception qualifying as the highlight of his afternoon. The veteran back will look to put together a better performance versus the Seahawks in a Week 3 road battle.

September 15, 2019 6:07 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Scores in Saints debut

Murray rushed six times for 43 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-28 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Murray also caught two of his three targets for a total of four yards, but his Saints debut was undoubtedly highlighted by his 30-yard touchdown scamper to begin the second quarter. For someone who had scored 20 of his 26 rushing touchdowns over the past three seasons from inside the 10-yard line, Murray's long-distance end-zone trip marked an unusual occurrence. As New Orleans' new big-bodied complement to superstar speedster Alvin Kamara's in their accomplished running game, Murray play Monday only enhances his outlook ahead of Week 2's matchup against the Rams.

September 9, 2019 8:31 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Bypasses injury report

Murray (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Saints' initial Week 1 injury report, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Murray missed practice and preseason Week 3 for an unknown reason, but it turned out to be a non-story in the end. Set to serve as the second piece in a backfield that employs Alvin Kamara, Murray should have a healthy dose of snaps on a weekly basis, like Mark Ingram received both of the past two seasons.

September 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Sits out preseason tilt

Murray (undisclosed) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Jets.

Analysis: It remains to be seen what, if anything is ailing Murray, but when healthy, he's in line to serve as a complementary option behind the Saints' top back, Alvin Kamara. It's a role that gives Murray modest fantasy utility out of the gate, but one that also puts him an injury away from relevance, given that Dwayne Washington and Jacquizz Rodgers aren't threats to his status as the team's No. 2 RB.

August 26, 2019 1:08 PM EST

Latavius Murray: Misses practice Thursday

Murray (undisclosed) didn't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Per the report, it's not clear why Murray was absent, but it's possible the running back is simply getting a veteran rest day. When healthy, Murray is in line to serve as a complementary option behind the Saints' top back, Alvin Kamara.

August 22, 2019 10:12 AM EST

Latavius Murray: Produces 36 scrimmage yards

Murray carried three times for 14 yards and caught all three of his targets for an additional 22 yards during Friday's 34-25 preseason loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Murray mixed in behind Alvin Kamara, averaging a healthy 6.0 yards per touch in limited action. Most notably he made an impact as a pass-catcher after he was expected to merely serve as an early-down option alongside his aforementioned backfield mate. Murray will still likely receive most of his touches as an inside runner, but at least he's showing the team he's capable of more at an early stage.

August 9, 2019 8:44 PM EST

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