Latavius Murray (RB) Min– Not many have love for the big back right now, currently sitting around RB35 to RB45 in ADP consensus on Fantasypros.com. He’s been slowly dropping down the ranks as the season inches closer. The Vikings’ selection of RB Dalvin Cook in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft put a damper on his overall value. Just because Cook is a second-round running back with significant talent and ability doesn’t mean he will succeed in the NFL right away. However, Murray is still recovering from ankle surgery and probably won’t be ready for the start of training camp, which will negatively affect his competition for touches with Cook. Sources at NFL.com expect him to be the goal-line back, while Cook receives the bulk of the carries plus the 3rd-down pass-catching opportunities. Hence, Murray’s declining ADP as time passes.
Last season, Murray didn’t get the opportunity to be a complete back like he did in 2015, especially during the first three games when he averaged 15 touches or less per game. He then suffered an injury and missed a few games, but once he came back he received more touches because Oakland realized their backup running backs were not the answer. Murray’s career performance has been a mixed bag to this point, but for Fantasy purposes he scored enough touchdowns to be a useful RB2 down the stretch last season. In fact, he finished the 16-game regular season as RB12 in both Standard and PPR formats according to Fantasypros.com.