Latavius Murray (RB) Min– Not many have love for the big back right now, currently sitting around the 25th to 35th RB in ADP. The Vikings’ selection of RB Dalvin Cook in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft puts a damper on his overall value. Owners love to jump on the rookie bandwagons, so if given the choice in the middle rounds to draft either Murray or Cook, most owners will go with Cook. 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.
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 got injured 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 performances were a mixed bag, but for Fantasy purposes he was a TD vulture who performed as a useful RB2 down the stretch.