Latavius Murray Fantasy Football News 2019

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints have agreed to a 4-year, $14.4 million deal with RB Latavius Murray. That positions him as the replacement for Mark Ingram, who will also hit unrestricted free agency Wednesday. Murray sports a similar skill set and should present a fantasy outlook similar to Ingram's. Of course, Ingram's inconsistent workload was the frustrating thing for fantasy owners. As long as his ADP remains modest, however, Murray will make sense as an RB3 or even an RB4 in fantasy football drafts.

11:11am EST 11/4/18

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Lions. It’ll be his first action since Week 4. Cook is expected to be on a snap count, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting this morning that Minnesota is hoping to get him "about 20 or so” snaps. That’s about a third of the game. Cook sits in RB4 territory in the Week 9 Rankings. RB Latavius Murray remains the superior fantasy bet.

The Vikings expect RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) to play Sunday but on a "pitch count," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cook will reportedly get "about 20 or so" snaps. That would obviously cut into Latavius Murray playing time and fantasy upside. But Murray still looks like the Minnesota RB to use. We'll confirm Cook's status at 11:30 a.m. ET, when the early inactives get announced.

The Vikings "plan to play Dalvin Cook on a limited snap count" against the Lions on Sunday, insider Ben Goessling reports. We heard a similar report back in Week 6 before Cook ended up inactive. He's been a limited participant in practice this week, but a final decision on his status probably won't be made until pregame warmups. Cook won't be a recommended fantasy play even if he ends up active. His presence would put a dent in RB Latavius Murray's Week 9 outlook, though.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited again in Thursday's practice. "Better chance to return to the playing field after their Week 10 bye," ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted. We'll continue to keep an eye on Cook's progress, but fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to play against the Lions on Sunday.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is likely to be sidelined through the team's Week 10 bye. That's not a surprise after Cook seemingly aggravated his hamstring injury in practice last week. RB Latavius Murray's solid play also makes it easier for the Vikings to continue to be cautious with their starting RB. Murray will remain a solid RB2 for however long Cook is out.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. He put in a full practice on Wednesday, so it looks like he suffered a setback at some point this week. His absence means Latavius Murray will again serve as Minnesota’s lead back and a fine RB2 in fantasy lineups.

11:10am EDT 10/14/18

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. His pregame workout didn’t go well, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. So Latavius Murray gets another game as Minnesota’s lead back. He’s in the RB2 mix in a plus matchup.

3:10pm EDT 10/7/18

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Eagles. That leaves Latavius Murray as Minnesota’s lead back and a solid bet for 15+ touches. But a matchup with a Philly defense allowing just 2.7 yards per carry to RBs leaves Murray as just a RB3 or flex.

The Vikings don't expect RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) to play Sunday afternoon against the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cook is officially questionable but put in only a limited Friday workout after playing sparingly last Thursday night against the Rams. An inactive Cook would give Latavius Murray the start against 1 of the league's toughest run defenses.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Eagles. He put in a limited practice on Friday after missing the previous 2 days and then deemed himself a game-time decision. Vikings-Eagles doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, so we might not know Cook’s status until 3. Even if he plays, he’ll be a risky fantasy start after playing just 18 snaps and carrying 10 times last week. If Cook is inactive, Latavius Murray will serve as Minnesota’s lead back and be a low-end RB3 or flex in fantasy lineups in a tough matchup.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills after missing practice all week. Perhaps Minnesota is just being cautious in an easily winnable game, but it's clear Cook is dealing with more than what he claimed was just cramping. We'll see about his Week 4 availability. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray figures to get feature-back usage this weekend in a prime spot vs. a Bills defense that's already coughed up 6 RB TDs through 2 games.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. It's officially time to start worrying about his Week 3 status -- especially since Minnesota can handle the Bills without Cook. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow, but owners should start making other plans. Latavius Murray will be a borderline RB1 if Cook is inactive on Sunday.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffered a hamstring injury in overtime against the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll see if he returns if the Vikings get the ball back. Obviously, any missed time for Cook would put Latavius Murray squarely in the fantasy-starter conversation.

Update: Cook did not return. We'll await further details.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) has been activated from the PUP list. He ended up missing about 2 weeks of camp -- on top of all spring workouts. In the meantime, rookie RB Dalvin Cook has seemingly seized the starting job. We'll see if Murray can make a move over the next month, but he's no more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he’s unsure when RB Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) will return to practice. "He is a smart guy but he needs to get healthy,” Zimmer said from training camp. Murray added that it’s “frustrating” to be a spectator at practice and would only say he’ll be ready to suit up for the season opener. Murray’s absence has allowed rookie Dalvin Cook to shine in early training camp sessions.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) has been placed on the active PUP list to begin training camp. He's eligible to be activated at any time. Still, he's behind the 8 ball after undergoing surgery on March 22 and missing all of offseason workouts. He needs to get on the field in a hurry if he wants to beat out rookie Dalvin Cook for the lead job.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer came away from spring workouts impressed with 2nd-round RB Dalvin Cook. "I think he's got a chance to be special," Zimmer told "Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring." That's high praise from a generally reserved veteran coach. Latavius Murray sat out the spring following ankle surgery, giving Cook a larger share of the spotlight. We'll see how the 2 split work once he's back. Murray's presence limits our initial projections for Cook. But the rookie also sports the kind of talent and history of college production that could lead to outperforming expectations. He's not a screaming value at his current RB19 ADP in MFL 10 drafting, but Cook's OK in that range.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” he said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” Murray underwent ankle surgery on March 22 and just got out of his walking boot this week. He still hasn't been cleared to run. Meanwhile, RBs Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are soaking up reps. Murray can't afford to miss much training-camp time.


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