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Latavius Murray
BAL

RB BAL

#79 Running Back

31 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 8
Experience: 8 Yr(s)
Age: 31
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 224
40 Time: 4.38

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
40 0.5 0.7 6 0 7.6
Week 5
A week after carrying the load for the Raven’s backfield, Murray’s usage plummeted. The RB group only saw 18 touches total. However, Murray was only responsible for 6 carries and 2 receptions on the night. The Ravens were trailing most of the game, so this impacted Murray’s ability to get anything going on the ground. Murray was on the field less than 50% of the snaps (36 snaps out of 73 total). He finished with 6 carries for 17 yards, adding 2 catches (on 3 targets) for 13 yards. He dropped an easy short-range pass, too. Still, there will be opportunities for the Ravens backfield to get going this week against the Chargers. The Chargers are giving up over 125 rushing yards per game to opponent RBs and have allowed opposing RBs to score 5 rushing TDs on the season. The question is... will those opportunities go to Murray? This backfield is a complete mess with different guys being healthy scratches and Lamar Jackson being the primary running threat. He is our RB37 this week against the Chargers. Next three weeks on the Ravens schedule include LAC, CIN, and their bye week.
Week 4
Murray was handed the keys to this backfield in Week 4. He took 18 carries for 59 yards and a TD. All other Baltimore RBs saw 6 total opportunities.

If Murray is going to see this kind of volume disparity, the rest of the season could be bright. The schedule is nice over the next month, highlighted by Minnesota and the Chargers, who are allowing the 4th and 5th most rushing yards per game.

While Murray may not produce on the team we all expected this season, he can still have the season many thought was possible when we drafted him this summer.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Murray’s 2020 looked a lot like his 1st season in New Orleans. He went from averaging 9.1 carries per game (in a season that Alvin Kamara missed 2 games) to posting 9.7 last fall.
  • Kamara and Murray both played 15 games in 2020. They each sat out Week 17 on the COVID-19 list.
  • Murray averaged 4.5 YPC after posting 4.4 YPC in ’19.
  • He saw 24% of the team’s red zone rush attempts, putting him behind Kamara (40.4%) and Taysom Hill (26.9%).
  • Murray’s 2.5 yards after contact mark was a dip from ’19 (3.16). He forced 13 fewer missed tackles on the same number of attempts.
  • Murray did see loaded boxes frequently. His rate of 36.3% 8+ man boxes ranked 5th highest among 55 qualifiers — but that nearly matched his ’19 tally (35.6%).
  • The 31-year-old is signed for 2 more seasons. For 2021, he projects as Kamara’s clear backup/early down compliment.
  • The Saints will return the same 5 O-line starters. They project as a top-10 run blocking unit, especially if 2nd-year Round 1 pick Cesar Ruiz takes a step forward.
  • Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston will battle for the starting QB job in training camp. Hill started 4 games in places of Drew Brees last year, but we expect Winston to get the Week 1 nod.
  • Expect both guys to start games this fall. Hill’s presence — either as the starter or a goal line replacement — will likely cap Murray’s TD ceiling.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

After some early-career injury issues, Murray’s experienced 4 straight healthy seasons. Credit the now 31-year-old for that.

2021 sees him return to a familiar role as the “1B’ rusher alongside Alvin Kamara. That role has produced 4 RB1 lines over the past 2 seasons — albeit at unpredictable times. He’s been the RB34/RB29 dating back to 2019.

He’s a usable fantasy back in the right matchup. But a lack of pass volume will continue to make him a low-ceiling weekly option.

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Ravens RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is out for this weekend’s game against the Bengals. RBs Devonta Freeman, Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams figure to be active for Baltimore on Sunday. Exactly how touches will be divvied between them is uncertain. Freeman tallied 9 carries and 2 targets last week vs. Bell’s 8 carries and 0 targets. Williams was a healthy scratch.

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Ravens RB Latavius Murray (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. There's been no update from the team on his injury, but Dr. David Chao believes Murray has a high-ankle sprain based on video review. If that's the case, Murray won't play vs. the Bengals this weekend. That'd leave the backfield to Devonta Freeman, Le'Veon Bell and potentially Ty'Son Williams.

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Ravens RB Latavius Murray injured his ankle in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Chargers. He was deemed questionable to return but never did. Baltimore's big lead might have played a part in that. We'll look for an update on Murray's status.

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Latavius Murray will be the Ravens' "lead back" against the Broncos today, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Murray led the backfield with 7 carries last week vs. Ty'Son Williams' 5 and Devonta Freeman's 3. RB Le'Veon Bell is also expected to be active today. This is a messy backfield that is best off avoided in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

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Ravens HC John Harbaugh said Friday that RBs Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman are "more game ready" than Le'Veon Bell right now. Bell is "still getting his legs under him," Harbaugh added. It makes sense considering Murray and Freeman spent August in training camps. So those 2 are more likely to be active for Monday night's game vs. the Raiders. But RB Ty'Son Williams remains the heavy favorite to serve as lead back in that one.

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