Murray rushed five times for 21 yards, adding a four-yard reception in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
After an 18-touch outing to close out the regular season, Murray took a back seat 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 primarily fill a backup role in the Saints' offense. Aside from two huge starts in Kamara's stead, Murray managed just 590 total yards and two total touchdowns in 14 regular-season games played.
Murray carried 17 times for 61 yards, adding a 14-yard reception in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
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.
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.
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 a backup capacity -- and he should have an easier time finding running room against a subpar Panthers' run defense in Week 17.
Murray rushed nine times for 29 yards, adding two receptions on three targets for 20 yards in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.
Murray followed up last week's 94-yard effort with a moderate output in Monday's blowout win. Despite the huge lead New Orleans built up 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, a pattern that will likely continue unless Kamara gets sidelined.
Murray rushed seven times for 69 yards, adding two receptions for 25 yards in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
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 Week 13, and he actually led the backfield in yards from scrimmage, out-gaining Alvin Kamara, 94-43, on eight fewer touches. Kamara clearly is 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.
Murray rushed four times for two yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.
He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Murray has struggled to find fantasy relevancy since the Saints' 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.
Murray ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on seven rush attempts during Sunday's 34-31 win against the Panthers.
The 29-year-old hammer did most of his damage early on, logging four of his seven carries 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.
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.
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 he doesn't carry much weekly value with Kamara in the picture.
Murray carried five times for 12 yards, adding two receptions for seven yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Despite Sean Payton's assertion that Murray would stay involved on offense, he notched just seven touches in Sunday's loss. Surprisingly negative game script certainly played a role in Murray's dud, but his usage is concerning, given his 62 combined touches over the past two weeks. To be fair, Murray out-carried Alvin Kamara by a 5-4 margin, but Kamara saw 10 targets and eight receptions to ultimately lead the backfield in total touches. Murray has a chance to bounce back next week in a divisional matchup with Tampa Bay.
Coach Sean Payton hinted that Murray will retain a significant role even with Alvin Kamara now healthy, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports. "Week 1 [of] Alvin coming back. We'll be smart," said Payton. "And the good news is the way [Murray] played and the way Alvin's played, we feel like we're real good at that position.
Murray averaged just 4.8 carries and 1.4 targets per game through the first six weeks of the season, but he should see more work Sunday against Atlanta, with Kamara in his first game back from an ankle injury and the Saints heavily favored to win. Murray made an excellent case for continued involvement when Kamara missed Weeks 7 and 8, piling up 307 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns. Kamara said he doesn't mind sharing some more work with Murray moving forward.
Murray rushed 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and secured nine of 12 targets for 55 yards and another score in the Saints' 31-9 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
For the second straight game, Murray was exceptional in Alvin Kamara's (ankle/knee) stead, eclipsing the century mark on the ground and contributing plenty through the air as well. Murray scored his third rushing touchdown over the last two games with an eight-yard run in the second quarter, and he then went in from 15 yards out on a pass from Drew Brees with 5:25 remaining in the third period. Murray's receiving tally was also a season best, and his reception total was second only to that of Michael Thomas on the afternoon. Kamara likely will be ready to return Week 10 against the Falcons after the bye week, but Murray has certainly made a case for a consistent, workload even when both backs are healthy.
Murray will be the Saints' starting running back Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Handed another spot start while Alvin Kamara tends to ankle and knee injuries, Murray shouldn't have a problem handling most of the backfield reps for one more contest. The Saints also will get Drew Brees (thumb) back for the first time since Week 2, which may result in a run-based game plan to avoid putting the veteran QB in harm's way. On the heels of putting up 150 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs last Sunday at Chicago, Murray will look to keep it up against Arizona's 25th-ranked run defense.
Murray is expected to serve as the Saints' lead running back Sunday against the Cardinals with Alvin Kamara (ankle) not expected to play, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Kamara is listed as questionable on the official injury report, but he's expected to be included among the Saints' seven inactives when the team releases its list 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff. His absence for a second straight contest should set up Murray for another healthy workload after the 29-year-old rumbled for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added five receptions for 31 yards in the Week 7 win over the Bears. He played 83 percent of the offensive snaps in that contest, so there likely won't be much of an opportunity for backup Dwayne Washington to carve out fantasy utility behind Murray.
Murray's teammate Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Murray took full advantage of Kamara's absence last week with a 27-119-2 rushing line and 5-31-0 receiving line in a 36-25 win over the Bears. It sounds like Kamara is headed for a game-time decision, potentially giving Murray another week in a three-down role. The Saints and Cardinals are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Murray carried 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Bears. He also caught five of six targets for 31 yards in the 36-25 win.
Making his first start of the season, Murray posted a new career high in carries as he ground out 4.4 yards per tote against a strong Chicago defense. He scored short touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters while rounding out his monster effort with an effective showing as a pass-catcher. Starter Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) has been dealing with multiple issues of late, and in light of Murray's performance -- as well as the upcoming matchup against a poor Cardinals defense -- he could be in line for another hefty workload next Sunday.
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 ESPN.com reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kamara is 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.
Murray rushed seven times for 28 yards, adding two receptions for six yards in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
It was another low-usage afternoon, as Alvin Kamara finished with 22 total touches, 13 more than Murray. The bruiser is a clear backup, and he is not being utilized in a complementary role as Mark Ingram was for the two years he and Kamara played together. Murray has little value outside of deep leagues, though he is an elite handcuff to Kamara.
Murray rushed four times for 14 yards and caught one pass for six yards in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
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 complementary option at best. Murray is a low-usage option who can be safely dropped in 12-team leagues.
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