See Why DeMarco Murray Could be Seeing Less Carries
In order for the Dallas Cowboys keep their star running back, DeMarco Murray healthy and on course to play all 16 games, the team will have to lessen his carries and give more touches to the backup running backs.
Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones had this to report regarding the usage of the teams’ running backs to KRLD-FM (via NFL.com).
If we can, it would be good to have Dunbar with a few more touches. But make no mistake about it, Joseph Randle can be effective out there, too. We probably should have at least Randle get a few more snaps. I think he got seven the other day, and you probably could push that up if you’re going to have that many run plays, you probably could double that and be pretty smart about how you’re exposing Murray.
With DeMarco Murray on pace for 396 carries, Jerry Jones admits the Cowboys should utilize the backup runners more http://t.co/PVHxQG7vIg
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 4, 2014
To this date, Murray has the most touches of all the running backs with 99 carries and is averaging 5.93 yards per carry. He currently leads the running backs in rushing yards with 534 and is top in touchdowns with five. To continue at this pace could increase the risk for injury or just plain burn out.
Less touches for Murray isn’t what his fantasy owners want to hear as he’s been rewarding very generously in that department so far. However even if he loses some carries along the way to Dunbar and Randle, he should remain a strong fantasy football RB1 option as long as he remains healthy.