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Lance Dunbar | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/25/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: North Texas
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Lance Dunbar rushed twice for four yards and caught two passes for 10 yards Week 16 against the Colts.
Dunbar saw more snaps with DeMarco Murray (hand) limited, but Joseph Randle was Murray's clear handcuff. Dunbar will finish up the regular season against Washington next week. Dec 21 - 7:23 PM

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Lance Dunbar rushed three times for nine yards in Dallas' Week 9 loss to the Cardinals, adding two catches for an additional 52 yards.

The 61 total yards were Dunbar's most of the season. He's a handcuff back who would primarily play passing downs were DeMarco Murray to go down with injury.
Nov 2 - 5:48 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed one time for six yards and caught an 11-yard pass in the Cowboys' Week 8 loss to the Redskins.

Dunbar has no standalone value, and would only come into PPR consideration if DeMarco Murray gets hurt. Joseph Randle is Murray's early-down backup.
Oct 28 - 12:57 AM

Lance Dunbar rushed once for negative-four yards and caught four passes for 48 yards in Sunday's Week 6 win at Seattle.

Dunbar came on for some third downs and showed plenty of juice after the catch. He'd have a reasonable shot at flex value if DeMarco Murray were to go down, especially in PPR leagues. But it's clear Joseph Randle is the primary handcuff to DeMarco right now.
Oct 12 - 8:16 PM

Lance Dunbar was held without a touch in Dallas' Week 5 win over the Texans.

DeMarco Murray handled 37 of the Cowboys' 39 running back touches, with Joseph Randle getting the leftover two. Dunbar would serve as Dallas' third-down back in the event of a Murray injury. Randle is Murray's primary handcuff.
Oct 5 - 6:37 PM

Lance Dunbar had two catches for 36 yards in Week 4 against the Saints.

Dunbar was held without a carry for the second straight week. His 24-yard catch set up DeMarco Murray's first touchdown. He finished with only three targets in the pass game. The Cowboys take on the Texans in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 1:24 AM

Lance Dunbar didn't have any touches in Week 3 against the Rams.

Dunbar was held without a carry, and had just one target in the pass game. It's a step back after he saw 11 touches in Week 2. Dunbar would be used in a committee with Joseph Randle is DeMarco Murray went down.
Sep 21 - 6:23 PM

Lance Dunbar rushed 11 times for 27 yards in Dallas' Week 2 win over the Titans.

Dallas' change-of-pace back wasn't targeted in the passing game. Six of Dunbar's carries came with the Cowboys icing a 26-10 lead. Dunbar drew hype as a potential poor man's Joique Bell in Dallas, but it isn't happening. DeMarco Murray is simply too good.
Sep 14 - 6:14 PM

Lance Dunbar was held without a carry in Dallas' Week 1 loss to the 49ers, but secured 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards as a receiver.

It was all DeMarco Murray in the running game. Dunbar has drawn hype as a potential poor man's Joique Bell in Scott Linehan's Cowboys offense, but Murray doesn't need to be spelled the way Reggie Bush does in Detroit. Dunbar could catch enough passes to put him on the radar in PPR leagues, but he won't be a standard-league consideration unless Murray goes down with injury.
Sep 7 - 8:16 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar gained 17 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 17 yards against the Dolphins Saturday.

Dunbar did not see any action until DeMarco Murray exited the game early in the second quarter, but worked mostly with the first-team offense. He whiffed on a blitzing linebacker in the second quarter, and will have to improve in pass protection to carve out a role in Dallas' offense. Dunbar has gained 52 total yards on 10 preseason touches.
Aug 23 - 10:15 PM

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Lance Dunbar was deactivated for Thursday's preseason opener because the Cowboys have big regular season plans for him.

"Certainly we have a good feel for what he can do," Garrett said. "We just want to be selective with certain guys in preseason. DeMarco Murray did not play in the game. We felt the same way about Dunbar." New playcaller Scott Linehan has shown an ability to produce backfields with more than one fantasy contributor. Dunbar may be ticketed for an especially large change-of-pace role.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 10 - 3:54 PM

Lance Dunbar was a healthy scratch for the Cowboys' preseason opener.

DeMarco Murray was also a healthy scratch. Dallas' decision to rest both players and keep them out of harm's way is a further indication Dunbar and Murray are slated for huge regular season roles. It's possible Dunbar only plays in the Cowboys' third preseason game. Murray may be held out entirely.
Aug 8 - 3:28 PM

Lance Dunbar will sit out Thursday's preseason opener.

It's a mere precaution as Dunbar underwent left knee surgery eight months ago. He has not missed a single training camp practice, and remains in line for a change-of-pace role behind DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Murray will also sit out tonight.
Aug 7 - 10:55 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive" in training camp.

A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent role in Dallas' offense. DeMarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions offense that had two backs average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to hit that mark, but 6-10 touches are within reach even with Murray healthy. He is worth a late-round flier.
Jul 29 - 10:58 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 13 - 1:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Joseph Randle
3Lance Dunbar
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Joseph Randle
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3Dwayne Harris
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
K1Dan Bailey