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Latavius Murray | Running Back | #25

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
College: UCF
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (181) / OAK
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Latavius Murray carried 17 times for 68 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 10 win over Washington.
Murray had a 1-yard score on the opening drive of the game set up by a long Stefon Diggs reception to the goal line. Murray played a season-high 49.2 percent of the snaps Sunday, out-touching Jerick McKinnon 17-to-12 in the game. Minnesota held a multiple possession lead for the entire second half, aiding Murray's involvement. Murray has now out-scored McKinnon in two of the past three games, which throws a wrench in using McKinnon as an RB1 more than it elevates Murray. Murray will remain a flex option in Week 11 versus the Rams. Nov 12 - 5:17 PM

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Latavius Murray rushed 19 times for 39 yards and hauled in his only target for eight yards in the Vikings' Week 8 win over the Browns in London.

Murray got the start and early work on running downs, handling the first four carries and seven of the first eight, but he struggled to find success, rushing for just 20 yards in the first half. Things did not get any better after the break, and Murray was kept on the sidelines as Jerick McKinnon scored from one-yard out in the third quarter. He did get his shot near the goal line later in the game, but he could not convert. Murray did have a big game last week, but the offense has simply looked better with Jerick McKinnon at running back. That said, the Vikings have not shown any signs of scaling back Murray's workload moving forward.
Oct 29 - 1:03 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 18 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

He wasn't used in the passing game, but Murray did out-touch Jerick McKinnon 18 to 17 in a game where Minnesota's rushing attack imposed its will on the Ravens' overrated run defense. Murray broke off chunk yardage in addition to big gains, ripping a 35-yarder and a 31-yard score. Murray's lack of receiving value hurts his weekly floor, but he now looks like a viable flex play ahead of a Week 8 date with the Browns. This is still going to be a timeshare backfield going forward.
Oct 22 - 3:55 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 28 yards in the Vikings' Week 6 win over the Packers.

He caught his lone target for nine yards. Murray looked better in this one, but he still is the far inferior talent to Jerick McKinnon. In two games minus Dalvin Cook, Murray has rushed 27 times for 59 yards (2.19 YPC) while McKinnon has scored three touchdowns. McKinnon is very clearly the one to own here, while Murray is just an RB3 play in hopes he'll score a short touchdown. Murray got a first-and-goal carry but was stuffed and McKinnon scored two plays later.
Oct 15 - 5:07 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 12 times for 31 yards in the Vikings' Week 5 win over the Bears.

He added two catches for 12 yards. Murray got the start in the first game post-Dalvin Cook and received the first five touches in the Minnesota backfield, but it was all Jerick McKinnon after that. McKinnon out-touched Murray 22-9 from that point forward and ran circles around Murray, out-gaining him 146-43 while scoring a 58-yard touchdown. On the night, McKinnon played 47 snaps to Murray's 22 and provides that dual-threat ability that Cook had in Weeks 1-4. Murray is too one-dimensional and not even very good at that one dimension. He's looking like a complete waste of $3.4 million guaranteed. McKinnon will be the 1A to Murray's 1B next week against the Packers.
Oct 10 - 12:14 AM

Latavius Murray said his ankle is still not 100 percent recovered from offseason surgery.

Murray did say he is healthy enough to play and handle a big workload. Murray's recovery from the surgery took longer than expected, so it is not a huge surprise he is still at less than full health. It is a major concern, however, with Dalvin Cook looking done for the season. Murray is still the No. 1 add in a crowded week on the wire, but he should not be expected to produce at the same level Cook was before the injury.
Oct 2 - 11:13 AM

Latavius Murray rushed seven times for 21 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 loss to the Lions.

Murray didn't come into the game until after Dalvin Cook suffered what the teams fears is a torn ACL early in the third quarter. Murray simply isn't very good, but he needs to be picked up in all formats as the team's new lead back. Murray figures to get most of the early-down and goal-line work, while Jerick McKinnon should handle most of the pass work, as long as he avoided serious injury to his ankle. Murray will be more of an RB3 next week at the Bears.
Oct 1 - 5:30 PM

Latavius Murray played 6-of-66 snaps Week 2 against the Steelers.

Murray now has played nine snaps through two games. He can be safely dropped in all but the deepest redraft formats.
Sep 18 - 10:10 AM

Latavius Murray rushed two times for six yards in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Saints.

Murray played just three offensive snaps as the clear No. 3 back behind Dalvin Cook (51 snaps) and Jerick McKinnon (11). Murray got a red-zone carry but promptly fumbled it, though Minnesota was able to recover. He barely saw the field again. Murray would need a Cook injury to have fantasy relevance.
Sep 11 - 11:11 PM

Latavius Murray said the Vikings haven't settled on a goal-line back.

The 6'3, 230-pound Murray would seem to be an obvious choice for goal-line work after registering 12 touchdowns with Oakland in 2016, but the Vikings have yet to assign him that role. "We still need to go out there and play some games," said Murray. The Vikings may opt to take things slow with Murray after he missed part of camp with an ankle injury. Either way, second-round rookie Dalvin Cook is the back to own in Minnesota.
Sep 7 - 3:10 PM

Latavius Murray rushed twice for six yards and caught two passes for ten yards in the Vikings' third preseason game.

It was Murray's debut in a Vikings uniform. He played 13 first-half snaps, but looked like little more than a change-up back behind Dalvin Cook. Murray is unlikely to offer standalone fantasy value this season.
Aug 27 - 11:45 PM

Latavius Murray is expected to make his preseason debut against the 49ers on Sunday.

Not a moment too soon for Murray, who will be taking the field in the Vikings' regular season dress rehearsal. Rookie Dalvin Cook has seized the day during Murray's protracted absence. Murray should be considered the Vikings' clear-cut No. 2 back until further notice.
Aug 24 - 3:53 PM

Vikings activated RB Latavius Murray (ankle) from the active/PUP list.

Murray ended up spending two weeks on the PUP list. It's not a moment too soon for the 27-year-old back, who has been working on side fields as second-rounder Dalvin Cook wows onlookers. Murray should miss this week's preseason opener, but has enough time to get in shape for Game No. 2. It's not written in stone, but Cook is the current favorite to lead the Vikings' backfield in touches.
Aug 7 - 3:10 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle, PUP) believes he's getting close to a return.

"I had two really good (workouts), so things are good," Murray said Thursday. "It is (getting close)… I did a little bit of everything, so hopefully soon." The Vikings have been talking of Murray falling behind while rookie Dalvin Cook makes an excellent first impression. Murray was originally supposed to be ready for training camp. He seems unlikely to be ready for next week's preseason opener.
Aug 3 - 7:04 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle, active/PUP) said his injury has put him "behind the 8-ball."

Murray missed the entire offseason program and has yet to participate in camp, saying on Monday there is no timetable for his return. "It’s very frustrating to not be a part of what the guys got going on," Murray said before adding he is taking his rehab "a day at a time." With Murray sidelined indefinitely, second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the clear favorite for the starting job.
Aug 1 - 10:45 AM