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Latavius Murray | Running Back | #25

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
College: UCF
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (181) / OAK
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Latavius Murray rushed four times for five yards in Week 12 against Chicago.
Murray took a backseat to a healthy Dalvin Cook this week. He had a few carries after Cook lost an early fumble, but wasn't able to do anything with his limited touches. Murray isn't more than a touchdown-dependent change-of-pace. Nov 18 - 11:51 PM

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Latavius Murray rushed 10 times for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 9 win over the Lions.

He caught his lone target for 16 yards. Murray made the start for the Vikings, but Dalvin Cook came in on third down the opening series and eventually ended up out-snapping and out-touching Murray. Cook had a 70-yard run in his return from a hamstring injury and totaled 109 yards on 14 touches. The Vikings are now headed into their bye, Cook is healthy, and Murray will now go back to 8-12 touches as the clear No. 2 back. His RB1/2 days are over unless Cook gets hurt again.
Nov 4 - 4:19 PM

Latavius Murray had 13 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught 5-of-6 targets for 39 yards in Week 8 against the Saints.

Murray converted a goal-line carry after a pass interference set up first-and-goal from the one-yard line. He was stuffed on his only other goal-line chance. Murray didn't have much of a second half impact with the Saints dominating time of possession. He's scored a touchdown in three straight games with Dalvin Cook sidelined. Murray has played well enough to have a role even when Cook returns.
Oct 28 - 11:25 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

He added two catches for 14 yards on a pair of targets. Murray's first score was an 11-yard scamper up the middle, and the second was an untouched run through the left side from 38 yards away. With Dalvin Cook still struggling to get healthy, Murray has emerged as a strong RB2 with reliable workloads. If Cook sits again, Murray will again be in play Week 8 against the Saints.
Oct 21 - 4:52 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 6 win over the Cardinals.

With Dalvin Cook out, Murray rebounded from his disappointing Week 5. He ripped the Cardinals for three 20-plus yard runs, with his touchdown coming on a highlight 21-yarder where he stiff-armed into the end-zone. Murray came into Sunday averaging just 3.5 YPC, but he made a case for a role when Dalvin Cook returns. Cook would be a plug-and-play RB2 if Cook isn't back for Week 7.
Oct 14 - 4:31 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 11 times for 42 yards in the Vikings' Week 5 win over the Eagles, adding two receptions for 14 additional yards.

It was yet another disappointing affair for a player who is now averaging 3.53 yards per carry. Ominously, Murray ceded both a red zone target and goal line carry to "Roc Thomas." If Dalvin Cook (hamstring) can ever get healthy, Murray might have a hard time carving out a role. For now, Cook seems unlikely to play in Week 6, leaving Murray in the desperation FLEX mix against the Cardinals.
Oct 7 - 8:12 PM

Latavius Murray collected just two yards on two carries while adding two catches for 16 yards on two targets Thursday in Minnesota’s Week 4 loss to the Rams.

Even with lead back Dalvin Cook on a pitch count in his return from a hamstring injury, Murray failed to make an impact. Minnesota essentially abandoned its running game playing from behind in the second half, which obviously didn’t help matters. Murray’s biggest contribution came when he converted a two-point conversion on a screen pass from Kirk Cousins late in the third quarter. Latavius has managed just three yards on four carries over his last two games and won’t be an appealing fantasy option against the Eagles in Week 5.
Sep 28 - 12:41 AM

Latavius Murray rushed two times for one yard and added five catches for 30 receiving yards in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Oof. What initially appeared to be the perfect game script situation for Murray turned out to be an absolute nightmare for the Vikings' offense. Minnesota's offensive line was a travesty throughout the afternoon, allowing Kirk Cousins to be blindsided and fumble on the team's first two offensive possessions. By the time the Vikings got the ball back for their third possession, they were already staring down the barrel of a 17-0 deficit. Minnesota's backfield received a paltry four carries on the day, totaling 12 rushing yards (3.0 YPC). Murray's five catches fortunately salvaged what could've been an even bigger disaster of an outing. Dalvin Cook is expected to return on Thursday against the Rams.
Sep 23 - 4:35 PM

Latavius Murray rushed four times for 19 yards in the Vikings' Week 2 tie with the Packers.

Murray was stuck on two carries before Dalvin Cook left with a hamstring injury in overtime. That issue is reportedly minor -- Cook described it as a cramp -- but it is enough to keep Murray on fantasy rosters for now. That said, he is nothing more than a handcuff.
Sep 16 - 5:48 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 11 times for 42 yards in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the 49ers.

Dalvin Cook played every snap of the first two series before Murray opened the third series and then handled much of the clock-killing work in the fourth quarter. Neither back found the end zone, while Murray wasn't targeted in the pass game. Murray is little more than a handcuff to Cook owners.
Sep 9 - 4:54 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 10 times for 24 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' third preseason game against the Seahawks.

He added three catches for 32 yards on seven targets. Murray did all of this in one half of action, as the Vikings dominated the first quarter before Murray pounded in a short rushing score in the second frame. Dalvin Cook returned from his ACL for his first game action but played just one series before Murray acted as a three-down back the rest of the time with the starting offense. The Vikes may bring Cook along slow, especially after Murray had a big second half of last season. Murray is very much worth grabbing in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 24 - 9:53 PM

Latavius Murray had six carries for 12 yards and two fumbles in the Vikings' second preseason game.

Murray fumbled twice on his first five carries. It was a rough game, but there's not much to read into. Murray had just one fumble on 216 carries last year.
Aug 18 - 2:11 PM

Latavius Murray has agreed to a contract restructure.

Murray was due $5.15 million on Friday, an amount Minnesota had been reluctant to pay, but it appears the sides came to a compromise. The 28-year-old rolled to eight touchdowns in his first year with the Vikings but should see his role scaled back this season with Dalvin Cook returning from ACL surgery.
Mar 16 - 1:17 PM

Latavius Murray rushed six times for 18 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship loss to the Eagles.

The Vikings fell behind big early and never got back in, so Murray was severely out-snapped by passing-down back Jerick McKinnon. Although Murray has proven a less-than-exceptional talent, he held down the fort nicely as a between-the-tackles grinder following Dalvin Cook’s Week 4 ACL tear. Murray has averaged 4.0 yards per carry or fewer in three straight seasons, but he is a capable role player and executes more often than not in scoring position. Murray’s 2018 role will depend on McKinnon’s free agency landing spot and Cook’s knee health.
Jan 21 - 10:11 PM

Latavius Murray earned 50 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while snagging two catches for 17 yards on two targets Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

Murray had a touchdown called back in the second quarter—it was negated by a Mike Remmers holding penalty. But he didn't have to wait long for his next opportunity, finding the end zone for a one-yard score just five plays later. Murray out-touched backfield-mate Jerick McKinnon by a wide margin (21-11 was the final tally) but mostly squandered his big workload by averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. He'll have his work cut out for him against a stout Eagles run defense in next week's NFC Championship.
Jan 14 - 9:20 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Trevor Siemian
3Kyle Sloter
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Mike Boone
4Ameer Abdullah
5Roc Thomas
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Dalvin Cook
3RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Adam Thielen
2Brandon Zylstra
WR21Stefon Diggs
2Aldrick Robinson
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Tyler Conklin
LT1Riley Reiff
2Brian O'Neill
LG1Tom Compton
2Danny Isidora
C1Pat Elflein
2Brett Jones
RG1Mike Remmers
RT1Rashod Hill
2Aviante Collins
K1Dan Bailey