Whenever we discuss injuries and how any single bruise or bump or break should effect your fantasy rankings, I routinely write something like this: “hey guys let’s be careful with calling anyone injury prone, because injuries are sudden events, and one injury doesn’t necessarily lead to more injuries”.
That’s always true, though the theory is put under great stress every offseason as rankings are compiled, and we instinctively seek the safe road which is far more commonly traveled. Why take a risk on a player with an injury history, when the reward you get for your purchase is a player who produces only moderately more than a historically more healthy option? Often, that very question applies to the running back position, because the guys who play that position face an abundance of other guys who are hurling themselves in the direction of the ball carrier.
When your name is DeMarco Murray and you’re the ball carrier, usually that’s been bad. And maddening.
Before we continued much further, I’ll emphasize that my intention here isn’t to construct my mountain on the mole hill site over an injury in May. No, my intention is to again note that Murray is still hurting, and it’s May, a time when he hasn’t faced meaningful contact in months.
He’s already missed the Cowboys’ offseason workouts thus far due to a hamstring injury, one that head coach Jason Garrett described as “minor” last week. He’s probably right too, and I suppose that’s relieving, a little bit. But it’s also a little troubling that a supposedly minor injury will still keep him out of workouts again this week, according to Todd Archer from ESPN Dallas.
Remember that bit about using caution with the injury prone label? That mostly applies to breaks, because those truly are sudden events, and they can heal more convincingly. But regardless of what the calendar currently says, a nagging muscle injury is very much the opposite of good for a running back, and especially one like Murray who’s missed nine games over just two seasons.
What drives the insanity surrounding Murray is that when he’s fully healthy and performing at an optimal level, the dude can flat out overpower defenders. Those occurrences have been rare, but remember during opening night early last September when he ran for 131 yards on 20 carries against the Giants, which led to a mighty fine 6.6 yards per carry? Good times.
Murray is currently coming off the board at about 28th overall in mock drafts. Again, his upside is high, and when healthy he’s worth that price, especially in a loaded Cowboys offense. In that slot, you’ll often be choosing between Murray and Darren McFaddden, making Murray the less deadly of two poisons.