Draft Zone: 17th Ranked Running Back – Cowboys DeMarco Murray

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Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray is the 17th ranked running back in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average draft Position (ADP) of 32, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the mid-to-late third round of standard 12-person fantasy drafts.

In 10 games with the Cowboys last season, Murray rushed for 663 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also hauled in 34 receptions for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his two years in the NFL, Murray has never played a full season due to injury.

Reports out of Cowboys camp say that he is 100% healthy entering training camp. However, due to his constant ankle and foot injuries over the past two seasons, it seems unlikely that he will stay at 100% for all 16 games this year.

During his 2011 rookie season, Murray stunned fantasy owners when he broke out for 253 yards and one touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. He has the big play potential, and head coach Jason Garrett has said that the Cowboys will run the ball more in 2013.

Regardless of whether or not you’re playing in a standard league or point-per-reception, Murray should not be taken before the third round due to his inability to stay healthy for a full season. If he is able to play an entire season, Murray has the ability to be a top tier running back. However, until he can prove he can remain healthy for an entire season, Murray remains a solid #2 fantasy running back.

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