Despite what the experts say, it’s far too early to crown Raiders running back Latavius Murray as the breakout fantasy player for the upcoming 2015 season. Murray had a grand total of ONE good game last season and he’s playing for an Oakland squad that finished the season with a rushing attack that ranked DEAD-LAST in the league.
Plagued by injuries last season, Murray registered 82 rushing attempts for 424 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And most of those totals came from Oakland’s Week 12 win against the Chiefs where Murray ran for two scores and 112 yards on only four carries.
Apparently that one game, coupled with the retirement of Maurice Jones-Drew and the departure of Darren McFadden, has convinced the fantasy community that Murray is going to be a stud during the upcoming season.
While I agree he may indeed be the starting back for the Raiders and easily beat out Trent Richardson for the starting job, he’s still playing on a team that has done very little to improve its offensive line.
Even if Murray is the stud that everyone imagines him to be, he’s going to get pounded by opposing defenders on a weekly basis. Couple that with his injury issues, and you could very well have a running back that may spend more time recovering from injury than playing for your fantasy team. It’s not that Murray is a terrible selection, but he’s far too risky to burn up an early fantasy draft pick coming into a new season.