Sit-em: DeMarco Murray (TEN) vs. Jacksonville
DeMarco Murray was last season’s fantasy football darling, but this season is off to a completely different beginning. This truly is a timeshare backfield in Tennessee and fantasy football players need to realize that before it’s too late.
Murray did get two-thirds of the running back carries on Sunday, but Derrick Henry statistically performed better. Henry averaged 4.2 yards per carry, while Murray averaged 3.7 yards. Neither was incredibly effective, but don’t think the Titans didn’t see these stats after the game.
I apologize to players who drafted Murray this season in fantasy football expecting last season to repeat, but that isn’t happening. Henry is going to get more and more touches. Murray is still going to produce solid numbers, but not top-five numbers like last season.
That drop off started last week and continues into Week 2 verses that suddenly stifling Jacksonville Jaguars defense?!? Sacksonville! Love the nickname, after the Jaguars incredible 10- sack performance in Week 1. Houston is not an offense force, by any means, but 10 sacks is impressive against anyone.
The combination of a loss of touches and a strong opposing defense makes Murray a risky play in Week 2. In order for me to have confidence in him again, I need to see him get 20 or more touches in a game, and I don’t think that’s happening soon.
Other options: Eddie Lacy (SEA) vs. San Francisco, Jordan Howard (CHI) vs. Tampa Bay