The Dallas Cowboys didn’t seem to concerned when star running back DeMarco Murray left the team in free agency. Perhaps that because they weren’t. Owner Jerry Jones added fuel to that fire recently by “expressing confidence” that Joseph Randle is fully capable of handling the team’s lead rushing duties.
Randle, an unspectacular talent, was figured to at least be in the mix to get carries with Darren McFadden in the ‘Boys backfield. Per reports, Jones is standing behind Randle now and it looks like the running back could be in for a big workload in just his third NFL season.
Randle definitely impressed in limited action in 2014, when he toted the ball 51 times for 343 yards and three touchdowns. That was good for a gaudy 6.7 yards per carry average, and it’s worth wondering how that could extrapolate in a larger role behind arguably the league’s best offensive line.
The cool thing is we’ve seen Randle produce before. While not an athletic specimen, Randle was certainly an impressive runner statistically in college, when he put up back-to-back 1,200+ yard rushing campaigns and totaled a whopping 38 rushing scores in his final two years at Oklahoma State. Great college stats don’t make a productive NFL rusher, but it’s possible we’ve seen enough to start believing in Randle as a viable fantasy running back.
We all saw DeMarco Murray rise up to fantasy football’s throne at the running back position, and while it remains to be seen if Randle has the goods to match that feat, he at least now has the backing of his team’s owner. And with just the injury-laden McFadden in his way, that’s something fantasy owners should probably start paying mind to. You can get Joseph Randle in the fourth round and later right now, and that’s pretty neat.