This may be some good news for not only fantasy football owners, but fellow Philadelphia Eagles fans as well. “Prized” free agent acquisition, DeMarco Murray, remains a mystery for Sunday’s upcoming game against the New York Jets due to a tweaked hamstring.
Last year’s Offensive Player of the Year has gotten off to the worst start in NFL history for a running back, as he has logged only 11 rushing yards on 21 attempts and has been arguably the most disappointing player in fantasy football history.
The elite running game of last season that the Eagles possessed has dried up this season with the departure of LeSean McCoy and regression of the offensive line, despite the additions of Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency. Speaking of Mathews, he has been disappointing as well in a limited workload as he has just 4 rushing yards in as many carries. Regardless, the Eagles have expressed “tremendous confidence” in the 5th year running back. Despite the slow start on the ground they possess arguably the best depth at the position. Darren Sproles, the team’s leading rusher through the first two games, is a playmaker on that offense and the Eagles look to utilize him more in week 3, especially if Murray is unable to play.
From a fantasy perspective, Ryan Mathews may be worth a start for those who have him as insurance to Murray. Darren Sproles is a wildcard, but he possesses great upside in your lineup due to his versatility. However, they face an extremely tough defensive front of the Jets in week 3.
Getting off to arguably the most disappointing start very well could be the Eagles if they start the season 0-3 as they enter their matchup against the Jets as the underdog. The offense for the Eagles has failed to gel and get in sync early on this season, and I don’t think a matchup against the Jets is when they will improve on that. Even if Murray plays this week, his performance thus far is no indication of a good sign for the Eagles; they may be better off without him.