DeMarco Murray’s week three status is no longer in doubt. Despite being pulled from Philadelphia’s practice on Thursday, the star rusher is already a lock to face the Jets in New York in week three. Murray had been labeled “iffy” to suit up, but per reports, his status is no longer in question.
THIS JUST IN: DeMarco Murray will play Sunday vs Jets despite missing practice Thursday (via @AshleyFoxESPN)
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Whether or not that ends up being a good thing, of course, is to be determined. Murray has found very little success as the Eagles’ main running back in two games this year, rushing for a meager 11 yards on 21 carries. It’s a far cry from the type of numbers he put up just last year with the Dallas Cowboys, when he led the league in rushing. It will be especially interesting to see how Murray performs this week against a stout Jets front seven that has done a good job against the run through the first two weeks.
Murray will start, so if you need him bad enough he’ll still give you a slim chance at production this week. The matchup is brutal in all regards, as the Eagles take it to the road and look bad across the board. New York should be able to key in on Murray and snuff out the run, just like the Falcons and Cowboys were able to do in the first two weeks. Murray’s only saving grace is his role and nose for the end-zone, as he has at least 12 touches in both games so far this year and also has two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). It’s tough to think his best game of 2015 will come on the road against the Jets, of course, so sitting him in fantasy football leagues is something to seriously consider if you have remotely decent backup options. As for daily fantasy leagues, Murray is a hard fade across all sites.