Latavius Murray

Latavius Murray

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 22%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.5%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 0.3
Durability: question mark 3

Low Risk

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Latavius Murray Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-Murray’s 2020 looked a lot like his 1st season in New Orleans. He went from averaging 9.1 carries per game (in a season that Alvin Kamara missed 2 games) to posting 9.7 last fall.

-Kamara and Murray both played 15 games in 2020. They each sat out Week 17 on the COVID-19 list.

-Murray averaged 4.5 YPC after posting 4.4 YPC in ’19.

-He saw 24% of the team’s red zone rush attempts, putting him behind Kamara (40.4%) and Taysom Hill (26.9%).

-Murray’s 2.5 yards after contact mark was a dip from ’19 (3.16). He forced 13 fewer missed tackles on the same number of attempts.

-Murray did see loaded boxes frequently. His rate of 36.3% 8+ man boxes ranked 5th highest among 55 qualifiers — but that nearly matched his ’19 tally (35.6%).

-The 31-year-old is signed for 2 more seasons. For 2021, he projects as Kamara’s clear backup/early down compliment.

-The Saints will return the same 5 O-line starters. They project as a top-10 run blocking unit, especially if 2nd-year Round 1 pick Cesar Ruiz takes a step forward.

-Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston will battle for the starting QB job in training camp. Hill started 4 games in places of Drew Brees last year, but we expect Winston to get the Week 1 nod.

-Expect both guys to start games this fall. Hill’s presence — either as the starter or a goal line replacement — will likely cap Murray’s TD ceiling.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

After some early-career injury issues, Murray’s experienced 4 straight healthy seasons. Credit the now 31-year-old for that.

2021 sees him return to a familiar role as the “1B’ rusher alongside Alvin Kamara. That role has produced 4 RB1 lines over the past 2 seasons — albeit at unpredictable times. He’s been the RB34/RB29 dating back to 2019.

He’s a usable fantasy back in the right matchup. But a lack of pass volume will continue to make him a low-ceiling weekly option.

Latavius Murray Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 2, 2016 NFL Pedal Toe Turf Toe Murray missed 2 games.
Nov 8, 2015 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Murray was knocked unconscious and had to leave his Week 9 game. He was able to play the following week.
Nov 20, 2014 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Murray had to leave the field after taking a hit in a Week 12 game against the Chiefs. He sat out the following week.
Aug 9, 2013 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Murray rarely practiced in training camp and eventually landed on IR. He underwent a scope in August.
Jun 12, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Murray missed all of minicamp with a foot injury.
Aug 30, 2012 Non-NFL Shoulder Murray hurt his shoulder in the opening game of his senior year. He missed 3 games.
May 1, 2009 Non-NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Murray tore his right ACL in a pickup basketball game.