Making the Case to Pick Up Joseph Randle on Your Fantasy Team
Demarco Murray is on a tear to start the 2014 NFL season, to the likes that no one has done before in NFL history. I, along with many fantasy owners have reaped the benefits so far this season in fantasy, for being a Demarco owner.
There was one play on Sunday during the Cowboys victory over the Giants that made me think about how my fantasy team might not be able to recover from a Murray injury. Halfway through the second quarter Murray bounced a run to the outside, had a clear 15 yards ahead of him, then out of nowhere he fell to the turf, grabbing an ankle. My life flashed before me in that instant. I instantly thought of how my fantasy team has no depth at the running back position—what would I do? (Murray came back on the next drive to my relief).
Then I knew at that point, if this were a serious injury I would have to put a claim in for Murray’s handcuff–Joseph Randle, but that would give me no guarantees of actually getting him. I am not one to risk that, especially given Murray’s injury history.
First thing Tuesday morning–I submitted a Joseph Randle claim. Even if I never have to play Randle, the security of having him on my bench appeases me like you would not believe.
Murray has never lasted a full 16 game season, and at the rate he is touching the ball his body is taking more abuse than it ever has. If I were a betting man, I would say Murray will at least miss one game (knock on wood–I’m also a Cowboys fan).
Joseph Randle, the second year back out of Oklahoma State has looked very well in limited action this season (6.7 yards per carry), and we know he would receive a lot of carries in the new and improved Cowboys run first attack.
Injuries are an unforseen occurance in fantasy football that could cause a championship caliber team to lose in the first round of the playoffs. If you are in my situation, or want to steal Randle from the Murray owner in your league–pick up Randle asap before everyone else in your league does.
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