The rookie scat back DeMarco Murray will get his first actual NFL start Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys host the St. Louis Rams, and many fantasy football owners are wondering if they too should give him the nod.
Murray is currently ranked 18th in our RB Rankings.
Murray and the Cowboys face two teams in St. Louis and Philadelphia who are not exactly setting the world on fire with their run defense, so it is a very intriguing consideration.
St. Louis ranks dead last allowing 163.0 yards a game and have given up three TDs, and Philadelphia is not too far behind ranking 24th against the run, allowing 123.8 yards a game and an exorbitant 6 TDs.
For those of you looking for a bye week or injury fill, you can safely add Murray as he is sure to make the most of the situation.
DeMarco Murray wK 7 Projections: 18 carries for 81 yards and 1 TD / 4 catches for 12 yards
Word out of Denver is that recent WR waiver wire sensation Demaryius Thomas was seen practicing with a "heavy wrap" on his surgically repair hand.
Thomas has three screws and a plate in that hand along with a bum Achilles tendon and a bad foot, so he is obviously a little banged up and that could cause the Broncos' to err on the side of caution here.
Thomas did not crack this week's WR Rankings.
The Dolphins are terrible against the pass (29th), and the Broncos have a new quarterback at the helm which makes this a sticky situation.
If you have a better option at WR keep Thomas sat, but if you have to start him, don't expect too much.
Quick Hits From Around the League.
- In case you didn't catch it, we have three new quarterbacks starting this week in John Beck (Washington) Christian Ponder (Minnesota) and Tim Tebow (Denver). Tebow offers the most for fantasy owners but all of these quarterbacks do not deserve a start unless you are in a serious pinch and that would be one serious pinch.
- Lions RB Jahvid Best sat out of practice Wednesday with "concussion-like" symptoms, and is in Jeopardy of missing this week's game against the Falcons. Newly acquired RB Ronnie Brown could get the nod, and should have little trouble fitting to Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan's offense, since the two were joined at the hip in Miami.
- Finally, Browns RB Peyton Hillis missed practice on Wednesday with that nagging hamstring issue, and are prepared to go with Montario Hardesty. Again, this is another intriguing situation to think about, but only if you are really hurting at RB this week.