Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: DeMarco Murray's Disappointing Season Likely to Continue in Week 11

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: DeMarco Murray's Disappointing Season Likely to Continue in Week 11

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And down the stretch we come!

Week 11 is here, with the fantasy playoffs right around the corner. This week is do or die for many fantasy squads. It's time to put on that final run and get your club into the postseason.

This week our bye teams are the Colts, Panthers, Jets and 49ers. This is the last week for byes in 2017. Please hold your applause.

Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray has been a disappointment to his owners in 2017. Usually chosen in the second or third round of most drafts, Murray has only posted double-figure scoring in three games. Last week he had his best outing since Week 6, racking up 72 combined yards sandwiched around two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. He beat out teammate Derrick Henry on carries 14-11.

So, all is good with Murray now, right? Not so fast.

Murray will face a Steelers defense that has stymied opposing backs, allowing a league-low 9.3 fantasy points per game to the position over its past two contests and only five rushing touchdowns on the entire campaign. I just can't recommend Murray for anything other than perhaps a flex or a weak RB2 this time around. This is a horrible matchup for an already inconsistent player.

Sometimes it's amazing that a wide receiver can perform well while his quarterback is not impressive. Case in point: Miami's Jarvis Landry, who has managed double-figure fantasy points in five of his past six games, while his quarterback, Jay Cutler, has only topped 230 passing yards once all season.

This week marks a dream matchup for the Dolphins passing game, as they'll grind it out versus a Tampa Bay pass defense that has been the worst unit all year. The Bucs have hemorrhaged more than 25 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position and Landry stands to benefit greatly from the matchup. He's been highly involved in the Dolphins offense all season, averaging 10.7 targets per game, and he'll face one of the league's worst pass defenses. What else do you need? …

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