Nobody likes being strung along. It's one of the worst feelings to realize the carrot has been dangling in front of you but there isn't an actual intent to let you catch the darn thing. Suddenly, you can sympathize with the Trix Rabbit.
I'm guessing that's how DeMarco Murray fantasy owners have been feeling these days as the Dallas Cowboys running back continues to miss time with a sprained foot. He's now missed four games, and all the while you've heard "he might be back this week" or "he could be back if he's close to 100 percent."
Well, guess what folks—you're going to have to be patient, I'm afraid, both because Murray is worth the wait and because he likely won't play again this week.
Per a team source, don't count on Murray this week. Things could change but cowboys want him 100 percent. Not there yet— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) November 12, 2012
Hill had more via his blog, and this time it was Jerry Jones himself who didn't exactly give Murray a ringing endorsement to play this week:
He didn’t sound optimistic about his availability, while echoed sentiments a source told the Star-Telegram on Monday about the Cowboys wanting to make sure Murray was 100 percent healthy before allowing him to play again because the nature of his position and the need to have him on the field down the road.
“He is a physical running back,” Jones said on his radio show Tuesday on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan. “You want to be very comfortable for him to make his cut. All of that has to be right before he goes out there because we got to look down the road here. We hope we are in this thing and needing him on every play as we moving forward even beyond Cleveland.”
A few things are obvious here. For one, the Cowboys are a better team when Murray is healthy. For another, injuries are always going to be a concern. He's like a poor man's Darren McFadden.
But what are you to do as a fantasy owner other than wait? You can't trade him now—you'll get pennies on the dollar while he's injured. You can't drop him—he's too valuable for your team when he's healthy.
Nope, all you can do is handcuff him Felix Jones and shake your fist in his general direction for the time being, cursing the steady stream of points he would be providing your team were he actually on the field.
Remember, his worst ouptut this season in standard-scoring leagues was 7.5 points.
He may not have had a performance like a few of the epic ones we saw last year, but he was certainly proving to be a consistent source of points as a low-end RB2 or safe flex. And with the Cowboys looking like they could be 5-5 this week and back in the playoff hunt, getting Murray back will be a big plus for the offense.
So hang tight, all ye weary Murray owners of the world. One day, he will return to you, I promise.
Remember, even the Trix Rabbit eventually got a taste.
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