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DeMarco Murray: RB's Status Makes Felix Jones a Must-Start vs. Browns

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as  Mychal Kendricks #95 and  DeMeco Ryans #59 of the Philadelphia Eagles defend on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 15, 2012

Still battling a foot injury, DeMarco Murray didn't practice on Thursday and is "unlikely" to play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

That makes Felix Jones a strong fantasy option once again.

Jones has posted a combined 25 fantasy points in his past two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons (ESPN standard leagues). In Week 10, he rushed for 71 yards while catching three balls for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Not only that, but he faces a Browns defense that has allowed 4.3 yards per carry (19th in the NFL) and seven rushing touchdowns in nine games this season.

This is the same Browns unit that gave up 98 rushing yards and a touchdown to Ray Rice in Week 9 and 95 rushing yards to Ryan Mathews in Week 8. Both of those games were at home.

The last time the Browns played an away game they gave up 84 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards to Indianapolis Colts rookie Vick Ballard in Week 7.

Catch my drift?

Last week, Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson noted that Jones looked the best he had all season, per Rotoworld.com. Jones broke at least four tackles en route to an 11-yard touchdown reception.

Coming off their 38-23 victory over the Eagles, the Cowboys trust Jones and will likely give him a fair amount of touches against a Browns team that has been better against the pass (6.9 yards allowed per attempt, 12th in the league).

There is no reason for the Cowboys to rush Murray back given the way Jones has been playing lately. And even if he does make it out onto the field on Sunday, it's unlikely that Murray would receive a large workload.

Start Jones as you normally would and watch the fifth-year back reward you handsomely at Cowboys Stadium.

 

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